Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Shuffle Mode

Guillermo E. Brown is headed to Seattle as a guest of the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas for a series of shows and presentations on January 30 and 31. Depending on what blog you read, the Brooklyn-based Brown is described as a rapper, a drummer, a dancer, a hip-hop impresario or an experimental jazz artist. Brown has collaborated with an amazing roster of artists including Matthew Shipp, Marlies Yearby, Rob Reddy, Roy Campbell, Anthony Braxton, DJ Spooky, Vernon Reid and Bill T. Jones. He's coming to Seattle in support of a project appropriately called "Shuffle Mode" which allows Brown to improvise with voices and live music across a diverse range of styles, combining elements of free jazz, hip hop and new world music backed by electronic arrangements and video.

Guillermo E. Brown's Shuffle Mode will be at the Broadway Performance Hall at 8:00 p.m., January 30 and 31, with a post-show Q&A after each performance. Tickets available at the door or through Brown Paper Tickets. On the 31st, from noon to 2:00, he's also giving a free workshop for teens at the Seattle Art Museum, in which he'll be leading a live musical improv session which will become a permanent part of the museum's Black Art installation.

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