Archie Shepp: Art Songs and Spirituals

With Amina Claudine Myers and Carleen Anderson

Archie Shepp likes hats, white jackets and playing the sax with unprecedented passion

Free jazz pioneer and civil rights activist Archie Shepp presents a new project with contributions from Amina Claudine Myers and Carleen Anderson.

Shepp revisits his ‘60s output where he explored both his connections to Africa and the civil rights movement that swept America. This is music of great urgency and fearless experimentation, as breath-taking as it is mind-expanding. Joining him for this journey is regular collaborator Amina Claudine Myers; and soul singer Carleen Anderson leading a vocal ensemble featuring Cleveland Watkiss, Beverley Skeet and Sylvia Mason-James, and a band featuring percussionist Hamid Drake.

Shepp’s work stands out as some of the most articulate and original to emerge from the ‘60s jazz maelstrom, and his saxophone still sounds as soulful and heartfelt as ever.

Opening, Simon Purcell and Cleveland Watkiss are Jazz Train, rekindling the spirit of a band that epitomised the energy of the London scene in the 80s, with a line-up fired by new jazz blood.

This performance will begin promptly at the advertised start time and is expected to finish by 10.30pm – subject to change.

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival 2018

Produced by the Barbican in association with EFG London Jazz Festival

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