Presented with The Jam Session
Saturday, May 20 | 7 PM* | $15
*Doors open at 6:30 for refreshments compliments of Union Cantina and Wölffer Estate Vineyard
Hip Hop artist, rapper, human beat boxer Baba Israel will combine forces with an all-star lineup of jazz musicians for this incredible night of genre fusion. Baba’s friends include Ada Rovatti on Saxophone, Bill O’Connell on Piano, Santi DeBriano on Bass, and Claes Brondal on Drums.
Baba Israel was raised in New York by parents who were core members of the Living Theatre. He developed as a young artist exploring spoken word, Hip Hop, and experimental performance at venue such as the Nuyorican Poets Café and with Akim Funk Buddah and the Nomadic Lotus. He next lived and worked in Australia working on community theatre projects and festivals, and co-founded Meta Bass ‘n’ Breath, an infamous theatrical Hip Hop band. Israel began his career as an arts educator in Australia and has gone on to be a leading educator and consultant working with organizations such as Urban Word, BAM, and the University of Madison. He has also worked as a cultural ambassador with the State Department delivering workshops and performances across South East Asia, the south Pacific, and in Gambia and Turkey.
As a musician, Baba Israel has released a number of albums and collaborations with artists such as DJ Logic, Ming and FS, Zion I, Invincible, DJ Kiva, P-Money, and long-time collaborator Yako 440. As a theatre and Hip Hop artist He has toured across the US, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia, performing with artists such as Outkast, Philip Glass, Rahzel, Lester Bowie, KRS ONE, and Vernon Reid.
Israel is now back in New York, and is currently embarking on a journey to create a piece inspired by his late father Steve Ben Israel in collaboration with Leo Kay (Unfinished Business) and Yako 440. “Jazz has been one of my great inspirations and influences. My father was a Jazz drummer and I spent time in the Jazz clubs of New York as a kid. As I got older I found myself collaborating with Jazz musicians as an emcee and man did it push me in exploring improvisation.”
About The Jam Session Inc.
The Jam Session, Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on the art of improvisational Jazz as the primary foundation, with other styles and influences present as well. Inspired by the late-night jam sessions and loft rehearsals in New York City, The Jam Session believes that the evolution and survival of improvisational music takes place in front of a live audience, being inclusive and accessible to all who want to engage. Frequent local home for The Jam Session is Bay Burger in Sag Harbor. Please visit thejamsession.org.
With Artist-in-Residence Andrea Cote, the public will participate in collaborative printmaking and video. Participants will come together over the course of two months in a series of movement and art-making workshops culminating in a performance and large-scale tapestry.
Curated by Paton Miller, the now fourth year of this popular exhibition continues to celebrate 29 new artists, honors the collectors who have supported them, and marks Southampton Arts Center as a home where the East End arts scene can continue to thrive.