Programme Details

Fly Higher: Charlie Parker@100

“Jaw-dropping, one of the finest saxophonists going.”
Pitchfork (on Rudresh Mahanthappa)

“Terri Lyne Carrington can play drums at the highest level. She’s a master.”
Herbie Hancock

 

ABOUT

WORLD PREMIERE

Charlie Parker – 100 years on and still flying high

In 2020, the world celebrates 100 years since the birth of one of the greatest innovators in jazz: alto saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker, the founding father of bebop, whose revolutionary influence is felt as strongly today as it was in his all too brief lifetime. In honour of the anniversary, the HKAF presents the world premiere of a programme of radical modern responses to Parker’s music, arranged and performed by “jaw-dropping” (Pitchfork) saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and three-time Grammy Award-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington in the questing spirit the high-flying Bird himself embodied.

“In a time where the words ‘innovation’ and ‘genius’ are overused, we are excited to celebrate a man who truly embodied both, and the best way one shows admiration is not to age their work but to show their influence and how their work resonates in a modern age,” says Mahanthappa. “We firmly believe that Bird would have wanted his legacy to resonate in this fashion.”

Since 2011, Mahanthappa has been named alto saxophonist of the year for seven of eight years running in DownBeat Magazine’s International Critics’ Poll. His co-director Carrington (Mosaic Project, 2017 HKAF) is one of the world’s most highly regarded drummers and has played with a who’s who of jazz luminaries as well as leading her own bands. Together they lead an all-star line-up of acclaimed musicians for a heartfelt, high energy tribute to Charlie Parker’s razor-sharp music.


The 21 Feb performance is sponsored by Sino Group as part of the Sino Group Arts Celebration Series

 

MUSICIANS

Co-music Director, Alto Saxophone
Rudresh Mahanthappa

Co-music Director, Drums
Terri Lyne Carrington

Vocals
Charenée Wade

Trumpet
Adam O’Farrill

Piano
Kris Davis

Bass
Larry Grenadier

DJ
Kassa Overall

 

Photo credit

"Bird Lives" painting by Vel Verrept based on a photograph by Herman Leonard

  • FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

    DATE / TIME

    20 & 21 / 2 / 2020  20:00

     

    VENUE

    Concert Hall, HK Cultural Centre