Basquiat and Jazz featuring Black Top
LONDON LSO St Luke's
Performing under their collective alias Black Top, British vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson is joined by regular collaborator and pianist Pat Thomas. The evening’s performance offers a rich exploration of the cultural dynamic between Free-Jazz and the vividly resonant paintings of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Introduced by writer and improvisation expert Francesco Martinelli, the concert welcomes further performers and collaborators in radical guitarist Jean Paul Bourelly, spoken word artist Anthony Joseph, and trumpeter Byron Wallen, and with visuals and projection design by Derek Richards.
Jazz was a reoccurring theme in Basquiat’s work. Pieces including ‘Trumpet’, ‘Horn Players’ and ‘Charles the First’ demonstrate his love of the genre whilst immortalising great players such as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Similarly, away from the canvas in Basquiat’s occasional DJ sets at the legendary New York night club Area, he could be found playing records by jazz legends including John Coltrane.
This concert coincides with Basquiat: Boom For Real, the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of the artist, opening at the Barbican Art Gallery on 21 September 2017.
Produced by the Barbican in association with Serious
Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.
Featuring two of the UK’s leaders in the world of improvisation and free jazz, Pat Thomas and Orphy Robinson. In addition to an exploration of the cultural dynamic between Free-Jazz and the paintings of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, BlackTop will also be joined guitarist Jean Paul Bourelly, spoken word artist Anthony Joseph, and trumpeter Byron Wallen. Expect the unexpected!