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Friday Features: Brandee Younger & Dezron Douglas
* PLEASE NOTE THIS PERFORMANCE IS ONLINE.*
For this week’s “Friday Features,” part of our #BFPLatHome online programming, enjoy a virtual performance at home by harpist Brandee Younger and bassist Dezron Douglas.
Access the performance via @BFPLNY’s Instagram Live >>
“Friday Features” is a new online series that takes a look back at past Arts Brookfield performances and installations, and checks-in on our favorite artists at home, featuring new live performances, artistic interventions, and discussions.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Harpist BRANDEE YOUNGER is a classically trained musician playing in the avant-garde tradition of her sonically forward predecessors Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane. As well versed in performance art as she is in the art of creative risk-taking, Brandee Younger challenges commonly held notions in her quest to make the harp a more relevant force in today’s music. Ms. Younger’s ability to seamlessly inject the harp into arrangements and venues where it has been overlooked is a testament to her dedication to the instrument. She delivers a consistently fresh take on the timeless instrument as a performer and leader of the Brandee Younger Quartet. Known for expressive interpretations of traditional harp repertoire as well as her continuing work with a diverse cross-section of musical talents, Brandee is a creative linchpin whose nuanced presence and willingness to push boundaries makes her irreplaceable on record and in performance. She has graced the stage with jazz leaders and popular hip-hop and r&b titans including Ravi Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Jack Dejohnette, Reggie Workman, Common, Salaam Remi, John Legend, Maxwell and Lauryn Hill. Her fourth album Soul Awakening was released in June of 2019 and her original composition “Hortense” can be heard on the original Netflix Concert-Documentary by Beyoncé; Homecoming.
DEZRON DOUGLAS is a New York-based composer, bassist, bandleader, sideman and educator, who has established himself as a musician’s musician, respected not only for his talent but also for his dedication to the authenticity of the music. Known for his musical versatility, Douglas is one of the most in demand young bassists in jazz today. Composer, bandleader, sideman and educator, Dezron has established himself as a musician’s musician, respected for his talent, virtuosity and dedication to the authenticity of the music.
Above photo by Shane Drummond Photo