Skin Deep Sonic Transmissions: Shabaka Hutchings

Skin Deep is a London-based multimedia platform that amplifies voices of colour through the discussion of race and culture. Their Sonic Transmissions sessions curate conversation, live performance and collective listening around the work of an artist.

We feel incredibly lucky to have that Skin Deep are inviting saxophonist, band leader and composer, Shabaka Hutchings back for the 2nd instalment of Sonic Transmissions at the festival!

Shabaka is one of the stars of London’s jazz community, as well as the city’s thriving improvised music scene. As part of the Caribbean diaspora, he pushes the boundaries of what musical elements are considered to be Caribbean. Constantly evaluating the nature of his relationship with musical material and tradition, he describes his attempts at composition as wrestling matches with questions of where and how the Caribbean can be encoded, and what happens when it is exposed to the western classical music cannon.

The last Sonic Transmissions Session talked about ancestors and marxism, mythology and capitalism, time and language, rap and calypso, communities and colonialism, and imagining and creating new systems. What the conversation could explore this time knows no bounds.

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