Where is jazz now? The answer is here.
Hailed as ‘jazz’s most influential bandleader under 40’ (The New York Times), trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is situated in both the centre and the periphery of jazz. Part of a generation of influential artists – such as Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington and Thundercat – who worked with Kendrick Lamar on his album, To Pimp a Butterfly, Akinmusire is carving out the shape of the future of jazz.
Akinmusire masterfully weaves inspiration from other genres, arts and everyday life into compositions that are as poetic and graceful as they are bold and unflinching – nowhere is this more evident than in his 2018 album Origami Harvest. Steeped in social consciousness and described as ‘a voyage through America that is both dreamlike and dystopian’ (The Guardian), the album is a politically charged, audacious and surprisingly fluid study in contrasts.
MIJF is very excited to present Origami Harvest as an Australian exclusive – a project that pits contemporary chamber music against left-field jazz, hip hop, funk, spoken word and soul to create richly textured soundscapes that record the social climate of our times.