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Africa, America, Europe
Black Atlantic, Black Atlantic - Platform 2:
Congo Square
Thinking of Elvin Jones and Tony Williams:
Cindy Blackman, Santi Debriano
Congo Square
Late arrival to the jam session: 8
Black Atlantic
Cindy Blackman (New York - drums)
is an internationally successful drummer whose powerful music lies in the colourful sounds and sophisticated rhythms of her arrangements and compositions
Santi Debriano (New York - bass)
is a composer and band leader. He has played with Sam Rivers and Archie Shepp, among others, and is one of the most sought-after and versatile musicians in New York's Latin and Jazz scenes.

Highlighting some of the motifs from Tony Williams’ original lifetime CD “Emergency” – which was later recognized by many musicians as the birth of what we call fusion today; as well as meditations on the immense contribution of the polyrhythms and African aesthetic in jazz explored by legendary drummer Elvin Jones. Drummer Cindy Blackman performing for 10 years with pop rocker Lenny Kravitz as well as leader of several jazz projects, she is the modern example of musicians that grew up surrounded by and exposed to the Black Atlantic’s many musics. Whether it is blues, rock, funk, latin or jazz music, the unification of these rhythmic languages is an urge that is expressed through many artists today. Through two of the most highly influential drum masters from the 60’s-90’s, her dialogue will focus on a meditation of their contributions to swing, afro-swing, rock, fusion, and liberation on of the drum set and what impact that has had on ideas of independence.