Brandee Younger Trio
Saturday, September 29, 4:30-5:30pm
A fearless and versatile talent, harpist BRANDEE YOUNGER defies genres and labels as a classically trained musician playing in the avant-garde tradition of her sonically forward predecessors Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane. Younger delivers a consistently fresh take on the ancient instrument as an educator, concert curator, performer, and leader of the Brandee Younger Quartet. Younger has produced an impressive body of work since the 2011 debut of her seminal Prelude EP, including Brandee Younger Live @ The Breeding Ground, a breakthrough performance on Bluenote Records and Revive Music’s 2015 Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 LP, and the more recent release of her critically acclaimed 2016 Wax & Wane LP.
Known for expressive interpretations of traditional harp repertoire as well as her continued work with a diverse cross-section of musical talents, Younger is widely recognized as a creative linchpin whose nuanced presence and willingness to push boundaries have made her irreplaceable on record and in performance. She has worked with jazz leaders and popular hip-hop and R&B titans including Ravi Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Jack Dejohnette, Reggie Workman, Common, John Legend, and Lauryn Hill.
As well versed in performance art as she is in the art of creative risk-taking, Younger challenges commonly held notions in her quest to “make the harp a more relevant force in today’s music.” Younger’s ability to seamlessly inject the harp into arrangements and venues where it has historically been overlooked is a testament to her deep love for and exemplary command of the instrument.
Many thanks to Chicago based harp-maker Lyon and Healy for the instrument loan for Brandee's performances.
The musicians are: BRANDEE YOUNGER (harp); RASHAAN CARTER (bass); and ANNE DRUMMOND (flute).
The harp used by Brandee Younger in her performances in the Hyde Park Jazz Festival has been generously loaned by Lyon and Healy Harps of Chicago.