Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah announces his forthcoming album’s, Ancestral Recall, release on March 22, 2019 via the Ropeadope/Stretch Music labels. Released today, the album’s title track features poet laureate Saul Williams. Of the song, Highsnobiety proclaims “QUOTE.” Additional collaborators on the recording include Elena Pinderhughes, Weedie Braimah, Logan Richardson, Mike Larry Draw, Chris Turner, and others.
Heralded by NPR as ushering in “a new era in jazz,” Adjuah continues to forge new ground. JazzTimes cites him as "The architect of a new commercially viable fusion" and "Jazz's young style God.” In 2015, Adjuah released Stretch Music - the inaugural recording of Adjuah’s vision of genre blindness in sound. The trailblazing document centered around acculturating as many musical forms, vernaculars, and cultures as possible into one fresh and resonate creative improvised concept. The recording garnered Adjuah a Downbeat Critics Poll “Rising Star Composer” win in addition to many “Rising Star Trumpet” wins from the publication. Stretch Music was accompanied by a groundbreaking app by the same name, for which Adjuah won JAZZFM’s 2015 Innovation of the Year honor.
The Centennial Trilogy: Adjuah’s three-album series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recordings was released in 2017. The recordings are a sobering re-evaluation of the world’s social and political realities and speaks to a litany of issues that continue to plague the collective human experience. The trilogy was praised by Pitchfork, NPR Music, Stereogum, The FADER, GQ, The New York Times, Interview Magazine, Paste, Noisey, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, as well as other print media. The final album of the trilogy, The Emancipation Procrastination, is nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the 61st Grammy Awards. The recording marks Adjuah's second nomination.
Ancestral Recall continues Adjuah’s mission to unify people via their musical and cultural voices by tearing down the sonic and social constructs that separate them. As a newly ascended Chieftain in the Black masking culture of New Orleans, he has been deeply committed to turning identity politics, as it is used in music, on its ear. Ancestral Recall seeks to excavate and update hidden histories in sound by displaying a sonic tapestry that illuminates the har-melodic movements found within rhythm. Adjuah explains: "In its inception, Ancestral Recall was built as a map to de-colonialize sound; to challenge previously held misconceptions about some cultures of music; to codify a new folkloric tradition and begin the work of creating a national set of rhythms; rhythms rooted in the synergy between West African, First Nation, African Diaspora/Caribbean rhythms and their marriage to rhythmic templates found in trap music, alt-rock, and other modern forms. It is time we created a sound that dispels singular narratives of entire peoples and looks to finally represent the wealth of narratives found throughout the American experience. An experience that shows all forms of expression in sound are valid, as all people are." The goal is to connect people in one understanding rather than dividing them by definition.
Christian was also just featured on Boogie’s “Whose Fault” from the album Everything For Sale, which reached #1 on the iTunes hip hop charts upon release on January 24, 2019.
Join us for an unforgettable Halloween show inside the Green Room with an incredible line up of Artists who will take your breath away with their "Death by Aria"! Performers include Sopranos Esther Tonea and Elisa Sunshine, Mezzo-Soprano Simone McIntosh, Tenor Christopher Ogelsby, Baritone Simon Barrad, Bass Kirk Eichelberger and Pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg. Music will range from Faust, Romeo & Juliette, Schubert's Erlkönig, Phantom of the Opera, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Young Frankenstein. Costumes highly encouraged, Curated Cocktails, Faust Wines and Light Bites. Please Note: Proof of Vaccination is required for all guests. Masks are required when not eating or drinking.
Before the ball drops, kick off your New Year’s celebrations with a spectacular evening of music with the San Francisco Symphony! Award-winning actor, singer, and songwriter Darren Criss—a San Francisco native famed for his roles on television’s Glee and American Crime Story—takes to the stage to ring in 2022 with a bevy of hits sure to get you in the festive mood.
The popular Holiday Brass concert is back! Feel the power and precision of the SF Symphony brass section as they fill Davies Symphony Hall with a festive mix of classical and popular holiday favorites.
Travel back in time to a bygone era as the San Francisco Symphony lights up the stage with songs made legendary by history’s most unforgettable crooners: Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Featuring the show-stopping talents of Broadway vocalist Capathia Jenkins, acclaimed jazz singer and pianist Tony DeSare, and the SF Symphony Chorus, hear these artists lend their rich voices to a timeless selection of classic holiday hits and jazz standards.
’Tis the season to be merry and gay! Co-emceed by conductor Edwin Outwater and drag sensation Peaches Christ, this old-fashioned holiday variety show guarantees an evening of festive fun and fabulous flair. Hear holiday hits played by the SF Symphony, and be regaled by a star-studded lineup of iconic guests, delectable vocalists, and drag queens galore!
E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King picks up the classic tale where Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet ends. This delightful evening—starring the San Francisco Symphony and Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming—decorates Hoffmann’s story with music from Tchaikovsky’s tone poems, orchestral suites, and, of course, his famous The Nutcracker. Experience a rare holiday treat like never before, one that begins, as all great stories do, with, “Once upon a time…”
See the beloved holiday hit Home Alone on the big screen like you never have before, with John Williams’ exuberant score performed live by the San Francisco Symphony. The highest-grossing holiday film of all time, and starring an adorable Macaulay Culkin, this hilarious and heartwarming comedy is holiday fun for the entire family. © 1990 Twentieth Century Fox
Funny, irresistible, and heart-warming, Love Actually is set in contemporary London in the weeks before Christmas and tells one story that weaves together a spectacular amount of love stories—sometimes romantic, sometimes sad, sometimes stupid—all funny in their own way. Love Actually is a copyright of WT Venture LLC. Licensed by Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Led by the incomparable José Hernández, Mariachi Sol de Mexico® returns to Davies Symphony Hall for a festive musical tribute to Mexico’s Christmas traditions. Experience a multicultural celebration as the ensemble sings and plays holiday favorites from both Mexico and America in a vibrant performance you won’t want to miss. The San Francisco Symphony does not appear in this performance.
Prokofiev’s timeless tale of a boy and his animal friends’ bravery is brought to life! Together with a special guest narrator, experience Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Daniel Stewart conduct. Program: Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev
The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir’s powerhouse harmonies have garnered praise from audiences around the world. This holiday season, they join the SF Symphony for an exuberant performance of soul, jazz, and Christmas classics. Don’t miss your chance to experience their vocal fireworks and inspirational energy in a holiday concert that’s sure to lift your spirits.
Enjoy the San Francisco Symphony’s vibrant Día de los Muertos concert and continue the celebration with the Día de los Muertos Fiesta reception and dinner. Día de los Muertos, November 6, at Davies Symphony Hall is a vibrant addition to any family’s celebrations this year. Enjoy art installations throughout the orchestra lobbies of altars or ofrendas, created by local artists and curated by our longtime SF Symphony collaborator, Martha Rodríquez-Salazar; take photos with catrines and catrinas plus more family fun before the show. The concert, conducted by Enluis Montes Olivar features traditional Latin American music and culture, with Flor Amargo ‘La Riena del Barrio’ and the San Francisco Symphony starts at 2PM. The Fiesta follows at 4PM with auction, reception and seated dinner. This fundraising event is presented by the San Francisco League of the Symphony’s Día de los Muertos Committee chaired by Sharon Seto. All proceeds benefit the Symphony and its myriad artistic, education and community programs. All Fiesta levels include pre-concert activities, performance and Fiesta. Must be 21 or over to attend the Fiesta. Program: Conga del Fuego Nuevo by Arturo Márquez; Todo Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla; Margariteña - Inocento Carreno; Huapango - Moncayo García; Xochipilli by Carlos Chavez