The weekend after returning from Italy I quickly shook off the jet lag and headed to NYC with my girlfriend and best friend. We went to see Erykah at BAM in Brooklyn. Orriginally Mos Def was also supposed to perform, but the day of we found out he had cancelled his part of the show. I was pretty bummed because he was really who I came to see. Anyway, Erykah was quite the treat and played to a sold out crowd.
The evening was dedicated to her new Amwrykah Part One (4th World War). The music was funky, mixed with eccentric sound textures, broken up words ands strange chords. Honestly, this concert made me love the Brooklyn Phil. more than Badu. They were on point with every single change and totaly destroyed the Ted Hearne arrangements!
Also, I love that an orchestra is partnering itself with the stars of hip-hop. It’s a great direction to take and one that works perfectly for them because of the strong history in Brooklyn. This is a kind of programing model other American Orchestras should think about. Want to reach out Millennial’s? Play this new stuff.