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Nu Grid Featuring Jean-Paul Bourelly & Vernon Reid

June 25, 2016 @ 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

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Nu Grid is a brand new project that explores the boundaries of beat and improvised music.

Nu Grid. Jean-Paul Bourelly and Graham Haynes are the project initiators with Vernon Reed and DJ logic completing the auspicious lineup.

Jean-Paul Bourelly describes Nu Grid as, “The convergence point of four accomplished musicians, who have always moved on the progressive side of music. We use the jazz impulse, free form funk, beat music, Afro-phonics and any technologies that might lead us into new meaningful musical spaces, to inform us of the next exciting discovery.”

Experimental thinker and cornetist Graham Haynes conducts the Bitches Brew Revisited project and has eight recordings including “Transition” (Antilles).

That was in fact the last time these four musicians appeared on the same record.

Jean-Paul Bourelly has been a leading figure on the jazz and culture scene throughout Europe. He is known as masterful guitarists who blends and stretches across a number of musical genres related to Black Atlantic musics.

Guitarist, Vernon Reid is the founder of Grammy award winning rock group Living Colour as well as collaborator with Jamaladeen Tacuma in the group “Free Form Funky Freqs”.

Glob trotting, funky, beat master DJ Logic started out with the group Eye & I, and has since amassed an astonishing array of collaborations with musicians from Sierra Leon Refugee Allstars to Bill Laswell.

Its was clear from their debut performance at the Butch Morris tribute in St Anna Arresi (Sardinia It. 2015) that Nu Grid was going to be a powerful reconnecting point of four musicians that have a had a long history together that reunite under a fresh new objective. By pushing Dub, and various modern beat musics center stage as the rhythmic trigger point they bring into being a fresh creative interaction. On the other hand, they do what they individually have always done, come up with fresh new ideas.

DJ Logic lends the authentic reference to where hip hop meets improvisation while Haynes’s brash vision of modernity pushes the group with atmospheric edginess. Reid and Bourelly are two guitarists that have had a profound impact on a generation of guitarists and they mix contrasting motifs and elements that consistently shift the tide. Nu Grid is steeped in African America’s impulse to re-invent, as well as in these musicians’ association reflected over time.

It is a meeting point along the digital space ways in the sometimes contentious yet exciting space of push button rhythms interacting with the instrumentalist’s skill guided by four master creators.

Vernon Reid

As the lead guitarist of Living Colour and a co-founder of the Black Rock Coalition, Vernon Reid has done a great deal to undermine stereotypical expectations of what music black artists ought to play; his rampant eclecticism encompasses everything from hard rock and punk to funk, R&B and avant-garde jazz, and his anarchic, lightning-fast solos have become something of a hallmark as well. Born in London, Reid and his family emigrated to Brooklyn while he was a child; he began playing guitar at age 15, initially studying jazz and progressing quickly. In 1980, he joined drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society, a cutting-edge jazz group with whom he appeared on six albums; over the course of the decade, Reid went on to work with a wide variety of experimental musicians — Defunkt, Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, and Public Enemy, among others.


June 25, 2016
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm


Penn Avenue Stage