Robert Glasper

with aja monet
Main Stage

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Robert Glasper is the leader of a new sonic paradigm with a career that bridges musical and artistic genres. Evolution is his hallmark. To date, he boasts five Grammy wins and 12 nominations across 11 categories; an Emmy Award for his song for Ava DuVernay’s critically hailed documentary 13th, with Common and Karriem Riggins; and a Peabody Award for his composition of Mr. Soul!.  Glasper’s breakout crossover album Black Radio won him the Grammy for Best R&B Album and established him as the musician of choice for some of the world’s most iconic artists, most notably Kendrick Lamar's who enlisted Glasper to play keys throughout his landmark album To Pimp A Butterfly. The ongoing Black Radio series has since become Glasper’s calling card—he recently won the Grammy for Best R&B Album for Black Radio III in 2023—securing him a place at the heart of a trailblazing community: from long-time sonic brothers Mos Def and Bilal to legends including Lupe Fiasco, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu.

About aja monet

Surrealist blues poet and community organizer aja monet released her debut album, when the poems do what they do, in 2023 via Secretly Canadian imprint drink sum wtr. The album’s thematic origins center on Black resistance, love, and the inexhaustible quest for joy. She is joined on her journey by a potent roster of esteemed musicians, including Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah FKA Christian Scott (trumpet), Samora Pinderhughes (piano), Elena Pinderhughes (flute), Luques Curtis (bass), Weedie Braimah (percussion), and Marcus Gilmore (drums). Featuring additional vocals by bluesman Lonnie Holley, soul singer Eryn Allen Kane, DJ and host Novena Carmel, and more. The songs throughout are insistent and unrelenting, with some reminiscent of jazz club virtuosity and melee, while others act as a healing balm in gilead, moving like that of the call to intercessory prayer.


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