Experience a unique creative surge this coming Sunday at The Brink Lounge when Madison’s pre-eminent spoken word poet and hip-hop artist, Rob Dz, joins forces with the New Breed jazz quartet’s Paul Hastil, Louka Patenaude, Nick Moran and Michael Brenneis. Co-produced by Madison Music Collective, Mad Toast Live, and the Improvisational Music Workshop, their concert starts at 3:30 PM and will be followed by an interactive workshop with the audience and performers at 6:00 PM. Discounted advance sale tickets are available online at http://thebrinklounge.com/December_K3BW.html, with full price tickets available at the door.
Exploring common ground in their respective artistic genres, Rob Dz has been jamming lately with the New Breed on occasional Tuesday nights at The Cardinal and at the Isthmus Jazz Festival, while New Breed pianist Paul Hastil and bassist Nick Moran recently teamed with UW First Wave Hip Hop Ensemble performers at the 2012 Wisconsin Book Festival’s “Passing the Mic” showcase at the Overture Center.Rob combines elements of jazz, R&B, funk and gospel to make a sound unlike any other in music. He has performed with major national touring and recording artists like Common, The Black Eyed Peas, Nas, Talib Kweli, The Dave Matthews Band, Zion I, Naughty By Nature, and Bone Thugs N Harmony, and many others. His 2005 release, “Soul Anthems” was named one of the top 25 Madison albums of all time by Isthmus.
A past winner of Madison Area Music Awards as Best Hip Hop Artist, People’s Choice Award and Best Hip Hop Song and Album, Rob Dz has become a leader in the soulful Midwest hip-hop movement. Like a jazz artist, Rob composes spontaneously using words instead of music, and his latest collaboration with the New Breed will create original material that draws on contemporary characteristics of each genre while allowing generous space for improvisation.
For a taste of what these artists have in store, check out Rob with Madison expatriate Joel Adams’ band at Chicago’s legendary Green Mill. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhk3DAaXvXo&feature=youtu.be