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Saxophonist Steve Lehman Sélébéyone to Jazz at Princeton

Jazzed Magazine • News • March 9, 2017

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January 5, 2016: Steve Lehman & Selebeyon to present New York Premiere and New Recording
Steve Lehman & Selebeyon, featuring HPrizm (Rap/English), Gaston Bamar Ndoye (Rap/Wolof) and Maciek Lasserre (Soprano Saxophone) will premiere a new book of compositions at Seeds in Brooklyn, January 6-9, 2016.
The group will then head into the studio to prepare a new album for Pi Recordings, also featuring Drew Gress (Bass), Damion Reid (Drum Set), and Carlos Homs (Keyboards)
Photo by Willie Davis

Jazz at Princeton University, helmed by saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, presents a diverse and compelling spring 2017 season (March 5-May 13), including a performance by saxophonist Steve Lehman’s global hip-hop project Sélébéyone Tuesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. at Fine Hall’s Taplin Auditorium. Joining Jazz at Princeton in bringing Lehman to campus is Princeton’s African studies department. Admission is free.

Formed in 2015 by award-winning saxophonist Steve Lehman, HPrizm, Maciek Lasserre, and Bamar Ndoye, Sélébéyone is a collaborative project that draws from Senegalese rap, French spectral music, modern jazz, underground hip-hop,, interactive electronics, and beyond. The band’s first full-length album was called one of the “Top 10 CDs of 2016” by NPR Music, The NY Times Popcast, The Denver Post, The LA Times and The Chicago Reader, among many others.

Lehman is a composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms. His pieces for large orchestra and chamber ensembles have been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, So Percussion, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, the JACK Quartet, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the Talea Ensemble. His 2014 recording was named #1 Jazz Album of the Year by NPR Music and the Los Angeles Times. His 2009 album was chosen as #1 Album of the Year by The New York Times. Recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, Lehman has performed and recorded with artists including Anthony Braxton, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, and Georgia-Anne Muldrow. Lehman has degrees from Wesleyan University and Columbia University.

Other concerts in the Princeton series include Walter Smith III with small group ensembles (March 5), Small Group 1 and Small Group A (April 12), Small Group A (April 23), Jazz Vocal Collective I and II with Darmon Meader (April 27), Creative Large Ensemble with Billy Childs (May 13).

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