Denys Baptiste’s 'Now is the time...let freedom ring
Mercury-nominated saxophonist, Denys Baptiste marks the 50th Anniversary of civil rights activist, Dr Martin Luther King’s historic I Have A Dream oration in an exhilarating concert of music, poetry and the moving image - Now Is The Time…Let Freedom Ring! tours the UK from Saturday 5 October in Gateshead - Saturday 18 January 2014 at Hall for Cornwall, 7.30pm
Inspired by Dr King’s momentous speech which demanded freedom, justice and equality for all, Denys Baptiste’s stirring suite, Let Freedom Ring! is presented by Baptiste’s sensational 13-piece band the concerts will be moving, thought-provoking and uplifting, combining contemporary jazz with rousing gospel, blues, Afrobeat and Afro-Cuban rhythms.
‘Engrossing and intelligent music that also swings like hell. Dr King would be proud’ - TIME OUT
Denys Baptiste: Let Freedom Ring! Rehearsals
‘As an artist and composer, I am humbly honoured to see that Let Freedom Ring! has endured, and I'm of course delighted to have an opportunity to reprise this work. As a human being, however, I'm saddened that, a decade after the premiere of this piece and half a century after the speech that inspired it, achieving Freedom, Justice and Equality for all remains a dream and the conversations around these issues remain fundamentally the same. When I created the original commission I focused Let Freedom Ring! around the most memorable, second half of Dr King's speech and I used the rhythmic patterns of his speech as the foundation for the four-part suite. Now, with an entire evening to share with you, I can expand and complete the circle.’ – DENYS BAPTISTE
‘Denys Baptiste…taking Europe by storm and becoming the icon of British jazz’ – TIME MAGAZINE