Artist: Christian Scott

Album: Ruler Rebel

Release Date: 2017-03-31

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Two-time Edison award winning, Grammy nominated trumpeter, composer, producer, designer of innovative instruments and interactive media Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is set to release three albums to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the very first Jazz recordings of 1917.

Collectively titled The Centennial Trilogy, the series is at its core a sobering re-evaluation of the social political realities of the world through sound. It speaks to a litany of issues that continue to plague our collective experiences. Slavery in America via the Prison Industrial Complex, Food Insecurity, Xenophobia, Immigration, Climate Change, Sexual Orientation, Gender Equality, Fascism and the return of the Demagogue.

The first release in the trilogy, Ruler Rebel, vividly depicts Adjuah's new vision and sound - revealing Adjuah to the listener in a way never heard before via a completely new production methodology that Stretches Trap Music with West African and New Orleanian Afro-Native American styles.

Ruler Rebel is set for pre-order on 2/17/17, to coincide with the first annual Stretch Music Festival at Harlem Stage. The Stretch Music Festival, created and curated by Adjuah, explores the boundaries of Stretch, Jazz, Trap, and Alternative Rock with some of music's most poised and fiery rising stars. The festival consists of five days of events, culminating with concerts on February 17th and 18th at Harlem Stage with performances by Butcher Brown, Braxton Cook, Venus, The Bridge Trio, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, and Matthew Stevens.

NPR raves "Christian Scott ushers in new era of jazz." He has been heralded by JazzTimes magazine as "Jazz's young style God" and "the Architect of a new commercially viable fusion." In 2016 Adjuah won JAZZFM's Innovator/Innovation of the year honor along with the Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star Composer to go along with his many wins for Rising Star Trumpet. Christian is the progenitor of Stretch Music a genre blind musical form that stretches the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions of Jazz to encompass many musical forms, languages, thought processes and cultures.

The release will be accompanied by Adjuah's award-winning Stretch Music App - The first Interactive media player of its kind, refitted for The Centennial Trilogy.

about the artist

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, scion of New Orleans' "First Family of Art and Culture", nephew of Donald Harrison Jr. and grandson of the legendary Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr. (d. 1998) and New Orleans Legend Award recipient, Herreast J. Harrison. He is the identical twin brother of lauded writer/director Kiel Adrian Scott, a Spike Lee protege. The progenitor of 'Stretch Music' and the courageous designer of innovative new brass instruments, Christian is also leading the technological advance with the first interactive Stretch Music App offering for this generation of young improvisers. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, via his Stretch Music label, joins the Ropeadope family of artists as a leader, a man who represents the spirit of music as a social force for change and discourse as well as an innovator of a new compositional/improvisational style and technique. His credits speak of a man who, musically, belongs to all tribes and no tribe at the same time. Christian embodies the spirit of Sankofa, which references the past while moving forward. His Ropeadope debut, Stretch Music, introduces twenty year-old phenom flautist, Elena Pinderhughes. Christian along with Elena and a cast of stellar musicians, represents that Sankofa spirit and challenges the world to join in - to stretch. "It's about expanding oneself to see all as valid. You have to be able to stretch yourself to 'Stretch Music'. It's the sound of the complete reevaluation of the way we communicate and relate."

Born in 1983 in New Orleans, Christian began his musical tutelage with his uncle, legendary sax man and jazz innovator Donald Harrison Jr. A graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), Christian received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music and earned a degree within 30 months. He has released seven critically acclaimed studio recordings and two live albums.

Christian is known for developing the harmonic convention known as the forecasting cell and for his use of an unvoiced tone in his playing that emphasizes breath over vibration at the mouthpiece. This technique is widely referred to as the 'whisper technique'. Christian is also widely recognized as the progenitor of 'Stretch Music', a genre blind musical form that stretches the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions of improvisational music to encompass as many other musical forms, languages and cultures as possible.