Artist: Christian Scott

Album: Stretch Music

Release Date: 2015-09-18

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Stretch Music features a cast of this generations most daring conceptualists. The group was formed to eradicate all arguments that inhibit creative and progressive expression: to musically show that all forms belong together, as all people do. The recording features four new instruments designed exclusively for the group. They include three horns designed by Christian and Adams Instruments (The Siren, Sirenette and Reverse Flugel Horn) and the Pan African Drum Kit, created by Christian and drummer, Joe Dyson. These are joined by traditional and electronic instrumentation. Together, they create a sinuous sonic scape that actualizes the vision of Stretch Music.

THE STRETCH MUSIC APP is an interactive music player of Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Stretch Music recording. The Stretch Music App allows musicians the ability to completely control their practicing, listening and learning experience by customizing the player to fit their specific needs and goals. By
controlling the customized audio channels of every instrument on the recording, musicians are able to build the perfect environment to play over. The app has the ability to mute, solo, pan and fade any instrument chosen along with tempo control, looping and sheet music for each part. Stretch Music delivers quick, interactive audio to create a compelling educational experience for efficient learning while simultaneously acculturating developing musicians into the new style of creative improvisation and expression.

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.