Los Angeles, California – Herbie Hancock’s “The Imagine Project”, the new CD from multiple Grammy-winning artist and musical pioneer Herbie Hancock, is an unprecedented international recording and video project featuring collaborations between music legend Herbie Hancock and over a dozen superstars from every region of the planet.
Utilizing the universal language of music to express its central themes of peace and global responsibility, the musical collaborations combine Hancock’s genre-defying musical vision with the “local” musical identity of cultures from around the world. Additionally, footage from each recording session has been shot in each locale to be included in an epk and planned documentary. With veteran music producer Larry Klein serving as one of the album’s producing consultants. “The Imagine Project” is set for release June 22nd via Hancock Records/Red.
Tracks include “The Song Goes On” with Anoushka Shankar (sitarist daughter of Ravi Shankar), Chaka Khan and Wayne Shorter which was recorded in Mumbai, India, along with a stellar group of Indian musicians; “Don’t Give Up,” a duet recorded in London, New York and Los Angeles featuring Pink and John Legend; “Imagine” with Seal, Pink, Konono No l, Jeff Beck, Oumou Sangare, India Arie, Lionel Loueke and Marcus Miller recorded in Paris, London and Los Angeles; “Tamatant Tilay/Exodus” featuring Tinariwen and Los Lobos; “The Times, They Are A’ Changin’” featuring The Chieftains, Toumani Diabate, Lionel Loueke and Lisa Hannigan recorded in Ireland; “Tomorrow Never Knows” featuring Dave Matthews; “Space Captain” with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi; “La Tierra” recorded with Latin superstar Juanes in Miami; “A Change Is Gonna Come” with James Morrison; and a track with Brazilian singer-songwriter Ceu, “Tempo de Amour,” recorded in Sao Paulo.
“Music truly is the universal language,” says Hancock, “The Imagine Project” will explore that concept across the globe, uniting a myriad of cultures through song and positive creative expression. My hope is that the music will serve as a metaphor for the actions taken by the inhabitants of this wonderful planet as a call for world harmony on all levels.”
A global musing on the power of song to bring people together, the recordings for Herbie Hancock’s “The Imagine Project” have taken place in each collaborator’s home territory whenever possible, and embody the spirit, hearts, sounds, colors and flavor of each locale – a complete sensory musical experience. The result is an album/documentary without borders, both a celebration and a call to action.
Herbie Hancock’s “The Imagine Project” is the next step in Hancock’s extraordinary ground-breaking career, and builds upon his recent successes and recognition. (2007 Grammy for Album of the Year – “River/The Joni Letters”, Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, multiple award-winning album/film, “Possibilities”, Jazz Chair for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, amongst many others).
It is anticipated that “The Imagine Project” will take numerous forms — from traditional album to potential “webisodes,” film/documentary, real-time performances, and special concert touring dates including birthday tributes at Carnegie Hall on June 24th and the Hollywood Bowl September 1st, both of which will feature special guests.
Award-winning producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Madeline Peyroux, Luciana Souza, Tracy Chapman, Melody Gardot and Hancock’s collaborator on “River”) has served as producer on a number of the album’s tracks.
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Author: World Music Central News Department
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