I sat down at Masamoto restaurant in New York to share beef shabu shabu for two with Will Calhoun before his intimate Acoustronic performance duo with bassist and singer Francis Mbappe at Zinc Bar tonight.
Just back in town from his second recording session with LIVING COLOUR for their new album, “Chair in the Doorway”, he’s off to Germany in less than 24 hours for a lineup of gigs in Germany, Austria and Slovenia with David Gilmore’s UNIFIED PRESENCE,
a jazz trio featuring Gilmore on guitar, legendary bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Calhoun on drums, loops, percussion, through March 24. Shifting gears from jazz to rock, he’ll hook up with his Living Colour band members for several performances at festivals in Spain, from March 26-March 28. Recently, I’ve seen him perform with fue and taiko artist Kaoru Watanabe, tap impresario Tamango, his Native Lands Experience Band, Stanley Jordan and Charnette Moffett.
Delighted to be returning to Spain with LIVING COLOUR for the first time since 1995, Calhoun talked about his new album with LIVING COLOUR, due out later this year. He touched on what it’s like to work with different musicians in different genres, his evolution as an artist and what he’ll do in between gigs in Europe. Check back for my exclusive interview, but more importantly check out UNIFIED PRESENCE and LIVING COULOUR in a city or town near you. Below are the current tour dates.
Sat 03/14/09 – Dresden, Germany @ Tante Ju
Mon 03/16/09 – Graz, Austria @ General Music Direktion
Tue 03/17/09 – Velden, Austria @ Bluesiana
Wed 03/18/09 – Passau, Germany @ Cafe Museum
Thu 03/19/09 – Raab, Austria @ Musikschule
Sat 03/21/09 – Wenig, Austria @ Wengerwirt
Sun 03/22/09 – Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Media Park
Mon 03/23/09 – Linz, Austria @ Stadtkeller
Tue 03/24/09 – Munich, Germany @ Bayerischer Hof
Thu 03/26/09 – Grenada, SPAIN @ Sala El Tren
Fri 03/27/09 – Bilbao, SPAIN @ Sala Rock StarSat 03/28/09 – Girona, SPAIN @ Sala la Mirona – Black Music Festival
About LIVING COLOUR
New York based hard rock band Living Colour formed in 1983, and is noted for its original founder, guitarist Vernon Reid, who has an uncanny way of mixing heavy metal, fusion metal, funk, free jazz, hardcore punk and hip-hop in new and exciting ways. Living Colour was named Best New Artist in 1989 at the MTV Music Awards and their hit single, “Cult of Personality” won a Grammy award that same year for Best Hard Rock Performance! The following year, in 1991, they won another Grammy for their song “Time’s Up”. With four studio albums to their credit since forming in 1983, their fifth album, “Chair in the Doorway” is due out later this year. Living Colour has also produced three “Live” Albums and five “Compilation” albums. The longest standing Living Colour band members include Corey Glover at vocals, Will Calhoun on the drums and either Muzz Skillings or Doug Wimbish on the bass guitar.
About UNIFIED PRESENCE
Guitarist David Gilmore is best known for his collaboration with Steve Coleman and his M-Base Collective, was a band member of the Wayne Shorter Group, has performed in the successful band of percussion genius Trilok Gurtu (Crazy Saints), and with Me`Shell N`Degeocello. He’s worked with Uri Caine, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Evans, Don Byron, Cindy Blackman, Alice and Ravi Coltrane, Cyndi Lauper, Brandon and Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Art Blakey, Cassandra Wilson and Joss Stone.
Bass legend Jamaaladeen Tacuma worked on the groundbreaking albums with Ornette Colemen’s Prime Time. From 1975 till 1987 he was on all the albums with this amazing and legendary band. He’s worked with James Blood Ulmer, Julius Hemphill and with the Austrian jazz star Wolfgang Puschnig, is a member of the great Free Form Funky Freqs together with Vernon Reid and Grant Calvin Weston and has played with theWorld Saxophone Quartet.
Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun has worked with Ron Wood from the Rolling Stones, is a member of the band of the Rap-Idol Mos Def, was musical director of Harry Belafontes’ and Herb Alpert’s bands, toured extensively with jazz legend Pharoah Sanders, works with African heroes Salif Keita and Sheik Tidiane, recorded with Jeff Beck, is in the electronic format Headfake together with bassist Doug Wimbish, directs his own jazz group with Greg Osby and Jean-Paul Bourelly and tours as a solo artist.
On Sunday, April 5, Calhoun is a featured artist at the Adams Drummers Festival, the largest drumming event in Belgium. Visit the website for more details.