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iRock Jazz Interviews Wayne Shorter & Filmmaker Dorsay Alavi on WS:ZG

Radio program iRock Jazz interviewed Wayne Shorter and Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity director Dorsay Alavi a few weeks ago to discuss the film, the Pledge Music campaign, Wayne’s faith and the philosophical idea behind “Zero Gravity”.

Read the full interview here to get some great insight into Wayne’s ideas and philosophy and what to expect from the film.

If you haven’t donated to the Pledge campaign yet, you can do so here. Thank you to iRock Jazz and John Moultrie for the great interview.

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‘Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity’ Pledge Music Campaign Begins April 20th

Brave World Pictures is launching a Pledge Music campaign to crowdsource a portion of the funds needed to complete Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity. The campaign launches Saturday April 20th and allows Wayne Shorter fans to contribute to the film’s funding in return for great rewards and unique Wayne Shorter merchandise and experiences.

With Pledges starting at $15, fans can follow the making of Zero Gravity with exclusive behind the scenes footage, interviews and updates on the making of the film and an acknowledgement on the official Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity website.  Other pledge offers are invitations to a digital premiere of the film before its public premiere, Zero Gravity t-shirts with art created by Wayne Shorter, a personalized voice message recorded by Wayne and Esperanza Spalding, tickets to his 80th birthday party and even dinner with Wayne and Herbie Hancock.

Watch the Pledge trailer for the project below and contribute to the Zero Gravity Pledge campaign here.

WAYNE SHORTER: ZERO GRAVITY DOCUMENTARY PLEDGE MUSIC CAMPAIGN VIDEO from Brave World Pictures on Vimeo.

 

 

LA Times Reviews ‘Without a Net’; Calls It “Sprawling, Relentlessly Inventive”

The LA Times  gave Wayne’s Tuesday release, Without a Net a great review:

“There’s a moment during Wayne Shorter’s much-anticipated new album where someone, said to be a member of the string ensemble Imani Winds, lets out maybe the most natural response to Shorter’s darting soprano saxophone. ‘Oh my God,’ she says with a touch of disbelief, and the band twists further into the hypnotic 23-minute composition ‘Pegasus.’

The album is a sprawling, relentlessly inventive listen that nods toward Shorter’s rich legacy as a true musical giant, even while pointing toward an undeniable truth that, even at 80 years old, he isn’t finished exploring yet.

The album opens with a nod toward Shorter’s fertile period backing Miles Davis in a deconstructed, darker take on ‘Orbits,’ which features a rumbling, shadowy piano from Danilo Perez. Shorter’s horn weaves and flutters, and keeping his restless drive — and indeed the whole record — from twisting off the rails is the group’s longtime drummer Brian Blade, who forms the elastic backbone for each track with an incomparable mix of grace and drive.

‘Plaza Real’ from Shorter’s Weather Report days is bent into new, cascading angles, and the group gets another sideways acknowledgment in a few flourishes in ‘Pegasus’ that recall “Black Market.” But as much as the record is a showcase for Shorter and his knotty compositional voice, the star remains the band and its near-telepathic interplay, leaving the music feeling spacious and oddly ephemeral, as if it keeps changing with every listen. While the album is daunting to absorb at a sprawling 77 minutes, the results are well worth it.”

Without a Net Released Today

The Wayne Shorter Quartet’s latest album Without a Net was released today. It’s his first recording with the legendary Blue Note Records in 43 years.

Without a Net Album Cover

If you haven’t purchased it yet, you can get it on iTunes or Amazon.com.

 

New York Times Discusses Shorter’s “Late-Inning Momentum”

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The New York Times published an astonishing article on Wayne and his current projects that they describe as “late-inning momentum”. The article discusses Wayne’s various musical endeavors (including his new album Without a Net), his place in jazz, and how he and the Wayne Shorter Quartet create their compositions.

Read the complete article using the link above.

Wayne Performs at ‘A Historic Night of Jazz at the Lincoln Center’

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On December 13, Wayne performed at  the David Lynch Foundation’s A Historic Night of Jazz at the Lincoln Center gala. The evening featured Wayne along with Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington.

The David Lynch Foundation used the evening to highlight it’s new programs focusing on police officers and first-responders suffering from post-traumatic stress, families that have experienced domestic violence and children on the autistic spectrum.

Learn more about the David Lynch Foundation here.

View more photos from the event on the Zero Gravity Facebook page.

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Wayne and Esperanza at Work

The Zero Gravity film crew captures the first rehearsal for the upcoming concert with Wayne Shorter, the LA Phil and Esperanza Spalding at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Esperanza looks through Shorter’s brilliant composition for “Gaia” and incorporates her lyrics.

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Wayne Shorter to Release New Album on Blue Note February 2013

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Zero Gravity captures the photo shoot for Wayne Shorter’s latest release with Blue Note Records, Without a Net.  Robert Ashcroft photographs Wayne for the album.

The legendary jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter has re-signed to Blue Note Records, and will release his first album as a leader for the iconic label in 43 years with the February 5, 2013 release of Without A Net, his searing new album with his long-running quartet featuring pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade.

Shorter—who will be entering his 80th year in 2013—first recorded for Blue Note in 1959 as the precocious 26-year-old tenor saxophonist (and prolific composer) in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, which brought him to the attention of label founder Alfred Lion who eventually signed him to his own recording deal. Shorter went on to make a spectacular run of classic albums for Blue Note between 1964-1970 including Night Dreamer, Juju, Speak No Evil, Adam’s Apple, Schizophrenia, and Super Nova during a period of time that also paralleled Shorter’s years with Miles Davis, first as a member of the trumpeter’s trailblazing quintet, and later as a part of Davis’ early fusion masterpieces.

“Wayne Shorter is one of the greatest musicians and composers of our time,” said Don Was, President of Blue Note Records. “At age 80, we witness him at the height of his powers and performing with one of the most incredible bands he’s ever assembled. Although welcoming him back to Blue Note Records after 43 years is a romantic notion, Wayne’s enduring appeal is rooted in his steadfast refusal to trade in such nostalgia. In fact, it is Mr. Shorter’s determination to constantly move forward that makes his new album, Without A Net, such an essential listening experience.”

Reflecting upon his perpetual path of musical discovery, Shorter expounded that “The challenge we as artists face today is to create a ‘singularity’ or an ‘event horizon’  so that as human beings we will break the cycle of ego dominated actions which through repetition keep us bound to stagnation which denies us entrance to the Portal of Life’s Ultimate Adventure!”

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