Pianist and composer Herbie Hancock returns to the Ottawa Jazzfest's main stage Concerts Under the Stars series this year on Friday June 25.
At the 2008 Festival, Ottawa fans enjoyed his group's live performance of River: the Joni letters, which won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Hancock's group this year includes Vinnie Colaiuta – drums, Lionel Loueke – guitar, Greg Phillinganes – keyboards and Tal Wilkenfeld – bass.
On June 21, Hancock will be releasing his latest album: The Imagine Project, to coincide with his 70th birthday. The CD will be accompanied by a DVD of a documentary film.
The project features collaborations between Hancock and over a dozen superstars from every region of the planet. The music will combine Hancock's own vision with the local musical identity of cultures from around the world and use the universal language of music to express its central themes of peace and global responsibility. Noted Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side) is serving as one of the film’s producers.
The recordings took 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/film without borders, both a celebration and a call to action."