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Promises

featuring Floating Points with Shabaka Hutchings, Kieran Hebden, Dan Snaith, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Hinako Omori, Jeffrey Makinson, John Escreet, Lara Serafin with special guests Sun Ra Arkestra

Wed / Sept 20, 2023 - 8:00PM

An all-star lineup performs Promises, the acclaimed 2021 album-length composition recorded with the late tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. 

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Artists

  • Floating Points
  • Shabaka Hutchings
  • Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, conductor
  • Kara-Lis Coverdale
  • John Escreet
  • Kieran Hebden (Four Tet)
  • Jeffrey Makinson
  • Hinako Omori
  • Lara Serafin
  • Dan Snaith (Caribou)
  • The Los Angeles Studio Orchestra
  • Sun Ra Arkestra

Artists

  • Floating Points
  • Shabaka Hutchings
  • Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, conductor
  • Kara-Lis Coverdale
  • John Escreet
  • Kieran Hebden (Four Tet)
  • Jeffrey Makinson
  • Hinako Omori
  • Lara Serafin
  • Dan Snaith (Caribou)
  • The Los Angeles Studio Orchestra
  • Sun Ra Arkestra

About this Performance

In 2019, the composer Floating Points (Sam Shepherd) converged with spiritual jazz icon Pharoah Sanders to create Promises, a breathtaking album-length composition and mesmerizing journey also featuring the London Symphony Orchestra. Issued two years later, the recording has become one of the most acclaimed releases of our time.

On September 20, Floating Points will premiere Promises in full at the Hollywood Bowl. The performance will bring to life a recording that capped Sanders’ profoundly influential six decades in music.

Shepherd began working with Sanders after the tenor saxophonist heard Floating Points’ debut album, Elaenia, in 2015. The two reconnected often, and as Shepherd gained further attention and success for the sublime Floating Points electronic albums Reflections: Mojave Desert (2017) and Crush (2019), his bond with Sanders grew into a creative partnership that bore the meditative Promises. Upon its release, critics lined up to sing its praises, with NPR jazz critic Nate Chinen calling it “grand in scale but startlingly intimate in its effect.”

The pair were developing this Hollywood Bowl debut in the months before the tenor saxophonist died in 2022, and now Shepherd will fulfill this wish with orchestra and an all-star line-up handpicked, in part, by Sanders himself.

Artwork credit: Julie Mehretu. Congress, 2003. Ink and acrylic on canvas. 72 x 96 in. (182.88 x 243.84 cm). The Broad Art Foundation. Courtesy of The Broad, Los Angeles. ©Julie Mehretu.

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