Friday, April 15, 2022
As part of Sessions, a new spin-off of Gagosian Premieres, six-time Grammy-nominated Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah (formerly Christian Scott) performs “Bark Out Thunder Roar Out Lightning” alongside drummer Elé Salif Howell, inside Awol Erizku’s exhibition Memories of a Lost Sphinx at Gagosian, Park & 75, New York. In this track from his upcoming album, Bark Out Thunder Roar Out Lightning, Chief Adjuah debuts his latest musical instrument, a double-sided harp called the Chief Adjuah Bow, which he describes as a hybrid of four instruments: a West African donso n’goni, or “hunter’s harp”; a West African kamele n’goni, or “young man’s harp”; a kora; and an electric guitar. The pair previously collaborated when Scott composed the score for Mystic Parallax, Erizku’s solo exhibition at FLAG Art Foundation in New York.
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Sessions is a spin-off of Gagosian Premieres featuring short-form videos of performances with music, dance, and poetry by some of today’s most acclaimed creative voices. Sessions can be newly commissioned performances or outtakes from Premieres episodes.
Thursday, December 9, 2021
I Put a Spell on You
As part of Sessions, a new spin-off of Gagosian Premieres, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Alice Smith delivers an unforgettable interpretation of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic “I Put a Spell on You” (1956) inside the exhibition Social Works II at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. Hawkins’s song was famously covered by Nina Simone in 1965 and has since been performed and recorded by many other artists, from Bette Midler to Marilyn Manson. In 2015, Smith’s haunting rendition was featured on the album Nina Revisited... A Tribute to Nina Simone.