Muscat: International groundbreaking jazz composer and pianist Jason Moran, and his group The Bandwagon comprising bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits will stun Muscat at the Royal Opera House Muscat on 28th February 2013 with their charming combination of classical, blues, and jazz techniques with the musical influences of modern generation, including funk, hip-hop, and rock. An autograph session by Jason Moran will be held for the audience post the event.
The trailblazing trio has proven to be one of the most enduring and creative piano trios in jazz today. In almost every category that matters—improvisation, composition, group concept, repertoire, technique and experimentation—Moran, and his group—have challenged the status quo, and earned the reputation as 'the future of jazz'. Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the late 90s, this notable jazz pianist Moran has proven more than his brilliance as a performer he has also established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz music as a whole.
The Bandwagon made their first recording as a trio with Facing Left in 2000, and has been the foundation of the majority of Moran's artistic statements. The trio has been augmented by saxophonist Sam Rivers for 2001's Black Stars, (which was named to NPR's list of "The Decade's 50 Most Important Recordings") and guitarist Marvin Sewell on 2005's blues exploration Same Mother as well as 2006's Artist In Residence, a compendium of Moran's arts institution commissions that also featured collaborations with soprano Alicia Hall Moran and conceptual artist Adrian Piper.
In 2010, Moran was one of only a handful of musicians to have been awarded one of the MacArthur Foundation's fellowship grants, nicknamed the 'Genius Grant'. One year later, he was chosen as the Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center, only the second person to hold the position, following 16 years by one of his mentors, the iconic pianist and educator Billy Taylor. Moran's most recent release, TEN, celebrates its 10th anniversary with The Bandwagon. TEN represents their most assured and focused album to date.
Drummer Nasheet Waits realised his interest in playing the drums after being encouraged by his father, legendary percussionist Frederick Waits. Waits studied privately with renowned percussionist, Michael Carvin. Carvin's tutelage provided a vast foundation upon which Waits added influences from his father, as well as mentor Max Roach. Most recently Nasheet has been a member of Andrew Hill's various bands, Jason Moran's Bandwagon, and Fred Hersch's trio.
Bassist Tarus Mateen's creative genius and mastery of acoustic bass, electric bass, rhythm guitar, and piano make him one of the most sought-after musician/producers in hip-hop, house, blues, rock, reggae, soul, and straight ahead jazz. He is quite possibly the only musician to receive critical acclaim in all these musical genres at once. Since 1996, there has not been a Top 10 jazz album that didn't feature Tarus Mateen. This is a phenomenal feat for any artist, certainly for one of only 42 years in age.
Christina Scheppelmann, Director General of the Royal Opera House Muscat, commented: "The music will do the talking at the Jason Moran's Bandwagon performance at ROHM. The audience will get to witness a dazzling evening by the genius jazz composer and pianist Jason Moran, and his fellows The Bandwagoneers comprising bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits. In fact, we promise that this performance is all-set to be etched on the minds of all our audience. If you are attending this event, make sure not to miss the once in a lifetime autograph session by Jason Moran post the event."