The Rite of Strings
3:30pm doors • 4pm show
Four-time DownBeat Rising Jazz Violinist Ma*JiD fuses his brand of rhythmically pulsating fusion trap-jazz with the elegance of the classical string concertino in The Rite of Strings, an inspired program of riotously freewheeling sensibility.
A full string ensemble and driving rhythm section play music from the pen of legendary jazz violinists Stuff Smith, Jean-Luc Ponty, Noel Pointer, and Michal Urbaniak interspersed with original compositions by Ma*JiD, featuring angelic string sounds, electric bass grooves, lush harmonic textures, layered electric sounds, and hip-hop drums. Brooklyn rapper Dyme-A-Duzin will make a guest appearance, as will other special guests. Don’t miss this high-energy, high-concept combination of the best that these artists have to offer.
“Ma*Jid’s ability to make impossible intuitive leaps from conceptions of sound that are bound by acceptable classical norms of mathematical reason to an outward-bound orbit that only someone who experiences the depths of musical possibility can translate into the sound of melody. Naturally, this will drive the violinist’s improvising mind into a rarefied realm where few can even imagine being.” — Raul Da Gama, JazzDaGama
Majid Khaliq is a violinist and composer cut from a different cloth. He has been described by legendary musician Wynton Marsalis as having “a unique blend of improvisation, groove and technical sophistication”. In 2002, Mr Khaliq graduated from the Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Music and, in 2010, with a Master of Arts in Jazz Performance from Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music.
Mr Khaliq has played with such artists as Wynton Marsalis, Mr Cheeks, Antonio Hart, Craig G, John Blake Jr, Dyme-a-Duzin, Itzahk Perlman, Keith David, Isaac Stern, and Regina Carter. In 2008, Mr Khaliq was the recipient of the prestigious Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship Award for composition. In 2011, he released The Basilisk, his successful debut jazz recording, and he has since released two mixtape albums with his hip-hop band Ma*Jid entitled Sfumato Symphony Volume 1 & 2 on Soundcloud.
Majid’s music is an eclectic blend of styles and influences, drawing from European classical, jazz, and hip-hop. In 2018, Majid released his greatly anticipated second studio album entitled Sound of a Flower at National Sawdust to a sold-out crowd, and has since seen great radio success. Also, 2018 found Majid alongside Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg in a YouTubeRED series entitled Sugar. Ma*Jid will be releasing a collaboration recording with Brooklyn MC Dyme-a-Duzin in the spring of 2019.