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August Wilson Center
October 7
8 p.m.

Fans of the wildly talented jazz bassist, cellist, singer and songwriter Esperanza Spalding should not miss the performer‘s latest production when it rolls into downtown’s August Wilson Center for one exciting night on Friday.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Equal parts live concert, audio portrait and theatrical performance art, Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily’s D+Evolution is the latest mixed-genre concept to spring from the mind and soul of the four-time Grammy winner.

Based on music from her fifth and newest contemporary jazz album, Emily’s D+Evolution—which was co-produced by Spalding and long-time David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti—the multimedia performance will captivate audiences with its bold blend of music, storytelling, acting, imagery, videos, performance art, and stage design.

Described as “live musical vignettes,” Emily’s D+Evolution references Spalding’s real middle name—which the engrossing star channels to create an alter ego and muse. Incorporating her life-long interest in theater, poetry and movement, the kaleidoscopic show combines Spalding’s foundation in jazz traditions with her passion for high-concept, cutting-edge productions.

Spalding, who worked with stage director and playwright Will Wiegler on the show, will perform tracks such as “Good Lava” and  “Unconditional Love,” expressing her eclectic and expansive sound that spans funk, jazz, pop, rock and more.

Raised in Portland, Oregon as a musical prodigy, Spalding started playing violin with the Chamber Music Society of Oregon at the very young age of five. She went on to receive scholarships to Portland State University and Berklee College of Music.

The 31-year-old musician has released seven collaborative and five solo albums and has performed at the Oscars, the White House, and with legends such as Prince and Herbie Hancock.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...