Esperanza Spalding – Black Gold

“It has not taken Esperanza Spalding long to emerge as one of the brightest lights in the musical world. Listeners familiar with her stunning 2008 Heads Up International debut, Esperanza, and her best-selling 2010 release Chamber Music Society, were well aware that the young bassist, vocalist and composer from Portland, Oregon was the real deal, with a unique and style-spanning presence, deeply rooted in jazz yet destined to make her mark far beyond the jazz realm. That judgment was confirmed on February 13, 2011, when Spalding became the first jazz musician to receive the GRAMMY® Award for Best New Artist. On March 20th, 2012, Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, gives us Spalding’s latest release, Radio Music Society, her most diverse, ambitious and masterful recital yet. 11 songs are accompanied by conceptual short films, which further express Esperanza’s inspiration and story behind each track. Shot in various locations including New York City; Barcelona, Spain; and Portland, Oregon; all videos will be available to purchasers of Radio Music Society as a digital download or a DVD on the deluxe version.”



3 thoughts on “Esperanza Spalding – Black Gold

  1. Kia ora – This is just fantastic. I hope you do not mind if I share this here in Aotearoa. It fits in very well with our recent journey to find out the real truth about Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the amazing experience we had there. Kia kaha e hoa. Mauri Ora!

  2. Kia ora, Robb,

    Please share the Esperanza’s video. I have been a devoted fan since her debut album. I love her versatility and virtuosity. She never disappoints, so the music video should get a positive reception.

    As you know, the history of treaties between the U.S. Government and Native Americans is an epic tale of treachery and betrayal. The U.S. broke every single agreement they signed and dispossessed indigenous peoples whenever they chose to do so, often committing genocide in the process. Did you attend any special events on Waitangi Day? Here in the U.S. February is “Black History Month.” I’m involved in a couple of projects promoting the occasion, including the showing of a couple of documentary films. It’s been keeping me busy the last two weeks. I plan to post a few pieces in keeping with the occasion, as soon as I can find the time. In the meantime …


  3. Kia ora John,
    Indeed the whole 4 days was really a special event, as I traveled with a group of young accomplished Maori students, led by not much older and brilliant Maori women, and as a whanau we stayed on two different Marae. One, Kawiti, was the only Marae that would offer shelter to those involved in the burgeoning coming to life of the real protest and opposition to the lies around Te Tiriti back 30 years ago or so. So it literally dripped with that mana. And we were then treated to some awesome korero by most of those people themselves, the highlight of which was back at the marae one evening when Moana Jackson gave us a private korero. He is perhaps the leading laywer in the world on indigenous constitutional law, and his ability to take complex difficult issues and get them across to us simply, mainly by simply story telling was moving and unforgettable. I have written a post att my own place should you care to have a look.
    It was an amzing experience to be part of, and eye opening in so many ways, but mostly in seeing the bridges between the brilliant young Maori minds and bodies to that wisdom and knowledge and inspiration of those who have gone before them. Look out Aotearoa! Mauri Ora!

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