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Kieran Hebden + Steve Reid
Percussionist Steve Reid first recorded with Motown's Martha & Vandella's at age 17, working in the Apollo Theatre house band under the direction of Quincy Jones. Following a formal education, Reid relocated to Africa for three years, performing with various African bands such as Guy Warren, Fela Kuti, Alpha Jazz Band and Leone Starrs. Reid has performed and recorded with an overwhelming array of exceptional jazz and R&B artists including Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Dionne Warwick, T-Bone Walker, Archie Shepp, Dexter Gordon, James Brown, Martha Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sam Rivers, Peggy Lee, Fats Domino, Henry Threadgill, Miles Davis, Sun Ra, among many others.
Best known for his post-rock band Fridge and as the sole member of Four Tet, Kieran Hebden's abstract work incorporates elements of hip hop, electronica, techno, jazz, and folk music with live instrumentation, balancing organic and programmed sounds. His first full-length was 1999's Dialogue, which was noticed by experimental dub pioneer Pole (Stefan Betke), leading to a collaboration between the two. Alongside recording his own material, Hebden has also performed remixes for a number of artists including Aphex Twin, Radiohead, Matthew Dear, Battles, Steve Reich and Black Sabbath.
This concert has been funded by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, through the Philadelphia Music Project. Presented with International House Philadelphia. Special thanks to R5 Productions
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