ListN Up is a collection of artist-curated playlists that provide an intimate sonic portrait of latest artists by showcasing the varied and stylistically different music that influences their artistic follow.
The artwork of flutist and improviser justine lee hooper — A New Yorker from beginning — shares the ethos of the town that by no means sleeps, melding disparate genres, eras, and timbres to create uniquely human music. Their stay units typically invoke the huge interdisciplinary repertoire and legacy of Black creatives, together with deft samples and hovering meditative improvisations. justine has collaborated with artists akin to duendita, Pleasure Guidry, Key Glock, and Solange, and so they additionally carry out with and compose for Queer and Trans salsa band Las Mariquitas.
Hello! I hope you might be doing nicely and discovering ease at the moment. My identify is justine lee hooper, and I exploit the pronouns they/she. I’m a flutist and improviser based mostly in Queens, NY, and I’m actually grateful and honored to share with you sounds and songs that have been pivotal to my therapeutic and loving this previous summer season. And, in fact, influencing my very own efficiency follow. I invite you to shut your eyes, if that’s obtainable and feels snug to you, and sit or lie in a snug place whereas listening to the primary track on the playlist (or your entire 50-minute playlist, if that speaks to you). I additionally intend so that you can take heed to this playlist in its given order. Thanks for being right here, and I hope you’re feeling what you want throughout your listening.
“Kazuko – Instrumental” by Pharoah Sanders
As somebody who has discovered a lot introspection by way of the stillness of yoga and meditation, the ethereal washes of sound from the saxophone, harp, and drones, paired alongside percussive, heartbeat-like components, are a number of of the explanations I discover myself coming again to this cosmic providing by Sanders in my very own meditation follow.
“Fireplace and Rain” by Hubert Legal guidelines
I used to be raised on the music of Hubert Legal guidelines and Dave Valentin, amongst numerous jazz legends. Legal guidelines laid down the muse and path of sonic potentialities with my flute. Over 10 years in the past, I had the pleasure of assembly him and seeing him carry out, proper earlier than I used to be invited to play one in every of his works for brief movie, Kuvuka Daraja. This summer season, I stumbled upon a duplicate of his document Afro Basic and needed to safe it for my assortment.
“You’ve Received To Study – Dwell” by Nina Simone
This six-song set carried out by Nina Simone on the Newport Jazz Pageant was unreleased for practically 60 years. The primary monitor on the album, “You’ve Received To Study,” particularly reached my coronary heart once I was experiencing battle with blood household, with whom I used to go to the identical competition each summer season. The final monitor on the album, “Music For Lovers,” I explored as a graphic rating for my chosen household, Las Mariquitas.
“Cash (That’s What I Need)” by Jackie Shane
Extra on Jackie Shane and extra on the gender and wage pay hole in the USA.
“Everyone Loves the Sunshine” by Kiefer and Theo Croker
A brand new tackle an outdated basic.
“Galaxy In Turiya” by Alice Coltrane
The psychedelic expertise of listening to “Galaxy In Turiya” in my headphones whereas I felt the heat of the solar on my pores and skin and watched the clouds on a moist July afternoon in my first time on the seashore in approach too lengthy was a sense that I drastically loved.
“for hope” by justine lee hooper
Streaming since 2021, the next is an excerpt from once I initially launched my debut recorded undertaking through Patreon: “’for hope’ is strictly what it means. right here’s to hope for you and your initiatives and objectives and relaxation and love. right here’s to discovering locations and areas away from those who trigger us anguish. right here’s to hope for our world. right here’s to hope for these round us. that everybody is ready to be who they need to be, freely and safely.”
“Energía Renovable” by Mobéy Lola Irizarry
Accompanied alongside sounds of nature, “Energía Renovable” is by composer, percussionist, my Most cancers season sibling, pricey buddy, and Salsa Mami, Mobéy Lola Irizarry. I’ve all the time had bother imagining myself rising outdated. Irizarry addresses and affirms life on this testimony from her work Seka’s Dream. From Irizarry, “[Seka’s Dream is] not an album or an EP however reasonably a dream. Supposed to be a step within the collective artistic path in the direction of the inevitability of Land Again, decolonization, and trans liberation.”
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