The new superstar of jazz, Esperanza Spalding, is coming to Istanbul to perform at Istanbul’s Cemal Reşit Rey (CRR) Concert Hall on Oct. 24.
The young U.S. bassist, vocalist, cellist and composer broke out in 2011, winning four Grammy Awards including the award for Best New Artist – making her the first jazz artist to win the award.
In November 2013, Spalding released a protest single “We Are America” to protest the Guantánamo prison camps, with cameo performances by Stevie Wonder and Harry Belafonte.
Spalding cites jazz bassists Ron Carter and Dave Holland as important influences on her music; Carter for the “orchestration” of his playing and Holland for the way his compositional method complements his personal style.
During her 2012 tour, Spalding donated a portion of proceeds from merchandise sales to the non-profit organization Free the Slaves. The organization, based in Washington, D.C., works to combat human trafficking around the world.
Tickets for Spalding’s Istanbul concert are available at Biletix.