ANGELES, August 20, 2018 -- Acclaimed
drummer and creative Ahmir
"Questlove" Thompson (Roots) enlists the talents of
GRAMMY® Award winner Brent
Fischer -a member of the original arranger team behind Prince-to
arrange selected music titles* into an orchestral setting.
Additionally, he taps the vast musical talents of Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
major markets across North America this fall, 4U makes history as
"the first and only official Estate approved symphonic presentation
of Prince's music."
"In that respect, it feels completely apropos for the production
to welcome Fischer's orchestral arranging talents and production
experience," says Questlove. Notably, Brent and his late father
Fischer collaborated directly with Prince
throughout three decades. Among countless classic recordings, their
distinct sonic fingerprint can be felt on Sign O' The Times, Graffiti
Bridge, and Parade as well as on the big-screen in Under The Cherry
Moon and Batman. Cited as one of the "GRAMMY® Seminal Moments"
by show producer Ken Ehrlich, the father-and-son duo co-wrote the
arrangement that powered the famous 2004 "Prince Medley"
as the younger Fischer joined Beyoncé and Prince as an orchestra
percussionist during the ceremony.
About his involvement
in this historic production, Brent Fischer (Usher, Michael Jackson,
D'Angelo, Elvis Costello & The Roots) said, "Questlove
is one of the most innovative artists of today. Between his encyclopedic
knowledge of and my history with Prince, we see eye-to-eye on so
many creative levels and have a deep respect for preserving Prince's
(Ray Charles, Dr. Dre) lends his expansive musicality to the production.
A full 27-piece orchestra comprised of world-class talent will breathe
new life into timeless smashes as well as deep cuts throughout Prince's
formidable catalog at each spot.
*For You Intro,
Nothing Compares 2 U, I Wonder U medley, It Ain't Over 'Til the
Fat Lady Sings,
Venus de Milo/Alexa de Paris medley, All My Dreams/1999 medley
Hear the music
of Prince like never before at 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.
9/6 New Brunswick,
NJ State Theatre New Jersey
9/8 Washington, D.C. Wolf Trap
9/9 Richmond, VA Altria Theatre
9/11 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall
9/12 Charlotte, NC Metro Credit Union Amp.
9/13 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amp.
9/14 Asheville, NC U.S. Cellular Center
9/15 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Amphitheatre
9/17 Buffalo, NY Buffalo Center for the Arts
9/18 Springfield, MA Symphony Hall
9/20 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
9/21 Binghamton, NY Anderson Center
9/22 Lynn, MA Lynn Memorial Hall
9/24 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
9/25 Columbus, OH Ohio Theatre
9/26-27 Nashville, TN Jackson Hall (TPAC)
9/28 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
9/29 Cleveland, OH State Theatre
9/30 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
10/2 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center Arena
10/3 Gainesville, FL Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell
10/4 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Broward Center
10/5 Tampa, FL USF Dome
10/6 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
10/7 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center
10/10 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe
10/11 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre
10/12 Louisville, KY The Palace
10/13 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
10/14 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
10/16 Midland, TX Wagner Noel
10/17 Dallas, TX Music Factory
10/18 Houston, TX Sugarland
10/19 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
10/20 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
10/21 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
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Ahmir Khalib Thompson known professionally as Questlove (stylized
as ?uestlove), is an American percussionist, multi-instrumentalist,
DJ, music journalist, record producer, and actor. He is best known
as the drummer and joint frontman (with Black Thought) for the Grammy
Award-winning band The Roots. The Roots have been serving as the
in-house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since February
17, 2014, as they have for the entire run of the show under Jimmy
Fallon. Questlove is also one of the producers of the Broadway musical
Hamilton. He is the cofounder of Okayplayer and Okayafrica Additionally,
he is an adjunct instructor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded
Music at New York University. Questlove has produced recordings
for artists including Elvis Costello, Common, D'Angelo, Jill Scott,
Erykah Badu, Bilal, Jay-Z, Nikka Costa, Al Green, Amy Winehouse,
and John Legend. He is a member of the production teams the Soulquarians,
The Randy Watson Experience, The Soultronics, The Beat Biters (with
producers Just Blaze and 9th Wonder), The Grand Negaz, and The Grand
About Brent Fischer
producer, composer, arranger Brent Fischer carries on the legacy
of his legendary father, Dr. Clare Fischer, for creating a rich
harmonic and orchestral palette that has become the Fischer brand.
A multi-instrumentalist (bass, vibes, keys, drums), Brent moves
easily between genres - Jazz, R&B, Pop and Symphonic. His arranging
credits appear on over 30 million albums to include: Usher, Michael
Jackson, Elvis Costello & The Roots, D'Angelo (who won Grammy®
Album and Song of The Year for "Really Love" from his
album "Black Messiah" -- where Brent Fischer is credited
as arranger and producer). Brent produced the last eight Clare Fischer
albums, including: 2012 Grammy®-winning '¡Ritmo!' (Best
Latin Jazz Album) and 2013 Grammy®-winning 'Music for Strings,
Percussion and the Rest' (Best Instrumental Composition), Grammy®-nominated
2011 release 'Continuum,' and more recently ¡Intenso!
featuring: Sheila E. and Roberta Gambarini.
A BMI artist, Brent Fischer's modern arrangement of the classic
Pictures At an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky has delighted
audiences worldwide (recorded by European HR Big Band) and creates
a new big band aesthetic for orchestral music with stunning results.
Mr. Fischer has a Degree in Symphonic Percussion and directs the
Clare Fischer ensembles that include: Big Band, Latin Jazz Group,
Jazz Corps (a unique 30-piece ensemble), Organ Quintet, and Clarinet
Choir. Working professionally in the music industry since age 16,
Brent has performed with groups from more than 20 different countries
on 10 different instruments.
Fischer Discography on AllMusic
Fischer on Wikipedia
Grammy-winning American composer, arranger and pianist Dr. Clare
Fischer has secured an honorable place in Jazz, Pop and R&B
history. He has worked with Jazz legends such as Donald Byrd and
Dizzy Gillespie before becoming the go-to-guy for arranging Pop
and R&B albums from the 80s to the present. His influences range
from Stravinsky to Ellington to Jobim. Dr. Fischer's symphonic works
like Rhapsody Nova, and The Duke, Swee'pea and Me, are performed
by symphony orchestras around the world. A multi-instrumentalist,
he has also scored music for TV and motion pictures, and with the
help of his son, Brent Fischer (a composer/arranger in his own right),
Clare made the leap to popular music, writing charts for Prince,
Paul McCartney, Cal Tjader, Poncho Sanchez, Rufus and Chaka Khan,
Brandy, Raphael Saadiq, and Carlos Santana.
Fischer Discography on AllMusic
Fischer on Wikipedia
Fischer was a major influence on my harmonic concept
Bill Evans, and Ravel and Gil Evans, finally. You know, thats
where it really came from. Almost all of the harmony that I play
can be traced to one of those four people and whoever their influences
-- Herbie Hancock
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