ARRAY @ LA PHIL Presents:
An Evening with Meshell Ndegeocello
Wednesday, November 16 @ 8:00 PM | BP Hall at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Join Meshell Ndegeocello—award-winning singer-songwriter, bassist, and composer behind Ava DuVernay's television series Queen Sugar—for an intimate evening of music and conversation.ABOUT MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO
Mercurial and masterful, Meshell Ndegeocello has survived the best and worst of what a career in music has to offer. She has eschewed genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musicals trends for musical truths. She has lived through the boom and bust of the industry and emerged just as she entered - unequivocally herself. Fans have come to expect the unexpected from Meshell, and faithfully followed her on sojourns into soul, spoken word, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, rock, all bound by a lyrical, spiritual search for love, justice, respect, resolution, and happiness.
A vast array of influences have informed all of Meshell’s albums, and there are traces of her native go-go, hip hop, R&B, new wave and punk in each. Each album has been a step away from the last, each used as a chance to investigate and integrate new sounds and ideas, and fans have been treated to everything from the deep-funk of Plantation Lullabies to the raw and confessional Bitter to the melodic, lyrical Weather. Possessed with instrumental gifts as diverse as her interests, Meshell composed, arranged and produced a jazz record in 2005. Her most recent release paid homage to Nina Simone, a kindred musical spirit and among Meshell's most cherished inspirations.
A bass player above all else, Meshell brings her warm, fat, and melodic groove to everything she does and has appeared alongside the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, James Blood Ulmer, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tony Allen, John Medeski, Billy Preston, and Chaka Khan. As for her own bass-playing influences, she credits Sting, Jaco Pastorius, Family Man Barrett, and Stevie Wonder. Meshell was the first woman to be featured on the cover of Bass Player magazine and remains one of few women who write the music, sing the songs, and lead the band.LA PHIL HUMANITIES
This event is part of the 2022 Humanities Program at LA Phil which takes the work on their stages as a starting point for a larger cultural conversation. This year, celebrated filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY, a Peabody Award winning narrative change collective, curates a series of humanities events exploring the themes of Rock My Soul through the lens of film and television music. Rock My Soul is a festival celebrating both historical and present-day collaboration and community formed by Black woman-identifying artists, curated by soprano Julia Bullock. The Rock My Soul festival is generously supported in part by Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa. The LA Phil's Humanities Programs are generously supported by Linda and David Shaheen.
Please note: This in-person event does not take place at ARRAY's Creative Campus. Please check the ticketing site for full arrival/check-in details and COVID protocols.
Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a multi-platform arts and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change. Our organization catalyzes its work through a quartet of mission-driven entities: film distribution arm ARRAY Releasing, content company ARRAY Filmworks, programming and production hub ARRAY Creative Campus and our non-profit group ARRAY Alliance.
We invite you to come watch with us, in-person or virtually! Respectfully talking back to the screen is always encouraged.