The Dynamics of Perception
Papa J Mensah, drums
Adrian Reid, piano
Derrick McIntyre, bass guitar
Abdul TJ, guitar
Mosi Conde, percussion & kora
Kevin Davy, trumpet
Ray Carless, saxophone
Filmmaker Bunny Bread weaves a tale of guilt and innocence from three distinct perspectives. The accompanying live score guides each unique telling of the story, where Akwasi Mensah explores how dynamics in music can be used to manipulate the emotions of an audience.
"As a musician my aim is always to create music that is spiritually satisfying and culturally honest. With a soundtrack, it becomes a joyous challenge to marry these aspirations with the emotions on film. The goal in this instance, will be to compose something fitting and worthy of 'Jazz re:rreshed' the excellent organisation that has commissioned this work." Akwasi Mensah
"Being selected for this project is an incredible opportunity for Jazz re:freshed on many levels. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity to shine a light on the music and musicians we’ve been championing for over a decade, on a scale and stage that we couldn't achieve without participating in this project." Jazz re:freshed
About Akwasi Mensah
Akwasi Mensah is a 21st century composer, who willingly embraces the unlimited possibilities of the technological age. Blending orchestral elements, soul, jazz, samba and highlife, his music has been used in film, dance performances and visual presentations.
Production and session credits include work with First Avenue, Refugee Camp, 4 Hero, Jazzanova, Bugz in the Attic, Modaji, IG Culture, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Kaidi Tatham, Yukimi.
He has also been a musician and musical director with artists such as Chaka Khan, Leroy Burgess, 2000 Black, Arturo Verocai, Izzi Dunn, Silhouette Brown, Kaidi Tatham, Legends of the Underground and Positive Steps (Ballet Negre Performance).
He also supported and trained young musicians through several programmes and also engaged in youth work with Black Eagle Oahu in Hawaii and Jazz workshops in Ghana.
About Jazz re:freshed
Jazz re:freshed is a contemporary music/arts movement and record label, built around a weekly live music residency in the heart of west London, covering the whole spectrum of jazz and jazz influenced music since 2003.
The performance of The Dynamics of Perception was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 7 and 13 July 2014 and is available as a download in MP3 and FLAC formats here.