Kevin Gift has seen and done just about everything in local music, releasing and producing hip-hop music under the name of his late twin brother Wendel Patrick, releasing jazz under his own name, teaching hip-hop at the Peabody Conservatory, creating the improvisational series the Baltimore Boom Bap Society and serving as the composer and producer on the WYPR show “Out of the Blocks,” to name a few things.
Recently named a winner of a Baker Artist Award, pianist Lafayette Gilchrist has carved his own path in the world of jazz and, with his band the New Volcanoes, fused in go-go, soul, funk and rap.
And pianist Susan Zhang has traveled around the country and racked up awards, as well as co-creating the Concert Truck, a mobile stage for classical performances.
Tonight, these three will take part in a panel conversation, moderated by Gift/Patrick’s partner in crime on “Out of the Blocks,” Aaron Henkin, about “the lines that cross over music cultures and genres, to what it is that makes some music hot—or not—and the business that seems to rule it all.” Given the impressive roster sitting at the table, this is not to be missed.
7-9:30 p.m., Morgan Stage University, University Student Center (USC) Theater, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, greattalk.org, $15.
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