Los Angeles, CA [April 13, 2010] – In honor of Herbie Hancock’s 70th birthday on Monday, April 12th, fans around the globe are offered the opportunity to download a free track, “The Song Goes On,” from Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project, set for release on June 22nd via Hancock Records/RED. Featuring Anoushka Shankar (sitarist daughter of Ravis Shankar), Chaka Khan and Wayne Shorter, “The Song Goes On” was recorded in Mumbai, India, along with a stellar group of Indian musicians, and will be available free to fans for two weeks via an embeddable streaming widget from Topspin by clicking on the following link: www.herbiehancock.com/imagine/.
Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project, the new CD from multiple Grammy-winning artist and musical pioneer Herbie Hancock, is an unprecedented international recording and film project featuring collaborations between music legend Herbie Hancock and over a dozen superstars from every region of the planet. Utilizing the universal language of music to express its central themes of peace and global responsibility, the musical collaborations combine Hancock’s genre-defying musical vision with the “local” musical identity of cultures from around the world. Additionally, footage from each recording session has been shot in each locale to be included in a planned documentary. With veteran music producer Larry Klein serving as one of the album’s producing consultants. The Imagine Project is set for release June 22nd via Hancock Records/RED.
In addition to “The Song Goes On,” tracks include “Don’t Give Up,” a duet recorded in London featuring Seal and Pink; “Imagine” with Konono No. l, Jeff Beck, Oumou Sangare and Lionel Louke, recorded in Paris and London; “Tamatant Tilay/Exodus” featuring Tinariwen; “Times They Are A Changin” recorded with The Chieftains, Lionel Loueke and Lisa Hannigan, in Ireland; “Space Captain” with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi; “Mi Tierra” recorded with Latin superstar Juanes in Miami, “A Change Is Gonna Come” with James Morrison; and “Tempo de Amour” recorded with Brazilian singer-songwriter Céu and Curumin in São Paulo.
“Music truly is the universal language,” says Hancock. “The Imagine Project will explore that concept across the globe, uniting a myriad of cultures through song and positive creative expression. My hope is that the music will serve as a metaphor for the actions taken by the inhabitants of this wonderful planet as a call for world harmony on all levels.”
A global musing on the power of song to bring people together, the recordings for Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project have taken place in each collaborator’s home territory whenever possible, and embody the spirit, hearts, sounds, colors and flavor of each locale – a complete sensory musical experience. The result is an album/film without borders, both a celebration and a call to action.
Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project is the next step in Hancock’s extraordinary ground-breaking career, and builds upon his recent successes and recognition. (2007 Grammy for Album of the Year – “River/The Joni Letters”, Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, multiple award-winning album/film, “Possibilities”, Jazz Chair for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, amongst many others). It is anticipated that The Imagine Project will take numerous forms — from traditional album to potential “webisodes,” film/documentary, real-time performances, and special concert touring dates, including birthday tributes at Carnegie Hall on June 24th and the Hollywood Bowl September 1st, both of which will feature special guests.
Award-winning producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Madeline Peyroux, Luciana Souza, Tracy Chapman, Melody Gardot and Hancock’s collaborator on “River”) has served as producer on a number of the album’s tracks.
While the CD and film will stand, on one level, as powerful testaments for the goals of world peace, humanity and tolerance along with respect for our planet, Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project shall remain, at its core, entertainment content that is creatively and emotionally deeply fulfilling.