Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Christian Scott, also known as Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (born March 31, 1983, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a two-time Edison Award winning (2010 and 2012) and Grammy Award nominated trumpeter, composer, producer, instrument designer and music executive. Scott’s Grammy nominated international recording debut, Rewind That, was called “arguably the most remarkable premiere the genre has seen in the last decade” by Billboard Magazine, earning Scott two prominent features on their cover and inclusion in their list of “Ones to Watch in 2006.”
In June 2015, Scott established a partnership between his newly formed Stretch Music label and the lauded Ropeadope Music family. The Fall of 2015 marks the debut release on Stretch Music/Ropeadope, titled Stretch Music, along with the newly designed Stretch Music App. Both are fresh and innovative approaches to their existing platforms with the intent to create impactful statements of the new genre.
Stretch Music features a cast of this generations most daring conceptualists. The group was formed to eradicate all arguments that inhibit creative and progressive expression: to musically show that all forms belong together, as all people do. The recording features four new instruments designed exclusively for the group. They include three horns designed by Christian and Adams Instruments (The Siren, Sirenette and Reverse Flugel Horn) and the Pan African Drum Kit, created by Christian and drummer, Joe Dyson. These are joined by traditional and electronic instrumentation.
Scott is the nephew of jazz innovator and legendary sax man, Donald Harrison, Jr. He began his musical tutelage under the direction of his uncle at the age of thirteen. After graduating from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) in 2001, he received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he earned a degree thirty months later.
Since 2002 Scott has released eight critically acclaimed studio recordings and two live albums. According to NPR, “Christian Scott ushers in new era of jazz.” He has been heralded by JazzTimes magazine as “the Architect of a new commercially viable fusion” and “Jazz’s young style God.” Christian is known for developing the harmonic convention known as the “forecasting cell” and for his use of an unvoiced tone in his playing, emphasizing breath over vibration at the mouthpiece, widely referred to as his “whisper technique.” Scott is the progenitor of “Stretch Music,” a genre blind musical form that stretches the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions of improvisational music to encompass as many other musical forms, languages and cultures as possible.
Through his partnership with Adam’s Instruments, Scott’s signature line of horns, the Siren Trumpet, Sirenette and Reverse Flugelhorn, are revolutionizing brass instrument design all over the world. Through his latest venture, the Stretch Music App, Scott has created an educational experience for developing musicians through a fresh style of creative improvisation and expression. The Stretch Music App is an interactive music player of Scott’s Stretch Music recording as well as a multimedia platform. It allows musicians the ability to completely control their practicing, listening and learning experience by customizing the player to fit their specific needs and goals. By controlling the customized audio channels of every instrument on the recording, musicians are able to build the perfect environment to play over. Through the app, players have the ability to mute, solo, pan and fade any instrument chosen as well as tempo control, looping and sheet music for each part.
Oscar winning director, Jonathan Demme, included one of Scott’s songs in his June 2015 release, starring Merril Streep, Ricki and the Flash. One of Scott’s next projects includes scoring award winning writer-director and Spike Lee protégé, Kiel Adrian Scott’s, feature film debut, Epilogue. Scott also scored Kiel’s award-winning film, The Roe Effect and the soon to be released Samaria, a recent Student Academy Award finalist. Kiel Adrian is Scott’s identical twin brother and is the muse for songs in his name on two recordings, Rewind That and Christian aTunde Adjuah. Scott also scored the recently released An Unexpected History – The Story of Hennessy and African Americans by highly acclaimed documentarian, Llew Smith.
Since 2006, Scott has worked with McCoy Tyner, Prince, Marcus Miller, Eddie Palmieri, Mos Def (Yasin Bey), Thom Yorke and Solange Knowles, among other notable talents.
Scott is a scion of New Orleans’ first family of art and culture, nephew of saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr. and the grandson of the legendary Big Chief, Donald Harrison Sr. (d. 1998), the only man to be Chief of four Black Indian tribes of New Orleans, and New Orleans Legend Award recipient, Herreast J. Harrison.
Scott is half the inspiration for HBO’s Tremé series character Delmond Lambreaux. Lambreaux is a hybrid of both Harrison Jr. and Christian. The show borrowed the “Guardians of the Flame” name from the Black Indian tribe Scott began “masking” as a member of with his grandfather in 1989. Scott is also dedicated to a number of causes that positively impact communities. He gives his time and talents to a number of organizations which garnered him a place in Ebony Magazine’s “30 Young Leaders Under 30.” He is active in his family’s not for profit organization, Guardians Institute, located in New Orleans’ 9th Ward. Scott has been in the forefront of youth programming and has given private music lessons, spearheaded book give-a-ways, raised funds and purchased musical instruments in support of Guardians Institute.