Clap! Clap!

Clap! Clap!

Jeremy Sole

Wed · March 22, 2017

8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap!
Clap! Clap!, aka Cristiano Crisci, is an internationally acclaimed producer and performer. One of Italy’s brightest new talents, Clap! Clap! brings together disparate inspirations and styles onto the dancefloor of his mind. His music has been supported by Gilles Peterson and featured in GTA V, Boiler Room, Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel mix series, and the FABRIC mix CD series. He has performed his energetic live shows across Europe and Japan and produced for Paul Simon.

Born and bred in Florence, Crisci began his career in the mid–1990s as a rapper before picking up the saxophone and performing both jazz standards and jazz/punk fusion with Trio Cane. In 2004, he returned to electronic roots with A Smile For Timbuctu, playing synthesisers, releasing four albums, and performing across Europe. By 2008, Crisci decided to strike it out on his own with the Digi G’Alessio project, channeling the same energies as the Los Angeles beat scene. Following a string of EPs and albums under the name, Crisci hit upon a new formula with the Ivory EP, combining samples from the African continent with energetic drum programming. The EP led to the birth of Clap! Clap! in 2013. The stripped-back, high-energy yet inventive sound caught the attention of British label Black Acre with whom Crisci has been working since.

Clap! Clap!’s music is a unique blend of global dance and timeless sounds drawing from nature, traditional music, field recordings and the electronic savvy of modern centres like Chicago and London. At its core is the inspiration of everyday life, what Crisci calls “the search for new flavours.” This approach anchors Clap! Clap!’s debut album, 2014’s Tayi Bebba, the soundtrack to a tour of an imaginary island. Paul Simon discovered the album through his son, calling it “a masterpiece” and leading him to approach Crisci for help with his latest album, 2016’s Stranger To Stranger. In the end, Crisci provided additional production to three album tracks alongside Simon and Roy Halee.

Following his work with Paul Simon, Crisci completed his second album as Clap! Clap!, A Thousand Skies. With a softer sound, the new record is a mix of Crisci’s career to date combining samples and live instrumentation from Crisci and collaborators such as South African folk singer Bongeziwe Mabandla, John Wizards, and OY. As with his debut, the album is anchored by a story — this time of a young girl’s journey through the stars — which completes the work. “I like to write what the music gives me when I listen to it,” Crisci explains.

With a passion for history and the sounds that surround us, Crisci is a unique electronic artist capable of both channeling the energy of the moment and the intricacies of where we come from to create music that can soundtrack where we’re going.
Jeremy Sole
KCRW DJ - A Sonic trip through the past, present and future of Roots music.

Jeremy Sole’s upbringing was seeped in the rich Chicago history of Blues, Jazz, Disco, Salsa and Soul - and he reveled in that space where they all blend together. As a teenager, Sole threw loft parties that were a culture clash during the birth of Hip Hop and House music. His obsession grew to include music from every corner of the world and, in 2001, Sole moved to LA. With a broad musical palette, he felt right at home in the spiciest melting pot in the country.

In April 2006, Sole was in the studio working with Ms. Lauryn Hill. After hearing him mix, she asked if he had ever considered getting into radio, "...because this is the music the people need to hear”. Months later, KCRW called to ask him that same question, and since then you can hear him Wednesdays from 12-3am on 89.9FM and KCRW.com.

Jeremy has had the honor of sharing the stage and studio with hundreds of his inspirations; Roy Ayers, Ben Harper, Tony Allen, DJ Shadow, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Seu Jorge, Antibalas, Fat Freddy's Drop, Parliament, Quantic, Joe Bataan, and many more. He was the last DJ to open for Ray Charles, mixed songs for Sly Stone's birthday party, and was deejaying the California Democratic Party's Election Night event, with over 10,000 people in attendance, when Obama officially became the 44th President.

Sole has also put his special touch on remixes for Femi Kuti, David Bowie, Thievery Corporation, Quantic, Jazzanova and is incessantly cooking up a new batch.

He is also a major force in Los Angeles nightlife. Drawing a loyal crowd to Zanzibar in Santa Monica for over 8 years, Sole’s Thursday night residency Afro Funké is his arena for Afrobeat, Latin, Brazilian and other authentic and remixed world rhythms. Hundreds of international guests have joined in, from deejays Rich Medina and Cut Chemist to impromptu jam sessions with Zap Mama and Stevie Wonder. He also returned to his underground roots for a monthly series called theLIFT, with partner Eric "Wiseacre" Tucker. theLIFT takes place in a constantly changing undisclosed location in LA.

Sole also leads a 9-piece live ensemble called Musaics, which includes members of The Lions, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Mayer Hawthorne and Build an Ark. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson plays violin, and Todd Simon leads the horn section on trumpet. Jeremy himself is on turntables and guitar - sampling ethnic percussion and sounds from vintage records, writing live arrangements, and juxtaposing it all as musical mosaics, or "Musaics". It's an experimental-yet-steady sound that hybridizes elements of Afrobeat, Cumbia, Spiritual Jazz and dubbed-out dancefloor beats.
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042