This concert premieres on PBS July 13, 2006 (check
Throughout three decades, Bill Laswell has been a constant innovator,
fusing seemingly disparate genres into a whole new sound. Touching
upon everything from worldbeat, funk, rock, hip-hop and jazz, there
are no limits to his experimental approach. No matter what the project,
one thing remains a constant – Laswell’s pretty basslines
provide a rhythm to which all sounds connect beautifully. The Grammy
winner is one of the most prolific artists in modern music, fronting
his own band Material and serving as producer, label owner and performer
on other’s albums. He has worked with many respected artists,
including Herbie Hancock, Mick Jagger, Peter Gabriel, Yoko Ono and
Among his many talents is his ability to bring together well-matched
singers and players to create a distinct style that defies easy
classification. His Soundstage episode embodies his unique approach,
transcending any genre boundaries and delivering an engaging performance.
From the World Beat of Tabla Beat Science, to the jazzy flavors
of Pharoah Sanders backed by Material, it’s an exciting mix.
Other surprises include a rocking Buckethead set that includes a
little breakdancing and songs by Praxis. The show culminates with
an all-star performance, funked up by Bootsy Collins.