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A joint presentation with Abstract Earth & Soul'd Out Productions
February 16, 2017 | 9:00 pm- $18 - $22
Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner spent the last part of the new millennium’s first decade becoming the go-to bassist for practically every artist in black vanguard music. His father, Ronald Bruner Sr., was an accomplished drummer, working with artists like Diana Ross, the Temptations, and Gladys Knight. Bruner’s older brother, Ronald Jr., a Grammy®-winning drummer, has worked with esteemed artists such as Kenny Garrett and Stanley Clarke. The Bruner brothers were members of Young Jazz Giants, a quartet with Kamasi Washington and Cameron Graves, that released a self-titled album in 2004.
Possessing a kinship and interest in the L.A.-led movement of genre-mixing black music, Bruner began collaborating with some of its foremost creators. His nimble, syncopated, groove-heavy basslines were heard on albums by Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Sa-Ra, Bootsy Collins, Snoop Dogg and others. Bruner’s most prolific and fruit-bearing musical relationship has been with DJ/producer/instrumentalist Flying Lotus, for whom he provided both bass and vocals for 2010’s Cosmogramma. Lotus then served as executive producer for Bruner’s 2011 debut, The Golden Age of Apocalypse, which he released under his Thundercat moniker on Brainfeeder. Golden Age received considerable acclaim, notably for Bruner’s acrobatic bass and his repurposed take on ’70s-inspired fusion from George Duke and Jaco Pastorius, the bassist to whom he’s most compared.