SATURDAY 11th January 2020 the legendary Cleveland Watkiss in Liepaja, Latvia Liepājas koncertzāle Lielais dzintars / Concert hall Great Amber
VocalSuite-Solo voice performance with a sprinkle of DnB
Watkiss has performed and worked in studio with a range of diverse artists from around the world, including: Björk, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Wynton Marsalis, The Who, Nigel Kennedy, Keith Richards, William Parker & Hamid Drake, Project 2.3, Goldie, Y.M.V, and is a fellow musical collaborator of Black Top, to name a few.
Using a breathtaking vocal range that makes seamless links between musical cultures, three times Wire/Guardian award-winning vocalist Cleveland Watkiss blends improvisation/counterpoint harmony, electronics, breakbeat loops and bass lines (all live and from his mouth) to stunning effect, creating a unique, orchestral vocal soundscape.
Uk's premier Vocalist the Virtuoso vocalist,actor and composer Cleveland Watkiss presents VocalSuite:
is an a-cappella vocal improvisation performance that uses the atmosphere of venue to present a performance of the moment; seamless links between musical cultures from Africa to Europe go together to create human vocal soundscapes.
VocalSuite fuses voice and technology, using real-time looping to create live compositions. No two performances are ever the same. Using technology to record, then layer the voice, an orchestral piece is created that is composed right before the audience. Sometimes Cleveland uses the audience as contributors to the piece, and he always reflects the mood and ambience of the space. The collaborations he has made reflect the diversity of the musical styles in the pieces, ranging from classical to African rhythm, to jazz and choral.
“(Cleveland Watkiss is the) Best male jazz singer in Britain” – EVENING STANDARD.