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The legend of Jean-Michel Basquiat

At nineteen, Jean-Michel Basquiat is already one of the prominent players on the New York club scene, along with other artists and musicians: including actress and gallery owner Patti Astor, musician David Byrne , art curator Diego Cortez and singers Arto Lindsay and Madonna. Together they haunt the CBGBs club on Bowery, Club 57 in East Village or the Mudd Club in Tribecca. The young Basquiat also has friends in rap and graffiti circles, including Fab 5 Fredly, Lee Quinones and Afro-futurist Rammellzee.

Music is essential in the painter’s life. He does not hesitate to mix his works with his personal life, his passions and his heroes. From the current be-bop, through noise, hip-hop or even Latino and Afro-American melodies. Colors that howl and collide with pictorial rebuses, Basquiat’s work reveals a certain artistic rhythm of its own. It is the be-bop that occupies a privileged place in his work. We find it by its very fast rhythm as well as the strong presence of trumpets and saxophones. ” Music is a reflection of your own experience, your thinking and your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your instrument. said Charlie Parker, Basquiat’s hero. Like Miles Davis or Dizzy Gillespie, these artists known and recognized for having reinvented the harmonic, melodic and rhythmic palettes of Jazz have been a constant source of inspiration for the artist. Like his heroes, Basquiat makes innovation, improvisation and free interpretation the founding principles of his creative process.

Musical programming

Run run run
Velvet Underground
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Summer in Siam
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Public Image
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BOF Basquiat
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Drum Mode
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Jean-Michel Basquiat
Eraser

Well you needn’t
Miles Davis Quintet
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