Said the Shotgun to the Head and provocative albums like The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! and Volcanic Sunlight, Saul Williams has always been unafraid of using his rich flow of words to raise big questions rather than paint pretty portraits. The singer-poet-rapper isn’t just a high-level wordsmith who boldly raises issues of race and power; he’s also a mellifluous musician who weaves his lyrics into ever-changing, adventurous sonic tapestries, both on his own recordings and in his widely varied collaborations with Janelle Monáe, Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Red, Sage Francis, John Cale, Lyrics Born and Zack de la Rocha. Tonight, this wise soothsayer-prophet transplants his words from NGH WHT (The Dead Emcee Scrolls), a collaboration with composer Thomas Kessler, into new settings framed by chamber group The Mivos Quartet.
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