Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah
Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah (formerly known as Christian Scott), a Doris Duke Artist in the jazz category, is a two-time Edison Award-winning and six-time Grammy Award-nominated musician, composer and producer. Adjuah is known for developing the harmonic convention known as the “forecasting cell,” as well as his “whisper technique,” which involves an unvoiced tone while playing.
Adjuah is the progenitor of “stretch music,” a jazz-rooted, genre-blind musical form that attempts to “stretch” jazz’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass multiple styles, languages and cultures. This can be heard in works such as “Stretch Music,” “Axiom” and “The Centennial Trilogy,” which integrates a century's worth of musical styles born from the form back to their musical birthplaces in West Africa and New Orleans. He is also the developer of the Stretch Music app, an interactive music player, as well as the curator of the Stretch Music Festival. He has also designed signature lines of brass and string instruments, which are demonstrated on his recordings.