June 21 and 22, 2013
This Midsummer’s Eve at Summerhall, music legend Nile Rodgers launches the first of the 7×7 series of art and music events with Indigo Night, an insider’s tribute to Harlem.
Nile Rodgers’ reputation as a producer, songwriter and performer is second-to-none. He currently has the biggest selling record in the world with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams and has been an artist of global standing for the past thirty years. Indigo Night will feature Rodgers singing, talking and acting his way through an account of the cultural and social life of Harlem from the time of the Harlem Renaissance in the Twenties to the present day.
In addition to his musical talents, Rodgers is a consumate raconteur. He will interweave tales from his own life as told in his best-selling autobiography Le Freak and, in a pioneering duet of sound and scenography, Belgian artist Jean Pierre Muller will create a constructivist-inspired stage set during the perfomance.
As Rodgers develops his theme through characteristically wry observation and innate musicality, Indigo Night will recreate the heady atmosphere of Harlem’s glory days when song and dance continued well into the night.
Indeed, this is a rare opportunity to see a stadium-filling superstar within the intimate setting of Summerhall’s Dissection Room.
Nile himself says of Indigo Night, ‘This is my favourite project. I want us to create something unique.’
7×7 is an inter-disciplinary collaboration between neo-pop artist Muller and seven musical luminaries from a variety of contemporary genres; Nile Rodgers, Robert Wyatt, Mulatu Astatke, Archie Shepp, Sean O’Hagan, Kassin and Terry Riley. Following on from the success of last year’s 7×7 exhibition of Muller’s sound sculptures at Summerhall, Indigo Night represents the next stage in a truly international project of evergrowing artistic ambition and cultural resonance.
Jean Pierre in 7x7th Heaven!
At Summerhall, as part of the Edinburgh Festival, an exhibition by Jean Pierre Muller, exploring through sound and images, the meaning of seven, in collaboration with seven legendary musicains: Robert Wyatt, Archie Shepp, Sean O’Hagan, Mulatu Astatke, Kassin, Nile Rodgers, Terry Riley.
Summerhall first opened its doors for the Edinburgh Festival in 2011 and quickly established itself as one of the most exciting and daring arts venues around, presenting a wide-ranging programme of theatre, visual art, film, dance and literary events in ten uniquely inspiring spaces. It’s the largest venue in Edinburgh and, housed in the old ‘Dick’ veterinary School, is also a veritable local institution.
It seems very apt that 7x7th Street should find its home here, in a place where two apparent opposites, Science and Art, have come together to great effect. The 7×7 project is nothing if not a tribute to the interdisciplinary, epitomized by the number seven, which is an integral and oft recurring motif in science, nature, literature, mythology and mysticism.
Some of Jean Pierre’s stunning 7×7 posters
A beautiful image of Robert Wyatt by Lucy Platel