Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science
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For more than two decades, drummer, producer, and vocalist Terri Lyne Carrington has crafted an eclectic brand of jazz that incorporates elements of bebop, soul, funk, and much more.
Now, the Grammy-winning drummer, producer, educator, and activist debuts her new band Social Science, which boldly confronts social justice issues on the eclectic collaborative double album Waiting Game, planned for November release. The album takes its place in the stirring lineage of politically conscious and activist music, expressing an unflinching, inclusive, and compassionate view of humanity’s breaks and bonds through an expansive program melding jazz, R&B, indie rock, contemporary improvisation, and hip-hop.
Carrington founded the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, where she holds the position of Zildjian Chair in Performance. Both projects point to Carrington’s drive to combine her musical passion with her profound regard for humanity, inflamed by the cultural divisiveness brought into the light by the 2016 presidential election.
“I think there’s an awakening happening in society in general,” Carrington says. “I feel a calling in my life to merge my artistry with any form of activism that I’m able to engage in.”