GRiZmas brings to Detroit an awesome holiday spirit that only GRiZ can inspire.
Grant “ GRiZ ” Kwiecinski returned to his hometown of Detroit for the fifth edition GRiZmas a two-night run at the Masonic Detroit Temple. One night of the GRiZ music group and one night of GRiZ have traditionally been the culmination of the 12 days of GRiZmas. More than ever, the celebration has highlighted its vast repertoire and has thrilled us through the past, present, and future of all that is GRiZ.
12 days of GRiZmas
From December 4 to 15, the producer and his team traveled to Detroit to organize gatherings, workshops, charity drives and DJs. This year’s flagship caroling, yoga and roller-disco events were held, as well as an ephemeral holiday shop meant to mark a limited price at GRiZmas. New additions to the festivities include an Assemble U debate on mental health in the social media era and the inaugural inaugural evening of the GRiZmas Local Microphone in partnership with the Detroit Institute for Music Education. In addition, a special blend of GRiZmas coffee in collaboration with the Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company of Detroit. Yum
The night before GRiZmas was surely an explosion of the past since GRiZ had delivered a complete Mad Liberation taking place at Deluxx Fluxx. Yeah, the room was small and cluttered and the sound system was a bit unsure, but that’s exactly what a GRiZ board looked like at the time. Nostalgia fills the air as GRiZ and Muzzy Bearr enter an entire era in a normal-sized set filled with crazy, liberating music. GRiZ immediately followed by a disco house party at Magic Stick and the atmosphere was unbeatable.
Of course, GRiZmas has always been about to render. All funds raised were used to increase access to music education in Detroit public schools. Year after year, GRiZmas has created a community among its fans in the heart of Detroit and across the country to care for each other first and foremost.
All this holiday action has led to two nights of GRiZ that fans, new and old, could appreciate by making us discover GRiZmas of the past, present and future.
The ghost of GRiZmas Past
Located in the hometown of GRiZ in Detroit, GRiZmas by design is a special tribute to his early works and is in the limelight. The GRiZ series of Saturday evening included an absolute tear of the classics of End of the world party of Mad Liberation and of Rebel Era including “Grizzlor”, “Rock n Roll “,” The future is now, “” DTW to DIA “and” Crime in the city “. It was the visions of the past that we did not expect to hear, but it was an absolute treat. The inclusion of basic songs such as “Smash the Funk” and “Gettin Live” – parts of ancient ensembles, but now often elusive – reminded us of the evolution of ensembles and music Griz.
Even some of the new materials we heard on Saturday night seemed to pay tribute to the older roots and sounds of GRiZ. For example, a song containing an edited excerpt of Nas’s “Hip Hop is Dead”, proclaiming “Glitch Hop just died,” juxtaposed by one of the most glamorous GRiZ we’ve heard in a while, made us smile. The group also included one of our favorite movies from the past, “Chasin Galaxies”, which we came to adore.
With all these backslides, we could not help but think about GRiZ’s trip so far.
The ghost of GRiZmas Present
In addition to reflecting on the work done in early 2010, he reminded us of the GRiZ sound we have come to love over the past three years and that has propelled us into the present. 2015 Say It Loud was a huge change of sound and astronomical perpetuation by 2016 Good Will Prevail . Each body of work, including the Chasing the Golden Hour parts that preceded each of them, brought another level of instrumental and vocal fusion to the table.
These songs have been designed for the perfect adaptations of the GRiZ concert group, a newer project featuring GRiZ and more than 13 other tracks that reproduce live tracks in full. After opening with a funky holiday song, the GRiZ live group turned out to be the weekend outlet for much of GRiZ’s more current work. Songs like “PS GFY”, “Do not Detain Me”, “Wicked” and “Get Down” were brilliantly performed live and celebrated in the crowd.
The live band also gets a boost from the production, with platforms and illuminated lights that showcase the stage choreography. Each piece of the group could be visually reduced at different times. For example, the compromise between the saxophone solo, the vocal couplets and the whole live band when Prob Cause came out for “Smoke That” and “My friends and me”.
With the addition of the live version of “It Gets Better”, one of the last songs of GRiZ, the band Friday night highlighted the duality of electronic and instrumental sound, which has grown exponentially in music from GRiZ. Back for a reminder, Bootsy Collins presented a new GRiZ collaboration, “Bustin ‘, offering one of Friday’s greatest looks on the future.
In October, when we spoke with GRiZ, we learned about the process of translating his melodies into a complete live production and the focus he and his group devoted to this project. Complete interview here.
The Ghost of the Future of GRizmas
Last GRiZmas, we thought that there was a bright future for GRiZ and his music. Little did we know, it is even brighter than expected. Much of the unpublished material from last year has apparently been left aside to make room for this year’s new unpublished music, showing us how fast GRiZ is running. GRiZ assured us that he took care of him despite his absence on social networks, which proves GRIZMA.
Friday night’s musical performance offers many musical prospects, but the hype of sending Saturday’s GRiZ set was the most telling. GRiZ opened the center of the stage with all the lights on – just him, a microphone in his hand staring at the lyrics of an unpublished song. After being released with a handful of unpublished songs, GRiZ performed one of his most recent albums, “Can not Get Enough”, which marks his first major entry into the vocal aspect of his art. The opening sequence of Saturday night made it clear that this would continue to be a priority in the future.
In the barrage of new music we heard on Saturday night, it’s hard to say what’s complete and what’s left in the GRiZ editing room. GRiZ has always kept the most difficult parts of its repertoire unpublished and only audible during shows. While we expect this trend to continue, we also hope that some of the hangmen we heard in the first half will soon find a way to contact our stakeholders.
There were also new versions of old songs, like the classic GRiZmatik The collaboration “Digital Liberation is Mad Freedom”, as well as the second part of “My Friends and I.” To finish the night, GRiZ was joined by Matisyahu to make a new collab that seemed too beautiful to stay unpublished much longer.
This year, GRiZmas was a special glimpse of GRiZ’s future: new music, new adaptations for the live band and bigger, better shows. GRiZ seems to move in several directions at once, but each direction is directed forward and advances to 110% of the speed. GRiZmas V has made us more enthusiastic than ever for the future!
GRizmas V reflects on where we are, where we are and where we are going. Thanks to his music, GRIZ has made us travel in our time, individually and together, as a community. Through tradition, this community is born. Through this community, a better future announces.
To relive this year’s festivities, watch the GRiZmas recap video below. If you missed or can not get enough, check out dates for the next GRiZ tour.
Happy late GRiZmas to all! I hope to see you next year!
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Recapitulation of GRiZMAS 2018
GRiZMAS 2018 [recap]
Proud of our community. We celebrated the life and spirit of giving back. Music, art and culture mingled with charity and empathy. We have come closer to ourselves. Thank you very much to all of you for your cooperation. Together we create a better future. The light grows in us all <3Happy Holidays and Merry GRiZmas !!!
Posted by GRiZ on Monday December 24th 2018
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