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Harpist Brandee Younger's 'Unrest'

A woman stands next to a harp. She is wearing a pink and blue floral dress and has flowers in her hair.
Erin Patrice O'Brien
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Harpist Brandee Younger

Harpist, composer, Grammy and NAACP Image Award nominee Brandee Younger released the two-track single “Unrest" last week.

The socially conscious digital single reflects upon the uprising against police brutality and racial violence, capturing the recent sociopolitical upheaval worldwide.

Brandee Younger - Unrest I (Audio)

Made possible by a grant from the Jazz Coalition, and recorded at Van Gelder Studio amid a pandemic and sweeping political change, Younger captures the turmoil on the emotionally charged tracks.

Younger says, “One thing is true for every person hearing this piece: We've all witnessed unrest as the nation grapples with its past and present — all in the midst of quarantine and major political change.”

Brandee Younger - Unrest II (Audio)

“Unrest” follows the 2021 release of her major label debut album, Somewhere Different, that garnered her a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition for “Beautiful is Black” and a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Jazz Album – Instrumental.

Younger straddles the line between the mainstream and the current jazz generation, working with both jazz leaders and popular hip-hop and R&B acts, including Ravi Coltrane, Kanye West, Maxwell, John Legend, Pharoah Sanders, Common, and Lauryn Hill. Younger's original composition “Hortense” was featured in the Beyoncé documentary "Homecoming."

Listen for Brandee Younger's Unrest on KNKX Midday and Evening Jazz.

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.