Philip Hamilton

Philip Hamilton

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Philip Hamilton is considered one of the most exciting vocalists on the festival circuit. His concerts are explosive and engaging and his sound blends Rock, Jazz, Blues with hints of Brazilian and other forms of World Music. His vocal style is reminiscent of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Nina Simone.

The New York Times calls Hamilton’s innovative singing and composing style, “contemporary and cutting edge”. His unique voice is featured on ground breaking projects Imaginary Day, the Pat Me

Biography

Philip Hamilton is one of the most captivating voices in music today. The New York Times calls this inventive vocalist/composer “contemporary and cutting-edge” for his explosive recordings and performances. Hamilton has a voice that displays a combination of majesty, power and intimacy like Nina Simone and Bob Marley. His music is a funky layered blend of rock, jazz and blues with global grooves and sensibilities that is reminiscent of Massive Attack, Sting and Stevie Wonder.

Hamilton has brought his distinctive sound to many of the world’s leading concert halls and music festivals, including New York’s Lincoln Center, Indonesia’s Java Jazz festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Kaunas Jazz in Lithuania and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

He has performed and recorded with many notable artists from various genres including Jazz (Mike Stern, the Pat Metheny Group, Ronny Jordan), World Music (Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, Sara Tavares), Rock (Donald Fagan/Steely Dan, Vernon Reid), Dance (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico) Classical (John Cage, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tobias String Quartet) and the Jam Band scene (John Medeski, Billy Martin, Medeski, Martin & Wood). He has also been the featured vocalist for several prominent jazz fusion groups throughout his career including Spyro Gyra, Steps Ahead, Special EFX, Sixun and Full Circle.

Hamilton is currently booking....

1. AN EVENING WITH PHILIP HAMILTON
Hamilton and his ensemble present an evening of original and non-original works that feature his unique vocal style and dynamic performances that rock the house, soothe the soul and open hearts and minds. The ensemble varies from duos & trios to larger bands in accordance with the venue, promoter and budget. The Village Voice noted, “Hamilton’s masterful voice…presented a tapestry of vocal and musical wonders”.


2. VOICES/VOCALSCAPES
VOICES/VOCALSCAPES is a unique vocal odyssey that fuses vocal styles from around the world and around the corner. This is a captivating production that is ancient, intimate, explosive and entertaining. This genre-bending show, with a cast of international vocalists from around the world, was crowned “one of the stars at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh last year” by the noted European Arts website KULTURAONLINE.PL.

“VOICES/VOCALSCAPES’ was recently featured at the prestigious Festival of Songs in Wroclaw, Poland. This festival annually presents innovative and bold projects from around the globe. Writer Rafal Zielinski of the Gazeta Wyborcza wrote about “VOICES/VOCALSCAPES’, “Audiences love them for their sound, energy and joy onstage that spreads over the listeners.”. Popular tracks from Hamilton’s CD “VOICES” are available online. These tracks capture the sound and spirit of the show.

3. SKINS & SONGS
Hamilton's "VOICES" recently collaborated with Philadelphia's legendary all-percussion ensemble, "Spoken Hand" to create Skins & Songs, a mesmerizing new show that blends explosive percussive and vocal sounds. This powerful show was streamed online to an international audience and is currently preparing for tours in the US and abroad in 2013 - 2015.

4. PHILIP HAMILTON & STRINGS
Hamilton's recent appearance at Estonia's Muhu Muhu festival was highlighted by his collaboration with the Tobias String Quartet, (TSQ), a vibrant and adventurous string ensemble based in Eastern Europe. This sold out performance was both thrilling and unforgettable as audiences of all ages were treated to a unique setting for Hamilton's mesmerizing voice. The warmth of TSQ's strings performing rich arrangements created exclusively for Hamilton's instrument by various arrangers, including celebrated Portuguese guitarist/arranger Armindo Nieves, proved to be an uplifting and captivating combination. Hamilton is currently booking performances of this work for the 2013 -2015 seasons.

In recordings and in performances, Hamilton music is deeply emotional and expressive. He moves audiences with his distinctive sound and deep grooves. The music is soulful, ancient, traditional and new.

Lyrics

Maya

Written By: Philip Hamilton

MAYA

You pass through the world full of hope and dreams
As you, try hard to find your own place to be
no one knows whats for sure or what place you will find
you just learn how to live, as you travel upon the road

Reach out for love, so you don't face the world alone
You keep on searching
The only thing to do is to let someone, hope someone,
Love someone

It wont be long, till love comes round.
and brings you along, keep holding on,
You'll wake up one morning and find out
your love has been waiting…yeah.
And you go on dreaming, go on dreaming..yeah
In love, you have to be strong
The same goes for life, as you travel along
Where the love goes
How will it end
No one knows, e-yo-oo- oh

Couldn't Keep It Together

Written By: Philip Hamilton

Couldn't Keep It Together

Seems like, love is just another dream
Your mind, sees just what you want to see
Take time, find out what you wanna be, yeah
In time, love becomes a memory
Sometime, best for you to let it be
In line, seeking out your destiny, yeah

Our love was a river, flowing though the sea
We climbed up every mountain
Didn't reach our destiny

She never asked no questions
So I never told no lies
When she found out what was going down
Temperatures were on the rise, yeah

There was a change in our world and I believed
that we could make it
But when I'm told how to live my life, then I could not take it, yeah
We just could keep it together, we just could keep it together

Seems like, love is just another dream
Your mind, sees just what you want to see
Take time, find out what you wanna be, yeah
In time, love becomes a memory
Sometimes, best for you to let it be
In line, seeking out your destiny, yeah

Our love was like a mirror, reflecting only what we see
My my my my mistake, was to throw it all away
If I live to be an old man, maybe one day I will see
They say time heals people, but i have to disagree

There was a change in our world and I tried my best to let it go, let it go
She saw which way the wind was blowing and she could not face it, yeah
We just could keep it together, we just could keep it together, couldn't keep it together

Ohh, there was a change in our world and I believed that we could make it
But when I'm told how to live my life, I cannot face it, yeah
There was a change in our world and I tried my best to let it go
She saw which way the wind was blowing and she could not take it, yeah
We just couldn't keep it together, We just couldn't keep it together,
We just couldn't keep it together,

Just couldn't, couldn't keep keep, just couldn't keep it together
Just couldn't, couldn't keep keep, just couldn't keep it together
Just couldn't, couldn't keep keep, just couldn't keep it together
Just couldn't, couldn't keep keep, just couldn't keep it together

Discography

VOICES (Online EP) - Philip Hamilton - Montenegro

REFLECTING SKIN - Philip Hamilton - Montenegro

NOTES FROM 47 - Philip Hamilton - Montenegro

EZEKIEL'S WHEEL - Philip Hamilton - Montenegro

AN EVENING WITH PHILIP HAMILTON (DVD) -
Philip Hamilton - Montenegro

MAYA - Philip Hamilton - Montenegro

SECRET STORIES - Full Circle - Sony/Columbia

MYTH AMERICA - Full Circle - Sony/Columbia

FULL CIRCLE - Full Circle - Columbia Records