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(Published: October 14, 2010)


Critically-acclaimed CD "The Imagine Project" recorded across the globe features a message of peace through global cooperation and includes Hancock joined by Anoushka Shankar, Seal, Pink, John Legend, Juanes, Jeff Beck, Konono No l, Lionel Loueke, Ceu, Dave Matthews, Lisa Hannigan, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Chaka Khan, Tinariwen, The Chieftains, Marcus Miller, Wayne Shorter, Oumou Sangare, Los Lobos, India.Arie, James Morrison, Toumani Diabate and more.

Los Angeles, California. Herbie Hancock and his Imagine Project Band have been invited by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to perform at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, December 11th. Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington will host the 17th annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert which will take place at the Oslo Spektrum arena and be televised worldwide. In addition to Hancock, the show will feature performances by world-renowned artists including Florence + the Machine, Colbie Caillat and many others to be announced in coming weeks.

Said Hancock, "I am thrilled to have been asked to perform with my band at this most prestigious of events. The goal of "The Imagine Project" is to spread the message of global peace through music, and The Nobel Peace Prize concert could not be a more perfect opportunity.

Hancock's "The Imagine Project," the new CD from the multiple Grammy-winning artist and musical pioneer, is the perfect match for the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize events. An unprecedented international recording and video project featuring collaborations between music legend Hancock and over a dozen superstars from every region of the planet, "The Imagine Project" utilizes the universal language of music to express its central themes of peace and global responsibility. The musical collaborations on the CD combine Hancock's genre-defying musical vision with the "local" musical identity of cultures from around the world. With veteran music producer Larry Klein serving as one of the album's producing consultants, "The Imagine Project" was released June 22nd via Hancock Records/RED to coincide with Hancock's 70th birthday and is being accompanied by extensive tour dates both in the U.S. and abroad.

The Nobel Peace Prize is given annually to an individual or organization whose work exemplifies a spirit of hope and leadership that will help promote peace in the world.

The laureate, Liu Xiaobo, was announced Friday, October 8th and will be honored at the Nobel concert, which is presented by the Nobel Peace Prize Concert AS and broadcast to a worldwide audience. The Nobel Peace Prize is the most prestigious award in the world, honoring icons such as Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Barack Obama, Kofi Annan, Al Gore and other remarkable individuals and organizations. For the past sixteen years, the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony has been followed the next day by the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, a musical celebration honoring the laureate.

"Music truly is the universal language," says Hancock, "The Imagine Project" explores that concept across the globe, uniting a myriad of cultures through song and positive creative expression. My hope is that the music will serve as a metaphor for the actions taken by the inhabitants of this wonderful planet as a call for world harmony on all levels."

Tracks include "The Song Goes On" with Anoushka Shankar (sitarist daughter of Ravi Shankar), Chaka Khan and Wayne Shorter which was recorded in Mumbai, India, along with a stellar group of Indian musicians; "Don't Give Up," a duet recorded in London, New York and Los Angeles featuring Pink and John Legend, "Imagine" with Seal, Pink, Konono No l, Jeff Beck, Oumou Sangare, India.Arie, Lionel Loueke and Marcus Miller recorded in Paris, London and Los Angeles; "Tamatant Tilay/Exodus" featuring Tinariwen and Los Lobos, "The Times, They Are A' Changin'" featuring The Chieftains, Toumani Diabate, Lionel Loueke and Lisa Hannigan recorded in Ireland; "Tomorrow Never Knows" featuring Dave Matthews, "Space Captain" with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, "La Tierra" recorded with Latin superstar Juanes in Miami, "A Change Is Gonna Come" with James Morrison and a track with Brazilian singer-songwriter Ceu, "Tempo de Amour," recorded in Sao Paulo.

A global musing on the power of song to bring people together, the recordings for Herbie Hancock's "The Imagine Project" have taken place in each collaborator's home territory whenever possible, and embody the spirit, hearts, sounds, colors and flavor of each locale - a complete sensory musical experience. The result is an album without borders, both a celebration and a call to action.

Herbie Hancock's "The Imagine Project" is the next step in Hancock's extraordinary ground-breaking career, and builds upon his recent successes and recognition. (2007 Grammy for Album of the Year - "River/The Joni Letters", Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, multiple award-winning album/film, "Possibilities", Jazz Chair for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, amongst many others). "The Imagine Project" is being accompanied tour dates worldwide including birthday tributes which took place at Carnegie Hall on June 24th and the Hollywood Bowl September 1st.

Award-winning producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Madeline Peyroux, Luciana Souza, Tracy Chapman, Melody Gardot and Hancock's collaborator on "River") has served as producer on a number of the album's tracks.

While the CD stands, on one level, as a powerful testament for the goals of world peace, humanity and tolerance along with respect for our planet, Herbie Hancock's "The Imagine Project" shall remain, at its core, entertainment content that is creatively and emotionally deeply fulfilling.

For additional information please contact Alisse Kingsley at Muse Media, 323-467-8508, e: AlissetheMuse@aol.com.

More Information: http://www.HerbieHancock.com

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