The "Gone But Not // Duality" project is the first of its kind. It's about the history, power, and influence of music and how it can be used to unify cultures, continents, languages, and genres. This project is for the lovers of jazz, lovers of hip-hop, and to the pioneers who came before us. "Gone But Not // Duality" is where two seemingly different worlds meet; where classical jazz is deconstructed, reconstructed, and reimagined. It conspires to inspire a rebirth of a jazz-influenced hip-hop sound while paying homage to our roots. This is about finding the harmony in duality.
"Gone But Not // Duality" is Ira Antelis, Lee Musiker, and Dr. Dexter.
The original sounds of "Gone But Not" are the culmination of a 40-year friendship between Antelis and Musiker. Over time, their careers diverged — Antelis became a successful composer and producer for commercials, movies, and theatre, penning a multi-million selling hit for Marc Anthony and working with such high-profile clients as Coca Cola, McDonald's, Walt Disney, BB King, Etta James, Patti LaBelle, and Gloria Estefan. Musiker found his way as a jazz, classical, and Broadway musician, conductor, and orchestrator, sharing the stage with Tony Bennett for nearly 12 years. When they finally convened during the winter of 2015 in snowy Chicago, something extraordinary happened. "Gone But Not" was created, crystallizing a low-key, enduring legacy of mutual respect and admiration between the two.
Realizing that there are always two ways to tell every story, Dr. Dexter, a Chicago-born music artist, composer, and producer, took the original piano-based sounds of "Gone But Not" and imparted on them his own stylistic renderings. Dr. Dexter has written and produced for Grammy-award winning artists such as Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Ludacris, and Mark Ronson, and his work has been featured in HBO's "Entourage" and various feature films and commercials. When Dr. Dexter reinterpreted the work of Antelis and Musiker, the duality in "Gone But Not" was born.
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