Review | RZA Spins a New Take on an Old Classic
In addition to his music career, RZA is also a notable actor and film director, staring in films such as G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Brick Mansions, and American Gangster, and collaborating with filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to score the soundtracks for Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004). The event at the Warner Theatre was a collaboration between promoter Nü Androids and Flash Live, and it began with a montage of clips from some of RZA’s musical and cinematic works. RZA took the stage with a rousing welcome and introduced the film by explaining its importance to friends and collaborators on Staten Island, where Wu-Tang Clan was formed. After the introduction, a large projection screen came down to center stage and for nearly two hours, the audience watched young San Te go from village pupil to Kung Fu master. The entire screening was accompanied by RZA spinning old and new hip-hop tracks that gave modern meanings to old traditions scene. The event was a unique transcendence of music, culture, and Kung Fu tradition, and ended with RZA describing the connection between film and music as codified in the “waveform” between where sound and light meet. This event will be remembered by audiences and Wu-Tang fans for years to come.