In 2016, Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA paid tribute to the 1978 Shaw Brothers classic action film The 36th Chamber Shaolin — a movie that has shaped the artistry and overall aesthetic Wu-Tang Clan — by live-scoring the film from beginning to end at LA's Beyond Fest. Now, two years later, RZA is taking the concept back on the road for a string new dates this April.
With the group's repertoire spanning over two decades, including the Clan's latest album The Saga Continues, RZA will pull from the group's extensive catalog to give the film's score modern update. RZA's tour will begin on April 17 in Denver, CO and will make stops in Washington, DC, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco, where he'll wrap up the short jaunt.
RZA was exposed to the world martial arts cinema as a young kid growing up in New York City and saw The 36th Chamber Shaolin at the age 12. The multi-hyphenate became enthralled by the culture and affected by the film's story about the oppressed Chinese villagers and the Manchu authority.
“Beyond the kung-fu, it was the reality the situation that hit me,” RZA said in a statement. “Growing up as a black kid in America, I didn’t know that that kind story had existed anywhere else.”
Check out the dates for the RZA: Live From The 36th Chamber Shaolin Tour.
April 17 — Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
April 18 — Washington DC @ Warner Theatre
Aprl 20 — Miami, FL @ Lemon City Studios (III Joints Fest)
April 24 — Los Angeles @ Palace Theater
April 25 — San Francisco, CA @ Castro Theatre