Monthly Archives: March 2017

Strut Records to release Sun Ra’s Singles Volume 2 Vinyl Editions May 5, 2017

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Following 2016’s definitive collection of singles released by Sun Ra from across his illustrious career, Strut present the second volumes of the vinyl editions on 3LP and 10×45 box set formats which focus on Ra’s later 1962-1991 period.
 
Released sporadically during the three decades and primarily on the Saturn label, the 45s offer one-off missives from Ra’s prolific cosmic journey, tracing the development of his forward-thinking “Space-Bop” and his unique take on jazz and blues traditions which remains unlike anything else from the period. As with the first volume vinyl editions, the collection is hugely varied, ranging from Ra’s spoken word recitations and some of his R&B recordings to alternative versions of Arkestra staples like ‘Love In Outer Space’, ‘Enlightenment’ and ‘Rocket No. 9’. The singles are also unpredictable vehicles for Ra’s music, combining different tracks from different sessions and occasionally making available music which was recorded many years beforehand. As Francis Gooding describes them, “they are answers to questions that albums won’t answer, and questions that can’t be asked or answered elsewhere.”
 
As with Ra’s LPs, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. On the volume 2 vinyl editions, we feature tracks that have only ever been seen via a small handful of copies including ‘Love In Outer Space’ b/w ‘Mayan Temple’ and ‘The Blue One’ b/w ‘Orbitration In Blue’; some were planned and penciled but allegedly never made it to vinyl and some appeared as limited one-off magazine singles including Ra’s very last single release, the reflective ‘I Am The Instrument’.
 
Sleeve note writers Chris Trent and Paul Griffiths brilliantly illustrate the role of the single within Ra’s career and break down each release with detailed track by track notes. Working with Sun Ra LLC and Sun Ra archivist Michael D. Anderson, Strut has also assembled the best possible master sources for each track.
 
‘Singles’ Vol. 2 vinyl formats feature fully remastered tracks, rare photos, original 45 artwork, Chris Trent sleeve notes and detailed track by track and session notes by Paul Griffiths.

ECHO – Cannabinoid-Based Education, Collaboration & Hope – Non-Profit Charitable Organization Launch

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ECHO, a new non-profit charitable organization dedicated to educating the world, hosting collaborative platforms, and providing hope for those in need of cannabinoid-based therapies announces its launch in March of 2017.

“ECHO aims to serve those suffering from debilitating neurological disorders such as epilepsy, autism and other conditions,” said ECHO Board of Directors President, Andrea Barnes.

“As someone who has worked for over 30 years leading local, national and international causes, I am proud and excited to be able to support ECHO’s mission of changing lives,” Barnes said. “ECHO will truly be a source of comfort and knowledge for many families who are seeking more information on the benefits and potential of cannabinoid-based therapies. We are providing numerous resources in the form of easy access to scientific research studies, a supportive community where parents can learn from each other’s experiences, and charitable outreach programs to support individuals with disabilities or special health care needs.”

Along with charitable donations, ECHO is working to share empowering stories, provide inspiration to many and to help people obtain a better understanding of how cannabinoid therapies can help change lives. All of the proceeds from donations will be used to supply families in need with financial assistance, medical referrals, and beneficial products.

ECHO strives to impact the world through its three pillars:

EDUCATION – Hosting the world’s largest resource for cannabinoid-based research and education.

COLLABORATION – Connecting individuals, healthcare professionals and families with resources to promote and exchange meaningful discussions surrounding cannabinoids and cannabinoid-based therapies.

HOPE – Providing hope to those who need it most.

About ECHO

ECHO is an independent, nonprofit and charitable organization dedicated to supplying cannabinoid-based education, open-ended collaboration between doctors and patients, and ideologies that encompass and give hope and inspiration to others. ECHO distributes funds and cannabinoid-based products to support those in search of cannabinoid therapies and health care. ECHO WEBSITE

RBMA NYC 2017 with Solange, Sacred Bones & Alice Coltrane Celebrations, Teddy Riley, Moodymann plays Prince & more

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RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY FESTIVAL NEW YORK 2017

Acclaimed Music Series Returns For Fifth Straight Year: April 29 – May 21

+++ Solange at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Gucci Mane and Zaytoven on the piano, Moodymann plays Prince +++ Tributes to Alice Coltrane, Patrick Adams +++ The Queen of Samba Elza Soares +++ Conversations with Werner Herzog, Teddy Riley, Alvin Lucier +++ Celebrations of New Jack Swing, Gqom, Sacred Bones Records, Ambient Music, Brazilian favela funk +++ and Much More +++

Full Line-Up, Tickets & Newsletter Sign-Up at nyc.redbullmusicacademy.com

#RBMANYC || @RBMA

 

Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York has become an annual New York City tradition. Since the world-travelling Academy set up shop for its 2013 edition, program highlights have included public conversations with D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Brian Eno, George Clinton and A$AP Rocky; world premieres of Anohni’s Hopelessnesslive show and Giorgio Moroder’s DJ set; FKA twigs’ celebrated Congregata show; and the Larry Levan Street Party, which brought out more than 20,000 New Yorkers. In 2017, the renowned music institution returns to NYC for a fifth consecutive year. The festival brings with it a legacy of acclaimed original programming that explores and celebrates New York’s rich cultural heritage, while also spotlighting the contemporary musicians currently shaping this heritage.

 

From April 29 to May 21, 2017, Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York will feature performances by some of today’s most impactful musical artists, tributes to iconic NYC musicians and their scenes, conversations with creative trailblazers and celebrations of various international influences on the city’s nightlife. The shows will unfold at some of NYC’s most unique venues, ranging from prestigious institutions like the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to outdoor locations and uncharted spaces completely reconfigured for the occasion.

 

The festival will feature Solange’s multimedia dance performance An Ode To, created exclusively for the iconic Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; a piano bar show by Atlanta rap godfathers Gucci Mane and Zaytoven, with Zaytoven taking a seat at the grand piano; Detroit house legend and Prince superfan Moodymann playing a special tribute set to the Purple One; a celebration of the life and music of visionary composer Alice Coltrane, including music made during her ashram years and heard on the upcoming compilation World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda; a 10-hour listening experience bringing together generations of ambient music-makers including Stevie Wonder’s synth guru Malcolm Cecil, Brian Eno collaborator Laraaji, Julianna Barwick, Huerco S., Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, thereminist Dorit Chrysler and more.

 

New York City’s rich musical tradition takes center stage as Brooklyn label Sacred Bones Records celebrate their 10th anniversary with many of the artists that have released music on the revered imprint, including Jenny Hval, Zola Jesus, Blanck Mass, Moon Duo with special guest Jim JarmuschMarissa Nadler and more; an all-star band pays tribute to the Harlem-raised songwriter, arranger, producer, A&R, engineer and living legend Patrick Adams; and prolific songwriter, producer and instrumentalist Teddy Riley will give a public lecture about his long and influential career including working with Michael Jackson to pioneering the New Jack Swing sound. Following Riley’s conversation will be a New Jack Swing dance party, featuring iconic DJs from the era.

 

Other lectures at this year’s festival include groundbreaking filmmaker Werner Herzog, who will talk about the music that has informed and inspired his films; and pioneering experimental music composer Alvin Lucier, who will discuss the tenets of his vital and exploratory work.

 

Celebrating the international fabric of NYC culture, the festival will also bring a range of global music scenes to the city. A night of Brazilian funk, or “proibidão,” which originated in the favela street parties known as fluxos, will feature stars of the scene such as MC Bin Laden and MC Carol, as well as US-based kindred spirits like DJ Assault, Sicko Mobb, Venus Xand AsmaraGQOM: Durban → NYC will celebrate South Africa’s exhilarating new style of low-slung, lo-fi house music with a number of pioneering gqom artists performing in the US for the first time; and samba icon Elza Soares will give a special performance, presented in partnership with Brasil Summerfest and Summerstage.

 

Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York will also bring house music DJs from gay underground scenes across the country together for one night, including crews from San Francisco (Honey Soundsystem), Pittsburgh (Honcho), Washington D.C. (NeedlExchange), Chicago (Men’s Room), Los Angeles (Spotlight) and New York (Wrecked NYC, The Carry Nation); and Bed-Stuy as a hotbed of innovative dance music and party culture will be the focus of a daytime party with Juliana Huxtable, Tygapaw, Bearcat, and members of the Papi Juiceand KUNQ crews.

 

Tickets go on sale today, Wednesday, March 22 at 11am EDT. See more details on the individual events, sign up for the #RBMANYC newsletter and purchase tickets at http://nyc.redbullmusicacademy.com.

 

In addition to the events, #RBMANYC will tell original stories through editorial content – such as an immersive digital experience that brings to life the Beastie Boys’ legendary Canal Street Studio on the 5th anniversary of Adam Yauch’s passing – on RBMA Daily (http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com) and RedBull.com’s Music channel (www.redbull.com/music). Red Bull Radio (www.redbullradio.com) will feature a month of NYC-focused programming, including event live streams, special broadcasts from Red Bull Arts New York, and more.

 

 

RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY FESTIVAL NEW YORK 2017

 

 

April 29: Fluxo: Funk Proibidão with MC Bin Laden, MC Carol, DJ Assault, Sicko Mobb, Venus X & Asmara (Putaria Maxima), Leo Justi, Tom DJ

In the favelas of Brazil, a unique street culture has emerged from the neon-lit car stereos lining the local block parties known as fluxos. The sound booming out of these improvised soundsystems is known most commonly as funk or proibidão, which translates to “strongly prohibited.” Proibidão shares certain sonic and lyrical characteristics with Miami bass, early electro and cumbia, and every weekend, thousands of youths gather at fluxos in Brazil’s major cities to socialize, dance and party. We’re excited to bring the music of this movement to NYC as part of Red Bull Music Academy New York – featuring Brazilian MCs and producers like MC Bin Laden, MC Carol, Leo Justi and Tom DJ as well as Detroit booty bass legend DJ Assault, whose brash aesthetics have been a major influence on the fluxos’ explicit funk sound. Joining them on the bill will be Chicago rap duo Sicko Mobb, Venus X and Asmara, whose music is informed by the chaotic and ebullient energy of fluxos in their own genres.

 

April 30: Beyond The Clouds: Ambient Excursions with Laraaji, Malcolm Cecil, Julianna Barwick, Chino Amobi & Johnny Utterback, Mary Lattimore, Huerco S., Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Dorit Chrysler & Rob Schwimmer, Visible Cloaks (DJ Set) @ Bogart House

There’s more than one way to achieve transcendence through deep listening experiences, and a ten-hour event of impressive ambient music at Bogart House in Bushwick will prove it. Synth pioneer and Stevie Wonder producer Malcolm Cecil, Brian Eno collaborator Laraaji and Julianna Barwick will be among the headliners performing on the third floor of the multi-level arts space. (The main roof will have food, while the upper roof annex – with incredible views of NYC – will also be open.) Playing on a custom soundsystem tuned for total immersion, in a room filled with furniture built specifically to enhance the listening experience, live sets will also come from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Mary Lattimore, Huerco S., Dorit Chrysler & Rob Schwimmer and a specially prepared performance by Chino Amobi & Johnny Utterback. Expect harp, zither, theremin, Buchlas and much, much more. RVNG act Visible Cloaks will provide DJ support.

 

May 1: A Conversation with Alvin Lucier @ Red Bull Arts New York

Alvin Lucier will be the latest composer featured in Red Bull Music Academy’s series of talks with pioneering experimental music icons of the 20th century. Following on from conversations with Steve Reich, Philip Glass, La Monte Young, Glenn Branca and Pauline Oliveros, Lucier will sit down with RBMA’s Todd L. Burns to talk about the tenets of his vital and exploratory work. Lucier, the man behind the seminal 1969 composition “I Am Sitting in a Room,” has spent more than 40 years as a professor, and his generous approach will make for an educational and entertaining sit-down at Red Bull Arts New York.

 

May 5: New Jack Swing: A Conversation with Teddy Riley @ Red Bull Arts New York

As a hugely prolific songwriter, producer and instrumentalist, Teddy Riley significantly shaped the sound of R&B as we know it. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, he virtually masterminded the new jack swing genre as the man behind hits by Keith Sweat, Guy, Blackstreet and Bobby Brown, while also co-producing Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album and giving The Neptunes their first break. Since then, Riley’s collaborators have come to include the likes of Snoop Dogg and Lady Gaga, as well as Korean pop stars Jay Park and Girls’ Generation. Throughout his vast catalog, Teddy Riley’s smooth and sexy signature sound has remained instantly recognizable and undeniably iconic. As part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York’s celebration of new jack swing, Riley will sit down with the Academy’s own Jeff “Chairman” Mao to talk about his influential career, his approach to production and songwriting, and his biggest hits – some of which you’ll get to dance to at our official after-party with Just Blaze, Kid Capri and Brucie B of Harlem’s Roof Top roller-skating rink (once located in the same building where Riley had his first studio).

 

May 5: New Jack Swing: The Hype Dance with Just Blaze, Kid Capri, Brucie B @ Louie and Chan

The term “new jack swing” was initially coined by Barry Michael Cooper to describe the trailblazing productions of Teddy Riley for the likes of Guy, Al B. Sure! and Johnny Kemp. Writing for the Village Voice, Cooper pinpointed the crucial cultural moment in late ’80s Harlem where hip-hop and R&B first converged, bringing with it eye-catching fashion and distinct dance moves while soon blossoming into a globalized lifestyle. New jack swing took the world by storm, and the ripples of its particle collision can still be felt in the hip-hop and R&B sounds of today. Tapping into the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York tradition of bringing some of the city’s most storied music scenes back to life, and following an in-depth conversation with Teddy Riley, we celebrate new jack swing with iconic DJs from the era. The lineup includes Brucie B of Harlem’s Roof Top roller-skating rink (which once was located in the same building where Riley had his first studio), Bronx legend Kid Capri and Just Blaze, whose productions have shaped the music of New York in their own way – as well as dancers trained in the high art of the Running Man. Better make sure your fade is tight.

 

May 6: Moodymann Plays Prince @ 637 W 50th St

When it comes to sheer charisma and musical iconoclasm, few match the dearly departed Prince. In the realm of house music, though, Moodymann AKA Kenny Dixon Jr. comes close. The Detroit native has spent his career refining an irresistibly funky, joyfully unpredictable, slinky and sexualized brand of house, and he would be the first to tell you he owes much of his creative approach and attitude to Prince, an artist who looms so large in Moodymann’s imagination he’s created a shrine to the man that fills an entire house in Detroit.  As part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2017, Moodymann will share that obsession with the world in the form of an all-night DJ set featuring 100% Prince’s music, rolling out unreleased jams, party-starters, slow-burners, B-sides, D-sides and all manner of hits and curios from the Purple One’s eternally alluring output.

 

May 7: A Bed-Stuy Function with Juliana Huxtable, Tygapaw, Bearcat, Papi Juice, FXWRK and stud1nt (KUNQ) @ Sugarhill

Over the past few years, Bed-Stuy has become a hotbed of innovative dance music and party culture. On May 7, we bring some of the Brooklyn neighborhood’s most groundbreaking party collectives and DJs together at Sugarhill. Juliana Huxtable’s bold creative vision has brought her art and performance pieces to New York’s MoMA, New Museum and the Guggenheim, after co-founding the women-led Shock Value party in 2014. She’s joined on the bill by Tygapaw, the DJ and producer behind Fake Accent, a party/collective that highlights the work of queer and trans people of color – a founding principle shared by the Papi Juice crew, who will take to the decks as well. KUNQ – represented on this occasion by FXWRK and stud1nt – initially started throwing parties in Massachusetts, but have since found their footing among the ever-growing group of dance music activists carving out safe spaces for marginalized communities in NYC nightlife. The lineup is rounded out by Bearcat, the London-born, Brooklyn-based Discwoman affiliate who has been making noise internationally with her excellent and wide-ranging DJ mixes. Join us as we celebrate NYC club culture at its most inclusive.

 

May 9: A Conversation about Music in Film with Werner Herzog Presented By Red Bull Music Academy and MetLiveArts @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Werner Herzog’s groundbreaking approach to film has always included a similar outlook when it comes to music. In this conversation presented as part of RBMA’s Director Series, Herzog will talk specifically about the music that has informed and inspired his films, interspersed with illustrative clips. Whether it’s his collaborations with Krautrock icons Popul Vuh, stunning operatic cues or traditional folk songs of faraway tribes, Herzog’s ear is finely tuned. At the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we’ll have an opportunity to understand just what he’s hearing and, perhaps more importantly, how.

 

May 11: The Music of Patrick Adams with Todd Simon (musical director), Patrick Adams, Leroy Burgess, Donna McGhee, Christine Wiltshire, Fonda Rae, James Calloway and more @ Alhambra Ballroom

Songwriter, arranger, producer and engineer Patrick Adams has applied a magic touch to more than four decades of music, earning thousands of credits for contributions to disco, boogie, soul and hip-hop releases both genre-defining and criminally underrated. In addition to mentoring Leroy Burgess and his seminal soul group Black Ivory, Adams, a Harlem native, was a key contributor to innumerable disco LPs and hits like Musique’s “In The Bush,” Cloud One’s “Atmosphere Strut,” Phreek’s “Weekend” and Inner Life’s “I’m Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair).” His agnostic approach to arrangement enabled Adams to jump between genres and generations, pivoting away from the well-earned “Prince of Soft Soul” nickname to work with Eric B. & Rakim on their classic albums Paid in Full and Follow The Leader. This concert at Harlem’s Alhambra Ballroom will celebrate the hometown hero’s illustrious career, with an all-star band of original vocalists and members of the P.A. System (including Donna McGhee, Leroy Burgess, Christine Wiltshire and Patrick Adams himself) – as well as full string and bass quartets – performing highlights from Adams’ catalog like you’ve never heard them before.

 

May 12: GQOM: Durban → NYC with DJ Lag, Rudeboyz, DJ Twitty @ Tender Trap

The sound of South Africa’s latest dance music craze is rough, rugged and raw: a mutation of low-slung, lo-fi house music known as gqom. What originated in the townships of Durban and in the bedroom studios of a group of young local producers soon took over the city’s dance hall’s and taxi stereos, before the rest of the world caught on. European label owners such as Moleskin of Goon Club Allstars and Nan Kolè of Gqom Oh! have been instrumental in bringing the gqom sound to a wider audience, but the creative heart of the scene remains firmly rooted in Durban. After documenting the rise of gqom culture in our H∆SHTAG$ video series, we’re thrilled to bring a number of pioneering gqom artists to the U.S. for the first time, as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York – including DJ Lag, Rudeboyz and DJ Twitty.

 

May 13: Trade Show USA with Honey Soundsystem (SF), Wrecked (NYC), Honcho (PGH), Spotlight (LA), NeedlExchange (DC), Men’s Room (CHI), The Carry Nation (NYC), DJ Holographic @ 99 Scott

American dance music’s gay underground is a scene without center, led by parties and promoters whose participation in a national network is often secondary to their status as pillars of a local scene. However, these crews remain like-minded in their pursuit of transcendent experiences to be found in quality electronic music, placing traditional and future-facing house, techno and disco at the emotional center of the gay clubbing experience. In doing so, these parties are busy writing their own chapter in gay America’s long history of nightclubbing and dance music. These are parties run by gay men but welcoming people of all orientations to express their own definition of freedom and fun on a sweaty dancefloor, and for the first time ever we’ll be bringing together DJs from Honey Soundsystem (San Francisco), NeedlExchange (Washington D.C.), Honcho (Pittsburgh), Men’s Room (Chicago), Spotlight (Los Angeles), The Carry Nation and Wrecked (New York City) all in one place for one massive celebration as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2017.

 

May 16: Piano Nights: Gucci Mane and Zaytoven

Gucci Mane and Zaytoven are the godfathers of rap music currently coming out of Atlanta. Their unorthodox approaches – Zay’s to beatmaking and Gucci’s to rhyming – ushered in a new era of anything-goes in the city. From Young Thug to Metro Boomin, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert and Migos, Atlanta rap’s current who’s who bears unmistakable marks of their influence, either indirectly or through near-filial kinship. Together, they’ve brought you hits like “Icy” and “Bricks,” and their collaboration on “First Day Out Da Feds” marked Gucci Mane’s triumphant, rejuvenated return from prison in 2016. Following Zaytoven’s appearance at last year’s Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York as part of our “Trapped” double-header, we now present the next step in the evolution of both of these influential artists’ career. For one evening only, the rapper-producer duo will deliver throwback piano bar renditions of some of their most famous tunes – voice (Gucci) and piano (Zay) only.

 

May 18: Solange: An Ode To Presented by Red Bull Music Academy and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum @ Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

With the 2016 release of A Seat at the Table, Solange Knowles earned commercial and critical acclaim that felt like a long-awaited coronation for one of R&B’s most inspiring talents. At once musically and politically galvanizing, the album is a document of personal and universal struggle as undeniably intense as it is sonically beautiful, with Solange’s vocals and lyrical perspective matched by the peerless funk, soul, and R&B backing. This May, Solange expands on this triumph with An Ode To, an interdisciplinary performance piece and meditation examining themes from A Seat at the Table through movement, installation work, and experimentation through re-constructing musical arrangements. Presented as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2017, An Ode To continues the Guggenheim’s rich program of groundbreaking performances, as Solange activates the museum’s iconic Rotunda space with familiar and reimagined versions of songs from A Seat at the Table.

 

May 19: Elza Soares Presented by Red Bull Music Academy, in Partnership with Brasil Summerfest and SummerStage @ The Town Hall

In a career racked by tragedy, legendary Brazilian samba singer Elza Soares has persevered as a singular voice for the voiceless. Rising from the favelas of Rio, where was forced into marriage at the age of 12 and gave birth to her first child at 13, Soares’ big break came when she appeared on a Brazilian talent show, supposedly to buy medicine for her children. Her otherworldly voice and searing lyrical perspective earned her admirers and detractors in equal measure, eventually leading to her appearing on the Brazilian dictatorship’s blacklist and fleeing the country, only to return years later hailed as a national hero. Now in her 70s, Soares has maintained a cohesive style that is thoroughly informed and yet somehow unbounded by her personal struggles. Her latest album, The Woman at the End of the World, was a continuation of her lifelong work on behalf of the oppressed, meant “to talk about women, to talk about blackness, and to talk about sex.” As part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2017 and in partnership with Brasil Summerfest & City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage, Soares will bring her undeniable charisma and unforgettable voice to a performance at The Town Hall. Elza Soares will also return to NYC this summer to headline SummerStage as part of Brasil Summerfest.

 

May 20: Sacred Bones 10 Year Anniversary with Jenny Hval, Zola Jesus, Rose McDowall, Blanck Mass, The Men, Moon Duo with Jim Jarmusch, Marissa Nadler, Psychic Ills, Uniform @ Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse

Throughout its decade of existence, Brooklyn-based record label Sacred Bones has released music that affirms the dual implications of their name – music that is both luminous and haunting, divine and macabre. Founded by Caleb Braaten and now co-run by Taylor Brode, their vast catalog swerves between those two poles while maintaining a remarkable emotional consistency, creating a new sort of gothic Americana assuming disparate forms via power electronics, experimental folk, psychedelic rock and narcotic pop. This balance between imposing darkness and cleansing light will be on display at Sacred Bones 10 Year Anniversary, taking place as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2017, with performances by various factions of the label’s familial community of music-makers including Jenny Hval, Zola Jesus, Marissa Nadler, Moon Duo (performing with film director Jim Jarmusch for the first time), Psychic Ills, Uniform and Rose McDowall.

 

May 21: The Ecstatic World of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda with Ravi Coltrane, Brandee Younger, Surya Botofasina, Reggie Workman, Joe Blaxx, Radha Botofasina, Shyam Reyes, Isabel Belloso, Sathya Womack, Lakshmi Myers, Mike Thompson, Arianna Gouveia and more @ Knockdown Center

Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda was an American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, singer, composer and the wife of John Coltrane, the most venerated and influential saxophonist in the history of jazz. Alice’s recording catalog dates back to 1957, and during the last decade of her career – starting in the mid-’80s – she self-released four brilliant cassette albums. They contained a music she invented, inspired by the gospel music of the Detroit churches she grew up in, mixed together with the Indian devotional music of her religious practice.

 

Ten years after Alice’s passing, in what would have been her 80th year, we will celebrate her music and spirit at the stunning arts and performance space Knockdown Center in Queens. The first part—presented with New York label Luaka Bop, who is releasing a compilation of music from her years at the ashram—is inspired by the Sunday ceremonies Alice held at her Sai Anantam Ashram in California. Timed to coincide with sundown, the powerful, spiritual music will be performed by an ensemble led by music director Surya Botofasina, who grew up at the Ashram. The latter half will be a concert led by her son, Ravi Coltrane, featuring an all-star band playing music from throughout Alice’s career.

NEW RELEASE: Raul Midón “Bad Ass and Blind”

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Raul Midón Makes Giant Steps in Bad Ass and Blind, His Much Anticipated Ninth Album

Singer/Songwriter/Multi-instrumentalist Raul Midón has been creatively shattering boundaries in the Jazz and Pop worlds for the last decade. His soulful and funky artistry goes way beyond any notion of genre – it is musicianship, charisma, timing, songwriting and personality that unmistakably solidify the context of his songs. His music commands listeners with open minds, open ears and open hearts.

 

Blind at birth, he is often compared to Stevie Wonder and José Feliciano, and while those comparisons are indeed flattering you also will hear influences of Steely Dan, Sting and the late great Al Jarreau. Raul, still early in his career, has already been endorsed by greats as diverse as Grammy-nominated Louie Vega and the living legend Bill Withers (appearing in his documentary “Still Bill”).

 

His guitar playing is masterful and enables him to move effortlessly, while creating a sound that’s both warm and familiar. “He plays with such freedom and joy that his hands smile” (Huffington Post). His slapping style allows him to play a melody while creating percussion as he plays without disrupting either sound, and busts out his improvisational mouth-horn technique, in which he creates a bebop “trumpet” solo entirely with his lips, earning himself a spontaneous burst of mid-song applause from the audience in the process.

 

In his latest effort, Bad Ass and Blind, he attests to enduring ambitions. Raul was a featured artist with the 2016 Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour, which also included the likes of stars Nicholas Payton, Gerald Clayton, and Gregory Hutchinson, whom he tapped to play on this project, along with Joe Sanders and others.

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There are songs on Bad Ass and Blind sure to please fans of Midón’s earlier albums, beginning with the title track, which in fact was written and recorded after the album was almost completed. The tour de force piece finds Midón celebrating blindness with a ripping guitar solo, a fierce spoken word rhyme, slamming bass by Richard Hammond (Hamilton) and drumming by Lionel Cordew (Spyro Gyra). These musical gems come with a story that Raul himself breaks down for us:

 

“‘Bad Ass and Blind’ is a kind of personal coming out party for me. Believe it or not I am a shy person, especially when it comes to my blindness. This album, in general, and this song in particular, represents a sea change for me when it comes to communicating with the public about my disability. I am what I am. I travel the world, write, produce, sing, play, and do it all without the benefit of sight. I’m a bad ass.

 

“‘Red, Green, Yellow’ is both a shout out to Steely Dan and a snapshot view as to my perspective on color. As a child I played red light green light. So naturally those associations continue. Way beyond this, though, color figures prominently in the rich descriptions of people, places, and things that populate the pages of great literature. Through the eyes of the great describers, Nabokov, Dickens, etc., I see green pastures, Red Wheel Barrels, and a bright golden sun. Color is a main ingredient in the magic elixir of words that brings to life the imagination.

 

“‘Pedal to the Metal’ sums up my living philosophy. I am 100 percent committed to what I’m doing. When I’m on stage there is nothing but that moment.

 

“’Wings of Mind’ is a musical expression of my belief in the power of creative imagination. It is also an exploration of my continuing fascination with linear modal harmony, à la Wayne Shorter or Miles Davis. Before anything can exist there is the idea of that thing. When I write a song I begin with nothing but the idea. ‘Through the spaces in your mind you’ll find a passage way to anywhere.’

 

“‘If Only’ is a might-have-been love song inspired by the Tin Pan Alley poets. Songs like ‘What’ll I Do?’ by Irving Berlin and ‘Night and Day’ by Cole Porter. I wanted to write something simple yet symmetrical. It is a bossa with a twist.

 

“Light shadows are created when light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. They are experienced and spoken about by virtually everyone every day. On the other hand, sound shadows occur in pretty much the same way and can be experienced by anyone with a working set of ears. And yet most of us don’t know they exist. You can practice listening to sound shadows by closing your eyes and walking very slowly through a narrow doorway without using your hands. You may bump your head a few times but I promise you’ll get better at it with time. ‘Sound Shadows,’ the song, is a tribute to a world that exists just beyond the line of sight.

 

“‘Jack (Robert Lorick)’ is an expression of my appreciation for a fictional character, Jack Flanders, voiced by an extraordinary voice actor and human being, Robert Lorick. Jack is the protagonist in an audio adventure series produced by ZBS media and written by Tom Lopez. The sound artistry coupled with sublime pearls of wisdom, taken from the world’s religions, scattered throughout, are what keeps me coming back for more. Jack is no ordinary adventurer. While he travels the world physically, his raison d’être is to solve metaphysical puzzles. Robert Lorick recently passed and this was my tribute to him and the fictional character. If you want to be inspired check it out.

 

“‘You & I’ is another straight up love song inspired by my relationship with my wife. We live and work together and I am proud to have her as my wife and manager. Love conquers all.

 

“‘All that I Am’ is an acknowledgment of the role that my father has played in my life. When I was faced with overwhelming obstacles as a disabled child, my father handed me the most powerful tool you can employ when overcoming such obstacles: a powerful sense of my intrinsic value as a human being. When you are disabled the world foists upon you a sense that you are damaged goods. My father never let me forget that this was wrong. He would remind me constantly that I could do and be anything I wanted.

“‘Gotta Gotta Give’ is a love song to life, with a hook and a little touch of the avant-garde. I got some much appreciated help on this one from the great French keyboardist Jean-Philippe Rykiel.

 

“‘Fly like an Eagle’ is the first LP I ever bought with my own money. I was enthralled with the synthesizer parts and sparked by the message of revolution and hope. Whenever I do a cover I am challenged by the fact that I like the original so much. It is, for me, a tightrope walk, to maintain the integrity of the song and yet make it my own. I changed the key to a darker sounding A-flat, slowed down the tempo a bit, and re-harmonized the verses to give it a mysterious quality. This is in keeping with the linear model sound found throughout the record. I also wanted the ending to feel wistful, sad, and soulful like you might hear on a Marvin Gaye or Curtis Mayfield record. ‘Fly like an Eagle’ is a testimonial to the power of possibility.”

 

This is the second album that Raul has both produced and engineered. His work is bold and dynamic, and demonstrates his abilities in the manner of a genius.

 

Raul Midón is “a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus…” – The New York Times

 

This latest release is sure to leave a lasting impression on both existing fans and new fans alike.

http://www.raulmidon.com

MACK AVENUE · the road to great music · mackavenue.com

 

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Raul Midón Winter/Spring 2017 Performances:

February 23 | Dubai Jazz Festival | Dubai, UAE

March 14 | City Winery | Atlanta, GA

March 16-20 | SXSW | Austin, TX

March 23 | Guitar Clinic, Guitar Center Times Square | New York, NY

March 24 | Highline Ballroom | New York, NY

March 25 | Berklee College/David Friend Recital Hall | Boston, MA

March 26 | Ridgefield Playhouse | Ridgefield, CT

March 29 | Centerstage | Reston, VA

April 2 | Singa Jazz | Singapore

April 4-6 | Blue Note | Tokyo, Japan

April 8 | Berks Jazz Fest | Reading, PA

April 14 | Detroit Music Café | Detroit, MI

April 15 | NightTown | Cleveland, OH

April 16 | Space | Evanston, IL

April 17 | Dakota | Minneapolis, MN

April 19 | Soiled Dove | Denver, CO

April 21-22 | Blue Whale | Los Angeles, CA

April 23 | Yoshi’s | Oakland, CA

April 24 | Orpheum | Flagstaff, AZ

April 26 | Tin Pan | Richmond, VA

April 29 | MilkBoy ArtHouse/University of MD | College Park, MD

May 2 | L’Entreport | Le Haillan, France

May 3 | Paul B | Massy, France

May 4 | L’Avant Seine/Théâtre de Colombes | Colombes, France

May 5 | Salle des Fetes de Vernouillet | Vernouillet, France

May 9 | Salle Nougaro | Toulouse, France

May 11 | Theatre National De Bretagne | Rennes, France

May 12 | Casino De Saint-Julien | St Julien En Genevois, France

May 18 | Under The Bridge | London, UK

May 19 | New Morning | Paris, France

May 21 | Lantern Venster | Rotterdam, Netherlands

May 22 | Paradiso | Amsterdam, Netherlands

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PRESS & REVIEWS:

Sonic Scoop 

Paste Magazine livestream performance “Pedal to the Metal” / “You & I” from SXSW

Good Day Austin

The tour de force title track celebrates Midón’s blindness with a ripping guitar solo, a fierce spoken word rhyme and thundering rhythms.” – People

“…thoughtful recording of “Fly like an Eagle” – Steve Miller

“…Midón’s music has always projected energy, optimism and virtuosity, and that is the case on Bad Ass and Blind.” – Soultracks

I’ve seen some great musicians at SXSW this year, but none better than Raul Midón. Master musician.” - Richard Barone

“…this seventh studio album is also bursting with funk grooves, Latin rhythms, quick-fire raps, blistering guitar solos and hummable pop melodies.” – The National 

His jazz stylings and unique use of his voice as an instrument will also resonate with fans…” – Pollstar 

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NEW SINGLE: Sidibe “Strangers”

Sidibe has just released her latest single “Strangers”. After just one listen, Sidibe will not be a stranger to you. She continues to refine that Sidibe sound with vocals that find the perfect balance between pure and honest, impeccable production and lyrics that are highly personal and without pretense. Produced by Nico Stadi, “Strangers” features a impressive list of musicians including Warryn Campbell, Mononeon, Nate Mercereau and Wali Ali Jr.  

 

 

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Fusicology March 2017 Mix by Fleetwood Magneto

Features tracks by Black Coffee, Sandy Rivera, Josh Milan, Dennis Ferrer, Kerri Chandler, Bah Samba, Detroit Swindle, Djeff Afrozila, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Hallex M, Cajmere & Gene Farris and many more deep, soulful, afro & tech house gems.

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Jazz Dispensary Launches Limited Edition Vinyl Reissue Program

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“TOP SHELF SERIES”
 WITH TITLES BY RUSTY BRYANT AND CHARLES KYNARD
 
HIGH-QUALITY FULL-ALBUM 180-GRAM VINYL REISSUES FAITHFULLY REPRODUCED FROM THE ORIGINAL ANALOG TAPES AND HOUSED IN 
OLD-SCHOOL STYLE REPLICA JACKETS

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LISTEN Charles Kynard’s “Sweetheart”
 
Following the success of the sought-after and critically acclaimed 4-LP collection Jazz Dispensary: Cosmic Stash (released at Record Store Day’s main event in April 2016) and the 2016 Black Friday release of Holiday Treats, comes the Top Shelf Series, an album-centric program focused on reintroducing rare and previously unavailable titles that also deliver a complete album listening experience. Each title in the series is remastered from the original analog tapes and pressed on 180-gram audiophile-quality vinyl at Quality Record Pressings (QRP). The series will launch on March 31st with a pair of long out-of-print crate-digger classics, housed in faithfully reproduced old-school style replica jackets: Rusty Bryant‘s incendiary soul-jazz statement, Fire Eater and Charles Kynard‘s moody, grooving outing with cohorts Grant Green and Bernard Purdie, the deeply funkyAfro-Disiac

A limited edition worldwide run of 1,000 copies are pressed with the Jazz Dispensary “AUTHORIZED DEALER” window cling. After the initial run, the titles will be available at streaming outlets, mastered for iTunes, and in Hi-Res digital (96/24 and 192/24).
 
The Top Shelf Series will feature eight releases in 2017, featuring titles by Bernard PurdieAlice Coltrane and Joe HendersonFunkInc.Gary Bartz‘sNTU Troop, and more. 
 
Fans can pre-order Fire Eater and Afro-Disiac now on Amazon
 
 
About Rusty Bryant’s Fire Eater:
An unsung monster in the pantheon of exceptional soul-jazz outings from the Prestige catalog, Fire Eater finds Bryant grooving hard in a combo that featured Idris Muhammad on drums, Wilbert Longmire on guitar, and both Bill Mason and Leon Spencer Jr. on organ. Included in this stretched-out, funky set of four originals is the title track, “Fire Eater, which was sampled for “Swing Set” by Jurassic 5 (2000) and appeared on the 1999 collaboration between DJ Shadowand Cut ChemistBrainfreeze. While not as instantly recognizable by name as other greats of the tenor saxophone such as John Coltrane and Sonny RollinsBryant‘s fiery and athletic approach on this set sets him apart from his peers as a force to be reckoned with. In the strident groove and funky underpinnings of Fire Eater is the blueprint for generations of future groovers and funkateers. Essential. 
 
Track list, images, videos and more here: http://tinyurl.com/zf3z93d
Pre-order Fire Eater now on Amazon
 
About Charles Kynard’s Afro-Disiac:
Flanked by a who’s-who of exceptional talent, which includes Bernard Purdie on drums, Jimmy Lewis on electric bass, Grant Green on guitar, and Houston Person on tenor saxophone, Charles Kynard turns in a soulful and sublimely understated set of purely grooving soul-jazz fare. Long out of print and never reissued in the U.S. on vinyl since its original release in 1970, Afro-Disiacpressed at QRP from lacquers cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, is just the musical panacea you’ve been looking for.  Features the smoldering, deep-pocket Purdie showcase, “Sweetheart.
 
Pre-order Afro-Disiac now on Amazon.
 
For more info, follow @JazzDispensary on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Spotify.
 

NEW RELEASE: Like Roses EP by Juakali on Foreign Familiar

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From the Sub Swara vault there existed a riddim known as “Smokin”. Appearing elusively on one of their infamous mixes/podcasts, Jua heard and then adopted the riddim to provide social commentary on the populist narrative of governance and privilege. From his unique perspective, Jua likens this narrative to the age old adage about the beauty of a rose bush: “every rose has its thorn”. With both jungle and reggae remixes to the original, Jua provides much needed reflection with an undertow of resistance.

Track Listing:

1. Like Roses (Sub Swara Original)

2. Like Roses (DJ Shakey Jungle Remix)

3. Like Roses (Syncro Reggae Remix)

4. Like Roses (a capella)

Press Contact: info@foreignfamiliar.com Design Credit: Gray Ops

Juakali has appeared on commercial recordings with Alpha & Omega, Raz Mesani, Pinch, Matty G, Kush Arora and others on tracks spanning dub, reggae, dubstep, dancehall, bhangra, electronic, and experimental genres. Impressing both industry and audiences with his ability to innovate across a range of genres, Jua was featured as one of the top 5 US Ragga MCs who are, “launching careers as artists and producers…pushing dancehall beyond its boundaries…” (‘Chat Bout’ XLR8R Magazine - Issue118). www.juakalimusic.com

Sub Swara creates, constructs, produces and plays genre-bending bass music that parallels the diversity of their home town of Brooklyn, NY. Consisting of Dhruva Ganesan and Dave Sharma, Sub Swara’s musical genome brings together a wide assortment of DNA – from dub to hip-hop, dancehall to punk rock, and all the global sounds in-between. http://www.subswara.com

DJ Shakey (Julie Covello) is a full-time NYC dj and producer. In 2016 she released a Jungle remix of “Reggae Warrior” for House of David Gang, a twerk version of Piss Off’s “Ice Coffee Addiction”, and a Moombahton Christmas dance jam from Pete Rodriguez’ “Contento Estan” (via her duo Empire Breaks NYC). 2017 Begins with a collab with prolific / viral artist Nina Katchadourian and Shakey’s 60min remix of Nina’s “On Hold” music project and their live performance at the Temple Contemporary Museum in Philadelphia. Shakey is sponsored by Ableton, Serato, and Rane, and her work is being preserved ongoing in the NYU archive. Shakey also runs both her electronic music showcase “The Warper Party” and “Shakey’s Record Fair”. She teaches music production and djing to young women at the Lower East Side Girls Club. https://soundcloud.com/DjShakey

Syncro has been a longtime collaborator producing many of Jua’s early reggae/dub/dancehall releases. He is a founder of the first Czech reggae and dub label GunJah Records (since 1997) and was the first one in Czech Republic to produce and press reggae 45s. Working with international musicians from Jamaica, UK, Trinidad, Gambia or Martinique he started to dive deeper and deeper into the reggae vibe. He is also organizing regular reggae dances (with a significant help of Kakao Jr.) in his hometown Karlovy Vary and co-runs Royal Hi-Fi Sound as a selector with Mighty Lemon http://gunjah.cz/main.html https://www.facebook.com/royal.hif

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SXSW Music: Wu Tang Clan, DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, CJ Fly, Kweku Collins, Eli Sostre and More

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Fusicology is going to SXSW! This year SXSW music is celebrating it’s 31st year. During SXSW (March 14-18) music artists will embark upon Austin, Texas from 26 countries representing sounds from across the globe. According to SXSW, highlights include Pro Era rapper and founding member CJ Fly, rising R&B singer Kadhja Bonet, Cuban rapper-singer La Dame Blanche and others.

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Leading up to SXSW, music enthusiasts can follow the official SXSW playlist, and Artist of the Day Series as well as the SXSW Daily Chord. 

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We are excited to check out Kweku Collins at the Mohawk Indoor on March 16, 2017(11:15pm – 12:00 am). Kweku is a rapper/producer/songwriter from Evanston, Il. In 2016 Kweku released Nat Love which has landed him in publications such as FADER, Billboard and more.

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You can register for SXSW 2017 here. Your SXSW Music badge grants you access to the Music Festival Showcases and gives you access to daytime Conference Sessions from March 10-19. On March 13, 2017 we will check out the following:

DJ Baby Roo (Houston)       7:45pm – 8:00pm       The Sidewinder Outside     715 Red River St

Turquoise Jeep (Atlanta)    12:50am – 1:50am       The Sidewinder Outside     715 Red River St

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The SXSW Music Opening Party is sponsored by Sensu Music and will take place on on Tuesday, March 14 at Maggie Mae’s from 6-9PM. Fusicology will be there to support Noname and check out the sounds of other artists chosen to headline this iconic event. The Music Opening Party is open to Music and Platinum badges as well as artist wristbands.

Showcasing artists of SXSW are featured here: https://www.sxsw.com/music/2016/2017-music-festival-artist-round-one/. DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown aka ERYKAH BADU and the Wu-Tang Clan perform at Austin City Limits live at the Moody Theater on March 14, 2017. Several Hip Hop / Rap showcases are taking place on March 14, 2017 at 512 which is located at 408 E. 6th Street.

If you know of music showcases and fly events that we should check out during SXSW, send an email to: jewell@fusicology.com. See you in Austin!

Out Now: Perspective ft. violinist prodigy Jasmine Pharrell Love produced by JtMT & Pleasure Prince

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After losing her family in a tragic fire at the age of 14, music prodigy violinist, Jasmine Pharrell Love gives heroic performance for the first time in five years.

Will one courageous performance be enough, or will her best friends influence send her into the unforgiving music industry?

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“Perspective” claims ownership to the new body of work envisioned by the brilliance of Chicago DJ and Producer Julius the Mad Thinker. This single breaths passion, energy, movement, depth and reflects the struggles that people face as they encounter life’s new obstacles, tragedies and unexpected turns.

Ultimately, “Perspective” is the difference between being resigned and giving up, and succeeding while living a happy life to the fullest.  In this case, it’s also the title song and the second single off of the forthcoming debut album “Perspective”. Complementing the single is an album synopsis that reveals a suspenseful drama which captures readers and leaves them anticipating what comes next.

Always pursuing a different outlook on the way in which people experience music, Julius teamed up with Russell Pike Jr, alias Pleasure Prince to create what he believes will be a new, Epic contribution to the international dance industry. Beyond that the new album Perspective lives up to the name. It explores and visits the genres of afro house, soulful house, deep house, and tech house.

After seeing, hearing, and playing this body of work, you definitely will have a new and different perspective about the way in which you see, hear, and play this music that we all love called “House”!

BANDCAMP

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Produced by JtMT & Pleasure Prince

Conceptual Verses by Julius Spates for Spates Idea Backers ASCAP

Music by Russell Pike Jr for Pike Unlimited Music ASCAP

Mixing by Russell Pike Jr, Julius Spates, & Eric Welton

Mastering by Pike Unlimited Music

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