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Apura! - Karl Evangelista w/Alexander Hawkins, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Trevor Watts

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Greetings to you, my much beleaguered friends/colleagues/community,

This a bit of self-promotion, but also (I think) a project of interest. I have an album releasing on the stellar Astral Spirits label next Friday, May 22. This record, entitled Apura! (Tagalog for "very urgent"), is a collection of improvised trios and quartets featuring the company of the O board's own Alexander Hawkins, South African legend Louis Moholo-Moholo, and UK great Trevor Watts.

This project is the fulfillment of a longtime dream to convene an international, intergenerational quartet of creative voices for the goal of making music that is at once spontaneous, contemporary, and suffused with the energies of the incendiary past. To put it in so many words, this felt and feels like crisis music for today in much the same way that the music of the Blue Notes, Amalgam, etc. was crisis music for its era.

You can pre-order and preview some tracks here: https://apura.bandcamp.com/

As some of you may know, it was my goal to bring a version of this project out to the US for a run of May concerts. Clearly this didn't/won't happen, though we're going to try for a series of December dates featuring myself, Alex, Asian American jazz innovator Francis Wong, and the great Andrew Cyrille. Will keep you posted, but in the meantime, I've scheduled a livestream "Album Release Concert" (accompanied by prerecorded elements from the Moholo/Tippett album No Gossip). In summary: it's going to be strange, but it's going to be cool. May 22, 7pm PT: https://youtu.be/daAtrW-nAF8

 

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I'm in, what a lines up!

Looking forward to hearing it all. I'll wait until 5 June so you benefit from the waiver

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Thanks for the heads-up. 

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Congratulations , this ought to be excellent.

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Pre-ordered

 

very glad you hear about this recording 

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I will probably buy at least a few copies. Congrats.

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Thank you, folks! I'm just excited that it's going to be out in the world. If/when folks can get to it, I hope that the listen brings you some (much needed?) joy--it's the closest you can get to the energy that was in the room those two days we tracked, the residuals of which have kept me going during some of quarantine's heavier moments. 

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Set myself a reminder. Congratulations. 

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Already got this via subscribtion - really great stuff!

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