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Ariel Kalma, Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia Honer

The Closest Thing To Silence

    In August 2022, Australia-based, French born fourth-world music legend Ariel Kalma was invited to participate in BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction series of special collaborations. The program pairs artists that have not previously collaborated to create new music together. Kalma was quick to suggest working together with two musicians whom he has never met – the International Anthem recording artists Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia Honer, whose critically-acclaimed duo debut Recordings from the Åland Islands had been released just a few months earlier. Kalma sent an invitation to Chiu and Honer, which was received with great enthusiasm.

    Chiu had been a fan of Kalma’s work for a long time, even citing him as a major influence on his approach to electronic music composition. After meeting their goal of 20 minutes worth of music for the program (which was four pieces total), the three musicians were satisfied in what they would present, and sent along their work to the producers of Late Junction; but simultaneously they felt like there was much more to be said, more work to be done. There were several pieces that they had nearly completed that weren’t sent for inclusion in the radio program, and there were many ideas for refining those that had. The three musicians collectively agreed that they would continue work together and try to push the music further. The Closest Thing to Silence is the result of their efforts to take the collaboration further. 


    1. Ten Hour Wave
    2. Breathing In Three Orbits (Intro)
    3. Breathing In Three Orbits
    4. The Closest Thing To Silence
    5. Dizzy Ditty
    6. Une Ombre Légère
    7. New Air
    8. Écoute Au Loin
    9. A Treasure Chest
    10. Stay Centered
    11. Stack Attack 

    Carlos Niño & Friends

    (I'm Just) Chillin', On Fire

      An evolved, ecosystemic love expression of Carlos Niño’s self-described “Spiritual, Improvisational, Space, Collage” expression – (I’m just) Chillin’, on Fire is the prolific percussionist/producer’s most singular, intentional work ever, featuring a vibrant and abundant gathering of his “friends” (i.e. the highly skilled and accomplished musicians and improvisers that make up Niño’s extensive network of collaborators).

      He's rolling deep on this one. Featured artists across 80+ minutes of music include saxophone titan Kamasi Washington, AACM-affiliated creative music legend Maia, synth-guitarist/producer Nate Mercereau, bubbling violinist/vocalist V.C.R, ambient dance innovator Photay, prodigious rhythmist Deantoni Parks, South African vocalist Sibusile Xaba, keyboardist and Alice Coltrane protégé Surya Botofasina, pianist Jamael Dean, Dntel, Aaron Shaw, Diego Gaeta, Laraaji, Adam Rudolph, Josh Johnson, Jamire Williams, Woo, and more, includingAndré 3000, who makes an appearance on flutes. For such a magnificent convergence of sonic journeyers and such a masterful presentation of sounds- al of which is hugged together by Niño's lucid post-productive guidance, as he makes Q-Tip/DJ Premier- like architectures out of fluid explorations and minimalist musical atmospheres - the undersold title "(I'm just) Chillin', on Fire" is both humorous and totally appropriate for anyone who is open enough to understand what this artist'" is all about. It's also Niño's answer to a question that he's frequently asked: "Are You aShaman? I feel the Medicine in your Music. You are a Shaman aren't You?" To such kind ideas Niño likes to reply: "(l'm just) Chillin',on Fire, Deeply Sharing..."


      1.Venice 100720, Hands In Soil
      2. Mighty Stillness
      3. Love Dedication (for Annelise)
      4. Flutestargate
      5. Maha Rose North 102021, Breathwork
      6. Transcendental Bounce, Run To It
      7. Taaaud
      8. Spacia
      9. Am I Dreaming?
      10. Etheric Windsurfing, Flips And Twirls
      11. Boom Bap Spiritual
      12. Woo, Acknowledgement
      13. Sandra's Willows
      14. One For Derf
      15. Conversations
      16. Essence, The Mermaids Call
      17. Eightspace 082222

      Angel Bat Dawid

      Requiem For Jazz

        Requiem for Jazz is a 12-movement suite composed and arranged by Angel Bat Dawid, inspired in part by dialogue from Edward O. Bland’s 1959 film “The Cry of Jazz.”

        The original form of the music was premiered at the 2019 edition of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago, where Angel conducted a multigenerational fifteen-piece instrumental ensemble (all Black musicians from Chicago’s creative music community) alongside a four- person choir (featuring singers from Black Monument Ensemble), dancers, and visual artists in performance.

        Angel mixed and post-produced recordings from the performance – adding interludes, vocals and additional sounds, as well as transcribing a piece from “The Cry of Jazz” film. The final movement of Requiem for Jazz features Marshall Allen and Knoel Scott of the Sun Ra Arkestra. Their contributions were recorded remotely at the historic Arkestral Institute of Sun Ra in Philadelphia in late 2020.

        The final Requiem for Jazz work in album form is an immersive 24-track, double LP experience. The physical package is a deluxe, heavyweight gatefold jacket with liner notes by South African writer Nombuso Mathibela, artwork by Damon Locks, and a large fold out poster designed by Jeremiah Chiu, featuring poetry written by Angel Bat Dawid in dedication to all of her collaborators on the project. Additionally, there is a limited Thy Kingdom Come purple color vinyl edition of Requiem for Jazz available for the first pressing only.


        1. Jazz Is Merely The Negroes Cry Of Joy & Suffering
        2. INTROIT- Joy N’ Suff’rin
        3. Jazz Is The Musical Expression Of The Triumph Of The Negroes Spirit
        4. KYRIE ELEISON- Lawd Hav’ Merci
        5. This Endless Repetition Is Like A Chain Around The Spirit. And Is A Reflection Of The Denial Of A Future To The Negro In The American Way Of Life
        6. DIAS IRE- Chain Around The Spirit
        7. Another Restraining Factor In Jazz Are The Changes
        8. TUBA MIRUM- The Changes
        9. The Negro Experiences The Endless Daily Humiliation Of American Life Which Bequeaths Him A Futureless Future
        10. REX TREMENDAE –Futureless Future
        11. The Negro Transforms America’s Image Of Him Into A Transport Of Joy!
        12. RECORDARE-Recall The Joy
        13. Jazz Reflects The Improvised Life Thrust Upon The Negro
        14. CONFUTATIS-Repression
        15. Through Spirituals, Through The Blues, Then Through Jazz We Made A Memory Of Our Past And A Promise Of All To Come
        16. LACRIMOSA- Weeping Our Lady Of Sorrow
        17. Because Jazz Is The One Element In American Life Where Whites Must Be Humble To The Negro
        18. OFFERTURIUM-HOSTIAS-Humility
        19. Only When Whites Have Paid The Price In Suffering To Be The Negroes Equal
        20. SANCTUS- Holy, Holy, Holy
        21. The Jazz Body Is Dead But The Spirit Of Jazz Is Alive
        22. AGNUS DEI-Jazz Is Dead!
        23. LUX AETERNA-Eternal Light (Angel Bat Dawid) -The Cry Of Jazz (Sun Ra)
        24. Long Tone For Rayna Golding (A Binti Zawadi Our Future)

        Makaya McCraven

        In The Moment - 2022 Repress

          Makaya McCraven’s modern classic, International Anthem debut In The Moment is available on vinyl for the first time since 2015, when the album’s breakout success made the first pressing an overnight scarcity (in addition to an “Album of the Week” for Gilles Peterson on BBC, and eventually a “Best Album of 2015” in the Los Angeles Times, NY Observer, Pop Matters & Chicago Reader).


          A1 Exploration Intro
          A2 The Jaunt
          A3 Slightest Right
          A4 First Thing First
          B1 Lonely
          B2 Gnawa
          B3 On The Spot
          B4 Butterscotch
          B5 TomTom
          B6 Three Fifths A Man
          C1 In The Moment
          C2 Quartz
          C3 Just Stay Right There
          C4 Untitled
          C5 Requests
          D1 Time Travel
          D2 The Encore
          D3 The Drop
          D4 Finances

          Open The Gates is Philadelphia-based free jazz collective IRREVERSIBLE ENTANGLEMENTS’s third full length album (and first double LP length album). Recorded at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia, across 73 minutes of music the band – featuring Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother, trumpeter Aquiles Navarro & drummer Tcheser Holmes (who released their duo debut Heritage of the Invisible II on International Anthem last year), saxophonist Keir Neuringer, and bassist Luke Stewart – supplement their raw, organic punk-jazz sound with firsttime experiments with electronics and synthesizers.

          “Irreversible Entanglements’ fearless music takes to task the police, American politics, capitalism, and racism.” – The Nation

          "The jazz ensemble evokes our American topography, both physically and psychologically, by capturing what’s in the news and what’s underneath that surface.” – Pitchfork


          Barry says: A brilliantly soulful storm of free-jazz timbres and spoken word phrases bolstered with snappy counterpoint and harmonic dissonance, both unnerving and hypnotic, but thoroughly enthralling throughout. Brilliantly inventive and momentous.


          SIDE A
          A1. Open The Gates
          A2. Keys To Creation
          SIDE B
          B1. Lágrimas Del Mar
          B2. Storm Came Twice
          SIDE C
          C1. Water Meditation
          SIDE D
          D1. Six Sounds
          D2. The Port Remembers

          City of Mirrors is a bold new collection of music from Chicago-based alt-Latinx band Dos Santos, which is comprised of bandleader / singer / lyricst / guitarist / keyboardist Alex Chavez, drummer Daniel Villarreal, percussionist Peter “Maestro” Vale, bassist Jaime Garza, and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Nathan Karagianis. Cinematic in its journey, the album was produced by multimedia artist and long-time friend of the band Elliot Bergman (NOMO, Wild Belle), and reflects sounds from across the Americas combined with Chavez’s compelling poetic narratives. Its 13 tracks consolidate the band’s unique identities, creative and cultural roots, and their penchant for honoring traditional Latinx music with contemporary compositional expressions and production techniques. It achieves the band’s mission to push against their own musical boundaries while also exploring themes of social justice, immigration, and contemporary human struggle. Chavez, a scholar who has produced albums for Smithsonian Folkways and conducted extensive ethnographic work on the music of the Texan US/Mexican borderlands (where he is from), articulates beautifully: “City of Mirrors is an assemblage… glimpses of tradition… reflections on our collective present… luminous echoes between love and solitude, hope and absurdity, euphoria and mourning. This album grapples with and transgresses these binaries because we have/and continue to cross borders. Yet, for us, the border is no metaphor — too much real staring back at us. We embody the border. We (our families) have crossed it. We (our stories) are coated with its residues. And so… we cross the border of self through our art – out of necessity.”


          A1. A Shot In The Dark
          A2. Alma Cósmica
          A3. A Tu Lado
          A4. City If Mirrors
          A5. Glorieta
          A6. White. Lies.
          A7. Palo Santo
          B1. Crown Me
          B2. Ghost. Me.
          B3. Soledad
          B4. Cages And Palaces
          B5. Juguar De Rosas
          B6. Lejos De Ti

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