Burnt Sugar Arkestra/Haolin Munk/DJ LP
Strangewaves Music & Art Festival & This Ain’t Hollywood present:
BURNT SUGAR The ARKESTRA CHAMBER(NY)
-performing one set of superfreaked-out Rick James music, plus 1 set of orginals.
HAOLIN MUNK http://
Burnt Sugar lineup:
Shelley Nicole – Rick Jame Conductor/MD/Vox
Abby Dobson – Vox
Mikel Banks – Vox/Conduction
Luqman Brown – Vox
V. Jeffery Smith – Saxs/Vox/Acoustic guitar
Wayne Cobham – Trumpet
‘Moist’ Paula Henderson – Sax
Leon Gruenbaum – Keys
Greg Tate – Guitar/Conduction
Ben Tyree – Guitar
Chris Eddleton – Drums
Jared Michael Nickerson -Bass
Saturday, Jan 30th, 2016
At This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N, Hamilton
Advance Tickets: $15 available at This Ain’t Hollywood, The Brain and Dr. Disc. $18 at the door. Tickets available Friday!
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber:
As New York City is the melting pot of all cultures and languages, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber has served the same purpose for the New York area musical community. Founded by Village Voice icon Greg “Ionman” Tate and co-led with monster groove bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber can bring one group of players and perform the songbooks of Miles, Steely Dan, Melvin Van Peebles, Bowie, James Brown, Sun Ra, Prince, Fleetwood Mac and now Rick James along with selections from their fourteen-release-strong personal catalog.
The Burnt Sugar Arkestra “special ingredients” are their prodigious chops which cover a wide swath of the experimental soul-jazz-avant rock & hip hop spectrum and the utilization of Butch Morris’s “Conduction System” to create new music within those well known song structures, or … with a hand signal or baton gesture … create brand new scripted-sounding improvisational musical structures in real time. David Fricke of Rolling Stone calls them “a multiracial jam army that freestyles with cool telekinesis between the lustrous menace of Miles Davis’ On The Corner, the slash-and-om of 1970s King Crimson, and Jimi Hendrix’ moonwalk across side three of Electric Ladyland.”
With an alumni that includes Melvin Van Peebles, Matana Roberts, Vijay Iyer, Julia Kent, Swiss Chris, DJ Mutamassik, Graham Haynes and Okkyung Lee, the current crew revolves around singers Shelley Nicole, Lisala, Karma Mayet Johnson, Luqman Brown, Jeremiah, Latasha Nevada N. Diggs, Mikel Banks (vocals, freak-a-phone & conduction), Mazz Swift (violin & vocals), André Lassalle, Ben Tyree, Asim Barnes (guitar), Lewis “Flip” Barnes, Wayne Cobham (trumpet), Michael Veal (soprano sax), Micah Gaugh (alto sax), V. Jeffery Smith & Avram Fefer (tenor sax), “Moist” Paula Henderson (baritone sax), John “JS” Williams, Dave “Smoota” Smith, Mark Williams & Matthew Hartnett (trombone), Bruce Mack (synthesizer), Leon Gruenbaum (piano), Jason DiMatteo (acoustic bass), Shawn Banks (conga & percussion) LaFrae Sci, Trevor Holder, Chris Eddleton and Hiroyuki “Matsu” Matsuura (drums) as well as occasional “special guests” like Vernon Reid & Ronny Drayton ( guitar & conduction), Maya Azucena, Vinia Mojica, Abby Dobson (vocals), noted installation artist Satch Hoyt (flute & percussion) who’s living in Berlin and Marque Gilmore (drums & electronics) who’s living in Oslo — Oh yes, the Arkestra Chamber is global like that with the live version of the group varying from five to as many as twenty-two players at any one time!
This very accomplished crew has playing credits that range from Melvin Van Peebles, TV On The Radio, Toshi Reagon, DJ Logic, Gary Lucas, Tamar Kali, Phish, William Parker, Liz Wright, The Holmes Brothers, Wadada Leo Smith, The The, David Murray, Billy Ocean and Living Colour’s Vernon Reid.
Arkestra Conductor Greg Tate says, “Burnt Sugar got the nerve to claim Sly Stone, Morton Feldman, Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix and Jean Luc Ponty as progenitors. Our player-ranks include known Irish fiddlers, AACM refugees, Afro-punk rejects, unrepentant beboppers, feminist rappers, jitterbugging doo wopers, frankly loud funk-a-teers and rodeo stars of the digital divide. “BURNT SUGAR the ARKESTRA CHAMBER …. never smooth jass ….. just hella bumpy!”