Burnt Sugar: 10th Anniversary celebration
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber are celebrating their tenth anniversary as a solid fixture on New York's downtown avant garde scene. As part of this celebration, Burnt Sugar, on the new label LiveWired Music, has released Making Love to the Dark Ages, their first full-length studio recording in five years.
"This deliriously cross- disciplinary ensemble has a new album that strikes a characteristic balance between visionary funk, spoken-word ruination and searching improvisation."
-The New York Times
"Triangulating Afro-futurism and Butch Morris' conduction cue lexicon is a heady proposition on paper, but Burnt Sugar's ringleader Greg Tate's approach yields fluid, funk- fortified music."
Founded by conductor, producer, musician and Village Voice icon Greg Tate, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious chops cover a wide swath of the experimental soul-jazz-hip hop spectrum. Anchored by Jason DiMatteo (acoustic bass) and Jared Michael Nickerson (electric bass), the live version of the group can feature as many as 22 players at any one time, but the stalwarts tend to include singers Lisala, Karma Mayet Johnson and Chelsea Adewunmi, Justice Dilla-X (vocals & effected vocals), Mikel Banks (vocals & freak-a-phone), Derrin Maxwell (mc).
André Lassalle (guitar), Ben Tyree (guitar), Asim Barnes (guitar), Lewis "Flip" Barnes Jr. (trumpet), Michael Veal (soprano sax), Micah Gaugh (alto sax), Avram Fefer (tenor sax), "Moist" Paula Henderson (baritone sax), Dave Smith (trombone), Bruce Mack (synthesizer), Myles Reilly (piano), Trevor Holder (drums), Swiss Chris (drums) as well as the occasional "special guest" be that Vernon Reid (guitar), Maya Azucena (vocals) or the noted installation artist Satch Hoyt (flute & percussion) our brother in Berlin, Germany. Oh yes.... the Arkestra Chamber is global like that!
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