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Meltdown Tour


noveMBER 15 - SESC AVENIDA PAULISTA - SAO PAULO, BR

WITH ARTO LINDSAY

NOVEMBER 16 - SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS - SAO PAOLO, BR

WITH ARTO LINDSAY

NOVEMBER 17 - TEATRO DO SESC - SAO PAULO, BR

WITH ARTO LINDSAY

NOVEMBER 18 - PARQUE LAGE - RIO DE JANIERO, BR

WITH ARTO LINDSAY

DECEMBER 2 - The jazz bakery: moss theatre - LOS ANGELES

WITH CARMEN LUNDY

december 6-9 chicago jazz showcase, chicago

with carmen lundy

DECEMBER 18 - THE JAZZ GALLERY - NYC

KASSA OVERALL MEETS JON BATISTE: TIME CAPSULE

JANUARY 4 - WINTER JAZZ FEST - nyc

KASSA OVERALL blueswamini

JANUARY 12 - WINTER JAZZ FEST - nyc

kassa overall trio feat mark shim

JANUARY 18 - THE JAZZ GALLERY - NYC

KASSA OVERALL MEETS JASON MORAN: TIME CAPSULE

JANUARY 26 - KOLN, GERMANY

WITH TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON

JANUARY 27 - ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

WITH TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON

february 28 - the jazz gallery, nyc

Kassa Overall meets aaron parks: TIME CAPSULE

MARCH 28 - THE JAZZ GALLERY, NYC

KASSA OVERALL MEETS SULLIVAN FORTNER: TIME CAPSULE

APRIL 25 - THE JAZZ GALLERY, NYC

KASSA OVERALL MEETS KRIS DAVIS: TIME CAPSULE

MAY 23 - THE JAZZ GALLERY, NYC

KASSA OVERALL MEETS CRAIG TABORN: TIME CAPSULE

JUNE 20/21 - THE JAZZ GALLERY, NYC

TIME CAPSULE FINALE

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Meltdown Tour


noveMBER 15 - SESC AVENIDA PAULISTA - SAO PAULO, BR

WITH ARTO LINDSAY

NOVEMBER 16 - SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS - SAO PAOLO, BR

WITH ARTO LINDSAY

NOVEMBER 17 - TEATRO DO SESC - SAO PAULO, BR

WITH ARTO LINDSAY

NOVEMBER 18 - PARQUE LAGE - RIO DE JANIERO, BR

WITH ARTO LINDSAY

DECEMBER 2 - The jazz bakery: moss theatre - LOS ANGELES

WITH CARMEN LUNDY

december 6-9 chicago jazz showcase, chicago

with carmen lundy

DECEMBER 18 - THE JAZZ GALLERY - NYC

KASSA OVERALL MEETS JON BATISTE: TIME CAPSULE

JANUARY 4 - WINTER JAZZ FEST - nyc

KASSA OVERALL blueswamini

JANUARY 12 - WINTER JAZZ FEST - nyc

kassa overall trio feat mark shim

JANUARY 18 - THE JAZZ GALLERY - NYC

KASSA OVERALL MEETS JASON MORAN: TIME CAPSULE

JANUARY 26 - KOLN, GERMANY

WITH TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON

JANUARY 27 - ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

WITH TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON

february 28 - the jazz gallery, nyc

Kassa Overall meets aaron parks: TIME CAPSULE

MARCH 28 - THE JAZZ GALLERY, NYC

KASSA OVERALL MEETS SULLIVAN FORTNER: TIME CAPSULE

APRIL 25 - THE JAZZ GALLERY, NYC

KASSA OVERALL MEETS KRIS DAVIS: TIME CAPSULE

MAY 23 - THE JAZZ GALLERY, NYC

KASSA OVERALL MEETS CRAIG TABORN: TIME CAPSULE

JUNE 20/21 - THE JAZZ GALLERY, NYC

TIME CAPSULE FINALE

PRESS


PRESS


RECENT PRESS

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CITY ARTS, 7/26/2018

"Overall, Overall’s music bridges Coltrane-esque spiritual-quest jazz, Brainfeeder Records’ trendsetting cosmic beat science, Shabazz Palaces’ Afrofuturist art rap and his own special brand of unpredictable, alluring weirdness. It’s all impeccably cool and endlessly compelling. The man excels not only in technical ability but in that rarer, perhaps more important realm of taste. He’s one of those people who’s not only good at everything he does but is often the only one doing the thing he’s doing."

-JONATHAN ZWICKEL

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THE NEW YORK TIMES, 12 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend, 7/26/2018

"Mr. Overall, a drummer, and Mr. Flory-Barnes, a bassist, both hailing from Seattle — are remarkable, articulate players with diverse résumés across jazz, hip-hop and indie rock."

-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO

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KNKX, 8/7/2018

"A bit of programmed beats and Overall's own spoken vocals on "Unconditional Love" (from the Geri Allen songbook) showed off a deft skill for vocalizing while drumming. It made me think that all rappers should have jazz training to understand better how to be part of the song rather than simply rapping backed by music...As the fusion of jazz and modern electronics continues to evolve, I'm excited to hear that Kassa Overall's many projects are under way. This studio session was a fine example of the future of jazz - really, the future of modern music."

-ABE BEESON

Time Capsule


Time Capsule


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ARTIST STATEMENT

“As an African-American musician, and more importantly someone who cares about and has a high regard for African-American art forms, I believe the generational divide needs to be removed in order for their timeless wisdom and truth to stand strong, irrevocably and unequivocally. When we employ techniques of genre-clashing or genre-blending, especially when it comes to jazz and hip-hop, I see it as much more than a branding opportunity or capitalizing on the sound of the moment. It is a natural response to a culture that has been divided and in turn marginalized over time. The artist of today has the opportunity reconnect the dots, intuitively and systematically, of the past present and future.”

-Kassa Overall

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The TIME CAPSULE is a seven-month concert series that aims to expand the limits of time and genre in music. The first six performances in this series will serve two functions. The first function is the immediate context of the live performance, which showcases a range of innovative pianists who have emerged from various corners of the jazz idiom while exploring the elemental pairing of piano and drums.

The second function of these performances is to provide raw material for a final project that weaves together recordings of these performances through sampling, compositional editing, and other performance and production techniques. For the duration of these performances, The Jazz Gallery will become part of the production studio itself; the audience experience will be re-contextualized both as listening to a live performance and observing the production of raw material that is intended to create something entirely new at a later date. The finale performance in June will utilize sonic material and compositions developed throughout performances leading up to it.  This series will serve as a laboratory for the creation of a new process in hip-hop and jazz composition and concert-going, one which evolves current methods in live acoustic and electronic music processes by experimenting with the temporality of improvisation, production, and music consumption.

In tandem with this music series, Nate Lewis will be creating an original work of visual art that addresses the concepts of temporal experimentation and genre deconstruction raised by the music, layering images from the past with ideas from the present.  

This series is made possible by The Jazz Gallery Residency Commission 2018-2019.


 
 

BLUE SWAMINI


BLUE SWAMINI


BLUE SWAMINI

 
 

In Hinduism, a swami (Sanskrit: स्वामी svāmī [sʋaːmi}) is an ascetic or yogi who has been initiated into a religious monastic order. The meaning of the Sanskrit root of the word is '[he who is] one with his self.'

Kassa Overall channels this philosophy into his latest project, Blue Swamini. He is continuing a lineage of African American musicians with roots in the blues aesthetic who have sought to fuse their creativity with ancient spiritual traditions-- Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Yusef Lateef, Ahmad Jamal, to name a few.  

Overall is returning to this tradition at a crucial moment—musically, politically, and spiritually. Escaping from the divisive forces of social media and individualism, Blue Swamini is a deeply necessary meditation on universal oneness.  The evolution of a practice, seeking balance and equality beyond the confines of race, gender, identity and religion.

The combination of harp, vibraphone, acoustic bass, and drums offers a wider sonic palette, an increased dynamic range often leaning towards ambient with tonal and atmospheric quality.   With original compositions and new arrangements from the spiritual jazz tradition, the group’s sound carves out a fresh space for itself in this current musical moment.