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PRAISE FOR ICE CREAM


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PRAISE FOR ICE CREAM


MERCH + VINYL STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE!

MERCH + VINYL STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE!

2019 SPENCER OSTRANDER

2019 SPENCER OSTRANDER

PRAISE FOR ‘GO GET ICE CREAM AND LISTEN TO JAZZ’

“ONE OF THE FEW GENUINE-SOUNDING, FULL SCOPE AMALGAMS OF CONTEMPORARY HIP-HOP AND JAZZ TO SURFACE IN RECENT YEARS.” - GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“THE MOST REFRESHING RELEASE OF THIS YEAR.” - SOUND OPINIONS, WBEZ CHICAGO

“SUCH A NICE SURPRISE HEARING THIS RECORD.” - GILLES PETERSON

”THERE’S AN EXPLORATION OF BOTH THOUGHTFULNESS AND PLAYFULNESS, BOTH THE SANCTITY OF LINEAGE AND THE IRREVERENCE OF REAL INNOVATION” - NPR HEAVY ROTATION

"AN ALBUM THAT BEGS ACTIVE LISTENING FROM START TO FINISH, IN STARK CONTRAST WITH THE CURRENT PLAYLIST CLIMATE PERPETUATED BY STREAMING SERVICES ANDD SOCIAL MEDIA.” - STEPHANIE JONES, DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

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Meltdown Tour


JULY 11- CHICKEN BONE BEACH FESTIVAL, ATLANTIC CITY

WITH CARMEN LUNDY

JULY 12/13 - JAZZ FORUM, TARRYTOWN, NY

WITH CARMEN LUNDY

JULY 19 - JACK LONDON REVUE, PORTLAND, OR

JULY 20 - CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY, SEATTLE, WA

july 27 - summer series at industry city

blue swamini featuring brandee younger

AUGUST 10 - SAN JOSE JAZZ SUMMER FEST

OCTOBER 25 - BRIC JAZZFEST, BROOKLYN, NY

OCTOBER 27 - EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL, SEATTLE, WA

FEATURING SULLIVAN FORTNER

NOVEMBER 3 - SO WHAT’S NEXT FESTIVAL, EINDHOVEN, NL

NOVEMBER 9 - JAZZMI FESTIVAL, MILAN, ITALY

NOVEMBER 15-17 - AM I JAZZ, KVIV, UKRAINE

NOVEMBER 18 - STOCKWERK, GRAZ, AUSTRIA

november 21 - pizza express, london, uk

2020

January 25 - the kennedy center, d.c.

blue swamini featuring carmen lundy

Meltdown Tour


JULY 11- CHICKEN BONE BEACH FESTIVAL, ATLANTIC CITY

WITH CARMEN LUNDY

JULY 12/13 - JAZZ FORUM, TARRYTOWN, NY

WITH CARMEN LUNDY

JULY 19 - JACK LONDON REVUE, PORTLAND, OR

JULY 20 - CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY, SEATTLE, WA

july 27 - summer series at industry city

blue swamini featuring brandee younger

AUGUST 10 - SAN JOSE JAZZ SUMMER FEST

OCTOBER 25 - BRIC JAZZFEST, BROOKLYN, NY

OCTOBER 27 - EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL, SEATTLE, WA

FEATURING SULLIVAN FORTNER

NOVEMBER 3 - SO WHAT’S NEXT FESTIVAL, EINDHOVEN, NL

NOVEMBER 9 - JAZZMI FESTIVAL, MILAN, ITALY

NOVEMBER 15-17 - AM I JAZZ, KVIV, UKRAINE

NOVEMBER 18 - STOCKWERK, GRAZ, AUSTRIA

november 21 - pizza express, london, uk

2020

January 25 - the kennedy center, d.c.

blue swamini featuring carmen lundy

PRESS


PRESS


RECENT PRESS

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NPR

His straight-ahead prowess shines in the tasteful, brushed snare over an interpretation of Miles Davis and Bill Evans' "Blue In Green," but what makes this music feel fully new is Overall's patience for tinkering with electronic percussion sounds until a subtle perfection is reached. There's an exploration of both thoughtfulness and playfulness, both the sanctity of lineage and the irreverence of real innovation, both high art and popular music.

- ISABEL ZACHARIAS

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new york times

“Kassa Overall’s new album — the irreverently titled “Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz” — attests to the diverse musical identity of this drummer, producer and rapper. It’s one of the few genuine-sounding, full-scope amalgams of contemporary hip-hop and jazz to surface in recent years. On “Who’s on the Playlist,” as the pianist Sullivan Fortner traces the chords to Miles Davis and Bill Evans’s “Blue in Green,” Overall, 36, daubs his snare drum with brushes, then adds a splatter of electronic percussion.”

- GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO

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DOWNBEAT

The reality of Go Get Ice Cream’s release is staggering. Overall worked through sketches and loops, calling on different artists for each composition—and compositional layering. Certain tracks underwent multiple studio session cycles. And the resulting release is an album that begs active listening from start to finish, in stark contrast with the current playlist climate perpetuated by streaming services and social media.

- STEPHANIE JONES

Time Capsule


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.


 
 

CONTACT


CONTACT


 

KASSA.BUSINESS@GMAIL.COM

 
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