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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


JUNE 9 - WALL TO WALL COLTRANE AT SYMPHONY SPACE, NYC

June 13 - The Black Cat, San Francisco, CA

June 14 - The Black Cat, San Francisco, CA

June 15 - The Black Cat, San Francisco, CA

JUNE 21/22 - THE JAZZ GALLERY, NYC

TIME CAPSULE FINALE

JUNE 27 - OTTAWA JAZZ FEST, OTTAWA, CA

WITH terri lyne carrington and social science

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 FESTIVAL

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

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

Meltdown Tour


JUNE 9 - WALL TO WALL COLTRANE AT SYMPHONY SPACE, NYC

June 13 - The Black Cat, San Francisco, CA

June 14 - The Black Cat, San Francisco, CA

June 15 - The Black Cat, San Francisco, CA

JUNE 21/22 - THE JAZZ GALLERY, NYC

TIME CAPSULE FINALE

JUNE 27 - OTTAWA JAZZ FEST, OTTAWA, CA

WITH terri lyne carrington and social science

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 FESTIVAL

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

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

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.


 
 

PRESS


PRESS


RECENT PRESS

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CITY ARTS

"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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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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WGBO

“Kassa Overall is best known in jazz circles as a strong, adaptable drummer, with a history that includes affiliations with Geri Allen and Vijay Iyer. He has also earned a reputation for his work in experimental hip-hop, as a producer and spoken-word artist. Overall is now engaged in the process of merging all of his musical interests, notably through Time Capsule, a seven-month residency at The Jazz Gallery.  “La Casa Azul” is a head-bobbing tune featuring the late trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who was honored on Tuesday with an epic celebration at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The track features Overall rapping, in a seductive key, while Hargrove’s multi-tracked horn forms a scaffolding. (Don’t miss the piano quotation of Hargrove’s classic “Strasbourg / St. Denis,” near the end of the track.)”

- NATE CHINEN

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


 

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