Sun 18.11.18

International Anthem Recording Co. presents Ben LaMar Gay

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‘There are nods to baile funk, footwork, Thundercat and D’Angelo.’ (Pitchfork)

Please note: A limited number of combi-tickets are also available for this two-dayer !

Brand new label International Anthem Recording Co. is steadily making name for itself from out of homebase Chicago. They already dealt a solid ‘Black Lives Matter meets free jazz’-blow with Irreversible Entanglements feat. Moor Mother (at BRDCST earlier this year) and the label also houses future jazz icons in the form of Ben LaMar Gay and Makaya McCraven. Cultural weekly Chicago Reader captured the label’s spirit perfectly: 'International Anthem is one of the most innovative, aesthetically savvy, and open-minded record labels in Chicago that brings punk idealism to progressive jazz.'

Aside ‘veterans’ of the Chicago scene – such as Jeff Parker (Tortoise, Chicago Underground Trio) and Rob Mazurek – ‘newcomers’ like avant-garde trumpet player Jamie Branch or the psychedelic cumbia of Dos Santos are also grabbing attention.

The flourishing London jazz scene was spotlighted earlier this year at a big two-dayer entitled ‘We Out Here’ – with the likes of Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd. Now it is time to take a good look at Chicago. The two scenes seem to have more in common than you’d expect. Ready for a great two-dayer with future jazz icons Makaya McCraven and Ben LaMar Gay?

‘The uncategorizable Chicago musician knits together experimental jazz, funk playfulness, Brazilian rhythms, and the sensuality of Prince.’ (Pitchfork)

Cornet player and former graffiti tagger Ben LaMar Gay is a busy bee. His debut ‘Downtown Castles Can Never Black The Sun’ is actually the result of selecting from seven(!) previously recorded but unreleased albums. His unique sound is a wonderful symbiosis of jazz, dub, electro, folk and sounds of the underground. He has already worked with the likes of Jaimie Branch, Slum Village, Bitchin Bajas and Joshua Abrams. He says to be strongly influenced by the AACM (The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) that was established in 1965 and is supported by jazz icons like Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell (The Art Ensemble Of Chicago) and Wadada Leo Smith. Wanna bet it blows your mind?


Eminent guests! None less than the founding fathers of International Anthem – Scottie McNiece and David Allen – are coming over especially to provide both International Anthem nights with just the right soundtrack. The Chicago sound, 100% pure and unadulterated, through our woofers!

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