Miguel Atwood-Ferguson is one of the premier musicians, orchestrators, arrangers, and composers of our time undoubtedly. Blending his influences which range from J Dilla to Chopin, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and beyond has differentiated him as an artist who strongly represents the here and now. Luckily for us, the here and now for Miguel is recording both his debut solo record on Brainfeeder, Les Jardins Mystiques, as well as a string quartet record of cinematic improvisations entitled Quartetto Fantastico.
Join us as CHURCH continues with world-renowned DJ, producer, remixer, composer, musician, and Tru Thoughts recording artist Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL), alongside resident vocalist Nia Andrews (Janelle Monae/Common), James Genus (Chick Corea/Herbie Hancock) on bass, Eric Harland (Joshua Redman/McCoy Tyner) on drums, resident MC John Robinson (Lil Sci/Scienz of Life) and Special Guest Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
Friday, Oct. 5th Philip Dizack celebrates the release of his sophomore release, ‘End of Era’ at DROM featuring a string section and special guest Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
Music has been on Philip Dizack’s mind since he was just a kid. “When I was twelve, I just knew that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” With his Truth Revolution Records debut, End of An Era, Dizack has brought together two amazing sets of musicians (Justin Brown, Sam Harris, Joe Saylor & Linda Oh, Kendrick Scott, Aaron Parks) to bring his concepts of life, love, and loss into perspective for our ears. The music is stunningly engaging, beautifully composed, and masterfully performed. Check out what Dizack had to say about the record and his thought process for the music.
By the 1940s Charlie Parker had already long established himself in the small group setting, yet he was still searching for new concepts and settings in which to package his music for audiences. “I was looking for new ways to say thing musically. New sound combinations,” Parker explained. Record producer Norman Granz sought to bring Parker into these new settings by way of touring, recording, and pairing him with the best musicians on the scene. As such, when the idea spawned for Bird to be paired with some of the most accomplished string players in New York, Parker fully embraced the notion, going around town telling people about his new band with “the cats from Koussevitsky’s band,” referring to Serge Koussevitsky who ran the New York Philharmonic at the time.
For the 20th Anniversary of the Charlie Parker Festival, Revive Music Group has been invited to produce a night of innovative music in honor of the jazz legend Charlie “Bird” Parker. As such, we will be presenting the timeless classic Charlie Parker with Strings reinterpreted and remixed by a number of DJs and producers before being arranged for a full orchestra by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson for a live performance in Marcus Garvey Park on 8/24/12.
Check out Sonnymoon’s new single off their forthcoming album due in May, “Just Before Dawn” featuring Miguel Atwood-Ferguson plus an alternate take.
This video features the Dwight Trible Cosmic Band with a notable line up including Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (viola), Mark de Clive-Lowe (piano), Trevor Ware (bass) and Dexter Story (drums) …
As 2011 closes and we begin to recap the year’s events, check out Vol.4 of the CHURCH mixtape series. MdCL’s CHURCH is a monthly clubnite event held in LA and NYC as well as a corresponding mixtape series. Check below for the mixtape and a Revivalist exclusive list of MdCL’s Top 10 Influential Recordings.
The elegance strings add to popular music is arguably validation of the sonic importance of a record, at least in soul music. One of the most important unspoken rules is that the presence of strings can usually be counted on as an indicator of a serious vocal talent. Especially as budgets shrank and beat machines became the default, it was less likely that a record label would even think of calling in the musicians for someone who did not make a career habit of bringing the house down.
Check out the first single from Mark de Clive-Lowe’s upcoming album Renegades. The single entitled “The Why” features nia andrews on vocals, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson arranging and performing the strings, Lil’ John Roberts on drums and Mike Feingold on the guitar. Renegades drops November 15 on Tru Thoughts.
So if you missed some of the posts from the week we got you covered. Here is what you missed:
Revive Da Live and Harlem Stage teamed up to produce the free event at Annunciation Park in Harlem this past Saturday, featuring The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble and special guests. Miguel’s virtuosic work as a composer, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist has made him one of the most celebrated young musicians of his time.
We’ve been getting a lot of request for the round up this week and we know that its because you are still recovering from the Independence Day festivities from this past Monday.So here you go this is what you missed:
As Miguel-Atwood Ferguson sat down with The Revivalist for an in-depth look into his career and aspirations, it became clear that this composer, multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader possesses a passion for genuine substance and creativity. He strives to bring a a certain level of energy and meaning to each and every project he associates himself with. Read below as we discuss his upbringing, working with the Brainfeeder crew, the LA vs. NY scenes as well as previewing his July 9th NYC show.
Check out some pictures from the 25th Annual UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival featuring the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble with Talib Kweli, Bilal, Quadron, Pharoahe Monch and more as well as Little Dragon, Lupe Fiasco, and a whole slew of exciting artistry.
Cue to February 1st, 2009 Mochilla has brought the king of Ethiopian and Latin rhythms to the stage in Los Angeles, Mulatu Astatke. Performing for a sold-out crowd, Astatke wowed with his rhythmically masterful compositions, attacking the piano, vibes, and percussion with true African vigor as he intertwined rhythms that give you no choice but to shake it up. His accompanying band is a solid group of musicians that include veterans of the LA jazz scene such as Bennie Maupin, Phil Ranelin, and Azar Lawrence. The rhythms are spellbinding, the melodies are traditionally simple, the solos are representative of another continent altogether. The result is timeless.