Battle of the Bands

Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber

Brooklyn
August 25, 2019 3:45 pm
''In 2019 Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber will celebrate two decades of 'never playing anything the same way once'. As always we give tribute to our sonic Sensei, The Maestro Lawrence Butch Morris (1947--2013) for showing us THE WAY of Conducted Improvisation. Over the course of 18 albums we've covered a broad panopoly of styles and genres. Consider BSAC’s “20th Anniversary Mixtapes Groiddest Schizznits Volume One, Two and Three,” as 2019 invitational samplers--AstroBlack stargates to our many-splendored darkly energetic & celestial realm of cosmic riddim, esoteric rambunction, eclectic blue cheer & Oh ...The Utter Negrocity Of It All.

Founded by Village Voice icon Greg "Ionman" Tate and co-led with Dayton Ohio monster groove bassist Jared Michael Nickerson, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel allows them to freely juggle a wide swath of the experimental soul-jazz-hip hop spectrum.  As Tate likes to say "The Burnt Sugar Arkestra is also a territory band, a neo-tribal thang, a community hang, a society music guild aspiring to the condition of all that is molten, glacial, racial, spacial, oceanic, mythic, antiphonal and telepathic." With an alumni that includes Matana Roberts, Vijay Iyer, Julia Kent, Graham Hayes, DJ Mutamassik, Okkyung Lee and Qasim Naqvi and a current crew featuring Mikel Banks, Shelley Nicole, Mazz Swift, James “Biscuit” Rouse, Julie Brown, Ben Tyree, Andre Lassalle, Bruce Mack, Leon Gruenbaum, V. Jeffrey Smith, Avram Fefer, Dave ”Smoota” Smith, “Moist Paula” Henderson, JS Williams, Lewis “Flip” Barnes, Chris Eddleton, LaFrae Sci, Gregory Gonzales and Jason DiMatteo … Burnt Sugar's prestigious personnel have released eighteen recordings on their labels Tru Groidd & Avant Groidd Musica defining the art of creating scripted-sounding improvisational acid-funk/rock & jazz with the use of Butch Morris’s “Conduction" System for Orchestral Improvisation in order to as Tate also says “keep it real, surreal, arboreal, aquatic, incendiary."

David Fricke of Rolling Stone calls them “a multiracial jam army that freestyles with cool telekinesis between the lustrous menace of Miles Davis’ On The Corner, the slash-and-om of 1970s King Crimson, and Jimi Hendrix’ moonwalk across side three of Electric Ladyland.”

Arkestra Conductor Greg Tate says, "Burnt Sugar got the nerve to claim Sly Stone, Morton Feldman,  Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix and Jean Luc Ponty as progenitors. Our player-ranks  include known  Irish fiddlers, AACM refugees, Afro-punk rejects, unrepentant beboppers, feminist rappers, jitterbugging  doo wopers, frankly loud funk-a-teers and rodeo stars of the digital divide. BURNT SUGAR the ARKESTRA CHAMBER …. never smooth jass ….. just hella bumpy!”