Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber with The Sunday Bump

November 1, 2017 - 8:00pm

On Wednesday, November 1, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and KLCC proudly welcome to the WOW Hall Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber along with special guests The Sunday Bump.

Founded by Village Voice icon Greg "Ionman" Tate and co-led with Dayton Ohio monster groove bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, also known as the Burnt Sugar Arkestra, is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel freely juggles 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."

Burnt Sugar's prestigious personnel have released eighteen recordings on their labels Tru Groidd and Avant Groidd Musica -- defining the art of creating scripted-sounding improvisational acid-funk/rock and 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.”

Rolling Stone writer David Fricke describes the Arkestra as, “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.”

The Burnt Sugar Arkestra has spent the last three years "caramelizing" the songbooks of Sun Ra, Fleetwood Mac, Rick James, Steely Dan, James Brown, Melvin Van Peebles, David Bowie, Miles Davis and Chuck Brown in venues as disparate as The Apollo Theatre, Sons d'hiver Festival in Paris, NYC's Rikers Island Prison, Cleveland Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Buffalo’s Hallwalls Art Center, Philadelphia's Painted Bride Art Center, Hartford's Real Art Ways, N.Y.C.'s Joe's Pub, Bryant Park and Lincoln Center.

With the live version featuring as many as 22 players at any one time, the stalwarts tend to include: vocalists Lisala, Karma Mayet Johnson, Shelley Nicole, Julie Brown and Latasha Nevada N. Diggs (vocals and effected vocals), Mikel Banks (vocals, conduction and freak-a-phone), Mazz Swift (violin and vocals), André Lassalle, Ben Tyree, Jimmy Lee (guitar), Lewis "Flip" Barnes and JS Williams (trumpet), Micah Gaugh (alto sax), V. Jeffery Smith and Avram Fefer (tenor sax), "Moist" Paula Henderson (baritone sax), Dave "Smoota" Smith and JS Williams (trombone), Bruce Mack (synthesizer), Leon Gruenbaum (piano), Jason DiMatteo (acoustic and electric bass), Chris Eddleton, Amasa Bruce and Greg Gonzalez (drums) as well as occasional "special guests".

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!"  

The Sunday Bump is an eight-piece neo-soul fusion band from Eugene dedicated to pushing the boundaries of funk, jazz and pop to the absolute limit.

Band members are Lee Burlingame, Luke Broadbent, "The" Sam Dale, Charles DeMonnin, Ian Michael Lindsay, Ken Mastrogiovanni, Max Pinder, Souvagini Paul, Keenan Dorn and Justin Kiatvongcharoen.

Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 day of show.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.

 

Door Time: 
November 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
$17 Advance, $20 Day of Show