Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber
Amoeba San Francisco - July 13th @ 3:00pm
Join us in welcoming the freewheeling New York collective Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber at Amoeba SF on Saturday, July 13th at 3pm for a live set and signing of their new trilogy of 20th Anniversary mixtapes, Groiddest Schizznits! Buy a copy of their new album to get in the signing line after their set.
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 is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel allows 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."
This very accomplished crew has playing credits that range from Cecil Taylor, Toshi Reagon, Charlie Musselwhite, DJ Logic, John Paul Bourelly, Gary Lucas, TV On The Radio, Tamar Kali, Phish, James Blood Ulmer, Marshal Crenshaw, William Parker, Lizz Wright, The Holmes Brothers, Lady Kier, Vernon Reid, Thurston Moore, Wadada Leo Smith, David Murray, Arto Lindsey, Joseph Bowie, The Roots, and Marc Ribot.
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, 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, Jason DiMatteo and James “Biscuit” Rouse, 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.”
Their travels have taken them to venues and festivals such as The Royal Festival Hall and the Marquee Club in London, Brighton Music Festival in Brighton, England, Musique de Nuits in Bordeaux France, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Concert of Colors in Detroit, Michigan, The Empty Bottle in Chicago, Illinois, Serralves Em Festa in Porto Portugal, Club Paradox in Tilburg, the Netherlands, The Dame & Southgate House in Lexington and Covington, Kentucky, The University of Pennsylvania, Jazz Al Dia in San Sebastian, Spain New Jersey Performance Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut, Guelph Jazz Festival in Guelph Ontario, Central Park Summerstage and Lincoln Center in New York City and Banlieues Bleues and the Sons d’hiver Festivals in Paris France.