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Evangelista, Karl (w/ Alexander Hawkins / Louis Moholo-Moholo / Trevor Watts): Apura! [2 CDs] (Astral Spirits)

Filipino guitarist Karl Evangelista translates the name of the seminal South African sextet Chris McGregor Group's album "Very Urgent" to the tagalog equivalent--"Apura!"-- recording in London with McGregor group drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo and kindred soul Trevor Watts on saxophones, plus luminary pianist Alexander Hawkins, for a sophisticated album of exemplary collective improv.
 

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS130_CD
Squidco Product Code: 29233

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Fish Factory Studios, in Willesden, London, England, on October 14th and 15th, 2018, by Benedic Kamdin.


Personnel:

Karl Evangelista-guitar

Alexander Hawkins-piano

Louis Moholo-Moholo-drums

Trevor Watts-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone

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"Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista (b.1986) ranks among a new wave of musicians pushing the traditions of jazz and experimental rock into the 21st century. Synthesizing the heavy legacy of contemporary improvised music with popular song and 20th century composition, Evangelista explores multicultural concepts with sonic intensity and political fervor.

Signal to Noise magazine hails Evangelista as "one of the most original instrumentalists and composers of his generation," and as the creative force behind boundary-breaking group Grex, Evangelista's music has been called an "otherworldly experience" (Eugene Weekly), "a near-seamless blend of modern jazz, contemporary structuralist composition, indie rock, and blues rock" (Tiny Mix Tapes).

Evangelista has explored new realms in sound and intercultural collaboration across a vast spectrum of academic and professional situations. He has worked in a wide variety of ensembles with or under the direction of, among others, Achyutan (Marvin Patillo), Bruce Ackley, Scott Amendola, Tatsu Aoki, Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), India Cooke, Nava Dunkelman, Fred Frith, Eddie Gale, Jordan Glenn, Ben Goldberg, Phillip Greenlief, Alexander Hawkins, Jon Jang, Darren Johnston, Lewis Jordan, Oliver Lake, Lenora Lee, Myra Melford, Hafez Modirzadeh, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Bill Noertker, James Norton, Larry Ochs, Zeena Parkins, John-Carlos Perea, Dan Plonsey, Gino Robair, Rent Romus, Daniel Schmidt, Marcus Shelby, Aram Shelton, David Slusser, Damon Smith, Karen Stackpole, Melody Takata, Marshall Trammell, Eli Wallace, Wayne Wallace, Trevor Watts, and AIR co-founder Francis Wong, and has performed in new arrangements of works by Luciano Chessa, Christian Jendreiko, Polly Moller, Moe! Staiano, AACM co-founder Muhal Richard Abrams, and Art Ensemble of Chicago co-founder Roscoe Mitchell. Evangelista has presented work at the Guelph Jazz Festival, the United States of Asian America Festival, Myra Melford's New Frequencies Festival, the Switchboard Festival, the Sonic Circuits Festival, and the Outsound New Music Summit, and he was awarded a 2011 Zellerbach Grant for Taglish, a suite centered on Filipino-American culture; an album of the composition was successfully funded via Kickstarter and released in 2012.

Evangelista holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley (Summa Cum Laude, '06) and an MFA in Improvised Music from Mills College ('09). He has lectured at UC Berkeley and directed guitar ensembles at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and San Francisco Waldorf High School. Karl is also a licensed instructor in the popular Kinderguitar method."

-Karl Evangelista Website (https://www.karlevangelista.com/bio.html)
11/25/2020

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"Alexander Hawkins is a composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader who is 'unlike anything else in modern creative music' (Ni Kantu) and whose recent work has reached a 'dazzling new apex' (Downbeat). A largely self-taught improviser, he works in a vast array of creative contexts. His own highly distinctive soundworld is forged through the search to reconcile both his love of free improvisation and profound fascination with composition and structure. In 2012, he was chosen as a member of the first edition of the London Symphony Orchestra's 'Soundhub' scheme for young composers. He also received a major BBC commission in late 2012 for a fifty minute composition: One Tree Found was first performed and broadcast in March 2013, and was subsequently performed and broadcast for the WDR in Cologne (2014). He has also twice been commissioned by the London Jazz Festival (once as composer, once as an arranger), and by the Cheltenham Jazz Festival (2016).

An in-demand sideman, Hawkins continues to be heard live and on record with vast array of contemporary leaders of all generations, including the likes of Evan Parker, John Surman, Joe McPhee, Mulatu Astatke, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Marshall Allen, Rob Mazurek, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Harris Eisenstadt, amongst many others. He has also been noted in recent years for his performances in the bands of legendary South African drummer, Louis Moholo-Moholo. Concert appearances have taken him to club, concert and festival stages worldwide."

-Alexander Hawkins Website (http://www.alexanderhawkinsmusic.com/biographyimages.html)
11/25/2020

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"Louis Tebogo Moholo (born 10 March 1940), is a South African jazz drummer.

Born in Cape Town, Moholo formed The Blue Notes with Chris McGregor, Johnny Dyani, Nikele Moyake, Mongezi Feza and Dudu Pukwana, and emigrated to Europe with them in 1964, eventually settling in London, where he formed part of a South African exile community that made an important contribution to British jazz. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Breath, a big band comprising several South African exiles and leading musicians of the British free jazz scene in the 1970s and is the founder of Viva la Black and The Dedication Orchestra. His first album under his own name, Spirits Rejoice on Ogun Records, is considered a classic example of the combination of British and South African players. In the early 1970s, Moholo was also a member of the afro-rock band Assagai.

He has played with many musicians, including Derek Bailey, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Enrico Rava, Roswell Rudd, Irène Schweizer, Cecil Taylor, John Tchicai, Archie Shepp, Peter Brötzmann, Mike Osborne, Keith Tippett, Elton Dean and Harry Miller.

Moholo returned to South Africa in September 2005, performing with George Lewis at the UNYAZI Festival of Electronic Music in Johannesburg. He now goes under the name Louis Moholo-Moholo because the name is more ethnically authentic. South African promoter Slow Life in March 2017 at the Olympia Bakery in Kalk Bay, Cape Town produced a show where Louis performed along with Mark Fransman, Reza Khota, Keenan Ahrends and Brydon Bolton."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Moholo)
11/25/2020

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"Trevor Charles Watts (born 26 February 1939 in York) is an English jazz and free-improvising alto and soprano saxophonist. He is largely self-taught, having taken up the cornet at age 12 then switched to saxophone at 18. While stationed in Germany with the RAF (1958-63), he encountered the drummer John Stevens and trombonist Paul Rutherford. After being demobbed he returned to London. In 1965 he and Stevens formed the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, which became one of the crucibles of British free improvisation. Watts left the band to form his own group Amalgam in 1967, then returned to SME for another stretch that lasted until the mid-1970s. Another key association was with the bassist Barry Guy and his London Jazz Composers' Orchestra, an association that lasted from the band's inception in the 1970s up to its (permanent?) disbandment in the mid-1990s.

Though he was initially strongly identified with the avant-garde, Watts is a versatile musician who has worked in everything from straight jazz contexts to rock and blues. His own projects have come increasingly to focus on blending jazz and African music, notably the Moiré Music ensemble which he has led since 1982 in configurations ranging from large ensembles featuring multiple drummers to more intimate trios. He has only occasionally recorded in freer modes in recent years, notably the CD 6 Dialogues, a duet album with Veryan Weston (the pianist in earlier editions of Moiré Music). A solo album, World Sonic, appeared on Hi4Head Records in 2005.

Watts has toured the world over numerous times, run workshops, received grants and commissions, and he has collaborated with some of the great jazz musicians including Archie Shepp, Steve Lacy, Don Cherry and Jayne Cortez. As of 2011, he continues to travel and toured North American with Veryan Weston."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trevor_Watts)
11/25/2020

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track listing:


CD1



1. Apura! 5:44

2. Heyo Buhay Pa 2:43

3. State Of Emergency 8:07

4. Utang Na Loob 8:26

5. Tootoo Yan 6:58

6. Siyanga Pala 3:21

7. I Eat Death Threats For Breakfast 5:06

8. Resist 11:54

CD2



1. FDT 5:09

2. Harana 16:16

3. Refugee 10:17

4. Warriors 8:15

5. Player Piano 4:53

6. Balilbayan 2:31

7. Consummatum Est 5:26
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"It is intended with the utmost respect that this album is entitled Apura!, which in the Filipino language Tagalog translates to "Very Urgent" (the name of an epochal record by the Blue Notes, the pioneering South African jazz sextet of which drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo was the heartbeat). The musicians of Louis and Trevor Watts's generation cast a tremendous shadow over the legacy of improvised music. It's not difficult to romanticize the era in which these musicians first made their marks, exercising a creative daring and artistic ingenuity that was transformative in scope. For individuals like Louis, who spent so much of his youth fighting the injustices of the South African Apartheid regime, the raging music of the last century took on a kind of political urgency that reflected very real, very personal consequences.

Regardless of the era, it is (I feel) imperative that musicians generate art that is suffused with the powers of life and the convictions of the heart. It is my tremendous honor, then, to offer this recording, which pairs the heroic performances of masters Moholo-Moholo and Watts with the incandescent energy of Alexander Hawkins and my deeply-felt contributions. This is, I believe, Louis and Trevor's first time on official record together since the 1980s.

As a musician/activist who has spent the better part of his adult life toiling away in the Northern California Bay Area, the music of the Brotherhood of Breath, the Blue Notes, the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Amalgam, etc. has offered both inspiration and a way forward. This recording is meant to both honor the past and access its spirit, channeling the legacy of the last century's free improvisation to find a way past the injustices of the modern day.

My Aunt, Miriam Defensor Santiago, was a longtime progressive public servant in the Philippines, a country browbeaten by rampant corruption and staggering inequity. I look to her example, and the example of my collaborators here, as a way to envision a world where the creative spirit and aspirational performance can battle evil and triumph."-Karl Evangelista, 2019

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London Jazz Composers Orchestra
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Hawkins, Alexander / Tomeka Reid
Shards & Constellations
(Intakt)
Decoy (Alexander Hawkins / John Edwards / Steve Noble) With Joe McPhee
AC/DC
(Otoroku)
Watts, Trevor Quartet The (Veryan Weston / John Edwards / Marc Sanders)
The Real Intention - Cafe OTO concert
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))
Eisenstadt, Harris (w/ Wooley / Hawkins / Niggenkemper)
Canada Day Quartet Live
(Clean Feed)
Carrier, Francois / Alexander Hawkins / John Edwards / Michel Lambert
Nirguna [2 CDs]
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))
Hawkins, Alexander
Iron Into Wind
(Intakt)
Houle, Francois / Alexander Hawkins / Harris Eisenstadt
You Have Options
(Songlines)
Watts / Weston / Sanders / Edwards
Hear Now: A Film by Mark French [DVD]
(FMR)
Watts, Trevor / Stephen Grew Duo
All There Is
(Discus)
Hawkins, Alexander Ensemble
No Now Is So
(FMR)
Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Withdrawal (1966/7)[REISSUE]
(Emanem)
Watts, Trevor / Stephen Grew
Con Fluent
(FMR)
Hawkins, Alexander / Evan Parker
Leaps in Leicester
(Clean Feed)
Brotzmann, Peter Group
Alarm (1981)
(Atavistic)
Convergence Quartet (Taylor Ho Bynum / Alexander Hawkins / Dominic Lash / Harris Eisenstadt)
Owl Jacket [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Moholo-Moholo / Gjerstad / Stephens / Lonberg-Holm
Distant Groove
(FMR)
Watts, Trevor
Veracity
(FMR)
Moholo, Louis / Frode Gjerstad
Sult
(FMR)
Watts, Trevor Moire Music Drum Orchestra
Live in Latin America vol. 1
(FMR)
Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Challenge (1966-7)
(Emanem)
Convergence Quartet, The
Slow and Steady
(NoBusiness)
Malcolm, Nick Quartet
Glimmers
(FMR)
Foxes Fox
Live at the Vortex
(psi)
Watts, Trevor & Veryan Weston
5 More Dialogues
(Emanem)
Convergence Quartet, The
Live In Oxford
(FMR)
Gonzalez, Dennis Yells at Eels
Cape of Storms
(Ayler)
Convergence Quartet (Bynum / Einsenstadt / Hawkins / Lash)
Song / Dance
(Clean Feed)
Circulasione Totale Orchestra
Bandwidth 3CD
(Rune Grammofon)
CHANGES TO blind + Blue Sausage Infant

(Intangible Arts)
Watts, Trevor Drum Orchestra
Burundi Monday
(FMR)
Watts, Trevor Moire Music
Moire Music
(FMR)
Recommended & Related Releases:
London Jazz Composers Orchestra
That Time
(Not Two)
Decoy (Alexander Hawkins / John Edwards / Steve Noble) With Joe McPhee
AC/DC
(Otoroku)
Watts, Trevor Quartet The (Veryan Weston / John Edwards / Marc Sanders)
The Real Intention - Cafe OTO concert
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))
Carrier, Francois / Alexander Hawkins / John Edwards / Michel Lambert
Nirguna [2 CDs]
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))
Watts / Weston / Sanders / Edwards
Hear Now: A Film by Mark French [DVD]
(FMR)
Hawkins, Alexander Ensemble
No Now Is So
(FMR)
Hawkins, Alexander / Evan Parker
Leaps in Leicester
(Clean Feed)
Brotzmann, Peter Group
Alarm (1981)
(Atavistic)
Convergence Quartet (Taylor Ho Bynum / Alexander Hawkins / Dominic Lash / Harris Eisenstadt)
Owl Jacket [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Moholo-Moholo / Gjerstad / Stephens / Lonberg-Holm
Distant Groove
(FMR)
Moholo, Louis / Frode Gjerstad
Sult
(FMR)
Watts, Trevor Moire Music Drum Orchestra
Live in Latin America vol. 1
(FMR)
Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Challenge (1966-7)
(Emanem)
Watts, Trevor & Veryan Weston
5 More Dialogues
(Emanem)
Convergence Quartet (Bynum / Einsenstadt / Hawkins / Lash)
Song / Dance
(Clean Feed)
Circulasione Totale Orchestra
Bandwidth 3CD
(Rune Grammofon)
CHANGES TO blind + Blue Sausage Infant

(Intangible Arts)
Watts, Trevor Drum Orchestra
Burundi Monday
(FMR)
Watts, Trevor Moire Music
Moire Music
(FMR)
Other Recommended Releases:
Hawkins, Alexander / Tomeka Reid
Shards & Constellations
(Intakt)
Eisenstadt, Harris (w/ Wooley / Hawkins / Niggenkemper)
Canada Day Quartet Live
(Clean Feed)
Hawkins, Alexander
Iron Into Wind
(Intakt)
Houle, Francois / Alexander Hawkins / Harris Eisenstadt
You Have Options
(Songlines)
Watts, Trevor / Stephen Grew Duo
All There Is
(Discus)
Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Withdrawal (1966/7)[REISSUE]
(Emanem)
Watts, Trevor / Stephen Grew
Con Fluent
(FMR)

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