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Joy Mega is a group of outstanding NYC avant-jazz artists led by bassist and vocalist Jason Ajemian who has created a unique album of melodic free jazz pop songs that challenges the constraint of genres.

Joy Mega
Forever is Something Inside You

Joy Mega: Forever is Something Inside You (New Atlantis)
Label: New Atlantis    
Released in: USA    

"Joy Mega is a group comprised of the crème (aka butter) of the NYC avant-jazz underground, realizing a set of coruscating, transcendent, cosmic pop music penned by bassist and vocalist, Jason Ajemian.

Jason is widely known for his work with kin within the world of skewed, creative pop music. He's racked credits with Josephine Foster in Born Heller, Hush Arbors, Helado Negro, and perhaps most recently, backing Devendra Banhart at the Governor's Ball NYC. He also boasts a rep as a heavyweight improvisor, having worked in Marc Ribot's Sun Ship, Matana Robert's CoinCoin, Rob Mazurek's Chicago Underground Trio and Exploding Star Orchestra, and many more.

The contrasts and points of intersection between these seemingly separate musical orbits have made for some great music thus far. His efforts as a leader (three releases from his quintet, Jason Ajemian & the HighLife, on New Atlantis Records, and Smokeless Heat, a jazz record released in 2008 on Delmark, among many others) further emphasize this duality, and Forever is Something Inside You, Joy Mega's New Atlantis debut, is no different- a fresh distillation of a strong spirit in the American creative music underground.

Ajemian brought Joy Mega together in 2007, to explore the possibilities presented by incorporating vocals into an improvising ensemble- an idea which, for the most part, marks a departure from established convention in the improvised music community. Having recently relocated to New York City from Chicago, the group encompasses players from both cities. Saxophonist Matthew Bauder and drummer Chad Taylor now live in New York, but are old friends + collaborators from his days in Chicago. Guitarist Mary Halvorson and violinist Jessica Pavone, both known within their home of New York and beyond, are a perfect match for the group's expansive sound. The arrangements leave ample room for melodic exploration. Songs expand and contract, each voice breathing in additional layers of lush melody.

Forever is Something Inside You traverses a tremendous breadth of stylistic ground, challenging the constraints of 'genre' music and offering a new noise in the process."-New Atlantis

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Product Information:

UPC: 613285854529

Label: New Atlantis
Catalog ID: NA-CD-005
Squidco Product Code: 16782

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray

Jason Ajemian-bass, vocals

Matthew Bauder-saxophone

Mary Halvorson-guitar

Jessica Pavone-viola

Chad Taylor-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Deeds / Belief

2. Little Rain / Big Story

3. Slow Bird

4. Big Sky #5

5. A Glance Shifts

6. No Shout

7. Tomar Sol

8. Pleasure Fountaints

9. We Are Place

10. 100 Rainy Days

11. I'm In Love With A Navajo Boy

12. Kocham Las [I Love The Forest]

13. Aging

14. Leaves Rainbow