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A free-wheeling debut from 8-piece mid-Atlantic supergroup formed by guitarist Edward Ricart and drummer Sam Lohman (Matta Gawa) plus Roy Cambell (trumpet), Steve Swell (trombone), Jason Ajemian (bass), Andrew Barker (drums), &c.

New Atlantis Octet
Unto the Sun

New Atlantis Octet: Unto the Sun (Not Two Records)
Label: Not Two Records    
Released in: Poland    

"Unto the Sun is the sprawling, free-wheeling debut from the New Atlantis Octet, the mid-Atlantic supergroup formed by guitarist Edward Ricart (formerly of Washington DC- presently a resident of Yellow Springs, OH) and drummer Sam Lohman (Washington DC). Ricart and Lohman are also known as the free-rock duo Matta Gawa, a no-holds barred improv unit that marries the textures and tones of creative experimental rock to the methods and techniques of free jazz. Unto the Sun was recorded with Jason LaFarge at Seizures Palace (Swans, Child Abuse, Khanate) just two weeks before Matta Gawa's sophmore release, Tambora.

The record was tracked one evening during the Summer of 2010, during a tremendously busy time for the leaders- Ricart had just completed a string of dates on the East Coast working with master drummer G. Calvin Weston, and headed straight to Brooklyn for this session following their final gig in Boston. Lohman had been collaborating extensively with electro/noise duo Ca$h $lave Clique, and playing in duo with underheralded, grossly underrecorded DC-based saxophonist Aaron Martin. Martin and Lohman had often performed in trio with Baltimore-based bassist Vattel Cherry (Charles Gayle), or as a quartet with Ricart.

Unto the Sun was initially conceived by Ricart as an opportunity to make a second recording with his quartet, featuring trumpeter Herb Robertson, bassist Jason Ajemian (Chicago Underground Trio), and drummer Andrew Barker (Gold Sparkle Band, Acid Birds). Herb Robertson was away working in Europe, and the session quickly blossomed into something very different... With the intent of creating a powerful new ensemble, and uniting disparate scenes from throughout the mid-Atlantic, Ricart and Lohman merged their New York and DC ensembles. Trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr and trombonist Steve Swell joined the group, rounding out a powerhouse ensemble!

Ricart and Lohman, collaborators of Sun Ra Arkestra saxophonist Marshall Allen, envisioned the larger group session as a fitting opportunity to pay heartfelt tribute to the vital spirit energy of Sun Ra, his Arkestra, and the great Marshall Allen, while relentlessly digging into new sonic space. The 2 drums + 2 bass rhythm section stirs up endless waves of shifting textures and pulse, while the frontline darts and soars effortlessly, weaving concentric flurries of consonance and dissonance. Ricart splits the difference, digging into the polyrhythmic underpinning of the rhythm section and stepping up front with the horns.

Unto the Sun is a rowdy debut from a group of phenomenal improvisors. This session, released May 15, 2013 via Not Two Records, also served as the conceptual seed for New Atlantis Records, a label that began as a vessel for documenting musicians from the mid-Atlantic, and much like this ensemble, is comprised of fine offerings from established legends and rising stars of creative music."-Not Two

"Born in Newark, NJ, Steve Swell has been an active member of the NYC music community since 1975. He has toured and recorded with many artists from mainstreamers such as Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich to so called outsiders as Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker. He has over 40 CDs as a leader or co-leader and is a featured artists on more than 100 other releases. He runs workshops around the world and is a teaching artist in the NYC public school system focusing on special needs children.

Swell has worked on music transcriptions of the Bosavi tribe of New Guinea for MacArthur fellow, Steve Feld in 2000. His CD, "Suite For Players, Listeners and Other Dreamers" (CIMP) ranked number 2 in the 2004 Cadence Readers Poll. He has also received grants from USArtists International in 2006, MCAF (LMCC) awards in 2008 and 2013 and has been commissioned twice on the Interpretations Series at Merkin Hall in 2006 and at Roulette in 2012.

Steve was nominated for Trombonist of the Year 2008 & 2011 by the Jazz Journalists Association, was selected Trombonist of the Year 2008-2010 , 2012 and 2014-2015 by the magazine El Intruso of Argentina and received the 2008 Jubilation Foundation Fellowship Award of the Tides Foundation. Steve has also been selected by the Downbeat Critics Poll in the Trombone category each year from 2010-2016.

Steve is presently a teaching artist through the American Composers Orchestra, Healing Arts Initiative , Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center (Bronx), the Jazz Foundation of America and Leman Manhattan Preparatory School.

Steve was also awarded the 2014 Creative Curricula grant (LMCC) for the project: "Metamorphoses: Modern Mythology in Sound and Words" which was taught in a month long residency at Baruch College Campus High School in Manhattan."

-Steve Swell Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 5901549185355

Label: Not Two Records
Catalog ID: MW 873-2
Squidco Product Code: 17734

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold Foldover
Recorded by Jason Lafarge at Seizures Palace.


Roy Campbell Jr-trumpet

Steve Swell-trombone

Aaron Martin-alto saxophone

Edward Ricart-guitar

Jason Ajemian-bass

Vattel Cherry-bass

Andrew Barker-drums

Sam Lohman-drums

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1. Sekhmet 35:16

2. Amaterasu 37:10