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Ajemian, Jason: Folklords (Delmark)

Referencing Sun Ra, Thelonius Monk, Mingus, and modern pop culture, bassist Ajemian leads a quartet with saxophonist Kid Blissh, guitarist Owen Stewart-Robertson amd drummer Jason Nazary through 5 cathartic pieces that combine jazz and poetry in ecstatic ways.

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product information:

Label: Delmark
Catalog ID: DMK 5016
Squidco Product Code: 18842

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Riverside Studio in Chicago, Illinois, on December 17th and 18th, 2012 by Todd Carter.


Jason Ajemian-bass, voice, electronics

Kid Bliss aka That Young Astonaut-alto sax, vibrolux

Owen Stewart-Robertson-guitar, electronics, voice

Jason Nazary-drums

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track listing:

1. Ask Mr. Blount Now Suite 12:15

2. Orange Is the Color of the Sun, Then Blue Sky 17:05

3. Material Girls 19:52

4. Punk the Blues 15:09

5. Freedom Is a Trail of Tears 9:04
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"Jason Ajemian's music conjures a fever dream of multiple musical universes. The bassist-composer has acquired a high profile during his years in Chicago and New York, performing with Marc Ribot's Sun Ship, Matt Bauder's Day In Pictures, Matana Robert's CoinCoin, Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra and Chicago Underground Trio.

Folklords is the sound of an outstanding group of New York improvisors (Kid Bliss, Owen Stewart-Robertson and Jason Nazary) performing six conceptual, visual and sonic landscapes. Meditative Mingus ballads, imaginary conversations between Sun Ra and Thelonious Monk, poetic takes on pop culture, and an elegy for Malachi Rischter are transmitted via Ajemian's unique notational methodology. FOLKLORDS defies genre with an adhesiveness that expands on the creative music tradition through a social/cultural lens of now."-Delmark

Artist Biographies:

"Acoustic bassist Jason Ajemian is one of the members of the underground music scene in Chicago, playing a variety of creative improvised, noise, and experimental musics based in rock and jazz. He is a graduate of the William Patterson College in New Jersey, where he studied with bassist Rufus Reid and percussionist Kevin Norton. Arriving in Chicago in the fall of 2000, Ajemian embraced the then burgeoning progressive music community. Ajemian also vocalizes and utilizes electronics. His dizzying number of credits include work with Rob Mazurek, the Exploding Star Orchestra, Dragons 1976, Lay All Over It, Born Heller, Matt Bauder, Ken Vandermark's Crisis Ensemble, Who Cares How Long You Sink, Triage, Mandarin Movie, the Chicago Underground Trio, and countless others."

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"Jason Nazary is a drummer/producer from Atlanta, GA. Moving to New York in 2005, Jason has already begun to make an impact on the improvised music scene. His raw approach to improvisation blends a variety of influences from Tony Williams to J Dilla to Morton Feldman to Lightning Bolt. Jason plays in a variety of different projects, most notably free jazz/punk/soul band Little Women, who have toured North America and Europe extensively and released three records, the latest of which being Lung, on AUM Fidelity. He also is featured on recordings with Joe Morris, Darius Jones, Dave Crowell, Olga Bell, Travis Reuter, to name a few."

-Jason Nazary Website (

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