Announcing ENGAGE: Dave Douglas’s new piece for Greenleaf’s subscriber series.
The series features brand new music for an ensemble that includes Anna Webber, Jeff Parker, Tomeka Reid, Nick Dunston, and Kate Gentile as well as special guests Dave Adewumi and Riley Mulherkar. We’ll be releasing new tracks each month for subscribers. Join us as a subscriber to hear the entire series and you can also download and stream our entire catalogue and gain access to exclusive material such as live sets, outtakes and more.
ENGAGE series details: http://bit.ly/ENGAGE_2019
Preview on Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/ENGAGE_PREVIEW_BC
ENGAGE is a direct descendant of UPLIFT, the 2018 set of compositions dedicated to positive action. We will be following up with all the organizations and causes invoked in that piece. And engaged in community and activism. People showed up in 2018, and our hope is that this trend will continue. We are going to need to be engaged to make the changes that will save our environment, our equality, our sciences and humanities. My hope is that everyone, in every field, will be involved and engaged in this work. Writing and performing these pieces is a reminder to myself not to get mired in the negativity — to stay positive and engaged through music daily.
We’re digging into that optimism musically in these pieces. The compositional rule was simply to build them all out of major triads. Each of the twelve pieces approaches that in a different way, and they were built for this collaborative and communicative ensemble with Anna Webber (alto and bass flutes, tenor sax), Tomeka Reid (cello), Jeff Parker (guitar), Nick Dunston (bass), and Kate Gentile (drums)
On some of the monthly pieces, we will be joined by trumpeters Dave Adewumi and Riley Mulherkar. I can’t wait to share the whole series with you. ENGAGE.
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Track One: Showing Up
Showing Up. That’s what so many of us did over the past year. Change is coming, and it feels like we’re collectively waking up to the bigger, more fundamental changes that need to happen. We won’t all agree about everything, but there is a sense of common purpose regarding the dangers of our current situation.
Jeff Parker plays a beautiful solo on this one, and I can’t tell you how stoked I was to play collectively with the full band.
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Jeff Parker, guitar
Tomeka Reid, cello
Anna Webber, alto flute
Nick Dunston, bass
Kate Gentile, drums
Recorded and mixed by Tyler McDiarmid at Recorded on December 3, 2018 at The Bunker Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Assistant Engineer: Nolan Thies
Video and photography shot by Anna Yatskevich
Graphics by Lukas Frei
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