Making an endless audio flight to several destinations, Shannon Harris presents Audio Urbanology: The Art of Audio Truism. Six years in the making, the album celebrates and transforms Harris' African roots and Latin/Asian/Middle Eastern influences into an alluring aural narrative, weaving sultry vocals and live instrumentation together. The critically acclaimed project, complete with esoteric artwork, takes you on a symphony orchestrated, fantasy filled trip around the globe. Presenting six dialects from four different continents, Harris' second album truly sets a new standard for the definition of 'world' in music.
Audio Urbanology: The Art of Audio Truism draws upon the production styles of Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendes, Nitin Sawhney, Stevie Wonder, Hugh Masekela, Curtis Mayfield, Fela Kuti, Tinariwen, A R Rahman and Sun Ra to name a few. The track "Destiny Arises" features exotic french poetry by Alia Ammar who appeared on Lil Louis' multi-platinum dance single, "French Kiss." The album's main Bassist/Guitarist Junius Paul, has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Donald Byrd, Fred Anderson, Chico DeBarge, Eric Roberson, and KRS-One to name a few. "Leroy B-Boy" debuts Afro-beat trumpets by Corey Wilkes whose performance credits are with Roy Hargrove, Ledisi, Soulive, Meshell Ndegeocello. Vocalist Avery R. Young also appears on "Leroy B-Boy" and "A Woman Feeds the World" has toured with Roy Ayers, Mos Def, Les Nubians, and Jill Scott. "Spirits of the Black Experience" and "Viva A Vida Como Se Nao Hauvesse Amanha" feature piano and organ by Justin Dillard, who has jammed with jazz legends like McCoy Tyner, Branford Marsalis, Ornette Coleman, and Herbie Hancock.
Reflecting a World Wide Web of artistry with over 28 musicians and 2 visual illustrators, Shannon Harris' Audio Urbanology: The Art of Audio Truism seeks to introduce to the universe organic grooves with a meaningful edge.
The official album art release will be held August 28th in Chicago at the Zhou B Art Center.
Viva A Vida Como Se Nao Hauvesse Amanha Featuring Natalie Oliveri & Chicago Batucada
Destiny Arises Featuring Alia Ammar
Leroy B-Boy Featuring Avery R. Young