NYC: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble + Special Guests at HarlemStage – July 9

 

What’s summer in NYC without tons of incredible free concerts? This Saturday for HarlemStage, the good folks over at Revive Da Live present the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble with some very special guests. Any of the guests easily hold their own: Zap Mama, Pharoahe Monch, Jose James, Taylor McFerrin, J. Period, Mixtape Assassin, and Vinia Mojica. The Ensemble will feature “covers of unreleased Dilla tracks and a tribute to Gil Scott-Heron” along with reinterpretations of some of your favorite jazz, hip-hop and R&B tunes. This event is family friendly so please do bring your little ones!

Details
Annunciation Park (at Amsterdam Ave. and W. 134th St.)
Gates open: 4:00 pm
Performance: 5:00 – 9:00 pm

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For Dilla – Turn It Up

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Today is the anniversary of the death of super-producer/magical alien creature J Dilla. It also happens to be a few days after his birthday. So if you’ve seen Dilla news, mixes, tributes and events all over the place, it’s because now is the time to pay tribute – J Dilla passed away five years ago today. In honor of Dilla, here’s a couple of the best tributes we’ve seen on the webs.

Our friends at The Revivalist interviewed four of Dilla’s peers and other musicians influenced by his work: Bilal (neo soul pioneer, Dilla collaborator), Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, (arranger/composer of Suite for Ma Dukes, collaborator with many of those influenced by Dilla)  Wajeed (Producer and MC, of Slum Village / Platinum Pied Pipers) and Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Founding Member; Master Teacher). Read their conversation, “Nothing Like This: Meditations on Dilla.” There’s some great insight to classic old recordings, and of course, heavy praise.

Another popular one is Complex’s article, “10 Facts About J Dilla You Might Not Know” by Chairman Mao. We won’t give any of those facts away, but no matter how die-hard Dilla you are, it’s worth checking out.

And of course, download the J Rocc “Thank You Jay Dee” mixes -all 4 of them- courtesy of Stones Throw:

Act 1 | Act 2 | Act 3 | Act 4

Video: Bilal Covers Bob Marley

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Plug Research is taking over now; they’re too good. Today they gave us a video of Bilal (who’s new album Airtight’s Revenge came out this week) working with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson‘s orchestra to play a Bilal-style ”cover” of a classic Bob Marley song, “Is This Love.” Bilal puts a beautiful new twist on the song making it almost unrecognizable, with the help of the orchestra he leads along the way. Another “cover” was recorded during the same session which we’ll get soon, and that’s gonna be none other than Soft Cells “Tainted Love.”

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GPWW 8/30/10: TOKiMONSTA Mix

GPWW this week features a mix by TOKiMONSTA, Los Angeles DJ and beatsmith who started out as an unfocused classical piano student. That piano training became her musical foundation as she grew to make layered productions with live and digital instrumentation, dusty old vinyl, and whatever else she could find. Signed to Flying Lotus‘ imprint, Brainfeeder, she’s fearless and energetic, having performed with Flying Lotus, Daedelus, Nosaj Thing, Gaslamp Killer, and many other of her fellow beat makers.

The first half of the radio show has some old favorites and new artists, including Esperanza Spalding, Crue-L, Fela Kuti, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Jazztronik, Ana Tijoux and more.

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Georgia Anne Muldrow Remixes “Untitled/Fantastic” + MP3

We’ve known Gerogia Anne Muldrow and her aliases as a staple on the scene for a while, but she’s been even more prolific than usual lately. Georgia is appearing as “Jyoti” in her forthcoming Jazz album, Ocotea, paying homage to the late, great Alice Coltrane who gifted her with this name. With encouragement from the sublime Alice Coltrane, an innovative musician in her own right, it’s no wonder that Georgia’s works have gained so much praise from the likes of Gilles Peterson and Erykah Badu.

From our friends at Mochilla:  “Remixing Suite for Ma Dukes is a brave undertaking.  Several producers and MCs at first accepted and then declined the job.  In the end we think we got the right person.  It is with great pleasure on the week of Mothers Day to release this remix.  Done while mothering by none other than Georgia Anne Muldrow.  This project began as an homage to one mother’s love (Ma Dukes) and has now been remixed by another (Georgia Anne Muldrow) with her son Nokware in her lap.  Two incredible women, one amazing track.  Remixed.

Georgia who has done production for Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and partner Dudley Perkins was an amazing person to watch at work.  Her feel is so hers.  She seemed so comfortable with the music.  She insisted that she didn’t want to chop the song but to play along as if she was there in the Orchestra.  We wanted her to sing on the track too but her microphone was in the shop for repairs – so on suggestion she sang the vocals into the lavaller tie clip mic that we used to capture sound for the video.

This remix and the two other remixes from Te’Amir (remixing Mulatu Astatke) and Jneiro Jarel (remixing Arthur Verocai) will be available on a Timeless Remixed EP this summer.”

Carlos Nino & Miguel Atwood Ferguson – “Untitled/Fantastic” Remix by Georgia Anne Muldrow [MP3]