Jaimeo Brown Transcendence

Instrument: Drums, Production

Genre: Jazz

Origin: US

Territories: europe excl. france, belgium

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Jaimeo Brown (pronounced jah-mayo) began his drum career at age 16 with his father bassist Dartanyan Brown and mother pianist and woodwind specialist, Marcia Miget, and drum teacher, Sly Randolph, himself a Bernard Purdie protégé from Harlem. In the last 20 years, he has worked with a range of musicians including Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Q-Tip, Carl Craig, Bobby Hutcherson, Greg Osby, Joe Locke, David Murray, and several other New York based musicians. He gained extensive experience performing and educating various audiences around the world as an ambassador for the US State Department. In addition to onstage work, Jaimeo contributed program material for the Oscar and Grammy award winning documentary 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' and the PBS original production of Ralph Ellison's 'King of the Bingo Game.' As the Director of Transcending Arts Jaimeo is a passionate educator. He has given countless hours in community service in urban NJ and NY giving lessons to kids through programs such as NJPAC, New City Kids.

Sometimes, when you find a voice, your life is no longer your own. It belongs to those you speak to, speak for and speak of.
Jaimeo Brown has found his voice in struggle and hope. Sung with fire, healed with love, his words are the songs of the unknown labourer; the jailhouse; the coal miner, gandy dancer, and stonemason - yesterday, and tomorrow. His notes are the echoes of protest and his rhythms are the universal beat of freedom and solidarity; at once ancient and modern.


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    #wearethefabric
    Jaimeo's view of the world is one of togetherness. His life, like his work, is a patchwork of people, cultures and examples of the great human potential for acceptance and integration.
    As a child he spent early of his life living on a Native American reservation in Arlee, Montana: a community in which the Native American voice was very present; very much a part of the social dialogue. When you experience this kind of natural sensitivity, he explains, it sheds light on the rest of the society. “Where, he asks, is the Native American voice when we speak of immigration”? Life has made Jaimeo see things differently...

    hope is in abundance
    Examples of light and liberation permeate Jaimeo's growing up. Amidst the aimless youth and gang culture of the Bay Area, he discovered multiculturalism within a West Coast hiphop culture shared and celebrated by a broad group of minorities. Inspired equally by the beats and samples of J Dilla, Dr. Dre and DJ Premier, and the raw eloquence of Coltrane, Miles Davis and Art Blakey, he found shelter in practice: playing music was to be the epicentre of his spiritual awakening.

    off the map, musically and spiritually
    When recordings of Gees Bend quilters, an isolated African American community on the Alabama river found their way into Jaimeo's life, they instantly became some of the most important music in his life; more 'spiritual nourishment' than art. The songs of this small group of quilters became the substance of Jaimeo's meditation, medication and inspiration.
    A decade later, after 14 turbulent years of New York life, Jaimeo's own search for creative and spirtual healing lead him to experiment with weaving samples of the Gees Bend into his own music. In doing so, he discovered a sound that “immediately gave me a life's worth of work” - and that was to become the source of his definitive project, Transcendence.

    Jaimeo reached out to producer, guitarist & longtime friend Chris Sholar to achieve what he heard in his soul. With the mantra 'not to think of it as a regular gig', and an MPC salvaged from the garbage, they began to program. Together they discovered a tapestry where a digital future meets a hand-stitched past; the logic of a language waiting to be spoken.

    if you want to know what is important to a people,
    listen to their music....
    The samples of Gees Bend are a microcosm of the story of Transcendence: music reflecting a greater social and historical picture, and galvanising the bonds between those who share in the struggle, and the art. Albums of love and fire, Transcendence brings focus to the ways in which the contemporary moment reflects - and indeed is a continuation of – a historical struggle.

    Jaimeo Brown is an educator, activist and artist whose work is a call to transcend: transcend traditional limits of creativity; transcend oppression; transcend from one to all - via artistic, technological and historical exploration, and the essential humanity that unites us.


    CONTRIBUTORS / COLLABORATORS:
    Stevie Wonder || Carlos Santana || Q-Tip || Carl Craig || Kenny Garrett || Geri Allen || Greg Osby || Joe Locke || Pharoah Sanders || Bobby Hutcherson ||

#wearethefabric
Jaimeo's view of the world is one of togetherness. His life, like his work, is a patchwork of people, cultures and examples of the great human potential for acceptance and integration.
As a child he spent early of his life living on a Native American reservation in Arlee, Montana: a community in which the Native American voice was very present; very much a part of the social dialogue. When you experience this kind of natural sensitivity, he explains, it sheds light on the rest of the society. “Where, he asks, is the Native American voice when we speak of immigration”? Life has made Jaimeo see things differently...

hope is in abundance
Examples of light and liberation permeate Jaimeo's growing up. Amidst the aimless youth and gang culture of the Bay Area, he discovered multiculturalism within a West Coast hiphop culture shared and celebrated by a broad group of minorities. Inspired equally by the beats and samples of J Dilla, Dr. Dre and DJ Premier, and the raw eloquence of Coltrane, Miles Davis and Art Blakey, he found shelter in practice: playing music was to be the epicentre of his spiritual awakening.

off the map, musically and spiritually
When recordings of Gees Bend quilters, an isolated African American community on the Alabama river found their way into Jaimeo's life, they instantly became some of the most important music in his life; more 'spiritual nourishment' than art. The songs of this small group of quilters became the substance of Jaimeo's meditation, medication and inspiration.
A decade later, after 14 turbulent years of New York life, Jaimeo's own search for creative and spirtual healing lead him to experiment with weaving samples of the Gees Bend into his own music. In doing so, he discovered a sound that “immediately gave me a life's worth of work” - and that was to become the source of his definitive project, Transcendence.

Jaimeo reached out to producer, guitarist & longtime friend Chris Sholar to achieve what he heard in his soul. With the mantra 'not to think of it as a regular gig', and an MPC salvaged from the garbage, they began to program. Together they discovered a tapestry where a digital future meets a hand-stitched past; the logic of a language waiting to be spoken.

if you want to know what is important to a people,
listen to their music....
The samples of Gees Bend are a microcosm of the story of Transcendence: music reflecting a greater social and historical picture, and galvanising the bonds between those who share in the struggle, and the art. Albums of love and fire, Transcendence brings focus to the ways in which the contemporary moment reflects - and indeed is a continuation of – a historical struggle.

Jaimeo Brown is an educator, activist and artist whose work is a call to transcend: transcend traditional limits of creativity; transcend oppression; transcend from one to all - via artistic, technological and historical exploration, and the essential humanity that unites us.


CONTRIBUTORS / COLLABORATORS:
Stevie Wonder || Carlos Santana || Q-Tip || Carl Craig || Kenny Garrett || Geri Allen || Greg Osby || Joe Locke || Pharoah Sanders || Bobby Hutcherson ||

"Jaimeo Brown Transcendence's Work Songs is one of the most exciting, experimental, and important albums set to drop this year.”
VICE

"What makes Transcendence's music so literally transcendent is how they build new sonic textures on top of these historic audio samples, effectively linking our present with our past. When the two things come together, their audio collages arrive at a sound that's incredibly forward-thinking and fresh.”
VICE

“It’s one of the best debut albums I’ve heard here at DownBeat!”
Frank Alyker, Publisher, DownBeat

“True to its title, this debut from 34-year-old New Yorker Brown defies genre. As powerful as it is ambitious.”
The Guardian

“Jaimeo Brown’s ‘Transcendence’ reaches across genres, generations Brown has delivered one of the most distinctive albums of 2013.”
LA Times


“The album transcends time and form, its various elements blended into a wholly original tapestry.”
JazzTimes


“The drummer, composer and conceptualist fuses acoustic modern jazz with spirituals, blues, rock, hip-hop and even hints of Indian music to create what may well be the best fusion album of 2013.”
Black Grooves


“Jaimeo Brown’s music on Transcendence is among the most mesmerizing ever put down on record in a long time; at least since a musician delved into the heart of the universal cry of pain at the moment of triumph of human endeavor.”
“[A] musical canvas that bursts alive with magical mystical music.”
Latin Jazz Network

TRANSCENDENCE MANIFESTO
- HISTORY | ART | TECHNOLOGY - 

NOW IS THE TIME FOR ACTIVISM.

Transcendence seeks to enable a potentially self-sufficient community to use history, art and technology to inspire and advance culture.

Transcendence represents humanity through all time periods. We seek to highlight the ways people around the world have used creativity, ingenuity and available technology to create new models [of music, culture and education] for their community.

Transcendence is a mosaic of history, art, and technology.
Transcendence is cultural resistance; a struggle against hegemony and a response to contemporary systems of oppression.

Transcendence is about the ways in which people can overcome.

Transcendence is art, community, and a movement.

Transcendence is a breathing art form; it looks both forwards and back simultaneously; it weaves the present through the past and to the future.

Transcendence should feel confrontational and comforting, gut wrenching and peaceful, invoking dance and stillness, always spiritual.

Jazz has an indelible history of protest, and in a time of conflict and trouble, transcendence is recognition of the musician's role as philosopher, and the potential of art to ask questions, build ideas and contribute to meaningful social change.

If you want to know what is important to a people – listen to their music....

History
An album of love and fire, Transcendence brings focus to the ways in which the contemporary moment reflects - and indeed is a continuation of – a historical struggle.
As a New York based African American artist, Jaimeo speaks particularly to the #blacklivesmatter movement, but is also committed to the global reciprocity of social justice.

Afrofuturism
Transcendence reflects radical themes in it's production as well as it's message: the album is a patchwork of contributions from musicians; most recorded remotely and then woven together in the studio. In this way, transcendence speaks to the non-geographically bounded digital age; a diaspora physically dispersed but united by a shared empathy and aesthetic.

Quilting
The process is rooted in the sampling techniques of hiphop – a music which, at its heart, emerged as a radical voice of and for the people. Transcendence's interpretation of the process is one that looks to the future of both technology and ideology; linking the two with a belief that the democratization of communication that a digital age can provide is something that will contribute to a critical shift.

Community
Transcendence finds space for each musician's voice, recognizing the importance of multiplicity in any vision for change, the value of dissonance within a shared space, and the imperative of balancing individual identity and commonality.

Live
Jaimeo Brown leads Transcendence – and as an artist, activist and academic he presents an album that is a call to explore these challenges, with the possibility for hosting and framing debates, conferences, talks and workshops that respond to the imperative for critical analysis and activism, using the music as a point of inspiration and unity.

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