Music Program

Friday, January 29, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.

$10 admission

Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber

DopeSex & Dem Wild Buffalo Love Joints

Nietzsche's - 248 Allen St. Buffalo, N.Y.

Burnt Sugar Superfreaks the Rick James Playabook!

plus DJ Milk spinning old school funk & soul
& artist/attorney Leroi C. Johnson, Rick's brother who managed and toured with Rick throughout the 1980s.

This program is having its World Premiere on Thursday, January 28th, in NYC at Lincoln Center, which commissioned it, the night before this Buffalo Premiere.

"A multiracial jam army that freestyles with cool telekinesis between the lustrous menace of Miles Davis' On The Corner, the slash-and-om of 1970s King Crimson, and Jimi Hendrix' moonwalk across side three of Electric Ladyland." - David Fricke, Rolling Stone.

Hallwalls is thrilled to announce a special concert event featuring New York City's inimitable Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber. This one-of-a-kind monster collective utilizes Lawrence D. Butch Morris' Conduction system for group improvisation while navigating sonic resources culled from the depths of James Brown, Miles Davis, Prince, David Bowie, Sun Ra, Jimi Hendrix, Steely Dan, Melvin Van Peebles, Fleetwood Mac and beyond. Burnt Sugar covers a wide swath of the experimental soul-jazz-avant rock & hip hop spectrum. The utilization of Conduction allows them to create new music within well known song structures, or with a hand signal or baton gesture, create brand new scripted-sounding improvisational musical structures in real time. Join us as the Burnt Sugar Mothership lands at Nietzsche's for a rare cosmic convergence with the music of Buffalo's own master of funk Rick James! & keeping the vibes strong before and in between sets, DJ Milk will be spinning the best in old school funk, soul & R&B.

Claiming a case of creative indirection Greg Tate has entitled Burnt Sugar Arkestra's return to its repertory mode "DopeSex&Dem Wild Buffalo Love Joints". Under the ace musical direction of Shelley Nicole, supported by a cadre of the usual Sugar stalwarts Lisala, Lewis 'Flip' Barnes, 'Moist' Paula Henderson, V. Jeffery Smith, LaFrae Sci, Mikel Banks and Jared Michael Nickerson and with special guests, expect to be taken on a musical trip through all of Rick James' heat-seeking, body-rocking, radical Agit-Pop, daring-you-to-stay-in-your-seat manifestations as Burnt Sugar Superfreaks the Rick James Playabook.

Rick James' voice, axe, handclaps and horns created a monster sound he entitled "Punk Funk"; fusing his flamboyant style, stellar chops and sweet nastiness into rhythms that made him a funktified genius. Before becoming the butt of a spectacularly hilar (or "hilarious" if you feel the need to spell it out) Dave Chappelle skit, Rick James was a much-acclaimed, much-revered, platinum-selling master composer, player, performer and producer of 80s Funk/R&B.

"DopeSex&Dem Wild Buffalo Love Joints" will take you on a trip through Rick James' gorgeous mind. With deep respect for Rick James' musicality and songbook, under the ace direction of Shelley Nicole, and with special guests and the usual "Sugar" suspects such as Lisala, Akie Burmiss, Lewis 'Flip' Barnes, 'Moist Paula Henderson and Jared Michael Nickerson — the Burnt Sugar Arkestra returns to its repertory mode to saturate Nietzsche's with props and love for Buffalo N.Y.'s mad tuneful genius in all his heat-seeking, body-rocking, radical Agit-Pop manifestations.

Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber:

Founded by Village Voice icon Greg "Ironman" Tate and co-led with monster groove bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, New York City's Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel and adherence to Butch Morris' "Conduction" system allows them to freely juggle a wide swath of the soul-jazz-hip hop & rock spectrum. The Burnt Sugar Arkestra is also a territory band, a neo-tribal thang, a community hang, a society music guild aspiring to the condition of all that is molten, glacial, racial, spacial, oceanic, mythic, antiphonal and telepathic.

With an alumni that includes Matana Roberts, Vijay Iyer, Julia Kent, Graham Hayes, DJ Mutamassik, Okkyung Lee and Qasim Naqvi, Burnt Sugar's prestigious personnel have released fourteen recordings on their labels Tru Groidd & Avant Groidd Musica defining the art of creating scripted-sounding improvisational acid-funk/rock & jazz with the use of Butch Morris's Conduction System for Orchestral Improvisation in order to "keep it real, surreal, arboreal, aquatic, incendiary."

With commissions from Mikki Shepard, Bill Bragin, Leda Le Querrec, Tom Welsh and Will K. Wilkens, to name a few, the Burnt Sugar Arkestra has spent the last three years performing the musics of James Brown, Steely Dan, Melvin Van Peebles, David Bowie, Chuck Brown, Miles Davis, Fleetwood Mac and Sun Ra in venues as disparate as The Apollo Theatre, Sons d'hiver Festival in Paris France, Rikers Island Prison, Cleveland Museum of Art, Joe's Pub, Philadelphia's Painted Bride Art Center, Hartford's Real Art Ways, N.Y.C.'s Bryant Park & Lincoln Center and Buffalo's Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.

This very accomplished crew has playing credits that range from Melvin Van Peebles, TV On The Radio, Toshi Reagon, DJ Logic, Gary Lucas, Tamar Kali, Phish, William Parker, Liz Wright, The Holmes Brothers, Wadada Leo Smith, The The, David Murray, Billy Ocean and Living Colour's Vernon Reid.

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This concert is made possible with public funds from the Music Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, a public agency, and generous underwriting support from Leroi C. Johnson.