ENGAGE - 2019 Subscriber Series

Optimism. Action. Community.

Dave Douglas, trumpet
Jeff Parker, guitar
Tomeka Reid, cello
Anna Webber, alto and bass flutes and tenor saxophone
Nick Dunston, bass
Kate Gentile, drums

Production Credits:
Recorded and mixed by Tyler McDiarmid at Recorded on December 3, 2018 at The Bunker Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Assistant Engineer: Nolan Thies
Photography by Anna Yatskevich
Graphics by Lukas Frei

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).

The ensemble came together for a debut performance at Zürcher Gallery in December 2018, and then went into the studio a few days later to record the entire series of music.

Throughout 2019, we are releasing a new track each month exclusively for subscribers. Subscribers can stream and download the material on Bandcamp. There will also be engaging ‘extras’ on the subscriber feed as the year goes forward.

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.

Please join us as a subscriber to gain access to this unique material and more.

Track 1 - 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. Read more…

Track 2 - In It Together

This second piece in the ENGAGE suite forefronts the struggle for wealth equality worldwide. Inequality is one of our most pressing problems, exacerbating many of our other challenges. Read more…

Track 3 - How Are The Children?

Rev. Traci Blackmon brought my attention to this expression from the Maasai. It resonates on so many levels. It came to me around issues towards sensible regulation of firearms in this country. To save lives. Read more…

Track 4 - One Sun, A Million Rays

We’re grateful for the warmth of the sun over the centuries, and we’re grateful for the support systems whereby we help each other and support those in need. This tune is built on a steady but indefinite rhythmic underpinning, over which all unfolds. Read more…

Track 5 - Where Do We Go From Here

Urgency will be required. We’re joined by both Riley Mulherkar and Dave Adewumi on trumpets here. This is an urgent march to the polls. It also means a fight for fair voting nationwide, including all our disenfranchised brothers and sisters. Read more…

Track 6 - Sanctuary Cities

We are not full. We are a growing, breathing, expanding country enriched by our diversity and a warm welcome of all people. Read more…

Track 7 - Everywhere But Here

Joining the fight for this basic human right is something that benefits all of us. As we did last year, we will continue to support the efforts of Physicians For A National Health Program. And as Democrats continue to debate plans for how to make this reality, we will work towards the idea that we all deserve the care and support that is our human birthright. Read more…

Track 8 - Faith Alliance

The title Faith Alliance refers to the sense of global solidarity that it will take to deal with the myriad problems of migration, inequality, and global climate change. International efforts are increasingly, and urgently, required. This month Greenleaf Music will support the International Crisis Group, an independent organization working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world. Read more…

Track 9 - Free Libraries

There are so many causes that need attention these days. We have to, as always, stay engaged and resolute in our work towards solutions on all fronts. It’s the only way. And we can’t lose site of our own humanity and culture in the process. They keep us human and connected to our heritage and our knowledge. That connection is what makes public schools and libraries such a crucial part of our civic landscape. Read more…

Track 10 - Whole Souls

Crucial to the cause of equality in all areas of this society is the support and inclusion of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. The stories at the It Gets Better project have been an inspiration to me for a long time. With the release of this track, we will support the project and its positive message for LGBTQ+ youth. Real stories change lives. Responding with love is on all of us. Read more…

Track 11 - Coming Soon
Track 12 - Coming Soon