Subscriber Series 2018: UPLIFT

Announcing UPLIFT, our Subscriber Series for 2018!

Responding to the current political and social climate of the United States and beyond, Dave Douglas has put together a new project that challenges himself and all of us to consider how we can pitch in toward positive change.

Featuring twelve new Douglas compositions for a new sextet, each piece highlights a specific social cause and references organizations doing important work. As he says:

“The title, UPLIFT, comes from my searching for a way to NOT be negative about all the things changing in this country. Instead, the idea is to suggest concrete things that can be done on various topics and shout outs to organizations doing good work in each area.”

You can read Dave’s complete program notes here  and stream the first track on Bandcamp here.

The ensemble, which came together to record the music in December 2017, features some of the most interesting artists in modern creative music: saxophonist Joe Lovano, guitarists Mary Halvorson and Julian Lage, bassist Bill Laswell and drummer Ian Chang.

Throughout 2018, 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.

Check out the first track, The Power Of The Vote, on Bandcamp.

Please join us as a subscriber to gain access to this unique material and more. And look for a sneak preview of the music in the coming weeks.

Project details:

Dave Douglas, trumpet
Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone, alto clarinet, alto flute, mezzo soprano sax
Mary Halvorson, guitar
Julian Lage, guitar
Bill Laswell, bass
Ian Chang, drums and electronics

Recorded and mixed by Tyler McDiarmid at Orange Music Sound Studio in Orange, NJ on December 11, 2017.
Video and photography shot by Geoff Countryman
Artwork by Yoko Yamabe at Randesign