September 1, 2023
Amirtha Kidambi (ACC 2016) performs with her band Elder Ones at Public Records.
Described as “aggressive and sublime,” (New York Times) Elder Ones continue to conjure bold improvisations, pushing the boundaries of jazz and electronic forms. Percussion, soprano sax, synths, harmonium, bass, cello, and Amirtha Kidambi’s astonishing vocals center these compositions on topics of anticolonialism, the rise of global fascism, violence against Asian Americans, of continuing inequalities in the growing shadow of late-stage capitalism. Not just a lament, but an explosive call to action, and ode to those struggling for racial and labor justice. Building on the incendiary spiritual and political free jazz compositions on their acclaimed albums Holy Science (2016) and From Untruth (2019) released on Northern Spy, the band’s third album will be released in Spring 2024. Alongside bandleader and vocalist Amirtha Kidambi, Elder Ones features a wealth of talented NYC musicians with Jason Nazary on the drums, Lester St. Louis on bass, Matt Nelson on soprano saxophone, and Alfredo Colon on tenor sax and electronics, shared among some of the most innovative bands in creative music including Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl, William Parker’s Sutras Ensemble, Battle Trance, GRID, Metropolis Ensemble, Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die, Anteloper, and more.
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