Jason Ajemian and the High Life.
We are extremely excited to introduce Jason Ajemian & the High Life! With the High Life, Ajemian has developed a 3 Dimensional style of Pop music that encompasses many genres of tradition.
Jason Ajemian has acquired a high profile in the improvised music scene over the years, performing with Rob Mazurekâs Mandarin Movie, Exploding Star Orchestra, and the Chicago Underground Trio, Ken Vandermarkâs Crisis Ensemble, and currently wi...th Marc Ribotâs Sun Ship. Ajemianâs curiosity has ranged far and wide - heâs just
as comfortable in the hushed, folksy setting of Born Heller, his duo with Josephine Foster, as he is in the breath-processed arrangements of his large ensemble Who Cares How Long You Sink. Given such a variety of musical interest, a detour like âFrom
Beyond,â Ajemianâs backwards version of Back Sabbathâs âInto the Voidâ for chamber ensemble, begins to seem like an obvious stop on this bassistâs journey from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to Chicago and his current home in New York City.
The HighLife is a home where the concepts behind all of his previous music can comfortably reside. Formed at the Harold Arts Residency in rural Ohio, Jason Ajemian & the HighLife features a carefully structured approach to improvisation that nevertheless leads to music that sounds immediate and effortless. Ajemianâs poems serve
as signposts; the scores, created in the architectural drafting program AutoCAD, guides the musicians through musical hallways to unexpected locals. His blueprints dictate the flow and direction of the set, opening the performers up to visual and descriptive
influences, leading them through a unique musical landscape of American folk forms, Native American chants, Canadian sea shanties, jazz expressive motion and balladry.
...bits and strands of one sonic shape were pulled to make the next, ever evolving each sly groove into something new and radical.
It does seem, sometimes, that there are those to whom the planet sings
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