UPLIFT | One: The Power Of The Vote

Posted by: mark on January 8, 2018 @ 9:50 pm
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One: The Power Of The Vote

The most powerful voice we have in making change is the power of the vote. Vote in every election, no matter how local. The right to vote is under attack around the country, through voter suppression, voter ID laws, scarcity of polling places, and gerrymandering. The struggle for the vote intersects with almost every social movement and every population—the challenge to voting rights disproportionately affects minorities, poor people and young voters. It’s up to us to fight to keep the vote accessible and universal. These organizations are doing important work on behalf of our right to be heard. Support them if you can.

Thank you.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Brennan Center For Justice

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UPLIFT: Program Notes

Posted by: mark on @ 9:49 pm
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Twelve pieces for positive action in 2018
Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Mary Halvorson, Julian Lage, Bill Laswell, Ian Chang

All hands on deck. It’s imperative that all of us, together, work for positive change in this challenging moment. 2018 is a crucial year in the history of equality and democracy in our country and around the globe. It’s easy to be demoralized by the blizzard of news. UPLIFT began as a reminder — to myself — to stay positive, stay active, and stay engaged. I hope this message reaches others through this music. Each monthly release will be devoted to a major issue of concern for this world and its people: voting rights, racial equality, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, welcoming immigrants, wealth equality, diplomacy, science and education, humanities and culture, sensible gun laws, love of our environment and our culture, love for each other. Peace.

Thankfully, I’m not the only one engaged in this sort of outreach. Indeed, I hope that every artist, every individual, uses their work to shout out about positive change and activism during this year and beyond. This is my small contribution: to draw attention to the good people and organizations doing so much heavy lifting on these issues.

The players in this ensemble were chosen for their brilliance as improvisers, but also for their attention to community. Each of these musicians is devoted to playing a role in the music within the music, to being part of a social structure in creating a whole music. I’m grateful to each of them for lending their ears and their profound intuition for music.

Add your voice. Engage in your local community and in local sources of information and news. I will be making personal contributions to all of the organizations mentioned each month. I hope you will, too. Call your representatives. Run for office. Speak up. All hands on deck.

Dave Douglas

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Subscriber Series 2018: UPLIFT

Posted by: mark on @ 9:49 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Subscriber Downloads, Subscriber News, 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 work in each area.”

You can read Dave’s complete program notes 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 tracka 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 or on our website.

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

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