2019 debut album. Jazz.
‘Radical Invisibility’ is the stunning album from Daniel Carter, Stelios Mihas, Irma Nejando & Frederico Ughi. This is the debut album of a group dedicated to the invisible world. Some people operate invisibly by choice, some are invisible because of the nature of events in their life, some remain invisible and unknown against their will. In this group, even the bass players name, a word-play that means to go driving in Spanish, is invisible, yet she is a real person.
Legendary creative music master Daniel Carter came up with the title ‘Radical Invisibility’. He says about this project: “This group has signature attitude, and astonishing access to some of the enticingly key mysteries of musical creation mood, atmosphere, recognisable group-sound identity. A graceful, but quite radical, radical, but quite graceful, subtle synthesis of a wide range of musical styles/genres/traditions/sensibilities. Divinely infectious. In various sections of the music, the listener, may ask her/himself, “”I know Im somewhere notably specific and real, but how did I get here?."
"Ms. Gertrude" from Daniel Carter: "Gertrude Stein, who again is not exactly invisible, though she’s hardly a household name for most people. I think she might qualify as invisible because her writing is so radical and “obscure”, therefore, basically very unpopular, so it’s like she’s virtually invisible."
"Diaspora Guinéa" from Federico Ughi: "dedicated to my friend Simon. He drowned while trying to cross over from Africa to Europe in a handmade boat. He wanted to bring his music project Diaspora Guinéa to Spain."
"weNyamombe and Gomukomu weSimbi" from Stelios Mihas: "it was in Mozambique during the 1940s that Dr. Tracey met musicians Katini weNyamombe and Gomukomu weSimbi. They were composer-poets as he describes and their texts "are an excellent resource of the unique qualities of African poetry. Combining joy with melancholy, political comments and protest with everyday gossip. They express the dynamic liveliness of the people, while carrying a universal spiritual message.” The composer works at first on the text (which is a highly regarded social service as there are no newspapers or other publications besides the village square where opinions can be shared). Then the composer starts working on the music, first by memory, then with the help of the xylophone. After presenting the music to the orchestra (which is made up entirely of local musicians), they work on the underlying theme together to create variations that make up the basic structure of the "ndogo" (the symphonic work). Then the choreographer comes and invents movements to the music until the work is complete. According to the writer the whole work is so rich in melody, rhythm & color that it contradicts the western idea of the necessity of notation & the limits of musical memory."
"Mrs. Myth" from Daniel Carter: "a creative variation of, or wordplay on, Mrs. Smith, i.e., Bessie Smith, who’s not exactly invisible, though maybe relatively invisible for most people."
Listen to this album and you might be able to see the invisible world.
One of the legendary masters of creative music. Daniel Carter has recorded or performed with William Parker, Federico Ughi, DJ Logic, Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sonic Youth, Sam Rivers, Yoko Ono, Living Colour, Medesky Martin and Wood and Jaco Pastorius among others. He is a member of the cooperative free jazz groups TEST and Other Dimensions In Music.