Friday 15 March 2024

Posted by Gerry Hectic | File under : , , ,

Listen up everyone, the Elder Ones are here to release 'New Monuments' in jazz with their leader, Amirtha Kidambi.

So we were just musing on all things NYC jazzy (see Nick Mark's new single HERE) and along comes this post Coltranes/Kahil El Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble higher consciousness in the form of Indo-Hindustani free improvation avant-garde jazz.

A mere week after the Jonah Parzen-Johnson, singularly brilliant 'You're Never Really Alone' (see review HERE) this is like a mass meeting of Sun Ra and the spiritual and natural leanings of electric zither/benju player of the month, Ustad Noor Bakhash (and you dont get to say that often!).

Amirtha ia a New York-based musiciane, educator and activist with her Elder Ones; being Matt Nelson (saxophone), Lester St. Louis (cellist), Eva Lawitts (bass) and one of the busiest drummers in jazz, Jason Nazary.  Kidambi's contribution extends beyone compositions and vocals as she also plays synths, electronics and harmonium.  It's like a kraut rock Norma Winstone vs. Henry Cow with the depth of the Joe Harriott double Quintet's Indo-Jazz Suite.

Picking up from the 2016 album, 'Holy Science' this new 4 track album is just as heavy, the opposite of R.D.Burman and but equally compelling.

They are going on a European Tour soon (see below) and are a 'must see' if you're anywhere near one of the venues. And you gotta get this album - lets get them to WOMAD.

Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones - EU dates

5/4 and 6/4 - Rewire, Den Haag, NL
10/4 - workshop, Den Haag, NL
11/4 - Bimhuis, Amsterdam, NL
13/4 - Jazzexzess, Berlin, DE
16/5 - Jazzclub Tonne, Dresden, DE 
17/5 - 20/5 - Moers Festival, DE
23/5 - Nona, Mechelen, BE
24/5 - KAAP, Bruges, BE
25/5 - Musik Kultur St. Johann in Tirol, AU
12/10 - Jazz Goes To Town, Hradec Kralove, CZ 

Artist: Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones
Title: New Monuments
Release date: 15th March, 2024
Label : We Jazz Records
Catalog Number : WJLP65
Format: LP / CD / Digital / Bandcamp 


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