Karl Evangelista’s Apura with Special Guest Andrew Cyrille (US Premiere). Video will remain live for 48 hrs after premiere
Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista presents Apura (Tagalog for Very Urgent), a thrilling new work meant to explore the relationship between jazz-based musical improvisation and social transformation in an era of worldwide political upheaval.
Apura uses original composition and daring improvised sounds to tie the revolutionary music of the past to the activist music of the present day, touching on American, South African, and Filipino musical traditions.
Combining the strengths of legendary drummer Andrew Cyrille (in for the great Louis Moholo-Moholo) and Asian American jazz icon Francis Wong with firebrand bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and experimental powerhouse Evangelista, Apura celebrates and advances the spirit of intercultural collaboration pioneered by the likes of the Brotherhood of Breath, Asian Improv aRts, and Milford Graves’s Dialogue of the Drums.
Artist: Karl Evangelista
Co-Producer: Francis Wong (Asian Improv aRts)
Funded in part by: Asian Improv aRts, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Zellerbach Family Foundation
Band Members and Instrumentation:
Karl Evangelista – guitar
Andrew Cyrille – drums
Lisa Mezzacappa* – bass
Francis Wong – saxophone
*Mezzacappa joins in place of Alexander Hawkins