William Parker. Bassist/multi-instrumentalist–composer–improvisor–bandleader nonpareil. May the day arrive when folks on a mass scale awake to the alter/all true destiny (includes you) as put forth by WP, and the many great sages who have come before. Featured here are William Parker’s premier works produced with/for both AUM Fidelity & his own Centering Records imprint.
AVA MENDOZA is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. Born in 1983, she started performing her own music, and as a sidewoman and collaborator in many different projects, as soon as she was legally allowed into venues. As a guitarist, Mendoza has received acclaim for her technique and viscerality. Her most ongoing work is as leader of art rock band Unnatural Ways, and as a solo performer of her own music and works by contemporary composers. In any context she is committed to bringing expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Mendoza has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded/performed with musicians including Carla Bozulich, Malcolm Mooney (CAN), Steve Shelley, Mike Watt, Adele Bertei, Mick Barr, William Hooker, Nels Cline, Matana Roberts, John Zorn, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Fred Frith, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Object Collection (Travis Just), ROVA, Negativland, the Violent Femmes, and members of Caroliner. She has received composition commissions from film distributor Kino Lorber, new music duo The Living Earth Show, the Jazz Coalition, and John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series at National Sawdust. Recordings are available on labels Tzadik, Astral Spirits, SGG, Pyroclastic, Clean Feed, Resipiscent, and New Atlantis.
Mayan Space Station by William Parker, AUM Fidelity, 2021 on #neuguitars #blog #AvaMendoza
William Parker: bass, compositions
Ava Mendoza: electric guitar
Gerald Cleaver: drums
Following on the monumental Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World box set earlier this year, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, griot, improviser & community leader William Parker released an astonishing Pair of brand new trio albums 6 months later which further expound on his profound and limitless vision: Mayan Space Station -&- Painters Winter: williamparker.bandcamp.com/album/painters-winter. One of the iconic and enduring music leaders to emerge in the world over the last half century, Parker continues to raise the bar higher. As ever, AUM Fidelity is deeply honored & incredibly stoked (!) to present this work to you.
Mayan Space Station is William’s first electric guitar trio album as a leader [ not forgetting the sublime fully improvised collaboration, Altitude: joemorris-aum.bandcamp.com/album/altitude ].
Here, the unparalleled rhythmic firmament created by William Parker & Gerald Cleaver is matched by Ava Mendoza in full flight. This is cosmic multi-hued blues, perfect for space and time travel. William Parker first worked with Ms. Mendoza on a project entitled Thunder and Flowers for his July 2019 residency at The Stone in NYC. Her prodigious & long-honed six-string skills have illuminated many projects and recordings as both leader and collaborator over the past decade and as is utterly clear here, she is committed to bringing expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Gerald Cleaver is an exceptionally gifted poet of drum sound who can play in the deepest of pockets and manifest all manner of sound to perfectly fit evolving contours within the most open of forms. Cleaver & Parker have worked closely on numerous projects, notably within the nonpareil full-improvising trio, Farmers By Nature, together with Craig Taborn : farmersbynature.bandcamp.com
William Parker is in vibrant grandmaster blossom here on double bass – in both pizzicato & bow-as-prism modes. Regarding the album title, Parker offers: “Mayan Space Station is a conduit for peace and inspiration. It is an oasis where sound and silence navigators stop for sustenance to replenish their imaginations. It is a fictional reality that is important to the myth structure of the Tone World chronicle. In a way, musicians, and definitely these particular musicians – Ava Mendoza and Gerald Cleaver – belong to the blood line of sonic travelers who, as Sun Ra described it, ‘travel the space ways.’ Re-inventing the process, allowing music to flow through their instruments.”
released July 23, 2021
All compositions by William Parker, © Centering Music (BMI)
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Jim Clouse
February 2020 at Park West Studios, Brooklyn
Produced by William Parker
AUM Fidelity production by Steven Joerg
Art & Design by William Mazza Studio