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    Live Recording of the Premiere performance of "UNDERTONES" A NEW USA COMMISSION
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"UNDERTONES" A New Music USA Commission is musical work by composer Ashby Anderson acknowledging Richmond's African Burial Grounds.The hour long work premiered April 3, 2015 marking the 150 year end to the civil war and slavery.

This symbolic work uses music to relieve the negative energy that still permeates the environment in Richmond Virginia regarding slavery and the civil war. This work seeks to foster knowledge and inspire discussion so that insight may be fully gained by those seeking to understand the historic truths evident in the soil of Richmond Virginia. The composition is divided in to four sections entitled. LEWA: A Call For The Ancestors, Seventh Journey, I AM THAT I AM and NO PARKING. The work in concept is developed though Anderson's interpretation of African derived systems of communication through Architecture, mathematics, symbols and aesthetics.

Contained in this album as a bonus track is a rearrangement of "The Devil's Half Acre" - a tone poem about the atrocities that occurred at the Lumpkins Slave Jail- just mere feet from the African Burial Grounds. The 10 minute performance of the Devil's Half Acre Bonus Track presented here was captured live during the rehearsal at Anderson's warehouse studio which he named the Muse Creative Workspace. This version was a prequel to Anderson's hour long composition entitled " Undertones: Aural Memorial for the African Burial Grounds which premiered in 2015

The first version of The Devil's Half Acre Bonus Track was published in 2006 as a movement of the Historic Richmond Jazz Suite which was composed, orchestrated and conducted by pianist Ashby Anderson and commissioned by Meet The Composer and the Jazz Composers Alliance Inc. The second version was commissioned for Civil War and Emancipation Day on April 6, 2013. This version has a narrative by Sekou Shabaka that poetically outlines these atrocities at different points in the composition. In this version Anderson has recomposed his work for a live performance without piano or drum set but with a sonic palette of african percussion, three trombones two trumpets, tenor saxophone, upright bass ,griot and conductor. The work was performed live by the 12 member Afrikan Arkestra on what remains of this historical site in RVA.

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released September 2, 2015

Undertones: Aural Memorial For The African Burial Grounds 2015
Composition, Orchestrations and Conducting by Ashby Anderson
Narrative: SekouShabaka
Saxes:
Rick Rieger(alto)
Brandon Shaw (alto)
Atiba Taylor ( Tenor)
Keven Simpson ( Tenor)
Emory Freeman Jr ( Baritone)

Trumpets
Mark Ingraham
Nat Boyd
Keith Willingham
Drew Anderson

Trombones:
Pete Anderson
Ballard Midyette
Scott Flynn

Double Basses
Michael Hawkins
Pete Dennis

Drums:
Kelli Strawbridge

African Percussion
Leroy Craddock
Lashaunda Craddock
Abiona Spain
Kamen Shabazz
Marcquis Fobbs
Markell Fobbs



2013 Version
Sekou Shabaka: Narrative
African Percussion, Leroy Craddock,Larry Boone, Rolando Howard
Trombones: Ben Al-Mateen, Ballard Midyette, Charles Newton
Trumpets: Drew Anderson, Mary Lawrence
Tenor Saxophone: Kevin Simpson
Upright Bass: Michael Hawkins
Composer, Arranger and Conductor: Ashby Anderson
Album Art: By Terri Seay-Anderson

2006 Version
Upright Bass: Michael Hawkins
Drums: Kelli Strawbridge
Tenor Sax: Kevin Simpson
Trombone: Sam Savage
Trumpet: Mark Ingraham
Percussion: Kevin Davis
Piano: Ashby Anderson

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Ashby Anderson Washington, D.C.

Sonic textures weave through an old warehouse where an artist works to find expression through unseen vibrations. Performing with a collective of musicians through time and space -melding the creative process into digital files to bring you a unique experience of music over the internet from the Muse Creative Workspace. www.musecreativeworkspace.com ... more

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