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Amirtha Kidambi Elder Ones: From Untruth

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Kuumbwa Jazz Center

320-2 Cedar Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Doors 7:30 / Music 8:00
$21 Adv / $25 Door

Indexical presents Amirtha Kidambi Elder Ones at Kuumbwa Jazz. The second release by Amirtha Kidambi's ensemble Elder Ones, From Untruth is comprised of four pieces grappling with issues of power, oppression, capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy, violence and the shifting nature of truth. This music means to give the listener momentary relief from the anxiety and pain caused by living in our current reality.

From Untruth builds upon the bedrock foundation of Kidambi's previous compositional and conceptual work with Elder Ones, while forging uncharted territory. After a journey into wordless abstraction on Holy Science (Northern Spy, November 2016), Kidambi felt the urgency of the political moment required a direct and verbal call to action.

The instrumentation adds a layer of technology as a metaphor for modernity, with Kidambi on analog synthesizer and Max Jaffe's drumming talents extended to electronic Sensory Percussion. The frenzied improvising of Matt Nelson on soprano sax and gravity of Nick Dunston on bass, anchor the music in the tradition of free jazz, while it pushes into new futurist realms. The aesthetic seamlessly reels from modal meditation, atonal expressionism, free improvisation and melodic invention, to unabashed bursts of punk rock energy.

This is Elder Ones at an unadulterated breaking point; on the edge of a knife that cuts.

“Sometimes the eye of a storm can draw upon the chaos around it, taking on its energy and consolidating it for use. Something like that is going on in Elder Ones, the quartet led by the vocalist and harmonium player Amirtha Kidambi. She creates drones on the harmonium — an old, air-powered keyboard — and coaxes her bandmates into ripping them apart. Then her voice funnels that energy out in a scorching beam. In its best moments, it’s like a mix of a Cuban sonero’s citrusy cry and a riot grrrl yowl.”

- New York Times, Giovanni Russonello

Indexical Presents Amirtha Kidambi Elder Ones at Kuumbwa Jazz Center is supported in part by the Hasan Endowment for Indian Classical Music at UC Santa Cruz.

Indexical's programming is supported in part by the Vincent J. Coates Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and over 60 individual donors from across the country.

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