Artist: MK Groove Orchestra

Album: Analog Spirit Quest Vol. 2

Release Date: 2016-10-07

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about the album

Analog Spirit Quest, Vol. 2 - The quest continues for Michael Kammers (MK Groove Orchestra) and Michael and Nick Rufolo (The Brothers Nylon) in this three track release, upping the ante for mid-fi production techniques, Teo Macero-esque Bitches Brew style tape edits of improvisations into song forms and all around sonic samadhi.

Produced on their trusty Tascam 388 1/4 inch tape machine/mixing deck, the album saw a transition of another sort with MK's studio building being evicted and Electric Windowland being moved from Crown Heights Brooklyn to DUMBO. Grateful to have landed in another great space this marks MK's second Ropeadope release produced in a now defunct space, fighting to make vital art on the fringes of a borough buffeted on all sides by market forces.

Vol. 2 is a departure from Vol 1 largely due to better production quality as the teams skills mature and they learn how to work together without leaving behind their mid-fi garage aesthetic, as well as the notable addition of vocals from Lisa Mcquade on Cloth of Gold. The team decided the results were musically so exciting, they enlisted the help of long time MK Groove Orchestra collaborator Abe Seiferth of Transmitter Park Studios to mix and master the track.

The Quest will continue and the collective hopes you will join them to your ears and souls delight. Support the mission at:

about the artist

Syracuse native Michael Kammers has been a creative force in the Brooklyn underground music scene since he moved to New York City in 2001 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. While earning his BFA, Kammers studied with George Garzone, Jane Ira Bloom, Kirk Nurock, Robert Sadin, Bobby Sanabria, and Reggie Workman. His experiences studying at the New School and performing regularly in New York have given him the opportunity to perform and engage with a wide variety of musics that inform his creative voice, including traditional and free jazz, Afro-Cuban, funk, rock, Afrobeat, R+B, Reggae and more.

Active as an educator as well as a bandleader, Kammers developed the MKGO Clinic in 2008. Designed to supplement the traditional jazz curriculum, the clinics introduce students to concepts pioneered by Steve Coleman, Ornette Coleman, Henry Threadgill, and Sun Ra. He teaches privately as well as in large groups.

On top of leading his own projects and teaching Kammers has managed to perform, record and arrange horns for a wide range of artists, recent highlights include performances, tours and/or albums with: Akron/Family (Love Is Sax 2009, Set Em' Wild, Set 'Em Free 2010), The Heavy Pets (Self Titled, 2010 arranger/saxophone.), Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, The Easy Star All Stars and Reverend Vince and his Love Choir

MK Groove Orchestra -

Founded by Michael in 2002 and comprised of some of New York City's finest musical talents, the MK Groove Orchestra catapults big band tradition into the 21st Century. Drawing on diverse influences, including Jimmy McGriff, Tito Puente, and Sun Ra, MK Groove Orchestra erupts with adventurous original compositions and energetic covers of tunes ranging from Kung Fu movie themes to classic funk, rock, and jazz.

MK Groove Orchestra features Kammers (tenor saxophone, compositions and direction), John Beaty (alto saxophone), Joe Beaty (trombone), Thomas Cummings (guitar), Tatum Greenblatt (trumpet), Tomoaki Kanno (drums), Jonathan Powell (trumpet), Dan Reitz (bass trombone), Abe Seiferth (guitar), Aaron Shafer-Haiss (percussion), Kevin Smith (bass guitar), and Christopher Tordini (bass guitar).

MK Groove Trio -

MK3 is the touring unit of the much larger 13 piece Space Funk Big Band, The MK Groove Orchestra. A mobile laboratory creating and exploring the DNA of the large ensemble, stretching original compositions to their limits, and exploring cover pieces influential to the groups canon, MK3 hits hard and takes no prisoners.

Tomoaki Kanno: Drums
Chris Kuklis: Guitar
Michael Kammers: Saxophone and Farfisa Organ