Artist: MK Groove Orchestra

Album: Creative/Destruction

Release Date: 2013-12-03

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about the album

Originally only supposed to be a working title, Bad Brains is a reduction of a multi part big band composition for the MK Groove Orchestra, that was re-worked on the road with the trio version of the band MK3 and then refracted through my compositional language into a stand alone composition as an homage to the dub stylings of Lee Scratch Perry and King Tubby etc. If you listen closely, the melody mirror's Perry's Black Board Jungle. Mixing engineer Abe Seiferth (he's recorded and mixed a lot of people, Yeasayer, etc. Space Bar Studios lovingly helped me achieve the reverb/delay drenched style the track needed. The big band arrangement calls the style dub core as I wanted a slightly more aggressive feel. At the time I was listening to a lot of Bad Brains and NYC No Wave circa 1980's like the Contortions and the Brian Eno No Wave Comp No New York, which inspired in part another composition which made it into the MKGO repertoire.

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