(Raleigh, NC) -- Since its inception in 2003, Abstract Logix has consistently positioned itself at the cutting edge of every element of music sales, production, and distribution. In addition to traditional record label functions, Abstract Logix has fostered a vital community of musicians and fans via its online portal, constantly taking advantage of the ever-expanding possibilities of the digital revolution. Yet they also understand that nothing can replace the exhilaration of master musicians performing in concert.
Thus, Abstract Logix is proud to announce its first-ever festival event, The New Universe Music Festival, to take place at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh North Carolina on November 20th and 21st, 2010.
A schedule and how to order tickets can be found here. Tickets for both nights are $90. Tickets for November 20th are $37 advance and $45 day of show. Tickets for November 21st are $57 advance and $65 day of show.
The lineup for the New Universe Music Festival is a music lovers' dream, boasting a roster of artists who handily defy genre categorization in favor if unbridled expression - all of whom seamlessly mingle compositional ingenuity and improvisational grace and fervor. Confirmed performers include:
John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension - Iconic fusion guitarist McLaughlin helped to define a movement with his revolutionary work with Miles Davis, Tony Williams Lifetime, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Shakti, and his ongoing solo explorations. McLaughlin's staggering technique is matched by a tireless urge to experiment and refine, expressing himself via complex metrical structures, rich harmonic backdrops, and a willingness to follow his muse to any lengths.
Jimmy Herring - Performing both with Lenny White and with his own ensemble, Jimmy Herring has won vast acclaim for his incisive, probing guitar work with outfits as varied as the Allman Brothers, the Aquarium Rescue Unit, the Dead, Phil Lesh and Friends, Widespread Panic, and Project Z. His debut solo album on Abstract Logix, Lifeboat, featured him in a range of situations and provided startling testament to his versatility and self-effacing brilliance.
The Lenny White Group (featuring Jimmy Herring) - Master drummer Lenny White emerged in an era when the lines between jazz and rock were not yet clearly drawn, inspiring him to further blur those distinction in a career that included an era-defining stint in Chick Corea's Return to Forever, sessions with Miles Davis (including Bitches Brew), Gil Evans, Joe Henderson, and many more. His own group, which includes guitarist Jimmy Herring (see below), brings rock muscle to the sensitivity and open-ended improvisational thrust of the best jazz. The Lenny White Group will also tour the US in August to support White's first solo record in 10 years: Anamoly (Abstract Logix).
Human Element - Featuring keyboardist Scott Kinsey, bassist Matt Garrison, percussionist Arto Tunçboyaciyan, and drummer Gary Novak, Human Element introduce international rhythmic and harmonic concepts into their fluid, jazz/rock framework. Each member is an accomplished musician and composer in his own right, resulting in a vibrant and ever-changing sound that is at once familiar and refreshingly original. New album coming January 2011.
Wayne Krantz - Fearless and ever-resourceful, guitarist Wayne Krantz thrives in high-wire improvisational scenarios ranging from complex chordal structures (he toured and recorded with Steely Dan, for instance) to pure, unbridled freedom. Krantz is that rare musician, capable of performing composed music with seemingly spontaneously abandon, or conversely lending his improvisations the logic and grace of fine composition.
Alex Machacek - A rising star of improvised music, guitarist and composer Alex Machacek has quickly won the endorsement and support of such stalwarts as Terry Bozzio and Jeff Sipe. With the support of Abstract Logix, Machacek has gradually progressed from a well-kept secret - a musician's musician - to drawing audiences from across a wide spectrum of genres to his rich, unpredictable music. His most recent release, 24 Tales, is a brilliant, intricately-composed suite built around an improvised drum solo by Marco Minneman.
Ranjit Barot - India's premiere drummer on the drum kit...and if you live outside of India chances are you probably wouldn't know that. But with the release of Floating Point , John McLaughlin's studio CD on Abstract Logix, it has changed. Ranjit infuses his western influenced chops with his Indian soul. He creates rhythms that are intricate and unpredictable; yet they groove ferociously and swing effortlessly. He makes odd-time signatures seem as natural as breathing. Ranjit plays with limitless energy, endless imagination, and total abandon. McLaughlin calls him "One of the leading edges of drumming." Barot's debut album Bada Boom (Abstract Logix) featuring John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain will be released November 2010.