Austin Peralta live at Futura

To commemorate the late Austin Peralta, Alpha Pups’ Daddy Kev has uploaded a recording of the full concert from the Endless Planets release party. The concert took place on February 11, 2011 and features Austin Peralta on keys, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on viola, Sam Gendel on the saxophone, Ryan McGillicuddy on bass, Zach Harmon on drums, and Earnest Blount on electronics. Witness 72 minutes of fantastic live jazz with an introduction by Flying Lotus.

The Gaslamp Killer – Flange Face

The Gaslamp Killer - Flange Face

Cover Artwork

When I first heard about the forthcoming album from The Gaslamp Killer, I wasn’t sure what to expect or whether I was looking forward to it. As much as I loved his production work on A Sufi And A Killer, it was clear another album mostly sampling Turkish psych-rock records (and the likes) wouldn’t do. A look at the tracklist was all it took to change my mind: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Adrian Younge, Shigeto, Dimlite, Amir Yaghmai, Daedelus, Computer Jay(and others.) No doubt, there are some potent musicians involved in the making of the record!

01. Flange Face (with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
02. Flange Face (Low End Theory Edit)
03. Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun (with Dimlite)
As of today, you can get yourself a taste of the record as Brainfeeder released the single Flange Face containing two of the album tracks plus a Low End Theory edit of the title track. You can listen to all of the tracks on the Bleep website, where you can also buy the digital-only single.

Expect the full album Breakthrough to follow on September 17, 2012.

Mark de Clive-Lowe – The Why

As you might know already, Los Angeles based Mark de Clive-Lowe has signed with Tru Thoughts and will have an album out on November 15th. Before that he’s releasing a single featuring the vocals of Nia Andrews and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on strings, just listen below.

The single is completed with a remix from Zed Bias under his Maddslinky alias and Mark himself delivering a remix for the dancefloor (think Restless Soul.) To make the wait until October 3rd a bit shorter, you can download the original version two weeks prior to the release – in exchange for your email address.

Endless Planets Release Party

Hanging out in Los Angeles and not sure what to do tonight? Well, it’s kind of last minute, but we just felt like we should recommend you the Austin Peralta album release party.

You might have heard his new album Endless Planets, which only came out this week on Brainfeeder. In any case check out the videos below.

The full band includes Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (viola), Sam Gendel (alto sax), Ryan McGillicuddy (bass), Zach Harmon (drums & tabla), Earnest Blount aka Ian Simon (laptop) and Austin Peralta himself on the piano.

Check out the events page on Facebook for details!

November 24, 2012 As of today, the entire concert is available for free download!

Flying Lotus Maida Vale Session

Los Angeles’ very own Flying Lotus is joined by his cousin Ravi Coltrane, singer Andreya Triana, Thundercat on bass, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on violin andsome others for a recording session at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios.


Three tracks from that session are also available on Gilles Peterson‘s latest radio-show, available for 7 more days on the BBC iPlayer.

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble – Drips/Take Notice

Not so long ago, I posted a video of the rehearsals for the concert you can watch below. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson invited some friends to join him play a concert at Grand Performances in Los Angeles.

Among the musicians are the likes of Flying Lotus and Thundercat, the full line-up can be found here. You can download this and another track featuring Bilal for free.

The quality of the recording leaves some hope that Mochilla might release a DVD of the full concert at some point. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.

September 4, 2010 Greg Ponstingl notified me that Mochilla did not produce the video, but he did. So that’s it for the DVD I guess. Well, if Greg has further plans, I will let you know!

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble – MmmHmm

Only a low quality snippet from rehearsals by the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble, just nice enough to mention it here.

The track is MmmHmm by Flying Lotus, which actually didn’t make it into their performance at LA’ s Grand Performances two weeks ago.

For the full line-up, visit the YouTube page for this video.

Arthur Verocai – Na boca do sol

Here’s another excerpt from Mochilla’s Timeless box-set, taken from Arthur Verocai‘s live performance at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

For the fullscreen video, you need to visit the VTech website. There you can also download an MP3 of the song.

Arthur Verocai – Sylvia (live)

Brazilian composer and arranger Arthur Verocai plays an exclusive session for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic show, accompanied by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on violin, Justo Almario on flute and sax, Fabiano Do Nascimento on guitar and singer Diana Booker.

For a video of the full session, head over to the KCRW website, where you can also stream the music alone. And of course, I still recommend Mochilla’s Timeless DVD with a full concert by Arthur Verocai and a 30-piece orchestra!

The Miguel Atwood-Fergusons

I actually just wanted to mention this interview with Build an Ark’s Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, but then I came across this wonderful montage of him playing strings.

You might want to check out the other videos on The Qualities of Light, for instance this with Computer Jay.

Georgia Anne Muldrow remixes Suite for Ma Dukes

LA’s Georgia Anne Muldrow steps up to record a remix of Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s Suite for Ma Dukes.

Remixing Suite for Ma Dukes is a brave undertaking. Several producers and MCs at first accepted and then declined the job. In the end we think we got the right person. It is with great pleasure on the week of Mothers Day to release this remix. Done while mothering by none other than Georgia Anne Muldrow.

You have to visit the VTech website for the fullscreen version, there you can also download an MP3 of that remix.

Suite For Ma Dukes DVD

You might have heard about the upcoming DVDs from Mochilla, one of them featuring the legendary Suite for Ma Dukes concert arranged by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Following previous excerpts from both the concert and the rehearsals, VTech has posted this brand new video.

For some reason, you have to follow a different link for a fullscreen version of the video. Also make sure to grab yourself the MP3 of that song.

Happy Birthday, Flying Lotus

Last week, the mighty Flying Lotus celebrated his birthday. What better way to celebrate is there, but invite some friends in and play some music with them.

That’s what the the people at ArtDontSleep must have thought, so they invited Exile, Shafiq Husayn, Stephen Thundercat Bruner, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Computer Jay, Isaac Smith, Jim Lang, Alla Koi, Andres Renteria, Matthew David and The Gaslamp Killer to get together for a jam session.

Echo Park Jam Sessions © Grace Oh

Luckily, this Birthday Jam was recorded and properly mixed. You can listen to 33 minutes from that in the player above or download it to your iPod.

I also want to remember you of similar jam sessions, that I mentioned here before: the Love Supreme LA Jam with Mark de Clive-Lowe and the Skid Row AM Session.

Skid Row AM Sessions

An epic jam session with musicians Pharoahe Monch, Shafiq Husayn and Om’Mas Keith of SA-RA, Brook D’leau of J*Davey, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Thundercat, and more took place in Los Angeles this summer. You previously might have heard this older audio-snippet, today here’s a new video from ArtDontSleep.

I’m pretty sure you also want this for your iPod!

(via Put Me On It)

New bits from Mark de Clive-Lowe

Tunnelvision is the new album from Dutch trumpeter Rob van den Wouw produced by Mark de Clive-Lowe. It will be out officially on October 27th, but it looks it will only make it to stores in the Netherlands. However, Mark has put some previews from the album on his SoundCloud page, you can listen to them below.

Also new is this recording of a jam session that took place in Los Angeles only last week. The list of musicians involved reads like an all-star cast that includes Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra, Computer Jay and others.

Have a look at Mark’s blog for details and some photos from the session!