2017MANAS August Residency at The Mothlight!
MANAS August Residency w/ DUNUMS, Ancestral Duo
August9pm - $5 Suggested
Their second LP on Feeding Tube Records is out September 8th.
Based in NC, shifting players and contributors to us have recorded, performed, and created in direct response to events commonly known as "summer in Gaza" or "revolution in Syria." We envision our work and creativity as inextricable from our rooted histories in Palestine as well as our assimilations into the american south.
Jamal R. Moore is a multi-instrumentalist, composer/performer and educator, and is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.
His educational background includes California Institute of The Arts (M.F.A. in African American Improvisation, 2012), Berklee College of Music (B.M 2005), Eubie Blake Jazz Orchestra (2000) under the direction of Christopher Calloway Brooks, and historically acclaimed Frederick Douglass Sr. High where he is an alum alongside Thurgood Marshall, Cab Calloway, and Ethel Ennis.
Jamal has worked with notable musicians such as Wadada Leo Smith (2013 Pulitzer finalist), Nicole Mitchell, Sabir Mateen, Roscoe Mitchell, David Ornette Cherry (Organic Roots Nation), Dr. Bill Cole, DJ Lou Gorbea, and the late George Duke and Sheila E.
He is a long-term member of KREation and Conference of The Birds ensembles directed by Kevin Robinson. He was also a member of The Pan African Peoples Arkestra, founded by pianist Horace Tapscott, the Calvin Gant ensemble directed by Calvin Gant and Nicole Mitchell; and Joyful Noise Band under the direction of Luke Stewart. Jamal currently leads his own groups, Akebulan Arkestra, Napata Ensemble, lack lements Quartet, and Organix Trio.
“As musicians we are healers of humanity and have a responsibility to cleanse dis-ease through positive tones, frequencies and vibrations. Music is the nucleus and universal language of the oversoul, mind, body and spirit."
—Jamal R. Moore
Multi-Instrumentalist Luke Stewart is a seminal figure in DC’s music community and a key organizer of important musical presentations. His regular ensembles include Trio OOO with drummer Sam Lohman, and legendary DC Free Jazz saxophonist Aaron Martin. He is also a member of experimental electronic group MOM^2 (Mind Over Matter, Music Over Mind), with whom he was invited to perform and lecture at the University of South Carolina, as well as being invited to perform at the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music. He also is a solo performer, having presented original material and improvisations throughout the East Coast.
Luke is a founder of Union Arts DC, a collective space for artists in Washington, DC, and regularly presents challenging performances of Jazz and Avant Garde music through CapitalBop, an organization devoted to presenting and promoting jazz in DC, and his own “Creative Music in DC” series. He was called a “Jazz Revolutionary” when profiled in the “People Issue” of the Washington City Paper in 2014.
Luke has performed with the legendary saxophonists Marshall Allen and Danny Ray Thompson, both seminal members of Sun Ra’s Arkestra. He also performed with notable creative jazz musicians Ernest Dawkins, Lewis Barnes, Joseph Bowie, and Adam Rudolph. Other notable collaborations include performances and/or recordings with William Hooker, Khan Jamal, John Sinclair, Abiodun Oyewale of the Last Poets, Jean-Paul Bourellly, Guggenhiem Fellow Thomas Sayers Ellis, William Parker, Daniel Carter, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jason Kao Hwang, Lafayette Gilchrist, Brian Settles, Kier Neuringer, James Brandon Lewis, Max Johnson, Anthony Pirog, Jon Irabagon, David Ornette Cherry, Ras Moshe, Tom Zlabinger, Ed Ricart, Elliott Levin, Susan Alcorn, Chuck Bettis, Janel Leppin, Federico Ughi, Bill Cole, and Moor Mother Goddess.