Watch: Makaya McCraven Releases "Dream Another," From Upcoming Album, 'In These Times'

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Makaya McCraven has released “Dream Another,” the second track from his forthcoming album, In These Times, out September 23. The track, which McCraven wrote and recorded in his home studio in Chicago, features Brandee Younger on harp, Junius Paul on bass, Matt Gold on guitar/sitar, and De’Sean Jones on flute. An accompanying music visualizer, directed by Nik Arthur, features hand-drawn, digital, and photographic animations composed and laser-etched into stone in the style of a “zoopraxiscope,” a nineteenth-century animation device, predating the motion picture, that allowed images to move for the first time. You can watch it here.
 

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Chicago-based percussionist, composer, and producer Makaya McCraven has released “Dream Another,” the second track from his forthcoming album, In These Times, out September 23 via International Anthem / Nonesuch / XL Recordings. The track, which McCraven wrote and recorded in his home studio in Chicago, features Brandee Younger on harp, Junius Paul on bass, Matt Gold on guitar/sitar, and De’Sean Jones on flute. An accompanying music visualizer, directed by Nik Arthur, features hand-drawn, digital, and photographic animations composed and laser-etched into stone in the style of a “zoopraxiscope,” a nineteenth-century animation device, predating the motion picture, that allowed images to move for the first time. You can watch it here:

In These Times is a new collection of compositions from McCraven, who has been heralded by the New York Times, NPR, the Guardian, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and WBGO for his unique gift of collapsing space, destroying borders, and blending past, present, and future into progressive arrangements of post-genre, jazz-rooted contemporary instrumental music. Of “Seventh String,” the album’s debut single, Stereogum writes: “You can hear that polytemporal approach as McCraven trying to let opposing thoughts and ideas sit together in unison … Far from chaos, it becomes the sound of embracing complications and oppositions, and locating a harmony in the center of it all.”

McCraven is performing across Europe and North America this summer and fall. WBGO said of his recent appearance at Montreal Jazzfest that McCraven “showcased the many sides of his music, from hip-hop to the avant-garde. Whatever you call it, it’s music you can dance to, and definitely connects with the audience.” Two upcoming headlining shows—Central Park SummerStage in New York City on July 31 and the inaugural show at a new Chicago venue, The Salt Shed, on August 2—see McCraven, Sons of Kemet, and Nubya Garcia once again sharing a headline bill, on much larger stages. You can see McCraven’s North American tour schedule below.

MAKAYA MCCRAVEN ON TOUR

Jul 30 Newport Jazz Festival Newport, RI
Jul 31 Central Park SummerStage New York, NY
Aug 2 The Salt Shed Chicago, IL
Oct 15 Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Vancouver, BC
Oct 17 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
Oct 18 Lulu's Downstairs Manitou Springs, CO
Oct 19 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Oct 21 Revolution Hall Portland, OR
Oct 23 The Independent San Francisco, CA
Oct 25 Earshot Jazz at Nectar Lounge Seattle, WA
Oct 27 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 28 The Outpost Albuquerque, NM
Oct 29 Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ
Oct 30 Jazz Is Dead at The Lodge Room Los Angeles, CA
     
Feb 5 Schermerhorn Symphony Center Nashville, TN
     
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Makaya McCraven: "Dream Another"
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2022
    Watch: Makaya McCraven Releases "Dream Another," From Upcoming Album, 'In These Times'

    Chicago-based percussionist, composer, and producer Makaya McCraven has released “Dream Another,” the second track from his forthcoming album, In These Times, out September 23 via International Anthem / Nonesuch / XL Recordings. The track, which McCraven wrote and recorded in his home studio in Chicago, features Brandee Younger on harp, Junius Paul on bass, Matt Gold on guitar/sitar, and De’Sean Jones on flute. An accompanying music visualizer, directed by Nik Arthur, features hand-drawn, digital, and photographic animations composed and laser-etched into stone in the style of a “zoopraxiscope,” a nineteenth-century animation device, predating the motion picture, that allowed images to move for the first time. You can watch it here:

    In These Times is a new collection of compositions from McCraven, who has been heralded by the New York Times, NPR, the Guardian, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and WBGO for his unique gift of collapsing space, destroying borders, and blending past, present, and future into progressive arrangements of post-genre, jazz-rooted contemporary instrumental music. Of “Seventh String,” the album’s debut single, Stereogum writes: “You can hear that polytemporal approach as McCraven trying to let opposing thoughts and ideas sit together in unison … Far from chaos, it becomes the sound of embracing complications and oppositions, and locating a harmony in the center of it all.”

    McCraven is performing across Europe and North America this summer and fall. WBGO said of his recent appearance at Montreal Jazzfest that McCraven “showcased the many sides of his music, from hip-hop to the avant-garde. Whatever you call it, it’s music you can dance to, and definitely connects with the audience.” Two upcoming headlining shows—Central Park SummerStage in New York City on July 31 and the inaugural show at a new Chicago venue, The Salt Shed, on August 2—see McCraven, Sons of Kemet, and Nubya Garcia once again sharing a headline bill, on much larger stages. You can see McCraven’s North American tour schedule below.

    MAKAYA MCCRAVEN ON TOUR

    Jul 30 Newport Jazz Festival Newport, RI
    Jul 31 Central Park SummerStage New York, NY
    Aug 2 The Salt Shed Chicago, IL
    Oct 15 Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Vancouver, BC
    Oct 17 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
    Oct 18 Lulu's Downstairs Manitou Springs, CO
    Oct 19 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
    Oct 21 Revolution Hall Portland, OR
    Oct 23 The Independent San Francisco, CA
    Oct 25 Earshot Jazz at Nectar Lounge Seattle, WA
    Oct 27 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Santa Cruz, CA
    Oct 28 The Outpost Albuquerque, NM
    Oct 29 Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ
    Oct 30 Jazz Is Dead at The Lodge Room Los Angeles, CA
         
    Feb 5 Schermerhorn Symphony Center Nashville, TN
         
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