Antonio Lizana

San Fernando, SPAIN
Antonio Lizana, in San Fernando, province of Cádiz, one of the cradles of ...flamenco singing. After finishing his jazz degree, he released his first album as a leader, “De Viento” (2012) and there begins a career that has already led him to play at jazz and flamenco festivals around the world; United States, China, Germany, Holland, Italy, Austria, Morocco, Mali, India, Cuba, Costa Rica, Peru…. Always with his compositions, his saxophone and his voice, and transmitting his emotions through the lyrics. Meanwhile, two more albums are released, “Quimeras Del Mar” (2015) and “Oriente” 2017, all of them released with Sony Music Spain. Lizana has collaborated with artists such as Arturo O'Farrill (recording that was awarded with Latin Grammy), Chano Domínguez, Alejandro Sanz, India Martínez, Marcus Miller, Jorge Pardo, Shai Maestro, Chambao, José Mercé, Snurky Puppy and a many others. Currently, his band is a reference in this music that rides between flamenco, jazz and world music. Antonio will present a record in the month of April 2020, after touring through 16 countries, 4 continents doing 87 concerts in 2019. Read More
Listen: Antonio Lizana - Vengo Perdío

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Atlas Maior

Austin, TX
Atlas Maior creates original music that combines elements of Progressive Ja...zz, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and Indian music traditions. Band members Joshua Thomson (alto saxophone, flutes), Josh Peters (oud, lavta), Create a unique sound that balances intimate moments of sincerity with powerful melodies and incendiary rhythmic passages. Bolstered by a top-notch rhythm section, Atlas Maior writes original melodies exploring maqamat (Middle Eastern modal system) and harmonic progressions found in American jazz. The group composes with a wide variety of rhythms and incorporates traditional instruments including the Indian tablas, Middle Eastern dumbek, & Peruvian cajón. As an ensemble, Atlas Maior has released 5 studio albums most recently RIPTIDE, voted a 2019 Top 100 Austin release by The Austin Chronicle. The group has garnered positive reviews and media placement from Public Radio International, New York Daily Music, Jazz Journal U.K., Medium, KUTX, All About Jazz, Tokyo Jazz Site, Song Lines, UTNE Reader, and more. Atlas Maior has toured internationally in France, Spain, and Turkey, and has received hometown recognition as 2019 Creative Ambassadors to the City of Austin. Read More
Listen: Atlas Maior - Cumbia Raposa

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Big Wy's Brass Band

Rollingwood, TX
Since forming at Austin’s Westlake High School in 2014, Big Wy’s Brass ...Band has become known in Austin’s music scene for their infectious grooves, spontaneous improvisation, and their unique brand of brass-hop. Described as the first “Brass Boyband”, their sound is a combination of live New Orleans brass and hard groove-based funk, with an organic and engaging live show. The band has played abroad at the Instituto Guatemalteco Americano (IGA) 2017 International Jazz Festival in Guatemala, as well as for the 2017 and 2019 CR Promising Artists Tour in Costa Rica hosted by Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano (CCCN). The band has also played notable Austin festivals and events such as Waterloo Music Festival, Austin Swamp Thing Festival, The Circuit of the Americas Grand Prix, TedxYouth@Austin, and beloved venues such as Empire Control Room and Garage, Stubb’s, Cheer Up Charlie’s and more. The band looks forward to grooving and jamming with you this SXSW! Read More

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Blood

Austin, TX
Blood is a band based in Austin, Texas whose beginnings can be traced to le...ad singer Tim O'Brien's Hyde Park bedroom. After years of performing poetry and singing in experimental projects, Tim took to the bedroom with the sole intention of making a tape for his best friend. Following several lineup changes throughout 2017 and the bulk of 2018, the current core consists of craigslist finds Caleb Parker(Keyboardist) and Tyler Wolff(Drummer), brothers Julian and Benjamin McCamman-McGinnis(Guitars), Austin music mainstay Nino Soberon (Bass), and Connecticuter Zachary Mallet (Trumpet). Beginning in late 2018, the current iteration of Blood has become a constant in the bijou punk scene of the southern music capital. The seven-piece has spent the bulk of the last year touring and recording their forthcoming debut EP while riding the coattails of their 2019 single Intro/Primitive Priest. Considered a must see live act by Austin music goers, Blood consistently shirks genre while at all times operating in a state of unshakable urgency. The band considers themselves to be one of many telling the drawn out, ultimately lonely, sad story of pop music in an ending world. Read More
Listen: Blood - Primitive Priest

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Bluestaeb

Berlin, GERMANY
Bluestaeb is one of the key figures of a new generation of European hip-hop... beatmakers, who have emancipated from genre thinking and instead merge old school aesthetics with a new school attitude and organic instrumentation. The Berlin-born and Paris-based producer releases his solo works via Jakarta Records. In fall 2019 he released his collaborative album “She” with UK soul singer Harleighblu. The album documents the multinational duo’s search for new ways to express their common love for uncompromized hip-hop and R&B. The “effortless jazz-infused yet hard-hitting tracks often with a political message” (Kaltblut Magazine) received love from both critics and fans. Additionally, his project “Bluestaeb & S. Fidelity Present Underground Canopy” will be released in January 2020 via Paris- and Tokyo-based label MENACE. The mini-album of Paris-based jazz and hip-hop band Underground Canopy, which he recorded, produced and mixed together with long-term friend and collaborator S. Fidelity, is a vivid showcase of the two producers’ musicality. Read More

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The Colours That Rise

London, UK-ENGLAND
Comprised of producer duo Simeon Jones and Nathanael Williams, The Colours ...That Rise have previously turned heads with 2017’s “2020” EP released on Breaker Breaker (the label credited with breaking Ross From Friends). Broadcasting signals from the darkest corners of the solar system, they generate lo-fi funk with an electronic city pace, brought to you in both lo and high fidelity. Both hailing from the UK, The Colours That Rise found their sound in South London. Although The Colours That Rise wouldn’t classify themselves as jazz or any other genre, they borrow and reverberate these sounds and beats from around the capital, and the world whilst being predominately focused on telling a story. With their debut ‘information album’ due out in 2020 on Rhythm Section, their first single “Home Time” is heady brew of crisp, driving drums, psychedelic electronics and cruising synth lines. Full of atmospheric textures and cosmic soundscapes the track provides a taster of what’s to come in earth’s not too distant dystopian future. Expect 70’s funk, hip-hop and lo-fi electronic jams through a disjointed world of broken tape machines and conspiracy theories. Read More
Listen: The Colours That Rise - Home Time

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Feralcat

Pittsburgh, PA
Feralcat is an artist, saxophonist, composer, alias and conceptual departur...e from what you think about when you hear the saxophone. Created as the debut project by Pittsburgh-based saxophonist Roger Rafael Romero, the music is equal parts prog rock, jazz fusion and art rock. Feralcat uses sweeping lyrical melodies over heavy guitar-driven rhythms to create a sound that you can both hear and feel deeply. These songs are meant to break barriers and melt faces, with improvised saxophone music that you can bump and mosh to! Read More
Listen: Feralcat - Jaguar

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Free Radicals

Houston, TX
Now on its 22nd year, Free Radicals is equally comfortable performing in cl...ubs, street protests, punk rock house-parties, art openings, weddings, funerals, and breakdance competitions. The horn-driven instrumental dance band with a commitment to peace and justice, is the 13 time winner for “Best Jazz” in the Houston Press Music Awards. In 1998, Free Radicals’ first CD “The Rising Tide Sinks All” warned against the next Iraq war four years before it started. A decade later, Pakistan’s leading English newspaper, Dawn, called the CD “a premonition waiting to become true.” In 2012, Free Radicals' fourth CD “The Freedom Fence” warned against border walls four years before Trump made them a cornerstone of his campaign for president. In 2017, the Free Radicals' Outside the Comfort Zone warned against anti-immigrant b.s. and American apartheid as Trump took power. Now, Free Radicals White Power Outage will present 23 poets, rappers, singers, and spoken word artists in several languages slamming, critiquing, denouncing, and mocking white supremacy in a way that only Free Radicals could do it. Read More
Listen: Free Radicals - White Power Outage Collage

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Graham Reynolds

Austin, TX
Called “the quintessential modern composer” by the London Independent, ...Austin-based composer-bandleader-improvisor Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs, and concert halls, with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to DJ Spooky and Deborah Hay. He recently scored Linklater’s "Where’d You Go, Bernadette" for Annapurna Pictures, "Happy Jail" for Netflix, the Rude Mechs’ "Stop Hitting Yourself" for Lincoln Center Theater, Ballet Austin’s "Grimm Tales," and a multi-year commission from Ballroom Marfa, "The Marfa Triptych." His Creative Capital Award winning bilingual opera, "Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance," as well as interdisciplinary collaboration “The Sound of Science” featuring Jeffrey Zeigler (Kronos Quartet), are currently touring internationally. As Artistic Director of the non-profit Golden Hornet, bandleader for the jazz-based but far-reaching Golden Arm Trio, and company member or resident composer with various organizations, his work spans a range of genres and disciplines. His latest studio effort, "MARFA: A Country & Western Big Band Suite" debuted #21 on the NACC Non-Comm in November 2019. Read More
Listen: Graham Reynolds - Ojinaga

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Henry Brun & The Latin Playerz

San Antonio, TX
Percussion dynamo Henry Brun has accumulated over 835 recordings, which inc...lude Grammy and Latin Grammy awards, Univision Premios a La Música Latina, and multi-platinum recordings. His body of work includes original compositions, radio and television commercials, motion pictures, featured on Televisa’s “Raza de Campeones”, Austin City Limits Live, Black Entertainment Channel, and on a documentary produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation, to name a few. In 1990, Henry created the Latin Playerz to express his passion and conviction of world rhythms. His music covers a cavalcade of Latin styles, ranging from the slow tempo of a Cuban cha-cha and the more upbeat mambo, to the conga and rumba, guanguancó, songo, charanga, son montuno, timba and merengue rhythms. The band integrates these with rhythm and blues, swing, and straight ahead Jazz. They’ve become a touring force, popular in the United States and around the world. Past performances include concerts and educational workshops in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Texas, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Chicago, Louisiana, Taiwan, South Korea, Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Jazz a Vienne in France, and many more. Read More
Listen: Henry Brun & The Latin Playerz - Lover Man

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McKinley Dixon

Richmond, VA
McKinley Dixon was born and raised in Maryland before later relocating to R...ichmond, Virginia, where he found a plethora of artists and friends who enabled his creative process to take formation. Assembling several bands, Dixon created a fusion of rap and jazz that Audiotree described as "looking through the eyes of people in his community to capture the true depth of diversity of the American black experience." During 2016, Dixon created and released his debut mixtape, Who Taught You To Hate Yourself?. The mixtape, which follows the chronicles of a young, black boy who witnesses a drive-by in his neighborhood, unfolds with "the grim realities of the sociopolitical atmosphere and class struggle around him" (RVA Mag) - including gang violence, police brutality and self hatred; various themes that are forced upon black bodies. Largely recorded in his bedroom, the mixtape also sees Dixon incorporate the talents of 20+ visual and musical artists. Released In 2018, follow-up mixtape The Importance of Self Belief was said to be "comparable to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ coming-of-age memoir The Beautiful Struggle" by NPR’s Rodney Carmichael, and was also placed on NPR’s "Slingshot: Artist To Watc Read More

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Molly with Charles

Berkeley, CA
Molly With Charles is an alt-R&B and pop-soul duo that emerged from Berkele...y, California, circa 2016. Through Molly with Charles, the band seeks to convey raw, introspective emotion with an emphasis towards acrobatic musicality and songwriting. The two members that comprise the band, Molly Arizona and Charles Nutrivore, met in their high school years and committed the summer after their graduation towards writing a handful of songs in the two weeks before singer Molly Arizona would frequent the East Coast for university. This myriad of songs would go on to become their first body of work, Q+M, including a feature from DMV-based singer Marco McKinnis. Released in January 2017, they steadily gained buzz on the strength of their lead single Playing with the Moon, which has currently merited over 750,000+ streams across all DSPs and with praise from publications like Indie Shuffle. After releasing a string of whimsical pastel-like selection of records beginning early 2017, the duo prepares for their most comprehensive body of work, Ownership. Read More

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S. Fidelity

Berlin, GERMANY
S. Fidelity evolved to one of the most intriguing hip-hop producers & DJs i...n the European beat scene, releasing with tastemaker label Jakarta Records ((Ta-Ku, Kaytranada, Mura Masa etc.) and having performed all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as in London, Paris, Johannesburg, Brussels and on festivals such as Melt Festival and splash! Festival. As his most recent project, S. Fidelity shares “Bluestaeb & S. Fidelity present Underground Canopy”, a mini-album of Paris-based jazz and hip-hop band Underground Canopy, which he recorded, produced and mixed together with long-term friend and collaborator Bluestaeb. The project will be released through Paris- and Tokyo-based label MENACE on January 31st, 2018, and is a vivid showcase of the producer’s musicality. S. Fidelity was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and now lives in Berlin, where he is working on his sophomore solo album following his critically acclaimed debut “A Safe Place to Be Naked”, which was released via Jakarta Records in 2017. Read More

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