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R.A.: BioDiscog

MORGAN CRAFT

 

is a musician and writer born in New Brighton, Minnesota. He is a veteran of New York's progressive music scene of the mid 1990s and early 2000s.

He founded Circle Of Light Recordings in 2001. He has played with Butch Morris, Talib Kweli, Pete Cosey, Ikue Mori, Meshell Ndegeocello, Anton Fig, Beans, Muzz Skillings, Greg Osby, Rhodri Davies, Johnny Kemp, Marc Ribot, Christian Marclay, Simon H. Fell, Nona Hendryx, Carl Hancock Rux, Daniel Carter, Vernon Reid, Greg Tate.

He has released thirteen solo albums as well as numerous essays and articles.

After a period of intensive Tuscan mountain forest recording sessions, having liquified his instrument the electric guitar, he is currently based in Amsterdam.

 

Discography:

"I Never Meta Guitar Four" / various (Clean Feed) 2017

"Circle of Light" / Morgan Craft (Circle of Light) 2016

"Black Project" / Morgan Craft (Circle of Light) 2016

"Power of Won" / Morgan Craft (Circle of Light) 2016

"The Living Mythology" / Morgan Craft (Circle of Light) 2015

"The Next Frontier" / Morgan Craft 2015

"R.A. Due: Metallum Gravis" / Morgan Craft & Mutamassik (TTT) 2014

"A Cycle of Seven" / Morgan Craft (Circle of Light) 2011

"Absence of Day and Night" / Morgan Craft (Circle of Light) 2010

"Morgenkraft" / Morgan Craft (Klanggold) 2010

"The Silver Bullet" / Morgan Craft (Clinical Archives) 2009

"Tilting Against A Paper Sky" / Morgan Craft (Dark Winter) 2009

"Swan" / Morgan Craft (Clinical Archives) 2008

"Hymen" / Morgan Craft (Trugroid) 2007

"Mysterium" / Morgan Craft, Daniel Carter & Eric Eigner (Eavesdrop) 2004

"Apothecary Rux" / Carl Hancock Rux (Giant Step) 2004

"Rough Americana" / Morgan Craft & Mutamassik (Circle Of Light) 2003

"The Rites" / Burnt Sugar with Butch Morris and Pete Cosey (AvantGroid) 2003

"Fubractive Since Antiquity Suite" / Burnt Sugar (Trugroid) 2003

"Black Sex Yall And Random Bloody Violets" / Burnt Sugar (Trugroid) 2003

"Quality" / Talib Kweli (MCA) 2002

"The Crepescularium" / Burnt Sugar (Trugroid) 2002

"Soul At The Hands Of The Machine" / Guillermo E. Brown (Thirsty Ear) 2002

"Adagio" / Morgan Craft (Circle Of Light) 2001

"The Sirens Return" / Burnt Sugar (Trugroid) 2001

"Blood On The Leaf" / Burnt Sugar (Trugroid) 2000

MUTAMASSIK

 

Giulia Loli is a musician, producer and artist.

Played cello & drums in punk/experimental/free jazz bands as a teenager in Pittsburgh.   

Cut her teeth in New York City & Cairo in hip hop & jungle dj crews, as turntablist & producer.

 Pioneered the previously unheard style - Baladi Breakbeat in 1995, that year founding Sa'aidi Hardcore Productions in Brooklyn and publishing/label KMT BBB USA.

Moved on to develop an intense, expansive, instrumental sui generis.

Recently emerging from one of the most remote mountain forests of Italy to the below sea levels of the Netherlands.

She runs her studio G.G.S.S/Rocca AlMileda, both fixed and mobile in Brooklyn, Cairo, Tuscany & Amsterdam.

Plosive Polyrhythmic Instinct Deep Cut with Ancient Future Inscriptions fashioned by Hand, Unfashionably.
Purposeful Anachronism for New dance. New spirituals.

Has worked as producer and musician both live and in studio with David Byrne's Luaka Bop, Arto Lindsay, Musicians of the Nile, Ikue Mori, Marc Ribot, Joan Osborne, Butch Morris, Greg Tate, Elliott Sharp, Bachir Attar (Master Musicians of Jajouka), Kaffe Matthews, Fathy Salama, George Lewis, Leroy Jenkins, Hamid Drake, etc.

 Discography:

"Symbols Follow" -Mutamassik (Discrepant) 2015

"R.A. Due: Metallum Gravis" -Mutamassik & Morgan Craft (TTT) 2014

"Rekkez"-Mutamassik (ini.itu) 2012

"That Which Death Cannot Destroy" -Mutamassik(Sa'aidi Hardcore/KMT BBB USA) 2010

"Radiolarians Box Set" -Medeski, Martin & Wood remixes(Indirecto) 2009

"The Commo EP"- Mutamassik(RunRiotRecords) 2009

"Sequel"- George Lewis(Intakt) 2006

"Masri Mokkassar: Definitive Works"- Mutamassik(Sound-ink) 2005

"Mawlid el Nur" & "Amel" remixes for Transjoik(NCB) 2004

"Black Sex Y'all and Random Bloody Violets"- Burnt Sugar(Avantgroid) 2003

"The Rites" w/ Butch Morris, Pete Cosey- Burnt Sugar (Avantgroid) 2003

"High Alert" EP- Mutamassik(Sound-ink) 2003

"Rough Americana"- Dj Mutamassik & Morgan Craft (Circle of Light) 2003

"War Booty" 12"- Mutamassik(Soot) 2002

"Bidoun(Stateless)"dj mix- Mutamassik(mispresents, U.A.E.) 2002

"Colapsus"- V/A(Sound-ink) 2001

"Maqsoum" & "Meshy el Hal" w/ Fathy Salama(Les Disques Serieux) 2001

"Instrumental"- Suphala(Suphala) 1999

"Cultural Alchemy"- V/A(Soundlab) 1999

"Product 3"-V/A(Trumystic) 1998

"KMT Babomb USA-promo"- Mutamassik(Womanly Hips/Mercury) 1998

"Melting Pot"- remix for King Chango(Luaka Bop) 1998

"Wax Poetic"- Wax Poetic(Atlantic) 1998

"Hyper Civilizado remixes"- V/A(gutbounce/Rykodisc) 1997

"Body Machine"- Transglobal Underground remixes(Nation/MCA) 1997

"Mundo Civilizado"- Arto Lindsay(Warner Bros.) 1996

 

Rough Americana 

Teaching and Guest Speaking Highlights:

University of California at Santa Cruz, Improvisation Workshop and Masterclass (Morgan Craft)

New York University at Abu Dhabi, Electronic Music Production Workshop and Guest Teaching (Mutamassik)

Dutch Art Institute at Arnhem (Morgan Craft & Mutamassik), Guest Speakers on TransColonialism and Art with Stevphen Shukaitis

Select Concert Highlights:

Serpentine Galleries, with Arthur Jafa curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist *London [U.K.], 9.2017

La Publika *San Sebastian [Spain], 10.2016

Noise from the Middle East 2 NYUAD *Abu Dhabi [U.A.E.], 11.2015

 Afrofuturism Now! worm *Rotterdam [Netherlands], 2015

Night of Surprise Stadtgarten *Cologne [Germany], 2015

Recyclart *Brussels [Belgium], 2013

Downtown Cairo Arts Festival 1st edition *Cairo [Egypt] , 2012

Strom Festival *Copenhagen [Denmark], 2011

Mazaj Experimental Middle Eastern Music-Cafe Oto *London [U.K.], 2010

Jazz em Agosto *Lisbon [Portugal], 2009

Clandestino Festival *Gothenburg [Sweden], 2008

DNK *Amsterdam [Netherlands], 2008

Area Sismica *Forli' [Italy], 2006

New Bled *Paris [France], 2005

SWR Jazz *Baden Baden [Germany], 2004

Queen Elizabeth Hall *London [U.K.], 2003 

Natjazz *Bergen [Norway], 2002

Bidoun mispresents 1st edition *Dubai [U.A.E.], 2001

Cairo Opera House *Cairo [Egypt], 2000

Transmusicales Festival *Rennes [France] 1999

Fujifilm Festival *Istanbul [Turkey], 1998

Brooklyn Anchorage *NYC [U.S.A.], 1996

Soundlab Haus of Ouch *NYC [U.S.A.], 1995

ROUGH AMERICANA

R.A. " is dedicated to a new, urgent, improvisational & functional music existing wholly in the 21st ct while embracing all that has come before (umpth to 1st generational). Craft's 'AfroAmerican'-Viking futurism and Mutamassik's Italicized-Egyptian roots draw bridges between MEMPHIS, USA and MEMPHIS, AFRICA........picking up frequencies from Unseen Forces.

Raw, visceral, blazing new trails in sound....stay open to receive messages.

"This is the new hard-core grit-prov that brings fire to electronic music" MUSIC TO INCITE/INSIGHT

CONCERTS & VENUES: Seperately & Together these two have gigged extensively around N.Y.C. and beyond, including: Brooklyn Academy of Music/ Knitting Factory/ Tonic/ Joe's Pub/ Brooklyn Anchorage/ Central Park Summerstage/ CBGB's/ Webster Hall/ Symphony Space/ Bottom Line/ Aaron Davis Hall/ Basement Bhangra/ Konkrete Jungle/ the Cooler/ Nell's/ Village Underground/ Lincoln Center/ Makor/ Bowery Ballroom/ The Tunnel/ SoundLab(Haus of Ouch, Dragon Park, Frying Pan, The Power Plant, etc)/Massmoca/ Richmond Museum of Art/...

INTERNATIONAL shows include: Serpentine Galleries-London/ Jazz Em Agosto Festival- Portugal / Queen Elizabeth Hall- London/ Jenaguru Festival- Harare, Zimbabwe/ Transmusicales Festival- Rennes, France/ DNK - Amsterdam / Clandestino Festival- Sweden / BellworkBelluard Art Festival- Friburg, Switzerland/ FujifilmWorld Music Festival- Istanbul, Turkey/ WOMEX- Stockholm, Sweden/ Natjazz Festival- Bergen,Norway/ Link- Bologna, Italy/ Virgin Megastore & Bidoun- Dubai, U.A.E./ Cafe de la danse(Belles Nuits du Ramadan), RadioNova & Divan du Monde- Paris, France/ Beursschouwburg- Brussels, Belgium/ Beit el Harrawi, Cairo Opera House, Cairo Jazz Club, Nile Sat. T.V, Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, 1st edition Cairo, Egypt. Rough Americana European tour w/ Marc Ribot's Mystery Trio/ Thessaloniki-Greece, Sardegna/ SWR- Baden Baden/ Cafe Oto, London/ Strom Festival-Copenhagen/ 1st edition Downtown Cairo Arts Festival- Egypt/ STEIM, OCCII Amsterdam/ Stadtgarten, Cologne/ NYUAD, Abu Dhabi...