Jason Ajemían – Folklords
Delmark 5016 (2014)
Jason Ajemían’s music conjures a fever dream of multiple musical universes. The bassist-composer has acquired a high profile during his years in Chicago & New York, performing with Marc Ribot’s Sun Ship, Matt Bauder’s Day In Pictures, Matana Robert’s CoinCoin, Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra & Chicago Underground Trio. Folklords is the sound of an outstanding group of New York improvisors (Kid Bliss, Owen Stewart-Robertson & Jason Nazary) performing six conceptual, visual & sonic landscapes. Meditative Mingus ballads, imaginary conversations between Sun Ra & Thelonious Monk, poetic takes on pop culture, and an elegy for Malachi Rischter are transmitted via Ajemían’s unique notational methodology. Folklords defies genre with an adhesiveness that expands on the creative music tradition through a social/cultural lens of now.