Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Also includes 15-page clickable digital booklet with notes from the band members, information on the Haitian rhythms used, selected discography, bibliography and videography, photos and credits. Total artist share of profits will be donated to Partners in Health Haiti/Zanmi Lasante.
The break (kase in Haitian Creole) in the Port-Au-Prince style of Vodou drumming is a musical device in which the lead drummer initiates an abrupt shift in the music emphasizing a polyrhythmic relation to the established time feel. In the kase, the lead drummer improvises dazzling and powerful variations to disorienting effect.
In the context of a Vodou ceremony the break enables the lwa to push aside the participant’s consciousness in order to gain possession of the body, allowing others present to benefit from contact with the lwa in corporeal form.
The break has an analogue in tension-generating polyrhythmic techniques of jazz and “creative” music originating in the USA. Indeed, it seems a plausible origin of polyrhythmic, multi-directional and conversational interactions of the innovative musicians of the 1960s, although with a concentrated spiritual intent.
You can’t say ahead of time when the kase—the break—is coming, what it’s going to sound like, how long it will last. But it should be exactly what’s needed at that moment. So it goes, ideally, with any improvisation. Thus, the break is where these four distinct musical personalities intersect.
released February 3, 2017
Daniel Brevil--Rada and Petwo tanbou, lead and chorus vocals
Markus Schwartz--Rada and Petwo tanbou, lead and chorus vocals
Ches Smith--drums, kata, chorus vocals
recorded and mixed by Ron Saint Germain:
tracked at Sear Sound, NYC; mixed at Saint's Place, Kinnelon, NJ
Mastered by Joe Gastwirt
Cover design by Mylinh Trieu Nguyen
Photos by Wes Orshoski
This album was made possible by support from The Shifting Foundation.