Western Front is pleased to present the first album by Mikrokosmos, the collaborative duo of Justin Hicks and Steffani Jemison.
Join us for an artist talk on Wednesday September 23, 3-4pm PDT
Presented online at Montez Press Radio
Another time, this time, one time is available as both a digital download and 12″ vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve with liner notes and an artist poster project.
Another Time, This Time, One Time 13:27
Formed in 2016 as the collaborative platform of composer Justin Hicks and artist Steffani Jemison, Mikrokosmos mines the history of Black music. This ongoing project has manifested in many forms: workshop, study session, concert, listening session, book, prompt, score. “Another time, this time, one time,” the first Mikrokosmos LP, uses Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson’s “We Almost Lost Detroit” (1977) as the raw material for R&B songwriting. Like a game in which new words are formed from existing letters, these live compositions and re-compositions take the form of musical studies, samples, and improvisations. Inspired by Scott-Heron’s own ambitious songbook, Jemison and Hicks reflect upon a wide range of subjects, including Scott-Heron’s biography, police violence in the United States, and the nuclear catastrophe that threatened the city of Detroit in 1966.
From the liner notes:
“Following [Bela] Bartók’s invocation of the ‘mikrokosmos’ as a ‘small world’ containing a myriad of cultural influences, Hicks and Jemison’s project also considers the macro within the micro, engaging folklore, tradition and lineage within the specific history and study of Black music.”
From the artists:
“Mikrokosmos, like all black music, is a form of speculation. It is “study without end” (Moten and Harney, 2015); blackness is its subject. Anti-languages and alternative literacies have persisted in the African American community since slavery, and Mikrokosmos embraces the spirit of these radical approaches to language and learning. With our collaborators, we derive new proposals for understanding and teaching pitch and rhythm from the black vernacular songbook.
Mikrokosmos is influenced by diverse music pedagogical programs and contexts, including the Orff Schulwerk, the Kodaly method, Béla Bartok’s Mikrokosmos piano learning exercises, and the musical learning methodologies of the black American church, among others. The current research uses the melodic and rhythmic conventions of songwriter Gil Scott-Heron as tools for articulating revolutionary melancholy.”
Justin Hicks – Vocals, Sundrum
Jonathan Hoard – Vocals
Steffani Jemison – Vocals, Glockenspiel
Allison Loggins-Hull – Flute
Alexis Marcelo – Vocals, Piano
Anaïs Maviel – Vocals
Kenita Miller-Hicks – Vocals
Tim Darden, Quincy Flowers, Ayesha Jordan, Kara Lynch, Alexis Marcelo, Okwui Okpokwasili, David Hamilton Thomson
Adam Gonsalves, Telegraph Mastering
Pablo de Ocampo
Another time, this time, one time is produced by the Western Front, Vancouver, Canada. This album is a continuation of the exhibition of the same name, presented at Western Front from September 22 through October 28, 2017. The work was developed in part during an artist residency hosted by the JACK Artist ‘n’ Residents Program at Atlantic Terminal Community Center, Brooklyn, New York. Additional development support was provided by Nottingham Contemporary. Versions of the work were performed at the Western Front, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and Nottingham Contemporary.