We are at what is clearly a line of demarcation in our society, where the only thing that can be said with much clarity is that things going forward will be very different than they have been in the past. While that future is uncertain, one of the things that we know is a fact is that our lives, more than at any other time in the past, will be more inter dependent on factors that are global in nature than ever before. Clearly this planet is in need of at least a prayer.
Enter the musical collective Global Noize and their second album, A Prayer for the Planet. Under the collaborative leadership of jazz/pop/r&b veteran, Jason Miles and world class turntabalist DJ Logic, the first Global Noize album was nothing short of a huge exclamation point that very clearly fuzed together the best of the musical styles that we call jazz, funk, rock and hip hop. This was done with an all-star cast of musicians who were contemporary stars of those styles, combined with an all-star cast of musicians from outside of the United States.
Keyboardist extraordinaire Jason Miles has worked with everyone from Miles Davis and Luther Vandross to Ivan Lins, and turntable guru DJ Logic has collaborated with such diverse artists as Phish, Vernon Reid, ?uestlove and Don Byron. The timeless innovators join forces with sensuous Indian vocalist Falu as GLOBAL NOIZE, and release their sophomore album, A Prayer for the Planet on August 23, 2011 via Lightyear/EMI. The album will release June 11, 2011 in Europe on Art of Groove Records/MIG.
A Prayer for the Planet is Global Noize’s declaration on the state of our world in the 21st century. Featuring appearances by Karl Denson, Mocean Worker, Jeff Coffin, Oz Noy, Jay Rodriguez, Mailka Zarra, Lica Cecata and more, Jason Miles, DJ Logic & Faliu have crafted a truly imaginative and compelling album without sacrificing the global groove, melody and innovation that made up the first Global Noize CD.
Bombay, singer Falu (aka Falguni Shah) is widely recognized for a rare ability to seamlessly blend a signature modern inventive rock style with a formidable Indian classically-shaped vocal talent.
In her early years she was trained rigorously in the Jaipur musical tradition, honing her talent for up to 16 hours a day at times. She has performed as a soloist with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and onstage at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the White House.
GLOBAL NOIZE, which DJ Logic describes as “a hip and eclectic musical journey crossing all boundaries,” is an organic, free-spirited sonic brew of some of the best elements of jazz, funk, electronica and world fusion – it is music without borders.
Many great world-class musicians and artists have performed with Global Noize: Fred Wesley, Eric Krasno, Billy Martin, Cyro Baptista, Jeff Coffin, Ian Neville, Bernie Worrell, Me’shell Ndgeocello, Oteil Burbridge, Karl Denson, John Popper, Adam Deitch, George Porter Jr., and Christian Scott to name a few.
The group has performed at a number of festivals from Aspen Jazz and Monterey Jazz Festival to Berks Jazz Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Global Noize performed an exemplary set at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival last week and will be at the Belleayre Music Festival on July 30 in Highmount, NY and The Falcon in Marlboro on July 31. More tour dates will be added along with a full tour in the late summer through the fall.
Global Noize makes it easy for artists and musicians from wherever they perform to participate in their performance. The group plans to perform in countries all over the world and have local and national artists perform with them as special guests.
Ringmasters Jason Miles and DJ Logic have evolved their collective of some of the best instrumental players and vocalists in the world into an aggregation that provides clarity in direction not only for the music but perhaps for our society as well.
You might be tempted to try and categorize the music of Global Noize on A Prayer for the Planet … take a listen, go ahead and try, because you can’t do it. It doesn’t fit into any of the categories that you already know about.