PRESS SHEET (Bio + Press Quotes)
Karl Evangelista - guitar
Alexander Hawkins - piano
Louis Moholo-Moholo, Andrew Cyrille (US Dates) - drums
Trevor Watts, Francis Wong (US Dates) - saxophone
Apura! is a multi-generational improvised music project centered on exploring the themes of unbridled creativity and political resistance in an area of cultural peril.
Celebrating and advancing the spirit of intercultural collaboration pioneered by the likes of the Brotherhood of Breath (which featured project drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo), the London Jazz Composers Orchestra, and Trevor Watts's Moire Music, this group isn't just a meeting of top-shelf improvisers--it is also an unheralded intersection of South African, English, American, and Filipino cultures in an era when each country is dealing with unprecedented political instability.
Guitarist and producer Evangelista named the project "Apura!" after a Tagalog turn-of-phrase that translates, roughly, to "very urgent." Very Urgent (1968) was the title of Louis's first appearance on record, in the cohort of fellow South African jazz innovators (and anti-Apartheid artists) Chris McGregor, Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, and Johnny Dyani. The music that Apura! makes some 50 years later seeks to tap into that record's primoridal energy, insisting that the struggle for equality, justice, and musical freedom remains unfinished.
"Apura! is another modern classic, sure to sit alongside the many records that inspired it, and hopefully the future albums it spawns." - Free Jazz Blog (Lee Rice Epstein)
"All four musicians are master improvisers and since each one has so much creative spirit & ideas to draw from, everyone finds ways to weave so many fascinating streams of interaction and solos... Improv disc of the year?!? No doubt!" - Downtown Music Gallery (Bruce Gallanter)
"An overarching theme of freedom emerges from Apura! - freedom that is joyous but does not come easily... the quartet plays with a lot of variables - old and new, tight and loose, tension and release - to form a compelling and enjoyable set. Strong recommendation." - Avant Music News (Mike Borella)