UPR!SE is a blog dedicated to The Shrine's Patron Saint and inspiration, Fela Anikulpo Kuti.

The blog focuses on music, fashion, art, design, politics and culture. It is a celebration of trailblazing souls who rise up without compromise.


Monday, August 9, 2010

SHANNON HARRIS - Audio Urbanology: The Art of Audio Truism CD Release

Wednesday August 25 - 10pm - 2am - No Cover

DJS Tone B Nimble & King Scratch (aka Joe Bryl)
Host Genevieve Honorico

The Shrine and UPR!SE is proud to present the official release of Shannon Harris' 'Audio Urbanology: The Art of Audio Truism' latest CD. Six years in the making, this album celebrates and transforms Harris’ African roots and Latin/Asian/Middle Eastern influences into an alluring aural narrative. Weaving sultry vocals and live instrumentation together, this critically acclaimed project also features colorful, esoteric artwork that is sure to take you on a symphony orchestrated, fantasy filled trip around the globe. Presenting six dialects from four different continents, Harris’ second album truly sets a new standard for the definition of ‘world’ in music.

'Audio Urbanology' draws upon the production styles of Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendes, Nitin Sawhney, Stevie Wonder, Hugh Masekela, Curtis Mayfield, Fela Kuti, Tinariwen, A R Rahman, and Sun Ra to name a few. “Destiny Arises” features exotic french poetry by Alia Ammar who appeared on Lil Louis’ multiplatinum dance single, “French Kiss”. The albums main Bassist/Guitarist Junius Paul, has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Donald Byrd, Fred Anderson, Chico DeBarge, Eric Roberson, and KRS-One to name a few. "Leroy B-Boy" debuts Afro-beat trumpets by Corey Wilkes whose performance credits are with Roy Hargrove, Ledisi, Soulive, Meshell Ndegeocello and is also featured on numerous tracks on Hidden Beach’s Unwrapped Vol 4. Vocalist Avery R. Young also appearing on “Leroy B-Boy” and “A Woman Feeds the World” has toured with Roy Ayers, Mos Def, Les Nubians, and Jill Scott. “Spirits of the Black Experience” and “Viva A Vida Como Se Nao Hauvesse Amanha” features piano and organ by Justin Dillard, who has jammed with jazz legends like McCoy Tyner, Branford Marsalis, Ornette Coleman, and Herbie Hancock. Reflecting a World Wide Web of artistry with over 28 musicians and 2 visual illustrators, Shannon Harris' 'Audio Urbanology' seeks to introduce to the universe; organic grooves with a meaningful edge. Available on CD, limited MP3, limited edition vinyl singles and 24 bit FLAC files.

UPR!SE: Revolutionary Sounds From Fela to the Funk is a weekly Wednesday residency at The Shrine featuring DJs Tone B Nimble and King Scratch (a.k.a. Joe Bryl) and hosted by Genevieve Honorico. UPR!SE showcases the various branches that connect the rich and ever-changing history of African rhythms to the American (both North and South) music scene, encompassing everything from jazz, soul, r&b, funk, Latin, Brazilian, rock and reggae. These musical styles and vibrations continue to resonate, evolve and mutate; drawing on one another to create an ongoing tapestry of rhythmic variation and pollination.

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