400: An Afrikan Epic

Mark Lomax, II

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The stunning 12-album cycle traces the epic history of Black America, not only during the 400 years from the beginning of the Transatlantic slave trade but back through thousands of years of history on the African continent and into an optimistic future for the African diaspora. Telling the story in settings as fundamental as the drum, through the visceral improvisation of jazz interplay and the bracing architecture of modern classical composition, the music celebrates the resilience, brilliance, strength, genius, and creativity of a people who continue to endure while offering an inspired view of the future.

Expected release: January 23, 2019

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“The real struggle has been since Africans set foot on the continent, an affirmation of the value of one's self.”  - August Wilson 

The year 1619 marks the widely regarded beginning of the Transatlantic slave trade and the first time in world history where human beings were legally treated as common chattel. From then until 1865 the American legal system regarded imprisoned descendants of Africa as less than human and upon the legal end of federally sanctioned trafficking of human life, the humanity of Africans in America was much in question. 

Dr. Lomax ambitiously tells the story of Black America over the course of a 12-album cycle to be released in 2019. 400: An Afrikan Epic is divided into thirds and explores thousands of years of the history that is pre-colonial Afrika, the Ma’afa (the 400 years between 1619 and 2019), and Afro-futurism expressing a vision of what Blacks in America will heal toward in the next 400 years; a healthy, high functioning, and united block of the African diaspora. 

The project also includes a website that will allow the global community to connect with 400 artists and their various areas of creative expression. 

With 400: An Afrikan Epic, Lomax celebrates the resilience, brilliance, strength, genius, and creativity of a people who continue to endure while offering an inspired view of the future.

Dr. Lomax is grateful to have support from the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Johnstone Fund for New Music, the Kridler Family, and the Lomax Family.

Credits:

Musicians:
Baba Mehib- Afrikan Percussion
Baba Barago- Afrikan Percussion
Freddie Kelly- Afrikan Percussion
Mark Lomax, II- drums
Edwin Bayard - tenor & soprano saxophones
Dr. William Menefield- piano
Dean Hulett- bass
William Manley- violin
Erin Gilliland- violin
Norman Cardwell-Murri- viola
Mary Davis- cello
Cora Kuyvenhoven- cello
Pei-An Chao- cello
Wendy Morton- cello

Tammy L. Kernodle- liner notes
Marshall Shorts- artwork
Jon Fintel - engineer @relay recording
Phillip Reed
Storm 9000- mastering engineer

Release Date: 1/23/19
Format: Download/Stream
Catalog #: CFG2019112
Suggested List: Black Art Musik
File under: Afro-Chamber Musik