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  • 1Mood (Liberation Walk)04:02
  • 2Stolen Voice05:32
  • 3Airy Thoughts00:18
  • 4Illustrious Negro Dead04:07
  • 5The Window04:23
  • 6Witchez07:12
  • 7Speech and Silence05:24
  • 8Soursop02:16
  • 9Echo Stolen00:43
  • 10Silk Asteroids00:57
  • 11Singing Bones01:52
  • Total Runtime36:46

Info zu Nite Bjuti

Nite Bjuti (pronounced night beauty) is a US-based, Afro-Caribbean, woman-led improvised experimental trio of vocalist Candice Hoyes, GRAMMY-nominated sound chemist Val Jeanty and bassist Mimi Jones - who weave together multiple strands of storytelling using voice, bass, electro percussion, turntables, Haitian drums, dance and visual projections. The trio was formed in 2018 after Hoyes performed an Afrofuturism concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center where she is a lecturer, inviting Jeanty to play and collaborate. This performance revealed a powerful chemistry that led to extended studio improvisations and an invitation to Mimi Jones - a fellow Berklee professor with Jeanty.

Intentionally, the trio choose improvisation and all 11 tracks on this album are entirely improvised. “The sound is completely authentic and we’re actually making it on the spot,” explains Jeanty. The tracks were recorded after discussions and reflections between the musicians, nurturing a supportive and deeply creative environment for music making. “As we support each other, we're supporting our listeners - popping into their vibe,” explains Jones. “It's an invitation to listen,” continues Hoyes, “it's an invitation to connect. Pure improvisation is so reliant on connections that I don't think there's anyone who will miss the connection between the three of us.”

“We're also inviting the listener to tap into their own mind,” says Jones, “maybe you're going through something that has a similar vibration. Even if it's not the same story, you can relate to that and be empathetic and know how that feels because our feelings and emotions are universal.” Hoyes continues, “when you're in this sustained creativity and sustained liberatory improvisation, it does foster people to ask more of their own creativity. We give ourselves completely over to the experience. When we when we finish our set, all three of us are completely full to the brim.”

“We’re also bringing the Black woman perspective, but from three different perspectives,” adds Jeanty, “we’re very bold. I’m always getting encouragement from Candice and Mimi. They’re not afraid. I love that vibe, just very fearless and pushing the boundaries. I think that’s what’s special about Nite Bjuti.”

The results from this purely improvisatory approach, along with the musicians’ individual skills and contemplative methodology is an inimitable soundworld realised in a record rooted by Jones’ and Jeanty’s basslines and rhythms, with Hoyes’ cerebral vocal lines skilfully cutting through.

The album opens with ‘Mood (Liberation Walk)’, a lyrical meditation on the first days of Black womanly divine which builds subtly in intensity with Jeanty’s sequences reassuringly underpinning the track’s consuming inertia. Singing Bones’ closes the album and derives from a folkloric Haitian tale where a young woman snuffed out by her family returns in spirit, reinhabiting her bones to reclaim her life’s memory. Every track and the space between is an improvisation on the spot. Every track on the album is a singing bone.

“We are moving into a more expansive exploration of who we are right now and we’re revealing many aspects of history that have been displaced or subjugated. We are making sure there's a future for these stories, ensuring there's a future for these histories and legacies through our individual talent and our collective voice,” explains Hoyes.

Nite Bjuti is a captivating jazz record, honouring the traditions of musical improvisation and which is deeply respectful to the subjects and narratives it takes inspiration from – an important new entry to the jazz canon.

Candice Hoyes, vocals, pedals
Val Jeanty, percussion, drums, electronics, pedals
Mimi Jones, bass, vocals, pedals

Recorded September 19 -21, 2021 at The Bridge Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Sound Engineer: Amon Drum
Mixed & Mastered by Tyler McDiarmid
Produced by Candice Hoyes, Val Jeanty, Mimi Jones
Executive Producer Michael Janisch

Nite Bjuti
is Candice Hoyes, Val Jeanty and Mimi Jones, an evocative improvised trio of Afro Caribbean artists using electronics, vocalism, bass, Haitian drum rhythms, sampling and spoken word to cultivate their narrative journey. They are UMEZ Arts Engagement Grant recipients for their 2022 mixed media installation commissioned by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and 2020 recipients of the NYC Women's Fund in Jazz Music to fully fund their forthcoming debut album.

As inspiration, Nite Bjuti draws from a centuries old Haitian folklore called "Night Beauty,” about a girl whose bones begin to sing in her afterlife, her spirit seeking justice. Nite Bjuti has recently played Nublu Jazz Fest, NYC Winter JazzFest, WBGO live broadcast performance, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Internationally, they envision their music from concerts at electronic and jazz music venues, museums, cinema and dance and visual art installations.

Nite Bjuti plays to rediscover the buried Diasporic beauty in the world, transcendent across generations. Intentionally, they improvise to build layers of intimate community both inside the band and with its audiences. Nite Bjuti debuted at Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of celebrating 2018 International Women’s Day.

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