Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes - Heritage of the Invisible II
Telepathic Afro-Caribbean improvisational trumpet-and-percussion duo Aquiles Navarro &Tcheser Holmes are longtime friends, collaborators, and tireless hustlers on the creative music scenes of New York City. Heritage of the Invisible II follows Navarro and Holmes’s rise to prominence as members of free jazz collective Irreversible Entanglements. In March 2020 in The Nation writer Marcus J. Moore said "Irreversible Entanglements’ fearless music takes to task the police, American politics, capitalism, and racism." The revolutionary ethos that drives Irreversible Entanglements is no less present in Navarro and Holmes’s duo work, though their duo finds them much more wholeheartedly and jubilantly embracing their Latin and Afro-Caribbean foundations.
After two years of growth and international touring with Irreversible Entanglements, Navarro and Holmes coalesced around the idea of composing new, expanded duo music; and in Fall 2019 they booked two after-hours sessions at Brooklyn’s S1 Studios. “Each tune has a compositional background to it, but improvisation and the telepathy between us remains the main catalyst,” notes Navarro. From this open map, the duo layered samples and electronic elements from Juno 106 and Moog Grandmother synths over their acoustic improvisations, overdubbed contributions from poets, vocalist and instrumentalist friends, and added field recordings of themselves in conversation. To sculpt the mass of sounds they commissioned adaadhiyatma (aka Madam Data, a Philadelphia- based composer/electronicist who they’d met through a joint collaboration with Moor Mother) for a final mix. The resulting album – Heritage of the Invisible II – reveals Navarro and Holmes stepping firmly into the limelight of progressive music-making.
1. Initial Meditation
4. A Night In NY
5. M.O.N.K (Most Only Never Knew)
8. $$$ /// Billete
10. Remix By Madam Data
Artist: Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes
Label: International Anthem
Format: Vinyl LP
Cat Number: IARC0035
Released: 30th October 2020