A project uniting musicians from Africa and the Western world, Africa Express recently pulled together some big names for its next project.
Toasting its 50th anniversary, the ad hoc collective will release 'Africa Express Presents… Terry Riley’s In C Mali' on January 26th via Transgressive.
Africa Express performed 'In C' at London's Turbine Hall earlier this year, with a full feature film set to launch on November 27th.
Terry Riley was clearly over-joyed when told of the project: "I am overwhelmed and delighted by this CD. I was not quite prepared for such an incredible journey, hearing the soul of Africa in joyous flight over those 53 patterns of ‘In C’. This ensemble feeds the piece with ancient threads of musical wisdom and humanity indicating to me that this work is a vessel ready to receive and be shaped by the spontaneous feelings and colours of the magician/musician. I could not ask for a greater gift for this daughter’s 50th birthday."
Check out a snippet of 'Africa Express Presents… Terry Riley’s In C Mali' below.