JAIMIE BRANCH’S FLY OR DIE

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Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die: Jaimie branch - trumpet, Lester St. Louis - cello, Jason Ajemian - bass, Chad Taylor - drums.

NEW ALBUM ‘FLY OR DIE II: bird dogs of paradise’ RELEASING OCTOBER 11TH, 2019 (INTERNATIONAL ANTHEM).

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ABOUT:

FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise is the much-anticipated follow-up to composer, trumpeter, and (now) singer jaimie branch's debut Fly or Die, which was dubbed one of the “Best Albums of 2017” by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NPR Music, WIRE, Stereogum, Aquarium Drunkard, and more. Written (mostly) while on her first European tour with Fly or Die in November 2018; and recorded (mostly) in studio at Total Refreshment Centre and live at Café OTO in London UK at the end of that tour, bird dogs of paradise is the result of a never-satisfied branch pushing her distinct style of progressive composition to new heights — while also stepping forward as a vocalist for the first time. “So much beauty lies in the abstract of instrumental music,” says branch in the album’s liner notes, “but being this ain’t a particularly beautiful time, I’ve chosen a more literal path. The voice is good for that.”

On the album’s epic opening opus “prayer for amerikkka pt.1 and 2” branch calls out “a bunch of wide-eyed racists” between searing trumpet ad libs atop a massive, down-tuned blues. On the album’s closing track “love song (for assholes & clowns)” she laughs in their faces - an unhinged, unflinching, mix of anger and humor paired with a classic shuffle beat. Between both ends is an instrumental chronicle that traverses a deep sea of dystopian Americana without trepidation. Her trumpet – sometimes soft and pleading and other times brash and seething – is always at the helm. Branch and company are on a quest for sonic saturation here and they conjure up moments of real reckoning - hopefulness, hopelessness, danger, and joy. A cinematic sojourn from our earth to imagined worlds above, bird dogs of paradise dares you to feel again, or as branch says, “now sound the trumpets and get ready to roll.”

TOUR DATES:

DEC 11, 2019: LOS ANGELES, CA / Gold Diggers (FLY or DIE II Release Show)
DEC 16, 2019: NEW YORK, NY / Pioneer Works (FLY or DIE II Release Show)
DEC 20, 2019: CHICAGO, IL / Empty Bottle (FLY or DIE II Release Show)
JAN 09-18, 2020: TBA
FEB 16-29, 2020: TBA
MAR 11, 2020: WASHINGTON, D.C. / TBA
MAR 12, 2020: NEW YORK, NY / TBA
MAR 13, 2020: CLEVELAND, OH / TBA
MAR 14, 2020: COLUMBUS, OH / TBA
MAR 15, 2020: TBA
MAR 16, 2020: RACINE, WI / TBA
MAR 17, 2020: TBA
MAR 18, 2020: MADISON, WI / TBA
MAR 19, 2020: IOWA CITY, IA / TBA
MAR 20, 2020: COLUMBIA, MO / TBA
MAR 21, 2020: LITTLE ROCK, AR / TBA
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MAR 26-29, 2020: KNOXVILLE, TN / Big Ears Festival
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APR 01, 2020: LEXINGTON, KY / TBA
APR 02, 2020: COLUMBUS, OH / TBA
APR 03 - MAY 19, 2020:
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MAY 21, 2020: MIAMI, FLORIDA / TBA
MAY 22, 2020: FLORIDA /
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PREVIOUS ALBUM: “FLY OR DIE” (MAY 2017, INTERNATIONAL ANTHEM)

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“It’s a true joy to listen to Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die. Jaimie’s masterful trumpet playing sits at the helm of this gorgeous record, richly supported by a stellar cast of musicians, and upheld by strong and provocative composition.” – Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire)

"Super out tunes that continually open new doors to strange, sweet, and psychedelic grooves. Band is constantly cracking some ancient alien code here. Seamless and effortless compositions from Branch. An absolute “must jam” for anyone interested in the future of mind expansion." – Ryley Walker

A mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene and an active recent addition to the New York scene, Jaimie Branch is an avant-garde trumpeter known for her “ghostly sounds," says The New York Times, and for "sucker punching" crowds straight from the jump off, says Time Out . Her classical training and “unique voice capable of transforming every ensemble of which she is a part” (Jazz Right Now) has contributed to a wide range of projects not only in jazz but also punk, noise, indie rock, electronic and hip-hop. Branch’s prolific as-of-yet underexposed work as a composer and a producer, as well as a sideman for the likes of William Parker, Matana Roberts, TV on the Radio and Spoon, is all on display in her debut record Fly or Die  – a dynamic 35-minute ride that dares listeners to open their minds to music that knows no genre, no gender, no limits.

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