(Booking in North America)
Jan 9-10, 2020: NEW YORK, NY, USA / TBA
Jan 31, 2020: CHICAGO, IL, USA / ‘In These Times’ Premiere at Symphony Center
June 11-14, 2020: MANCHESTER, TN, USA / TBA
Aug 08-09, 2020: NEWPORT, RI, USA / TBA
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Featured 2019 Performances in North America:
Winter Jazz Fest, Big Ears Fest, Third Man Records, Mission Creek Fest, Art Don't Sleep, Soul'd Out Fest, Marfa Myths Fest, Atlanta Jazz Fest, Do Division Fest, Discover Jazz Fest, Isthmus Jazz Fest, Pittsburgh Jazz Fest, Toronto Jazz Fest, Winnipeg Jazz Fest, Saskatchewan Jazz Fest, Vancouver Jazz Fest, Victoria Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Pickathon Fest, THING Festival, City Farm Presents Summer Series at Industry City in Brooklyn, Ars Nova Fest, BRIC Jazz Fest, Walker Arts Center, and more.
NEW ALBUM “UNIVERSAL BEINGS” RELEASED OCTOBER 2018 (INTERNATIONAL ANTHEM)
“Jazz Is Dance Music Again.” - Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone
“The jazz drummer and producer’s hypnotic double album is culled from a year’s worth of gig tapes that he’s layered and spliced together into something wholly new and radically communal.” - Nate Chinen, Pitchfork
- “Universal Beings” chosen for ‘Best Jazz Albums of 2018’ lists by: THE NEW YORK TIMES, ROLLING STONE, BILLBOARD, NPR, STEREOGUM (#1), NEXTBOP (#1), LA TIMES (#2), NOISEY, KMHD, TREBLE ZINE, EXCLAIM, THE GUARDIAN, NATE CHINEN, SFJAZZ, WALL STREET JOURNAL, and more.
Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The bleeding edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is one of Chicago’s savviest cultural players and a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive, cinematic style defy categorization.
French-born but raised in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts by expatriate musician parents, McCraven studied Jazz at the University of Massachusetts Amherst under the mentorship of jazz luminaries Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, and Yusef Lateef, and eventually went on to develop his chops in Chicago’s burgeoning scene.
His breakthrough album In the Moment was released with International Anthem Recording Co. (IARC) in 2015 and received widespread acclaim, proving to be a dramatic statement by McCraven that quickly launched him into the vanguard of not only Internationally-known jazz artists, but also a niche genre of next-wave composer-producers blurring the boundaries of jazz & electronic music.
His recent releases, the DJ-style mixtape Highly Rare (IARC, 2017) as well as an internationally recorded Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape) (IARC, 2018) have been well received globally, leading to increased bookings in some of the world’s best clubs, theaters, and festivals alongside the likes of Corey Wilkes, Bobby (Baabe) Irving (Miles Davis), Ari Brown, and Bernie Worrell.
McCraven is currently on tour and most recently released Universal Beings, a 2xLP album featuring an A-list of “new” jazz players from New York, Chicago, London & Los Angeles.