MAKAYA McCRAVEN

(Booking in North America)

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NEW ALBUM “UNIVERSAL BEINGS” RELEASED OCTOBER 26TH, 2018 (INTERNATIONAL ANTHEM)

“Jazz Is Dance Music Again”“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

"Retro mirage-shimmers overlay all, as Lindner glances over his shoulder at the 1970s and ’80s, picking tonal inflections from multiple decades. But he’s also cosmically attuned to the future, cannibalizing a range of sonic influences.” - Martin Longely, Downbeat 

- “UNIVERSAL BEINGS” CHOSEN FOR 'BEST JAZZ ALBUMS OF 2018' LISTS BY: THE NEW YORK TIMES, ROLLING STONE, NPR, STEREOGUM (#1), NOISEY, KMHD, Treble Zine, and more.

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TOUR DATES:

Nov 29, 2018: CHICAGO, IL, USA / Red Bull Music Presents: Makaya McCraven “Universal Beings” Album Release Show at South Shore Cultural Center

Dec 02, 2018: NEW YORK, NY, USA / Red Bull Music Presents: Makaya McCraven “Universal Beings” Album Release Show at Le Poisson Rouge

Dec 21, 2018: VENICE, CA, USA / Del Monte Speakeasy

Jan 11, 2019: NEW YORK, NY, USA / TBA

Jan 12, 2019: NEW YORK, NY, USA / TBA

Mar 21-24, 2019: KNOXVILLE, TN, USA / Big Ears Festival

Apr 04, 2019: TBA

Apr 05, 2019: TBA

Apr 06, 2019: IOWA CITY, IA, USA / Mission Creek Festival

Apr 12-21, 2019: WEST COAST, USA / TBA

May 31, 2019: MINNEAPOLIS, MN, USA / TBA

Jun 20, 2019: PITTSBURGH, PA, USA / TBA

Jun 22-27, 2019: CANADA / TBA

Aug 1, 2019: PORTLAND, OR, USA / TBA

Aug 2, 2019: NEWPORT, RI, USA / TBA

Aug 24-25, 2019: PORT TOWNSEND, WA, USA / TBA

Sep 28-29, 2019: SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA / TBA

BIO:

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 next 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.

Makaya’s most recent release, “Universal Beings” (October 2018, International Anthem), debuted #1 on the Apple Jazz Music Charts, was #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, and #3 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. With an unprecedented amount of good press from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, AFROPUNK, Noisey, and more since the release, Makaya McCraven is accessing wider audiences and quickly becoming the new face of progressive music.

VIDEOS:

ALBUMS:

  Universal Beings , Makaya McCraven (International Anthem 2018)

Universal Beings, Makaya McCraven (International Anthem 2018)

  Where We Come From , Makaya McCraven (International Anthem, 2018)

Where We Come From, Makaya McCraven (International Anthem, 2018)

  Highly Rare , Makaya McCraven (International Anthem, 2016)

Highly Rare, Makaya McCraven (International Anthem, 2016)

  In The Moment , Makaya McCraven (International Anthem, 2015)

In The Moment, Makaya McCraven (International Anthem, 2015)

  Split Decision , Makaya McCraven (2012)

Split Decision, Makaya McCraven (2012)

SELECTED PRESS:

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Rolling Stone: Best Jazz Albums of 2018 list, #4 (December 2018)

Rolling Stone Review - New York City Album Release Show (December 2018)

Rolling Stone - Beatles Feature (November 2018)

Rolling Stone feature (October 2018)

The New York Times: Best Jazz Albums of 2018 list (December 2018)

The New York Times Feature (November 2018)

NPR: 50 Best Albums of 2018 List (December 2018)

Stereogum: #! Best Jazz Album of 2018 (December 2018)

Pitchfork Review: “Universal Beings” (October 2018)

KMHD: Best Jazz Albums of 2018 List (December 2018)

Treble Zine: Best Jazz Albums of 2018 List (December 2018)

Noisey: Best Albums of 2018 List (December 2018)

Noisey Interview (October 2018)

AFROPUNK Track Feature (October 2018)

Bandcamp “Artist of the Week” Feature (October 2018) 

Allmusic: Favorite Jazz Albums of 2018 (December 2018)

Brooklyn Vegan (October 2018)

JazzNewsParis (October 2018)

JazzWiseMagazine (November 2018)

Black Grooves Review(Nov 2018)

Echoes and Dust (October 2018)

All About Jazz (October 2018)

Music Is My Sanctuary: Album of the Week (October 2018)

Marlbank: Album of the Week (October 2018)

NextBop.com (October 2018)

Financial Times (October 2018)

Treblezine (Nov 2018)

Fip (France - Nov 2018)

I See Colors (France - October 2018)

Chunky Glasses Podcast (November 2018)

Politics/Letters (November 2018)

Mondriaan Jazz Festival feature (November 2018)

UK Vibe (November 2018)

Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany - November 2018)

In Search of Media (November 2018)

Sound Opinions WBEZ Chicago (November 2018)

Berliner Festspiele feature (November 2018)

El Intruso (September 2018)

Now Then Magazine

Chicago Magazine (September 2018)

AV Club (November 2018)

Life and Soul Magazine (October 2018)

Chicago Reader (September 2018)

PRX (November 2018)

de Volkskrant (November 2018)

LA Times (October 2018)

NEW YORK TIMES: THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2017

New York Times: The Best Live Jazz Performances of 2017

Pitchfork: Highly Rare Album Review

Nextbop: Makaya McCraven – Highly Rare

Chicago Reader: Improvisers Keir Neuringer and Makaya McCraven find different ways to use the studio as a creative partner 

Downbeat: McCraven Delivers Dramatic Contrasts, Shifting Textures

Paste: Daily Dose: Makaya McCraven, “Above and Beyond”

Gilles Peterson’s Best Of 2017

Time Out Chicago: The Best Chicago albums of 2017