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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
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
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.