Anima è “Naima”
Although expressed through the voice of a human, A N I M A announces the resurfacing of the feminine force in our collective consciousness. azzPeriments Together with Oszillator, I create this album in deep honoring of the Afro-American people, who have contributed their amazing spirit, their exquisite and unique gift of rhythm, music and dance to our global culture, in spite of the unspeakable atrocities inflicted upon their entire nation for no reason. As i write these words, i feel pain, sadness, deep empathy as well as deep respect in my body and soul. How can we STILL not know that we are all of the same kind? HUMAN. Current developments and very actual political occurrences are alarming wake-up calls to our awareness for history not to repeat itself. This is my outspoken and fierce stand against any form of racism, any form of discrimination, whether it be color, gender, religious conviction or other. It is my call for care and respect, holding a vision of healing. Healing for us as ONE HUMAN race. May we find the awareness and strength to restore the wisdom of the Ancients living close to the earth, in harmony and respect with the environment and all living beings. “I Have A Dream” that one day we will stop the war against ourselves. WOMEN Above all, my heart goes out to women, women all ages and all cultural backgrounds. My entire work aims to remind us of our innate feminine power, strengthen our voices, it’s a call to stand up against the age-old suppression of our magic feminine energy. Naima (and the intro piece Ancestress) is not only a tribute to afro-american women in music, but to the feminine spirit and soul. THE MUSIC The central idea of JazzPeriments is to re-interpret some my favorite jazz standards by setting the „classic“ melodies in an experimental/contemporary context, reshaping the original rhythmic landscapes of bebop and swing into a modern beat-language and playing with musical elements such as electronics, contemporary orchestra or any unusual instrumentation to create new and intriguing textures of sound. My own musical and textual additions to the ageless spirit of Jazz, my edgy vocal interpretations, are my very personal tribute to the African Culture that i´ve always felt connected to on a very deep level. I hope to bring to life the spirit, the mysticism, the deep connection to the earth of an ancient culture, often considered as the cradle of humanity. I aim to carve acoustic pathways to emotionally bridge our new world to the old, re-connecting us to our long-lost inner sense, that it is ultimately on US as an (empowered) collective to design the future we truly wish to see. THE VISION: Anima´ s message It is my intention to not only create an experience of linear tracks and musical forward-motion, but to break up speed and movement by inserting spatial openings, sound-rooms to be entered. Drawing the listener in to the acoustic occurences on a physical and cellular level aims to invoke „archetypal memories“, surfacing mysteries sleeping in our DNA.
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