Alex Waterman Gwen Laster Charles Burnham WeFreeStrings Melanie Dyer Michael Wimberly Ken Filiano
June 17 2022 on Esp-disk. William Parker, Liner Notes I.A. Freeman, Cover Art
Reviews of Love In The Form Of Sacred Outrage
"...the idea of jazz strings takes on a new identity."
Mike Shanley, Jazz Times
"This is prayer-like spiritual jazz ..an outstanding effort..."
Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
"This music has an undeniable beauty."
Mike Corroto, AllAboutJazz
"...free in spirit? Hell, yes! ...the compositions evince
a refusal to be boxed in."
Joseph Jeff, Graded on a Curve
The Answer is in The Beat
"String ensembles may be as generic as ballads to Western Music, yet these group show how much beyond the expected can be accomplished with forethought and skill"–Ken Waxman, JazzWord
Kevin Press The Moderns ep. 215
Portaits by TSEllis; AWaterman photo by Peter Gannushkin
WeFreeStrings started in 2011 in Harlem at the home of Melanie Dyer, where the group became part of Bb Universe, a parlor series featuring underground public performances, open rehearsals, film, theater and activism. The sextet performs original, improvised music.
"...this improvising collective performs original music that swirls together into an all-consuming flow..." - Giovanni Russonello NYT, 9/13/2018
"[WeFreeStrings] combine free jazz with the music of African-American string bands and classical avant-garde; it picks up where the likes of The Revolutionary Ensemble and James 'Blood' Ulmer's Odyssey left off, adding sounds previously heard in Ornette Coleman's writing for strings. This is surging, stabbing, thumping music..." - Phil Freeman, The Wire, 10/2018.
"...positive collective synergy...a deep sense of freedom"- Filipe Freitas, JazzTrail, 9/5/2018
WeFreeStrings has received project support from JazzRoad/South Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, New Music USA, Chamber Music America, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Black Arts Movement, and individual donors.