Primarily based out of Washington, DC, Nag Champa Art Ensemble is more about organic sounds and textures. Fusing elements of jazz, soul, electronic, Go Go, and African rhythms. There’s always a sense of the human element, even though the songs are conceived on Jamal Gray’s laptop. A group comprised of musicians of many different disciplines, about half of their performance improvised. Developing their sound in consistent jam sessions. This practice originates from their experience in the worlds of avant garde jazz and experimental hip hop. Nag Champa like having an open conversation with music, where everyone is speaking a different language. At first it may sound like a bunch of noise, until you start to find common themes and points of communication. Eventually it’ll be like you all are speaking your own dialect, that only you can decipher. That’s what Nag Champa is. The power is in the intangible. Best experienced live to get the over arching impact that they have sonically.
Nag Champa Art Ensemble
Jamal Gray – production/electronics/creative director
Allen Jones – drums/production
Black King Soul – vocals/song writing
Elijah Easton – Sax/keys
Miles Lewis – African percussion
Jamel Zuniga aka SexxGod – lead guitar/electronics
Andrew Flores – keys
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