When I moved up to Liberty NY in 2008, I found a lot of bluegrass and country, and of course classic rock, but very little freejazz and even less African-inspired music. Eventually, I decided to bring up some of my old friends to make a grand gesture for a very oppressed small town in the Catskill region of New York State.
The Bliss Ensemble, even with a guest performance by Juma Sultan, always performed an improvised piece called The Liberty Trifecta of Peace, Love & Joy. It was my prayer for the town of Liberty NY, which exists under extreme globalist duress. There are a lot of fabulous people who live and work there, but the power structure of the region is such that nothing good will ever survive, because the land has been promised to the Hasidic community.
The greater meaning of the title regards to the very concept of Liberty. It is a prayer that justice is served, and the true exalted force of Liberty guides us into the future.
The Bliss Ensemble premiered The Liberty Trifecta of Peace, Love and Joy in Liberty in 2016, at the Downtown Barn. The Bliss Ensemble is a collaboration of world-class musicians including:
|Mem Nahadr (vocals) and Kim Clarke (bass) performed in the first performances.|
|On Ka-a Davis (guitar) performs, teaches and has authored researches. Davis’ jazz formative years were introduced via Charles ‘Bobo’ Shaw’s “Human Arts Ensemble” which spawned such stars as Luther Thomas and Joe Bowie. Further reaches then were with Don Ayler’s Septet and the Sun Ra Arkestra. Davis has collaborating with Electricmeg for many years, including Mahjoun!, Gnawa fusion, Davis’ Famous Original Djuke Music Players, and Out da Concrete with Daniel Carter.|
|Andy Andre Lassalle (guitar) Composer and arranger for Miles Davis Albums Decoy and Man With The Horn. I have also played with Vernon Reid, Queen Esther Williams, The Harlem Gospel Singers, Larry Coryell, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, Frank Marino, Double Trouble, Eric Gales, Jerry Harrison (The Talking Heads), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Carlos Alomar (David Bowie), Lady Miss Kier (Groove is in the Heart) and Victor Jones. Featured with Buddy Guy for Experience Hendrix.|
|Pete Sloane Lewis (drums) Pete has performed or recorded with: Gypsy Kings, Ricky Martin, Alvin Ailey Dance, Wynton Marsalis, Ornette Coleman, Sambanditos, Hiram Bullock, Curtis Watts, Vernon Reid, Adam Holzman, Reggie Watts, Matt Garrison, John Stubblefield, Richard Bona, Pete Seeger, David Gilmore etc.… Pete is also on the Out da Concrete album.|
|Aalics Bronson (bass) super creative sound master, bass player extraordinaire. Tech guru for Living Color.|
|Electricmeg (trumpet/vocals) Electricmeg is a jazz/worldbeat/avant garde musician/producer/multimedia artist who infuses her work with quantum energy at the vibrations of Bliss.|