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Sonic Liberation 8 is deeply rooted in the traditions of Afro Cuban music and has spent years fusing that grand tradition with new sounds including composed jazz, modern chamber composition, and the powerful Orisha spirit.

Sonic Liberation 8 melds together sounds and time periods in a manner like no other band around today. As Sonic Liberation Front, this ensemble has consistently won international critical acclaim and have been named #1 or Top 10 by the Village Voice, All About Jazz, Jazziz, and more. The band has recorded five internationally-distributed albums. The eight-member ensemble has played extensively in the Philadelphia and New York area, and at festivals and cultural institutions throughout the Midwest U.S. and Canada.

The core octet is scalable, often collaborating with guest artists and expanded ensembles. On October 7, 2016, Sonic Liberation 8 is releasing their sixth record on the High Two label. The Album, Bombogenic features an added string trio and very special guest, Oliver Lake. more here

[a] sundry collection of wonders. It’s among the years greatest excitements.” – JAZZTIMES, Micheal J. West

“How dare you give me goosebumps so early in the morning.
It looks like a great community of musicians you have there in Philly.”
– John Tchicai (Perpignan, France)

Tracks

Tin Palace – Sonic Liberation 8

Gnossienne – Sonic Liberation 8, Classical Revolution Trio

Bombogenic– Sonic Liberation 8

The Musicians

Kevin Diehl – bata, drumkit, composer

Matt Engle – bass, composer

Veronica Jurkiewicz – viola

Elliot Levin – woodwinds

Mike Watson – bass clarinet

Nichola Rivera – bata, percussion, composer

Tom Lowery – Afro-Brazilian percussion & drumkit

Ron Howeton – bata & percussion

Press Photos

Click on image for hi-res! then hold control + click to download (aka right click) From L to R: Matt Engle, Mike Watson, Tom Lowery, Veronica Jurkiewicz, Ron Howerton, Kevin Diehl (front) ,Elliot Levin, Nichola Rivera

Click on image for hi-res! then hold control + click to download (aka right click) From L to R: Matt Engle, Mike Watson, Tom Lowery, Veronica Jurkiewicz, Ron Howerton, Kevin Diehl (front), Elliot Levin, Nichola Rivera

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Click on image for hi-res! then hold control + click to download (aka right click) From L to R: Matt Engle, Mike Watson, Tom Lowery, Veronica Jurkiewicz, Ron Howerton, Kevin Diehl (front), Elliot Levin, Nichola Rivera

Click on image for hi-res! then hold control + click to download (aka right click) Bombogenic Recording Session. From L to R: Mike Watsun, Matt Engle, Veronica Jurkiewicz, Russell Kotcher, Eric Coyne, Tom Lowery, Ron Howerton, Elliot Levin, Kevin Diehl, Oliver Lake, Melanie Hsu, Nichola Rivera. Range Recording Studios, Ardmore, PA

Bombogenic Recording Session. From L to R: Mike Watsun, Matt Engle, Veronica Jurkiewicz, Russell Kotcher, Eric Coyne, Tom Lowery, Ron Howerton, Elliot Levin, Kevin Diehl, Oliver Lake, Melanie Hsu, Nichola Rivera. Range Recording Studios, Ardmore, PA

Moor Mother Goddess, (far side l to r) Kevin Diehl, Nichola Rivera, Tom Lowery, Matt Engle (near side) Mike Watsun, Elliott Levin, Veronica Jurkiewicz

Press Reviews & Quotes

Jetway Confidential is a roiling stew of diverse percussion and avant-jazz… evokes the Sun Ra Arkestra in its raucous, expansive sound.” – DOWNBEAT, Shaun Brady, 2013

“a wild joy… it’s tempting to think that the kind of sound Coltrane had in mind wouldn’t have been very different from what Murray recorded overthreeand a half decades later with the Philadelphia based free jazz collective Sonic Liberation Front.”THE WIRE UKAdventures in Modern Music April 2011, Dan Warburton

“…succeed in demonstrating how close to African models much of the freakout music of Ra and Coltrane actually was… ludicrously superb, giving itotele,iya, quinto, okonkolo, chekere, chawaro, clavé, palitos and drumkit suchrotundity and resonance you’re shaken to the orb.”THE WIRE UK Adventures in Modern Music August 2004, Ben Watson

“So in this beautiful album, there’s a mixture of sacred and profane, African-American song and ritual Cuban beat (influenced by Santería).”JAZZ Magazine (France), June 2011, François-René Simon

“Yin and yang-fierce avant-sax and friendly folksongs united by shifty Afro-Cuban beats.”VILLAGE VOICE, Number 1 Jazz album of 2004, Tom Hull

“A brazen conflation of free jazz, electronica,and Afro-Cuban rhythm. Those who thinkjamming begins and ends with Phish are encouraged to track this down immediately.” Tom Moon, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, Dec 26, 2004

Performance Milestones

• The Dream Book – a twenty eight artist multi-media performance.  Co-presented by Sonic Liberation 8, Bowerbird, Philadelphia Jazz Project — Venice Island Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia, Sept. 2015

• Sonic Liberation 8, The Classical Revolution Trio with Oliver Lake, Co-presented by Ars Nova Workshop & the Rotunda —  Rotunda, Philadelphia 2015

• Thurman Barker, Julius Masri & Sonic Liberation Front — Music for Metal Membranes and Circuits Rotunda, Philadelphia 2014

• Odean Pope & Marshall Allen Meet Sonic Liberation Front, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, 2012

• The Painted Bride Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia 2010

• Swarthmore College – opening for the Sun Ra Arkestra 2009

• ICA Philadelphia (Institute of Contemporary Art) at University of Pennsylvania – featuring a commissioned composition for twelve piece ensemble, coinciding with ICA’s exhibit – Pathways to Unknown Worlds: Sun Ra, El Saturn & Chicago’s Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954-1968. This was presented and commissioned by Ars Nova Workshop. 2009

• Vision Festival & The Sedgwick Arts Center – Sonic Liberation Front Meets Sunny Murray

• World Cafe Live – Sonic Liberation Front Meets Badal Roy

• Other performances:

Ars Nova Workshop sharing bills with Kahil El Zabar & Billy Bang,
again with the Chicago Underground Duo (Rob Mazurek & Chad Taylor),
Johnny Brenda’s sharing the bill with Extra Golden,
The Rotunda with Warriors of the Wonderful Sound,
Sci-Philly Music Series,
Crossroads Music Series Philadelphia, the Music Gallery -X Avant Festival Toronto,
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Urbana Il,
New Millennium Music Series – Claudia Cassidy Theater – Chicago Cultural Center,
Edgefest – Kerrytown Concert House –Ann Arbor MI,
Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival Montreal,
Freestyle Jazz Series @ CBGB’S & Jimmy’s NYC,
the Knitting Factory NY 2005-2008

Contact

booking

Kevin Diehl – kevin@sonicliberation8.com

label inquiries

Daniel Piotrowski, High Two Recordings – daniel@hightwo.com

 

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