DO IT FOR DONNIE
Formed at the Harold Arts Residency in Ohio creating scores for the band in the architectural drafting program AutoCAD. Titled Motion Maps, these scores guide musicians through spaces and hallways of musical structure. Blueprints dictate the flow and motion of a musical set, opening the performers up to visual and descriptive influences, while leading them through a diverse musical landscape consisting of Ajemian’s orchestrated poems, American folk forms, Native American chants, Canadian sea shanties, jazz expressive motion and balladry -- all filtered through the creative/improvised process in a unique communication of the moment.
Sundmagi smr005 CD
w/ Jacob Wick, Peter Hanson, Owen Stewart-Robertson & Marc Riordan
Notable Past Performances
|Aug 24th||HighLife||8550||Chesterhill , OH||
A ribbon cutting ceremony for Conrad Frieburg's Woodshed, an Eleven sided stellar observatory at 8550 OHIO 377
|Jul 28th||HighLife||Deagan Music||Chicago, IL|
|Jan 7th||HighLife||Kenny's Castaways||New York, ny||
7:00pm - Jason Ajemian's Highlife -- 8:15pm - Herculaneum -- -- -9:30pm - Mostly Other People Do The Killing ---10:45pm - Shahzad Ismaily, Ches Smith, Mat Maneri ---12:00am - SIFTER w/ Matt WIlson, Kirk Knuffke, Mary Halvorson --1:15am - Steve Lehman Trio
Bernheim Forest CONNECT festival
|Sunset Amphitheater at Bernheim||Louisville, ky|
|Aug 22nd||HILife||empty bottle||CHicago||
w/ love of everything & summer girl friends
Recess Festival Charlotte, NC
|Neighborhood Theatre||Charlotte , NC||
w/ Super Ape & Yardwork
w/ Hamdingers Sausage Kart
|Blue Ridge Swim Club||Charlotteville , VA|
|Apr 23rd||HiLife HighLife||Jazz Loft Society||Cincinnati|
|Apr 20th||HiLife HighLife||Circle A||Milwaukee, Wi|
|Oct 18th||HiLife HighLife||Rotunda||Philadelphia , Pa||
w/ Marshall Allen
|Oct 5th||HiLife HighLife||Welty Commons||Jackson, Ms|
|Apr 6th||HiLife HighLife||Columbia Museum of Art||Columbia, Sc|
- Marc Ribot
- Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
- Nate Chinin, NYTimes
"There's nothing more burtal than a journalist protecting his craft professionalism"
- Larry Kart
"The diagrams, with individual songs contained in sharp-cornered, kite-shaped rooms, should probably never be translated to actual buildings, but in practice, their sounds are perfect shelters from convention."
Peter Marcia, Fader 70
article by Scott Burton for RVA Jazz
LEO: How many groups do you work with? Do you lose track of who’s doing what and when?
JA: I work with the entire population of the world on one level or the other. But with players, I don’t have to keep track — it’s a matter of trust. It’s why I choose to work with professionals. It’s symbiotic.
Jason Ajemian and The Highlife have managed to take traditional jazz instruments out of context to produce something fascinating and truly original on Let Me Get That Digital. They have an acute knowledge of not only when to hold back the fireworks, but also when to launch them, and they will be consistently thrilling because of this.
—Gordon Bruce, Tiny Mix Tapes
The parts are (almost all) related to one another without interruption,
so that even the short fragments are dissolved in being part of a single
scintillating suite that we can define 'cosmic jazzfunk' but only for
lack of more suitable terms. (7 / 8)
Stephen I. Bianchi, Blow Up Magazine