The Modern Spirituals of Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP

Cornetist and composer Rob Mazurek brings his Black Cube SP jazz ensemble to Charlotte on April 22 as part of our cutting edge music + film series, New Frequencies at McColl Center. The group mixes adventurous jazz and Brazilian rhythms with psychedelic textures and electronic beats. It’s an evening of music you won’t want to miss.

Here’s Mazurek, from a recent interview, on bringing together the new ensemble and the record, Return the Tides, that resulted:

These musicians are my brothers, they are my family as well. This is why I was able to come to Brazil less than one month after my mother passed away suddenly, because I knew that they would help me to process the loss in a ritualistic, cathartic way, through sound. This was the intention when I scheduled several days of recording at El Rocha Studio, which is owned by [Black Cube SP drummer] Mauricio’s family. 

During these few days, we were all surrounded by the gravity of what had just happened, but were truly compelled to create an unearthly beauty together, one that would herald a new possibility of joy in a world where the most precious being, the mother, has passed into an unknown/known eternity.

The powerful sound [of the music] is meant to clear the air of anything that would keep my mother from passing peacefully into the next and simultaneously to cleanse myself and the musicians.

Mazurek on the sound of Black Cube SP:

The music and this band play modern spirituals. We do not ignore developments in sound technology, electronics, but we also reach as far back as the single sound of a human voice. The music is meant to convey the strength and frailty of human expression and existence. In this way, I feel the music more closely resembles field recordings of spiritual rituals than traditional genres.

Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP perform at McColl Center for Art + Innovation on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 8-10 PM as part of New Frequencies at McColl Center. Tickets are $10 and on sale now.