Following the release of Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World: Volumes 1-10 (Centering Records) and his first book-length biography, Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker (Duke University Press) earlier this year, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, griot, improviser and community leader William Parker will present a pair of brand new trio albums which further expound on his vision. One of the iconic and enduring music leaders to emerge in the world over the last half-century, William Parker continues to raise the bar higher. Mayan Space Station is his first electric guitar trio album and features Ava Mendoza – electric guitar, Gerald Cleaver – drums, and Parker on bass.
Cosmic multi-hued blues, perfect for space and time travel. The unparalleled rhythmic firmament created by Parker & Cleaver is matched by Mendoza in full flight. All of the promise imagined by a trio recording of these musicians with compositions by Parker is delivered to the fullest. Regarding the album title, Parker offers: “Mayan Space Station is a conduit for peace and inspiration. It is an oasis where sound and silence navigators stop for sustenance to replenish their imaginations.”
It is a fictional reality that is important to the myth structure of the Tone World chronicle. In a way, musicians, and definitely these particular musicians, Ava Mendoza and Gerald Cleaver, belong to the bloodline of sonic travelers who, as Sun Ra described it, ‘travel the spaceways.‘ Re-inventing the process, allowing music to flow through their instruments.”
Expected Released Date: July 23, 2021
Listen to “TABASCO” the first single from the forthcoming album “Mayan Space Station” by William Parker.