Organ Thing of The Day: Art and his creative collaborators are always rewarding but this, even by his standards is something extra special…
“Our new single Madame Baby is released today. The video was shot in Berlin by Mhla and stars Portugese-Zimbabwean artist Salber Lee Williams exploring Dubois’ concept of ‘the double consciousness of the Negro.'” said Art Terry.
And you will need to know where to find this rather beautiful piece of music, here’s the Bandcamp page with the details of the new album you find it on..
Meanwhile, Art Terry’s show, Is Black Music, on London’s ever vital arts radio station Resonance FM is always rewarding, the piano tuner, for that is what Art does when he’s not on the radio or making fine records, always comes up with something worth your time.
“Art Terry is a songwriter/musician from Los Angeles. His songs explore sexuality, black politics and religion, through a lyrical fusion of psychedelic folk music and orchestrated funk. A singer and pianist, Art underpins deeply personal lyrics with dense melodic textures.
Brought up in the gospel tradition – from which he was ejected for singing wild salacious songs during Sunday service – Art evokes the figure of the robed and commanding preacher in his live performances. Whether playing solo or with his collective of talented musicians, The Black Bohemians, Art’s live performances are theatrical and compelling.
Art collaborates with Stew, who created the musical Passing Strange, exploring his and Art’s youthful experiences on the seamy streets of downtown Los Angeles and in Europe, living in squats and art collectives and surviving on a diet of shoplifted food, hashish and freaky music. Passing Strange was made into a film by Spike Lee. Art has been a keyboardist with Stew & the Negro Problem at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, Redcat in Los Angeles, the Harlem Stage and many other venues. The New York Times described Art’s playing as ‘terrific’.”