Fresh off the heels of his group No Territory Band’s European debut, drummer Davu Seru has gathered a new ensemble of earnest virtuosos and composerly improvisors. Motherless Dollar features JC Sanford (trombone), Scott Fultz (saxophones), Anthony Cox (bass) and Davu Seru (drums, compositions) exploring new compositions for quartet. Here’s what some have said about the music of No Territory Band: “The squawks, silences and knotty time signatures usually associated with art-house music get a big boost from the staccato funk of hip-hop and the circular rhythms of Ghana, all underpinned by the blues.” Britt Robson for StarTribune “Supple horn polyphony and perspicacious polyrhythms oscillate with floating, meter-atomizing interludes and a keen command of effervescent counterpoint. Add to that the loamy, sanguine blues at perpetual ready in Seru’s kit both conceptual and actual and the recipe becomes as savory and reliable as an elderly matriarch’s lovingly prepared repast. Ancient to the future in action and sans apology.” --Derek Taylor, Dusted Magazine
You can hear No Territory Band here , but DON’T MISS Motherless Dollar .
More about the composer-in-residence:
Drummer Davu Seru has worked with numerous improvising musicians and composers throughout the United States and France. He is bandleader for the ensemble No Territory Band and a member of Trio SDS with French musicians Guilluame Seguron and Catherine Delaunay and Black Praxis Band with Chicago-based musicians David Boykin and Eliel Sherman Storey. For his efforts, he’s received awards from the Jerome Foundation (2017-18 Composer/Sound Artist Fellow), American Composers Forum (Minnesota Emerging Composer Award), the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (Next Step Fund) and has received commissions from the Zeitgeist Ensemble and Walker Art Center. In addition to his musical pursuits, Davu is a published author and a professor of English and African American literature and culture at Hamline University.