Cristian Amigo: Kingdom of Jones (EPK)
“Post-Bop Blues Guitarist” Cristian Amigo is available for interviews, concerts, sessions, productions, and composition as a solo artist, with his “new music jam band” Kingdom of Jones, and in various specialized configurations (duos, trios, quartets, etc.) drawing from the pool of New York City’s finest free improv, new music, and jazz musicians.
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KINGDOM OF JONES (Innova Recordings)
New music jam band
New York composer and guitarist Cristian Amigo named his “new music jam band,” Kingdom of Jones, after another bastion of fierce cultural resistance. During the American Civil War, confederates dubbed the city of Ellisville, Mississippi – an anti-secessionist Union stronghold in the midst of the Confederacy – the “Free and Sovereign State of Jones.”
Amigo’s kingdom reflects his position on what it takes to exist in a complicated, global world of sonic possibilities. Its wide-ranging sound world moves between the softest ambient acoustic gestures, and the heaviest kinds of industrial and electric sounds. The result is no musically-beleaguered enclave: rather it offers listeners many points of entry into its global amalgam.
“Cristian Amigo [Kingdom of Jones CD] has created the equivalent to a walk through Grand Central Station, where every imaginable sort of person may be walking by you. It is music that goes from point A to point B in a non-direct route through all kinds of geometric thickets. It is music that can be heard profitably many times because it is born of a complex aural orientation. It is not written out, apparently, as much as it is performed and assembled. What makes this recording worth hearing is that every piece in the puzzle somehow fits the whole and every piece has intrinsic interest as music. There are quiet sections of dreamy contemplation. There are toe-tapping grooves, some psychedelic rock moments, sprawling but brief soundscapes, and some really interesting guitar work. Amigo makes music here that expresses a something that might not be defined in words to good advantage. It is the multiplicity of the modern experience.”
– GAPPLEGATE GUITAR AND BASS BLOG
“ I kind of hate myself for digging this abrasive clatter [War is Good for Business] because it’s galaxies away from my Beatles- and Beethoven-forged sense of composition. But it rocks real hard against its orchestra of bloops and bleeps, and then breaks down to a mournful sound collage. A great theme for Halliburton’s symphony of opportunism.
– GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE
“I am listening to Kingdom of Jones…really beautiful stuff-nice landscapes-I’m really enjoying this.”
– MATTHEW SHIPP (composer/pianist)
“Cristian Amigo is an excellent creative artist, guitarist and composer whose works reflect his concern with tradition and innovation in creative music in America.”
– WADADA LEO SMITH (AACM composer/trumpeter)