Primary Instrument: Multi-instrumentalist
MuthaWitfeaturing BOSTON FIELDER
There's a difference between being immersed in music and getting lost in it. If the former is protective and predictable, the latter revels in chance and the unexpected. MuthaWit? Definitely the latter.
MuthaWit is a furiously evolving multi-cultural outfit whose musical performances marry a soulful rock dynamic with free jazz experimentation, classical sensitivity and avant-garde electronics/visuals. Established in by award-winning nomadic composer, designer, filmmaker and URB ALT founder Boston Fielder, members of MuthaWit's 5-24 piece orchestra have worked with Parliament/Funkadelic, Sting, TV On The Radio, Curtis Mayfield, The Family Stand, Olu Dara, Herbie Hancock, Jay Z and Organized Noize among others. MuthaWit has been instrumental in the production of the increasingly popular URB ALT Festival annually based in NYC. Focused as the house band for performing national solo artists on the bill as well as a stand-alone musical outfit, MuthaWit has embedded its sonic imprint in URB ALT's eclectic music/film events for the 3 years of festival's existence as well as the 9 years of the ongoing URB ALT showcase.
Rejoicing in the intensity of their eclectic musical testimony, MuthaWit lures the listener through an artistic experience that is wildly entertaining and sonically provocative.
Alternative Press MuthaWit has a drawling, hallucinatory quality that recalls early Funkadelic's loosest, most frighteningly aware moments.
Atlanta Journal/Constitution MuthaWit's music is a place that more readily suggests the dense, expressionist swirls of painting, the mixed media density of performance art and the powerful instrumentation of Sun Ra or the Miles Davis of On the Corner. As music, this vast cycle of trips begs to be seen, and demands the same type of active participation as would a postmodern opera by Robert Wilson.
But dig, and there it is: autobiography, ancestor worship, social criticism, quests mythic, mystic, Afro and Delta-centric. In many ways, kind of a Finnegan's Wake of rock and funk
The Wire Boston Fielder and MuthaWit are Gods in the universe they have created and these songs, which you must hear, are their Adam and Eve, cloned to a fallen and disrupted infinity.
Magnet Magazine MuthaWit featuring Boston Fielder is simultaneously urban and tribal; a meeting of the musical hemispheres, mutatis mutandis and presto! - a carnival of twisted soul.
TimeOut New York If the URB ALT Festival is New York's annual musical purveyor of all things atmospheric, hip and cutting-edge it's because the house band and avant- soul orchestra MuthaWit draws on a huge pool of players to create an expansive, psychedelic sound.
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