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The Sway Machinery is proud to be playing at the 125th anniversary party for KATZ's DELI! See our SHOWS page for details.
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MONSTERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD--LOVE SONGS by THE SWAY MACHINERY
One of the joys of Montreal’s festival is discovery of new and exciting artists you just happen upon...One such discovery for me was the band from Brooklyn known as The Sway Machinery that somehow has escaped me, until now that is! They are a six-man band featuring multiple horns and a front man, Jeremiah Lockwood, on guitar and vocals who keeps the energy going as he leads the group of young-bloods, all dressed as bankers in snazzy suits, jumping and jiving to a constant, driving beat of a jazz, rock and world music mix that is hard to explain but impossible to ignore--Russ Davis, MOJA Radio
THE HOUSE OF FRIENDLY GHOSTS VOL 1
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The music of Timbuktu is so big; it can receive any other kind of music—all kinds of music. When Sway Machinery arrived, they came to me and said, “Khaira, we're going to play something and we want you to join in.” When they started playing at the festival, and everyone was there, I thought, “What am I going to sing what this music?" But when I sang, everyone was... "Wow!” So then they came to see me in Bamako and they invited me to come and record on their album. Everything went well. I'm not sure if you've heard their album. It's really good. I sang with them, and they also accompanied me on a song, that is the title song of my CD, “Tarab.” And really that went very well. One could say that they are musicians of the north now.
--Khaira Arby, as quoted in Afropop.org
The Sway Machinery--back from Mali!
We spent January of 2010 in Mali, performing for an enthusiastic audience of thousands at the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu! After the festival we spent ten days recording a new record in Bamako, collaborating with absolutely brilliant Malian musicians including Khaira Arby, Super 11, Vieux Farka Toure and Djelimady Tounkara!
"Koudede was followed by Sway Machinery’s own set. They were strong and energetic. They brought the audience into their groove within seconds. While Lockwood sang in Hebrew, the Muslim crowd respected the music and showed its appreciation by dancing along." --Afropop.org
"The Sway Machinery Pilgrimage, as they have entitled their Africa project, is a beautiful example for the world of the great role artists can play in building bridges of love and understanding between cultures. This project is of clear importance in establishing new and positive images of Jews and Muslims engaging with each other." --Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Chairman, Cordoba Initiative
We are still gratefully accepting donations to help with the costs of finishing our record and paying back debts accrued in the production!
Jeremiah Lockwood's Nigun Project is officially completed--ten pieces based on old nigunim each with a different set of collaborators that Lockwood developed as part of his Artist in Residency at the Forward--you can hear all ten tracks up online on The Forward website--click here:
HIDDEN MELODIES REVEALED. ALBUM OUT NOW!
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"Lockwood's arrangements of Jewish cantorial songs whip up a frenzy wherein all the world's music can do that which music does best: celebrate. Such joyful synthesis is what music is all about, not to mention what New York is all about." --Buzz Poole, The Village Voice
Veteran subway-performing Blues singer Jeremiah Lockwood teams up with an all-star cast of NY underground greats (musicians who have graced the records of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tom Waits, Arcade Fire and Antibalas, to name a few) to summon voices from beneath the concrete streets. Calling upon the sounds of Malian guitars, Saharan beats, Afro-pop horns and the B-L-U-E-S, The Sway Machinery goes knocking at the gates of prayer with muscles swollen and eyes clenched.
The Hidden Melodies Revealed project is supported by The Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, a partnership of Avoda Arts, JDub Records, and the Foundation for Jewish Culture, and is made possible with major funding from UJA-Federation of New York.