These are times of Ubiquity. Ideas are shared in an instant. Communication is mass-scale, for better or for worse. We can really only be in one place in one moment, but some are daring to jump the walls of space and time. Our digital reflections are exponentially approaching a plateau of reality. They might never get there. And while it may or may not get us any closer together, everyone is, almost, everywhere.
Adam Ahuja looks down at his keyboard. It contains all of the sounds that he needs. Mini drum-pads with velcro are attached to the right face of the board. A microphone is set straight in front of the rig. Above the keyboard sits a multi-track live-looping recorder, waiting to capture and replay anything that’s performed. There isn’t a need for pre-recorded samples. Years of innovation have planted the seeds, the table is set. All of the music can be created from scratch, right here, right now, for the audience.
Drawing influence from the spheres of jazz, rock, funk, soul, hip-hop, electronic, world, and some Vanilla Ice dance partying at age six, Adam Ahuja uses his musical toolset to meld a love for groove with an obsession with harmony, while flavoring compositions with metaphysically-bent singing and rhymes. Ahuja’s career path has careened; from pre-med and strategic policy consulting, to keyboard-freelancing the streets of New York City, to upstarting NYC-band ‘The Flowdown,’ to in-studio guitar work with Meatloaf, playing organ for Robert Randolph and the Family Band nationally, jamming with musicians like Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, Questlove of The Roots, and Kenny Wayne Shepard, and recently founding a music label and consultancy Infinity Gritty in partnership with Grammy-winning Ropeadope Records. Along the journey, Ahuja has honed in the focus on his solo craftwork, heeding the inspiration of late mentor and former Blue Note Records CEO Bruce Lundvall: “never stop listening.”
Ahuja’s new record, ‘Ubiquity’ interlaces two solo styles: ‘live-looping,’ featuring a compact multi-instrumental setup used for single take performances, identical to his on-stage performance, and ‘band-style,’ where Ahuja jumps between keys, drum kit, bass, guitar, percussion, and vocals to gradually layer takes one instrument at a time into full tracks. In addition to the audio, the whole album recording was captured on film and produced as performance videos for each track.
‘Ubiquity' is released on both Ropeadope Records and Ahuja’s Infinity Gritty. Ropeadope has been home-base for Ahuja via his work with The Flowdown, Escaper, Kuf Knotz and E Scott Lindner, and is also the home to jazz creatives such as Terrace Martin, Christian Scott, Nate Smith, Lex Sadler, and many others.
The new album is Ubiquity, and it’s available. Pretty much everywhere.
Adam Ahuja is an NYC-based keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist live-looping artist who draws from jazz, rock, funk, electronic, world and hip-hop. Adam is also the founder of Infinity Gritty, a music organization in partnership with Grammy-Winning new-jazz label Ropeadope Records.
Adam performs his music internationally at home at venues such as The Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC) and also can be seen performing as a national-touring keyboardist in Ana Popovic Band. Adam is a previous member of Robert Randolph and the Family Band, having jammed the stage with musicians Kenny Wayne Shepard, Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, Questlove of The Roots and others.
Adam has contributed as a studio musician to recordings such as Meatloaf's Hang Cool Teddybear (guitar) produced by Rob Cavallo of Warner Music Group and has collaborated under Musical Director Dennis 'Doc' Williams of The O'Jays. Adam holds an Artist Endorsement with Nord Keyboards.
Adam's aim is to approach music more and more in the way that one may speak a language, or watch a river - at ease in it's natural flow. Adam also holds a Master's in Public Policy (MBA) from University of Konstanz in Germany and Bachelor's in Management from Bucknell University, and enjoys a good philosophical conversation every now and then.
Live Performance Blurb
NYC-based live-looping artist Adam Ahuja uses a compact multi-instrumental setup of keys, drum-pads, beatboxing, and vocals to layer intricate yet accessible "jazz-rock-space-hop" into single take performances of his music. Adam combines a love for groove with an obsession with harmony, while flavoring his compositions with metaphysically-bent singing and rhymes and a dose of the improvisational spirit.
bold = as an artist or a primary composer
2018, "Post-Something" - Project Kpaz
2018, "Edge Detection" - Escaper
2017, "Ubiquity" - Adam Ahuja
2017, "E. Scott Lindner" - E. Scott Lindner
2017 "Skeleton Key" - Escaper
2017 "The Game We're In," "Ruler" - Nemiss
2017, "Henry Grant EP" - Henry Grant
2017, "Chelsea Berry" - Wanderbird
2017, "Dig on Me" - Brady Oh
2017, "Why Would I" - Lumos
2016, "WorldSpeak" - The Flowdown
2016, "Only Wonder" - Lumos
2015, "A Positive Light" - Kuf Knotz
2015, "A Divided Place" - The Lilted
2014, "The Realness" - Srikalogy
2014, "First Impressions" - Alejandro Meola
2014, "Please" - Alejandro Meola
2014, "Black Feathered Angel" - Alejandro Meola
2013, "Balance" - Adam Ahuja
2013, "In Love" - EarthRise SoundSystem
2012, "Glory & Blues" - Boogie Rock Boys
2012, "Rory Sullivan & The Second Season" - Rory Sullivan
2011, "Metamorphosis" - The Flowdown
2011, "Expose" - Miles
2010, "Hang Cool Teddy Bear" - Meatloaf
2010, "Freedom is the Basis" - Srikalogy
2005, "The Synthesis" - Flowdown Street Six
2001, "Quacks" - The Baba Yaga
2000, "Live at Musikfest" - The Baba Yaga
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“Very exciting live, the writing is impressive and the musicians are at a very high level.”
"Prince-like in it's totality ...breathes new life into the one-man-band concept."
The blending of musical styles on this record is genuinely impressive"