Adam Ahuja - Ubiquity
Release date: 11.17.17 [Album]
Infinity Gritty / Ropeadope Records
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.