Ches Smith and We All Break: “Path of Seven Colors” Record Release Show
Ches Smith and We All Break present the live premiere of their acclaimed record Path of Seven Colors. The album is a symbiosis of Traditional Haitian Vodou expression and au courant composition and improvisation.
Springing from drummer/composer Ches Smith’s decade-plus long engagement with NYC’s Haitian community, We All Break’s compositions incorporate and transform Vodou lead/chorus song structure, polytonality, drum conversations, and kase (“cah-say,” meaning “break”) within each piece. Traditional rhythms are the foundation of each composition, while that rhythm’s spiritual, political, and visual associations provide meaning and inspiration. Co-composer and master drummer Daniel Brevil contributes Vodou songs–both traditional and original–which marry with Smith’s compositions.