Liberation Movement (music group)

Liberation Movement is a music and art collective founded in 2010 by Resurrector (Grant Chambers) in San Francisco, CA. Liberation Movement evolved out of San Francisco-based underground music project Heavyweight Dub Champion. The collective has become known for its live performances and as of 2019 has not officially released any recorded material. They have performed at many music festivals throughout the Americas. Reality Sandwich calls Liberation Movement "a new collaborative music project that pushes the boundaries of human experience".[1] Jambase described their 2013 Symbiosis Gathering performance as "one of the most moving, mind-blowing musical experiences in recent memory." [2]

Liberation Movement
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Liberation Movement performing at the Joshua Tree Music Festival 2017
Background information
OriginSan Francisco
GenresElectronica, dub, hip hop, trip hop, electro-industrial, reggae fusion, World Music
Years active2010 – present
LabelsChampion Nation Recordings
Associated actsHeavyweight Dub Champion
Resurrector
Tyrone's Jacket
Soriah
MC Azeem
Ganga Giri
Kēvens
Websitewww.liberation-movemement.com
MembersResurrector, Noah King, James Small, Wailer B, Sasha Rose, El Suchi, Lux Moderna, Olivia Ruff, Soriah, Shamans Of The Temple of the Way of Light

FormationEdit

Liberation Movement was created among a wide variety of ambitious goals : "to bring greater appreciation for process", "to redefine the way our culture relates to age and wisdom", and "to truly generate the possibility of personal and collective evolution".[3] Resurrector explains in an interview with Reality Sandwich:

The project was seeded at the Temple of the Way of Light in the Peruvian Amazon, at which point I was recruited to work with and create recordings of shamans in traditional ceremonies in Peru. From that foundation, I wanted to start gathering artists and musicians that represent 'archetypal gateways'; veterans in different musical fields whose goal is to connect with the deepest life journey.

He says he chose the name because "speaking the name is a revolutionary potential in and of itself.[1]

 
Resurrector and Maestra Olivia Arévalo Lomas in Peru 2011

Peruvian ConnectionEdit

In 2010, Resurrector "went to Peru to learn about how music and vibration are connected to shamanism".[1] This led to him recording more than 25 indigenous singers from the Shipibo Tribe at the Temple Of The Way Of Light near Iquitos, Peru and produce and release the album Onáyabaon Bewá - Messages from Mother Earth by Shamans of the Temple of the Way of Light. This experience also led to a rebranding of Liberation Movement.

In 2014, in collaboration with Peruvian-based NGO Alianza Arkana and the Rubin Foundation, he returned to Peru with bandmates Sasha Rose, Noah King and filmmakers Mitch Schultz (Writer/Director of DMT: The Spirit Molecule), Donald Schultz and Jason Gamble Harter to document a 3-week journey to the Peruvian Amazon.[4]

"Jiwexon Axebo" Concert in PucallpaEdit

Liberation Movement teamed up with Alianza Arkana and ORAU (the regional political organization of the National Federation of Amazonian Indigenous Peoples) on a concert event held in Pucallpa, Peru called "Jiwexon Axebo" in the Shipibo Tribe's language and "Cultural Revival" in English. The Shipibo traditional singers Maestro Diogenes Garcia and Maestro Olivia Arevalo performed with Liberation Movement.[4]

Olivia Arévalo LomasEdit

Often heralded as the leader and "spiritual mother" of the indigenous Shipibo-konibo community, Maestra Olivia Arévalo Lomas who both performed and recorded with Liberation Movement was tragically murdered in April 2018 at her home. She is featured on the Resurrector produced album Onáyabaon Bewá – Messages from Mother Earth.[5]

 
Liberation Movement performing in Pucallpa, Peru with Maestro Diogenes Garcia

Live PerformanceEdit

Liberation Movement has received many accolades for its live performances and they have performed at festivals including Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis Gathering, Sonic Bloom, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Envision in Costa Rica, Atmosphere Gathering in Canada and many others. A review by Everfest of their performance at the Oregon Eclipse Festival in 2017 stated that Liberation Movement "shone brightest among the Earth Stage's magnificent programming ... Resurrector himself, Grant Chambers, provided a veritable séance in deep dubby beat-science ... This was a spiritualized journey that burrowed many thousands of leagues beneath the Earth's surface, penetrating the consciousness of all who had assembled." [6]

Liberation Movement live performances often feature a wide variety of collaborators and guests from varied genres including Peruvian shamans, champion Tuvan throat singer Soriah, Butoh dance troupe Bad Unkl Sista, SORNE and many others.

Liberation Movement is ultimately a gathering of gatekeeper archetypes, coming together to usher in a new form of liberation technology through music and vibration

— Resurrector[3]
 
Liberation Movement performing at Lucidity Festival 2018

Collaborators and Guest PerformersEdit

Liberation Movement is a collective conglomerate with a massive variety of contributors.[7][8][9][10][11][12][6][13][1][13]

  • Resurrector – production, songwriting, keyboards, live PA
  • Noah King – vocals, songwriting
  • Sasha Rose – vocals, keyboards, production, songwriting
  • James Small – drums
  • El Suchi - guitar, vocals
  • Soriah - throat singing, Tuvan instruments
  • Lux Moderna - production, songwriting, vocals
  • Olivia Ruff - vocals
  • Wailer B - vocals
  • Vir McCoy - guimbri, guitar
  • Oz Fritz - engineer
  • Kēvens - vocals
  • Brandon Farmer - live drums
  • Amy Secada - dance
  • Ganga Giri - didgeridoo
  • Ka Amorastreyu - dance
  • Bad Unkl Sista - Butoh
  • Pym - production
  • Skip Burton - bass
  • Evan Fraser - studio musician
  • MC Azeem - spoken word
  • Stero-Lion - vocals
  • Dr. Israel - vocals
  • Moldover - Robocaster
  • Liquid Stranger - production collaborator
  • Hector Becerra - drums
  • Inkx Herman - drums
  • Kyrstyn Pixton - vocals, songwriting
  • SORNE - guest vocals
  • Elf Tranzporter - vocals
  • Dr. Paul Roberts - voiceover
  • Dakini Star - vocals
  • Jillian Ann - vocals, songwriting
  • Totter Todd - saxophone
  • Plantrae - viola
  • Stunami - live visual artist, graphic design
  • Mitch Schultz - filmmaker
  • Donald Schultz - filmmaker
  • Shane Beresford - graphic & symbolic designer
  • Shipibo Collaborators - Maestro Diogenes, Maestra Olivia, Maestro Sui, Maestro Jorge, Maestra Rosa, Maestra Maria, Maestro Antonio
  • Q'ero Collaborator - Juan Gabriel

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Keyframe Entertainment (May 1, 2017). "Liberating the Masses: An Interview with Resurrector of Liberation Movement". Reality Sandwich.
  2. ^ B. Getz (October 3, 2013). "Review & Photos-Symbiosis Gathering 2013-California". jambase.com.
  3. ^ a b Everfest (April 3, 2018). "Festival All-Stars: Liberation Movement". Everfest.com.
  4. ^ a b Deborah Rivett (April 28, 2014). "Musical Liberation: Collaborative Cultural Convergence in the Amazon". Alianza Arkana.
  5. ^ Dan Collyns (April 29, 2018). "Peru's brutal murders renew focus on tourist boom for hallucinogenic brew". The Guardian.
  6. ^ a b B. Getz (August 31, 2017). "The Standout Musical Performances of Global Eclipse Gathering". Everfest.com.
  7. ^ Music News Desk (May 10, 2017). "California's 15th Annual Joshua Tree Music Festival Hosts Its Spring Edition". Broadway Music World.
  8. ^ PRWeb (April 24, 2017). "Liberation Movement announces upcoming show with Andreilien and The Dogon Lights". PR Web.
  9. ^ The Seeker (July 28, 2013). "The Liberation Movement: Mixing Shipibo Icaros into Artsy Beats". Seekers Way.
  10. ^ Patrick Giblin (June 1, 2017). "Joshua Tree Music Festival 2017 - Review". Grateful Web.
  11. ^ FSHN Staff (May 1, 2017). "Kēvens Tapped As Guest Headliner For Joshua Tree Music Festival". FSHN Magazine.
  12. ^ Ka (April 9, 2014). "Liberation Movement". Serpent Feathers.
  13. ^ a b B. Getz (September 5, 2017). "A Diary in 'Totality': The Best Of The Blessed At Oregon Eclipse". Live For Live Music.

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