February 1, 2018
Featuring Jason Moran, Steve Coleman, Melvin Gibbs, Micah Gaugh and Morgan Craft.
To celebrate the culmination of artist Arthur Jafa’s recent exhibition at the Serpentine – A Series of Utterly Improbably, Yet Extraordinary Renditions – the artist presented a one-night Listening Session.
For the unique event, Jafa assembled jazz luminaries Steve Coleman, Morgan Craft, Micah Gaugh, Melvin Gibbs, Kokayi Issa and Jason Moran to perform separately but simultaneously at secret ‘Black Sites’ around London.
The music was streamed into the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, where Okwui Okpokwasili performed, with the collaborative recording cut live and direct to disc by The Vinyl Factory Lathe.
In tandem with an expanded opening of Jafa’s Serpentine exhibition at JSC Berlin, the unique live track will be released on vinyl for the first time in new VF Edition 12″ A Series Of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions, out end of February.
Limited to 300 copies worldwide, A Series Of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions features sleeve artwork created by Jafa in collaboration with OSK Studio Los Angeles.
Each copy is hand-signed and numbered, with a gatefold sleeve printed UV litho and black overprint on silver mirri board, and an inner sleeve featuring hand screen printing and clear gloss foil blocking.
In 2017 Store X The Vinyl Factory presented Jafa’s vision of contemporary Black America – Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death – at Store Studios, 180 The Strand, in collaboration with Serpentine Galleries.
Order a copy here and listen to an exclusive clip from the live recording below.