Gig Alert: Jacob Garchik

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Jacob Garchik
"Digression on the History of Jews and Black Music"
Playing on Wednesday at ShapeShifter Lab
(18 Whitwell Place, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn)
Get: Tickets ($12 cover) | Directions 

Trombonist, arranger and composer Jacob Garchik is a familiar face in the city’s world music and experimental jazz scenes. The San Francisco native leads and performs in various New York outfits, including the Mexican brass group Banda de los Muertos. He’s also cultivated a lengthy list of studio work--most notably, as an arranger for the string ensemble Kronos Quartet.

Garchik’s new album, The Heavens: The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album, builds on a love and interest in gospel and religious music, he explains in the album notes and site.

“I knew I had to play it but I wanted to do it on my own terms and in a way that was honest. In my mind, music and religion are both amazing reflections of human creativity.”

The nine-part suite draws on such themes as “the birth of the universe, morality for non-believers, and the nature of eternity.” Download its lead single “Digression on the History of Jews and Black Music.” Garchik employs cascading brass melodies throughout the rollicking track to map out the two peoples’ sonic common ground.

Jacob Garchik celebrates The Heavens album release at the ShapeShifter Lab on Wednesday night.