Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood Ferguson - Chicago Waves
Released on International Anthem, this fantastic record came from late November of 2018, when long-time collaborators (& life-long Los Angelenos) Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson flew to Chicago to participate in the album release performance of Makaya McCraven’s Universal Beings. Just 11 months prior, Carlos & Miguel were part of recording the ‘Los Angeles Side’ of Universal Beings at Jeff Parker’s house in Altadena, California, and this performance in Chicago would be the first time that all of the musicians reunited to re-learn and perform the music they’d collectively composed during those sessions.
The night after the performance at South Shore Cultural Center, Jeremy Cunningham was scheduled to debut new music at International Anthem's HQ; Co-Prosperity Sphere. Since Carlos & Miguel were still in Chicago they were invited to do a Special Guest duo set to open the show.
At the conclusion of their 44-minute improvised set that night, inspired by the city and Lake Michigan, Carlos spontaneously dubbed the piece “Chicago Waves.”