Item added to your cart.

Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
Chicago Waves
International Anthem
Catalogue Number
Release Date
September 25, 2020

Instant WAV / FLAC download with all Vinyl / Vinyl / CD purchases.


Chicago Waves showcases a performance given by Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson in late 2018 at Co-Prosperity Sphere, the Chicago base of the International Anthem label. The pair were in the city to link up with Makaya McCraven for a live performance of the Universal Beings album that they had all worked on together just under a year previously. However, while there are traces of Universal Beings to Chicago Waves - most keenly felt in how aesthetics from spiritual jazz fleck the corners of these tracks - the pair’s sound here is ultimately further out in the ether, largely operating at a place where new age, fourth world and free composition meet.

Jon Hassell is the artist who most immediately springs to mind when listening to Chicago Waves. In particular, the parts of Hassell’s work with skirt close to the meditative jazz of Sun Ra and Laraaji guide the questing and expansive atmospheres of many of the tracks. The fourth world has always been a more challenging terrain to traverse than many give it credit for, and as such there are also points when the music morphs into some rather unsettling drones. However, these sections never take over the work as a whole, and by and large Chicago Waves moves forward with a kind of ecstatic purpose. As if to solidify the welcoming principles which guide their practise, at the end of the performance the audience is invited to join with Niño and Atwood-Ferguson in an act of musical and spiritual camaraderie. It is a fitting end to this refreshing, utopian set of sonics.

Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s Chicago Waves improvisation is a spiritualised voyage into the fourth world.

Recorded & Mixed by Dave Vettraino. Mastered by David Allen.

Cover Art by Sam Klickner. Portrait by Kristie Kahns. Layout & Liner Design by Craig Hansen.

Produced by Scott McNiece.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Part I 3:22 Buy
  2. 2 Part II 5:31 Buy
  3. 3 Part III 5:08 Buy
  4. 4 Part IV 9:01 Buy
  5. 5 Part V 3:10 Buy
  6. 6 Part VI - Into Eternity 3:21 Buy

    Part VI - Into Eternity

  7. 7 Part VII 3:31 Buy
  8. 8 Part VIII - Chicago Waves 10:00 Buy

    Part VIII - Chicago Waves

  9. 9 Parts I-IV (Continuous) 23:03 Buy

    Parts I-IV (Continuous)

  10. 10 Parts V-VIII (Continuous) 20:04 Buy

    Parts V-VIII (Continuous)

Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

International Anthem

View More

Ambient and Modern Classical

View More

Limited Editions

--:-- --:--

Privacy Settings

This site uses cookies and similar technologies. For information, please read our cookies policy. Cookies Policy

Allow All
Manage Consent Preferences