Founded by Village Voice icon Greg "Ionman" Tate and co-led with monster groove bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel and adherence to Butch Morris's "Conduction" system allows them to freely juggle a wide swath of the experimental soul-jazz-hip hop & rock spectrum.
With an alumni that includes Matana Roberts, Vijay Iyer, DJ Mutamassik, Okkyung Lee, Julia Kent and Graham Haynes, Burnt Sugar has released fourteen recordings on their labels Tru Groidd & Avant Groidd Musica defining the art of creating scripted sounding music with the wave of a baton and hand gesture.
This very accomplished crew has playing credits that range from Toshi Reagon, Charlie Musselwhite, DJ Logic, Gary Lucas, TV On The Radio, Tamar Kali, Phish, William Parker, Liz Wright, The Holmes Brothers, Wadada Leo Smith, The The, David Murray, Joseph Bowie and Jay Z.
Burnt Sugar freely moves amongst many styles, eras and genres to devise its own exciting hybrids. These hybrids are based on a solid foundation of various musical traditions and the use of cutting-edge music technology. In this sense the group mission honors its deepest inspirations, the first post-modernists of American music – Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, Parliament Funkadelic and The Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Arkestra Conductor Tate says, "Burnt Sugar got the nerve to claim Sly Stone, Morton Feldman, Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix and Jean Luc Ponty as progenitiors Our player-ranks include known Irish fiddlers, AACM refugees, Afro-punk rejects, unrepentant beboppers, feminist rappers, jitterbugging doowoppers, frankly loud funk-a-teers and rodeo stars of the digital divide."