N TO THE POWER is a band from New York City led by Blake Leyh & Tony Jarvis with a floating village of collaborators. We play mostly instrumental music with winds, strings, percussion, and electronics.
AUTOGENESIS is N TO THE POWER’s debut album recorded over three years in Harlem. With a wide range of musical inspiration (the Bayaka pygmies, Erik Satie, The Meters, Steve Reich, Fela Kuti), the 10-piece band creates intricate instrumental combinations of simple motifs, hypnotic interlocked rhythms and melodies which sound like the aural equivalent of Escher’s optical illusions. Sometimes upbeat and energetic (Supertonic, The God Particle), sometimes slow-motion and spacious (their 12-minute cover of Bill Evans’ “Peace Piece”), all of the music is played by hand on real instruments and then woven into complex structures using modern studio techniques.
AUTOGENESIS will be released September 4th, 2020 on vinyl, streaming, and download. The vinyl album is a limited edition of 207.
BLAKE LEYH is an Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated, Harlem-based composer, multi- instrumentalist, and sound designer who’s worked with John Waters, Spike Lee, Julie Taymor, and Jonathan Demme among many others. Leyh was the music supervisor for David Simon's HBO shows The Wire, Treme, The Deuce, and The Plot Against America. In addition to composing and instrumental work in N2P, Leyh also co-produces and mixes the music and serves as the band's in-house art director, designer, and filmmaker.
TONY JARVIS is a jazz saxophonist, bass clarinetist, guitarist, and composer. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, he studied with Roscoe Mitchell (of the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago), cut his eyeteeth on punk with his SST Records band the Tar Babies, and played with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Charles Bradley, My Morning Jacket, Phish, and in the Broadway musical FELA! Jarvis co-writes and produces N2P's music and is the band's live music director.
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AUTOGENESIS ALBUM DIGITAL BOOKLET
PDF digital booklet with album art, credits, and full liner notes by Mark Dery.