Darius Jones’ Samesoul Maker is the second installment of a three-part work utilizing a new language and compositional approach fully created by Jones. For his 2014 compositional debut at Carnegie Hall, Jones presented the second iteration, The Oversoul Manual, an a cappella work comprised of 15 pieces performed by his vocal quartet, the Elizabeth-Caroline Unit. An elemental part of Jones’ Mani’sh Boy mythology, the piece is a fully illuminated, radical expression of Jones’ profound love for the voice, which remains at the foundation of his creative life.
Samesoul Maker explores the commitment of the father figure during the process of childbirth on the planet Or’gen. The father figure becomes the Samesoul Maker through a daily mantra performed in a 15-part cycle using an ancient instrument to embroider the repetitions. Each cycle is seeding the love, desires and support of the father for the creation of his child. He does this every day to lend psychic and emotional energy to strengthen the bond being created amongst the mothers of his Unit as they sing The Oversoul Manual.
Samesoul Maker will be proceeded by LawNOrder (pronounced «law no order»), a new 45-minute game piece dealing with social justice and American history. Each player represents a separate character (unknown to the others player) and is handed a law to follow at the beginning of the piece.