Tired of he same old, dry music reviews? We are. In Modus Operandi, we ask the musicians or label bosses behind our favourite new releases to break them down for us instead.

For #002 in the series we reached out to Ahmad Muhammad a.k.a Kafari a USA based electronic musician, pianist, and rhythm bones player from Portland, Maine to say a litle sumthin’ about his new ‘Knocturnes’ Release.

“My roots are in jazz piano, where I first fell in love with Bill Evans and his music.

I was especially drawn to his trio album ‘Explorations,’ which I was obsessed with throughout high school. Although jazz isn’t currently at the heart of what I’m focusing on, it continues to inflect everything that I do. The idea for ‘Knockturnes’ came about one night in December 2014 – not long after I first began playing with MIDI – when I tried modulating the Bill Evans trio song ‘Nardis.’ I was so amazed by how it changed the audio and how it was possible to do so much with just a short loop. Because Bill Evans’ music has such a dreamy character, I found myself gravitating towards loops that really embodied that.”

“This album is dedicated to the Bill Evans trio. (and its many iterations)

‘Knockturnes’ is the culmination of a sampling experiment that began on a snowy night in Maine in December 2014. Each song on the album is based on a single two to four-second repeating loop taken from a Bill Evans trio recording. As the loop for a particular song cycles continuously, a keyboard controller is used to alter the register of the loop in real time – this changes not only the pitch of the loop but the tempo as well, giving rise to a new chord progression, melody, and time signature within the modulated sample.”


Catch tracks from Kafari on Wiliam McGiven’s Constellations Show – Thursday’s at 9PM GMT