Ben LaMar Gay (US)

Ben LaMar Gay’s criticallylauded 2018 break out Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun was more like a greatest hits than a debut album, as it compiled the best of the prolific but obscurityprone Chicago native artist’s previously unreleased music. Open Arms to Open Us will be the first release of brand new, freshly baked tunes by Gay, a collection recorded entirely at International Anthem studios in Chicago between MarchJune 2021.

He is an artist that has been called “visionary” by the New York Times. Jeff Parker has called  him “one of my favorite musicians on the planet today.” NPR says “there is no one universe for Ben LaMar Gay, he just sonic booms from one sound to another.” Gay lives up to all these statements and more, putting all his best feet forward on this new album. Fluently
interweaving jazz, blues, ballads, R&B, raga, new music, nursery rhyme, Tropicalia, twostep, hiphop and beyond in his most colorful and communicable work yet, it’s a beaming
expression of Gay’s signature omnigenre, “PanAmericana” brew.

Featured artists on the album include: OHMME singers Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart, bassist/vocalist/arranger Ayanna Woods, multidisciplinary Rwandan artist Dorothée Munyaneza, poet A.Martinez, cellist Tomeka Reid, and vocalists Onye Ozuzu,
Gira Dahnee, and Angel Bat Dawid.



International Anthem




Ben LaMar Gayvocals, synths, cornet, flute
Will Faberguitar, synth, flute
Josh Sirotiaktuba, flute
Tommaso Morettidrums, flute