Francisco Mora Catlett

Mora Catlett

“LIKE THE MOST ELEGANT HAND-TOOLED WALNUT DASHBOARD ON THE FLIGHT-DECK OF A SPACE SHUTTLE, IS THE SOUND OF FRANCISCO MORA CATLETT”...    Straight No Chaser, London, UK 1999

“TO REDEFINE WHAT PEOPLE THINK IS JAZZ BY DOING MUSIC LIKE FRANCISCO’S ALBUM NOW”...  Carl Craig, ALL MUSICZINE 1999,

All Music.com/zine/interviews  

Real to a variant componential history, Francisco Mora Catlett has merged Cuban rhythm, Techno funk, Mexican surrealism, African mysticism, Caribbean colors and the Avant-garde to formulate what is uniquely a "New Voice in Jazz".
Mora Catlett comes from a tradition of masterful musicianship. Born in D.C. and reared in Mexico, D.F., he began his technical training at UNAM's School of Music, while at the same time exercising work as a recording artist for Capitol Records in Mexico. In Boston, his musical education was further formulated by such greats as Alan Dawson at the Berkley School of Music, who helped to lay down classical Jazz technique, and Babatunde Olatunji, who helped to surface an inherit African awareness. 

There on, Mora Catlett embarked on a journey through space, time, and sound with Master Sun Ra and the Arkestra. He disembarked from the ship of Ra's avant-garde voyage to found his own Pa'Lante Productions, rooted in Detroit and devoted to the spread of what Mora Catlett has made the thematic base of his career: "African Presence in the music of the Americas".

His first release, "MORA", a result of polished interactive work with artists such as Marcus Belgrave and Kenny Cox, marked the breaking of ground for future creations. This musical phoenix next received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to study with sound firebird, Max Roach. He appeared on two Blue Moon CDs with Roach's M'Boom, "To the Max", and "Live at S.O.B.'s New York". Here after, he served as a visiting Associate Professor to Michigan State University while maintaining rigorous research efforts in Cuba, where work would be done with such necessary components as Afro-Cuba de Matanzas.

Mora Catlett's previously invested endeavors in the Detroit community would now be returned in the form of the city's all original gift of Techno. In collaboration with electro-wiz Carl Craig on single Jazz Mix "Bug in the Bassbin", the innovative genre Jazz Electronica emerged and later resulted with the Innerzone Orchestra's full-length debut "Programmed".

Mora Catlett's departure to Detroit's music scene was the creation of "The Outer Zone Band", coming full force featured on "A Sun Ra Dedication: The Myth Lives On" on Kindred Spirits Recordings.

Also inclusive in his 'must hears' is "World Trade Music", “River Drum” and his new release “OUTERZONE”, elegant mixtures of a unique experience with the presence of Africa in the Americas. Based in New York City, Francisco Mora Catlett leads and works on creative groundbreaking projects that are being taken to the world music scenario. He is music director for “OYU ORO” Afro-Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble lead by Cuban dancer choreographer “La Mora” Danys Perez; together they premiered her celebrated work “PALENQUE” at La MaMa, etc. 

Website: www.myspace.com/franciscomoracatlett



AFRICAN AND CARIBBEAN DANCE AND DRUMMING IN NEW ORLEANS - THE CARIBBEAN GATEWAY TO THE AMERICAS!!

2014 NEW ORLEANS DANCE FESTIVAL
JUNE 26 - JULY 5, 2014

New Orleans Dance Festival Performance on July 4 at 4:00pm in McWilliams room 300. Donations accepted.

TULANE UNIVERSITY
NEWCOMB DANCE PROGRAM
McWILLIAMS HALL ROOM 300

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