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