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The Hope I Hold

by Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

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    releases June 28, 2019

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    6-panel slim wallet designed by Ktu Meza.

    Includes digital pre-order of The Hope I Hold. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases June 28, 2019
    item ships out on or around June 27, 2019
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Tangled in the Ancient Endless Chain
America Will Be
Fooled and Pushed Apart
06:08 video
Para Volar
Zamba de Lozano
Become the Water
Epilogue/Make America Again


Having performed and collaborated with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, David Bowie, Sufjan Stevens, Ivan Lins, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Wynton Marsalis, and the Saturday Night Live house band, trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle brings these experiences to bear leading his own band, Catharsis, which has released four acclaimed studio albums.

On their new full-length album The Hope I Hold, Ryan Keberle & Catharsis are departing, expanding and progressing. It’s an album full of welcome firsts. To start, it’s the first Catharsis release to feature the genius multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson on saxophone, alongside band veterans Jorge Roeder on bass and Eric Doob on drums. It also marks the debut of Chilean artist Camila Meza as the group’s guitarist, adding to her role as vocalist.

The album also underscores Keberle’s evolving roles as well, and features him not only on trombone but on vocals and keyboards. But perhaps the most important unfolding on The Hope I Hold relates to the album’s theme of optimism in the face of political and cultural corruption. The album features lyrics drawn from “Let America Be America Again,” a virtuosic and poignant poem written by Langston Hughes in 1935 that Keberle felt compelled to incorporate into his new work.


releases June 28, 2019


Ryan Keberle – Trombone, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Korg Minilogue, Piano, Vocals
Camila Meza – Vocals, Guitar, Guitar FX
Scott Robinson – Tenor Saxophone
Jorge Roeder – Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass, Bass FX
Eric Doob – Drums

Production Credits:

Produced by Ryan Keberle
Executive Producer – Dave Douglas
Recorded at D.A.D.S studio in Brooklyn, NY on September 12, 2018
Recorded at Figure 8 studio in Brooklyn, NY on September 13, 2018
Engineered by Eric Doob (D.A.D.S); Michael Coleman and Nate Mendelsohn (Figure 8)
Edited by Leo Sidran
Mixed by Alex Venguer
Mastered by Tyler McDiarmid
Artwork and Design by Ktu Meza

All arrangements by Ryan Keberle except Track 7 (Camila Meza) and Tracks 8 & 9 (Jorge Roeder).

Tracks 1 through 5, 9 & 10 music by Ryan Keberle (Groove Monkey Music / BMI)
Tracks 1-3 lyrics by Langston Hughes
Track 6 music and lyrics by Camila Meza (Ambar Music / ASCAP)
Track 7 music by Jorge Roeder (Jorge Roeder Music / SESAC)
Track 8 lyrics by Manuel Jose Castillo and music by Gustavo “Cuchi” Leguizamon (WB Music Corp OBO Editorial Lagos / ASCAP)
Track 9 lyrics by Mantsa Miro (Mantsa Miro / BMI)

The Hope I Hold by Ryan Keberle & Catharsis has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2016 New Jazz Works program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


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Trombonist Ryan Keberle & Catharsis release their fifth album, "The Hope I Hold" on June 28.

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Track Name: Despite the Dream
Despite the Dream
Words by Langston Hughes

I’m the one who dreamed,
a dream so strong, so brave, so true, it sings
For I’m the one who came,
To build a “homeland of the free.” (The free?, Who said the free? Not me?)

All the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung, and hopes we’ve held
The [throngs] who have nothing—
Except a dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

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