Build An Ark is a Los Angeles based creative music ensemble that was formed as an immediate peace action. During the hysteria after the events of 9/11/2001 the band came together to promote calmness and peace in the world. The band is led by producer Carlos Nio and vocalist Dwight Trible and includes members such as (Tribe Records founder) Phil Ranelin, (Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra elder) Nate Morgan, Adam Rudolph, Derf Reklaw, Alan Lightner, Lesa Terry, Joshua Spiegelman, Peter Harris, Trevor Ware, Baba Alade, Andres Renteria, Tracey Hart, Gaby Hernandez amongst others.
Together they have they recorded for two days, the result is a collection of songs, which are a combination of timeless soul and jazz music by legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders ('You've Gotta Have Freedom'), who recently played with the band at their second live show, Michael White ('The Blessing Song'), Stanley Cowell ('Peace With Every Step'), Phil Ranelin ('Vibes From The Tribe') as well as original vintage compositions by members of the band and new guided improvisations. Nio and Trible wrote lyrics to songs such as 'Equipoise' and 'Precious, Priceless' and Nio and the band came up with the arrangements as noted.
All in all Peace With Every Step was made to connect a new generation of music lovers to the sound that Nio felt most directly influenced the hip-hop that he grew up with and at the same time deliver a universal message of peace, love and an end to all war.
Build An Ark was already featured on the Sun Ra Dedication album with their 'Door of the Cosmos' song as well as appearing on the latest Gilles Peterson Worldwide compilation with an alternative version of Michael White's 'The Blessing Song'. Well recommended!!