John Medeski announces new project with a scientist he met in the Amazon

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Saturday, February 6, 2021

Improvisational titan John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood) and scientist and ceremonial folk healer Jeff Firewalker Schmitt had no idea they’d meet and strike up a friendship when they traveled independently to the heart of the Amazon to work with a shaman healer in 2008. But meet they did, and a collaborative creative relationship was born. Twelve years after that fateful meeting, in the midst of a global pandemic, Medeski and Schmitt felt an urgent need to join forces and make music as Saint Disruption, a spirit-driven, soul-inspired new musical collective led by Medeski and Schmitt. Today, Saint Disruption announces their debut album ‘Rose In The Oblivion,’ a sweeping seven-track opus of probing and political neo-funk featuring contributions from Lyric Jones and Last Poets founder Umar Bin Hassan amongst others.

Saint Disruption announced their debut album 'Rose in the Oblivion' today and released their new song “Choke A Man,” an explosive track that unpacks the many forms oppression can take. A portion of the proceeds from “Choke A Man” will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Watch the official video for “Choke A Man” here.