Renowned Musicians Zoh Amba, Steve Gunn, Shahzad Ismaily & Jim White Announce Debut Beings Album

The new group dubbed will release the collaborative album There Is A Garden in June.

By Nate Todd Apr 24, 2024 1:09 pm PDT

Beings — a new group of Zoh Amba, Steve Gunn, Shahzad Ismaily and Jim White — announced a new album, There is A Garden, due out June 7 through No Quarter Records. The band previewed the LP with two tracks, “Flowers That Talk” and “Happy to Be.”

The New York City-based supergroup features renowned musicians guitarist Steve Gunn, saxophonist Zoh Ambab, drummer Jim White and multi-instrumentalist/producer Shahzad Ismaily.

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The quartet captured the highly improvised There Is A Garden at Ismaily’s Figure 8 studio in Brooklyn with just a few shows under their belt. They immediately noticed the chemistry present.

“I felt very confident, and I think everyone did, that we were going to make a record in two days,” White told Stereogum in an interview. “It had the feeling that it was going to be something, and I didn’t really question it.”

“I remember when we first got set up, being able to hear the drums all mic’d up, hearing what Shahzad was doing and Zoh warming up, I was like, ‘Damn, this is going to be very cool,’” Gunn added. “It’s about this exchange and listening and feeling the energy of the room. For me, that’s the deepest way to experience music.”

“Everything else vanishes during our time together,” Amba said. “I think that’s really, really beautiful.”

Preview There Is A Garden with “Flowers That Talk” and “Happy to Be” below:

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There Is A Garden Tracklist:

  1. Small Vows
  2. Flowers That Talk
  3. God Dances In Your Eyes
  4. In The Garden
  5. Face Of Silence
  6. Sun Greeted
  7. Happy To Be
  8. Morning Sea
  9. Do Come Again
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