In late winter of 2021, four improvisers convened in a Chicago studio. This rare event united UK pianist Alexander Hawkins, midwestern bassist Tatsu Aoki, stalwart drummer Michael Zerang, and me, sleepless Oakland guitarist Karl Evangelista (who had arrived in O’Hare mere hours before downbeat). During breaks, the conversation turned to music and family, two threads that seemed to dominate the waking lives of the musicians involved. Pondering this notion, Aoki asked, „What else is there?”
„What Else is There” combines my open-ended compositions with a series of dialogic free improvisations, each piece essayed with joy, intensity, and spontaneity. This record constitutes some of the best of what I have to offer, marrying spur-of-the-moment intimacy with moments of unexpected gravity.



Release: 10/09/2023

Tracks 1, 4, and 5 composed by Karl Evangelista (Grexsounds/ASCAP)
Tracks 2, 3, 6, and 7 composed by Karl Evangelista (Grexsounds / ASCAP), Tatsu Aoki (Asian Improv Music Pub. Co. / ASCAP), Alexander Hawkins (PRS), and Michael Zerang (munimulamusic / ASCAP)
Recorded December 11, 2021 by Caleb Willitz at FAB Recording Studio in Chicago, IL
Mixed by Karl Evangelista and Myles Boisen Mastered by Myles Boisen
Photo: Karl Evangelista by Katerina Evangelista, Alexander Hawkins by Anoush Abrar, Tatsu Aoki (zalezy króre zdjęcie wykorzystasz), Michael Zerang (Cristina Marx)
Cover Design: Anna Kulikowska
Executive Producer: Maciej Karłowski
For Rei and Malcolm Louis