Released on December 29, 2014, "Sunsum" is the latest release from Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble. It was recorded on July 7th, 2014 at the San Clemente Soto Cultural Center in New York as part of the Evolving Music Series of Arts of Art. It is the group's 8th album and features Bill Cole, Warren Smith, Joseph Daly, Lisette Santiago, Ras Moshe, and Gerald Veasley.
The Untempered Ensemble was founded in 1992 by Bill Cole as a trio. The first members of the group were Bill Cole, Warren Smith and Joe Daley. Later, in the 1990's, bassist William Parker and multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore joined the group. Soon after that, the reed player Sam Furnace was asked to join and then, at the end of the 1990's, Cole's son Atticus became a member of the group, playing hand drums. This group recorded four CDs for Boxholder Records during the early 2000's and gave numerous performances, including at the Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Music Hall in New York.
Following his untimely death in 2003, Sam Furnace was replaced by flute, alto and soprano sax player Ras Moshe.
The Untempered Ensemble had appeared in the Vision Festival in New York City seven times when, in 2009, the organizer of the Festival invited the group to appear again, but this time asked whether the group could include a vocalist. So, for the Vision Festival performance that year, Cole's daughter Althea SullyCole was added to the group. She would later also join the group with her kora.
Most recently, percussionist Lisette Santiago and bassist Gerald Veasley have respectively replaced Atticus Cole and William Parker's successor, Shayna Dulberger.
In 2012 the Ensemble will have been in existence for 20 years. During all of these years Bill, Warren, and Joe have been members and have formed the foundation of the Ensemble. We hope that the Ensemble will exist for at least 20 more.