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Effortlessly crafting a fusion of folk, classical, jazz, and blues, the Galen Kipar Project has been hailed as “complex yet accessible” and “cohesive and poignant” with “experimental folk masterpieces.” Based in Asheville, in 2011 GKP released their fourth album The Scenic Route which features the unique sonorous sound that has become the band’s trademark. GKP is vocalist Galen Kipar on guitars & harmonica, Lyndsay Pruett on violin & vocals, Jeremy Young on drum kit, Ben Portwood on upright bass & vocals, along with with frequent guest Aaron Ballance on dobro and lap steel. “This is folk and blues done so well, with bits of jazz and funk thrown in making it that much more enjoyable,” states Origivation Magazine.

Galen’s other endeavor keeps him on the water as he serves as a fly fishing guide with Curtis Wright Outfitters to Western North Carolina which has over 3000 miles of Trout waters and streams. He gets much of his inspiration for songwriting while standing waist deep in a river. If fans would like to go fishing with Galen this summer and talk music, they can visit www.curtiswrightoutfitters.com.

True to his inspiration, Galen sings in the song Riversong, “Headin’ on down to the waterside, gonna take some time, to rest my mind. Gonna break there, gonna stay there. For a moment there, I’ll sigh.” Water is a consistent theme in his uplifting music that WNC Magazine describes as, “intricate and memorable, sophisticated and relaxed.

The GKP was featured on WNCW’s 2010 Crowd Around the Mic Compilation CD with artists such as Darrell Scott, Jeff Sipe and Ike Stubblefield, Muddy Waters Reunion Band, Drivin & Cryin’ and Jim Lauderdale. Their hit October Snow was used in a commercial promoting the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) and the WNC Farmers Market Association and was also a finalist in the Google TV for All Contest. ASAP has released a Spring 2011 video for the farmer’s market with one of GKP’s songs at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qg-82R0QB7U.

Here is a video interview and show clips from the last time GKP played the LAB by Jeremiah Greer Live:

Show details at a glance:

Galen Kipar Project
Friday, July 8, 2011

9:45pm doors 10:15pm show
Donation $7 minimum
39 N. Lexington Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801

** There will be a pre-party at Highland Brewing from 6-8pm in East Asheville. **

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Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) developed a commercial for the Mountain Tailgate Market Association, and it begins airing today! It was filmed @ Flying Cloud Farm/North Asheville Tailgate Market, produced by local Patrick Cavan Brown, and features music from Galen Kipar Project . Check it out below.

Also Check out this interview with Galen Kipar by the Mountain Times in Boone. GKP plays The Lexington Ave Brewery in Asheville tonight 10/7 and then Canyons in Blowing Rock tomorrow 10/8.

Here is an excerpt of the article:

Galen Kipar Project meshes jazz with the funk

by Lauren K. Ohnesorge

It’s bluesy. It’s funky. It’s jazzy. It’s the Galen Kipar Project…

“I guess it’s kind of like a slew of genres,” front man Galen Kipar said.

Add in elements of classical composition with a dash of Americana and you have a sound that, while hard to classify, is just eclectic enough to work.

The Asheville-based crew can’t help but play off what they were given: Majestic mountain scenery.

“It’s influenced the imagery of the music and the lyrics,” he said. “I am a supporter or believer that art is a reflection of your immediate culture or your immediate environment. This environment and community have definitely channeled through in the music.”

A musical background doesn’t hurt either.

“I started playing music, I guess it was 1991,” Kipar said. “I found an old classical guitar in my mother’s closet, and a friend had just gotten a guitar, so we were kind of playing chords.”

A music education from Brevard College and several tour dates later, Kipar is thrilled to be back in the High Country.

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