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Wednesday June 8
Live audience radio set
KPFA w/ David Gans
9-10pm

KPFA is at 1929 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, CA http://galenkipar.com

Effortlessly crafting a fusion of folk, classical, jazz, and blues, Galen Kipar has been hailed as “complex yet accessible” and “cohesive and poignant.” His most recent release, The Scenic Route, was listed in WNCW’s Top 100 Albums of 2010! Host of the Grateful Dead Hour, David Gans states about the album, “It’s like a collection of short stories, brilliantly constructed and with a unique and compelling literary voice. I keep coming back to each song, listening more deeply and being drawn more deeply in. I was knocked out by their last CD, and was hoping I’d like the next one even half as much; if anything, I like this one twice as much.”


Thursday June 9
Rubber Souldiers & Galen Kipar

Ashkenaz
9pm

1317 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 525-5054

Rubber Souldiers is the phenomenal Beatles tribute band combining the talents of Grateful Dead historian and innovative songwriter David Gans with the incomparable Rowan Brothers! This trio brings to the stage a rockabilly/jam-band revision of all your favorites from the Fab Four!The band describes themselves as: “Beatles vocabulary with a Grateful Dead syntax… The Beatles wrote all these kick-ass songs and these amazing grooves, and then they quit ’em after three minutes. And so we’re stretching them out and stringing them together.” -David Gans – guitar, vocals

“The essence of Rubber Souldiers is the harmony singing, instrumental jamming and the experimental approach. By expanding on spontaneous things that happen, we’re creating our sound.” – Chris Rowan – guitar, vocal

“We’ve written our pieces around their pieces, our hooks around their hooks. We take some of the more obscure songs and mix them with some of the more familiar ones. We’ve opened it up so things flow within you and without you – to coin a phrase.” –Lorin Rowan – guitar, mandolin, vocals


Friday June 10
Galen Kipar with Ike Marr
Big Water Grille
Showtime: 8:30p
(775) 833-0606
North Shore of Lake Tahoe
341 Ski Way • Incline Village, NV  www.ikemarr.com

Ike Marr has more than 20 years of professional experience in laying studio tracks for music sessions as well as movie soundtracks, network television shows, and even video games.

Ike has built his career in American acoustic rock music, playing variations on Acoustic, Alternative, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Classical, Folk, Pop and Rock. He can provide performances on viola, violin, mandolin, banjo, electric or acoustic guitar, electric or acoustic bass guitar, keys, piano, organ and vocals.

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Galen Kipar Project. Photo by Jake Pelham- Folktography.

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, GKP recently released their fourth album in five years 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 Kipar Project did a recent interview Jeremiah Greer Live at their show at the Lexington Ave Brewery (The LAB) in Asheville, NC. Check out the interview as well as clip from the show here:

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WNCW’s Top 100 2010 CDs

#37 Keller and the Keels – Thief


#51 Galen Kipar Project – The Scenic Route


#56 Dehlia Low – Live


 

WNCW’s Top 20 Regional CDs of 2010

#4 Dehlia Low – Live

#12 Galen Kipar Project – The Scenic Route

 

For the complete list visit: http://www.wncw.org/Top100_2008.html (says 2008 in the url, but it is 2010 )

 

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Representing diverse clientele that value uniqueness with a funky edge  ///  Donna the Buffalo, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Acoustic Syndicate, Mad Tea Party, Galen Kipar Project, Dehlia Low, the Lexington Ave Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF) and more!

 

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This is Asheville based band Galen Kipar Project with Lyndsay Pruett performing “How I’ve Changed” at the Amphitheater stage on Thursday at the 2010 MagnoliaFest at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL! It was filmed by Gary Reckard.

Read more about MagnoliaFest at these two blogs:

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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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Galen Kipar Project Fall Tour Dates:

Wed 10/6 ~ Stone Soup ~ Landrum, SC
Thu 10/7 ~ The Lab ~ Asheville, NC
Fri 10/8 ~ Canyons ~ Blowing Rock, NC
Sat 10/ 9 ~ Leaf Festival of Cashiers, NC
Thu 10/14 ~ Olde Hickory Tap Room ~ Hickory, NC
Fri 10/15 ~ The Purple Fiddle ~Thomas, WV

Sat 10/ 16 ~  Mojo’s ~ Urbanna, VA
Mon 10/18 ~ The PourHouse, Charleston, SC
Wed 10/20 ~ Awendaw Green, Awenedaw, SC
Fri- Sun 10/22-24 ~ Magnolia Festival ~ Live Oak, Fl

Thu 11/4 ~ Blue 5 ~ Roanoke, VA

Fri 11/5 Urbanna Oyster Festival ~ Urbanna, VA

“In Asheville, fans call his act a ‘small-scale symphony.’ It’s probably more like chamber folk/pop, sometimes reminiscent of Adrian Belew’s quieter moods.” ~Tad Dickens, Roanoke Times

Galen Kipar Project released their fourth album in five years, The Scenic Route in June 2010. It was recorded in Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC and has been widely received, satisfying the musical longings of loyal fans as well as the uninitiated.

The Scenic Route is luminous and warm; Kipar’s vocals as light and syncopated as water cascading over rocks…Each song on Routes is carefully orchestrated and worked with the tender care of a master painter at his easel. Kipar elevates this eight-song collection far beyond standard singer/songwriter fare, wringing emotion and texture from each song and adding layers of interest with rich, resonant percussion and an intricate dance of string tones. He pushes the envelope of how many sounds can be introduced without reducing the sum to a fuzzy, sonic snarl.” ~Alli Marshall, Asheville’s Mountain Xpress

Galen Kipar Project’s line up and instrumentation for the shows are  Aaron Ballance – lap steel guitar, dobro; Ben Portwood – upright bass, vocals; Galen Kipar – guitars, vocals, harmonicas; Jeremy Young – drum kit; Lyndsay Pruett – violin, vocals.

Check out the song “Rushing Over My Bones” in the video below. This song was chosen by WNCW for their Annual “Crowd around the Mic” compilation vol 14.

Strange, slightly other-worldly acoustic music sung in a sweet, slightly distracted voice. I think of it as a sort of American Primitive, with hits of Sandy Bull in the guitars, Brett Dennen in the voice, Donna the Buffalo in the rustic simplicity, and something altogether new in the wonderful orchestrations… In the words of Tina Fey, when I hear the sounds of this nearby world, I want to go to there.'”

“North Carolina singer-songwriter Galen Kipar has nothing to do with the Grateful Dead, but I’m really excited to turn you on to this music. The Scenic Route has been my favorite CD since it arrived in my mailbox a couple of months ago.”~ David Gans; KPFA’s Dead to the World, Host of Grateful Dead Hour
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Great review of  The Galen Kipar Project from a recent show in Roanoke, VA! Check it out:

Pop Life: A Promising “Project”

September 7th, 2010 · New River Voice

Since the halcyon days of first grade, I’d been told never to begin a story with “Once upon a time.” The universal tenet being that such a preface should be reserved for homilies and fairy tales. Not to mention that the appearance of these words typically portends banal storytelling: “Once upon a time this thing happened at this place around this time, and some stuff went down after that, and people learned lessons about the virtues of Cornhole tournaments (but not everyone because some people are just inherently evil), and that’s really all I have to say, so thanks for reading; enjoy the lobster bisque.”

And yet for the tale of Galen Kipar and his Asheville, North Carolina-based band, The Galen Kipar Project, “Once upon a time” seems just as appropriate an introduction as any. Notwithstanding the fact that they’re about to put the finishing touches on album number four in nearly as many years, they may as well have just materialized out of thin air.

Of course, the burgeoning swell of die-hard followers, I’m certain, would take issue with such a promulgation, but c’mon. Apart from a Facebook page, a few CD review quotes, and a couple of YouTube videos, there seems to be precious little information on these guys circulating the excessively waterlogged World Wide Webfoot platypus. I mean they don’t even have their own Wikipedia entry! Who doesn’t have their own Wikipedia entry?  OK, I don’t.

But never mind. If you’re unfamiliar with these troubadours’ dynamic body of work, you probably won’t be for too much longer. Kipar and company have frequented the New River and Roanoke valleys often during their five-year lifespan, and if the Pied Piper-like migration of people to the stage during their FloydFest performance this past summer is any kind of barometer, the band is on an immutable trajectory of permeating Southwest Virginia with their versatile, yet immediately attainable sonority.

The Project’s Facebook page describes the band’s sound as “a fusion of folk, classical, jazz, and blues.” When I saw them recently play Blue 5 in Roanoke, my mind reflexively conjured up Dave Matthews Band comparisons, which I think will be inevitable for any first-time indulgers, if not slightly unfair. More so, however, I found they reminded me of the now defunct Blue Mountain, a band whose foundation was similarly fashioned through roots music, and the dissolution of which I still mourn. Yet while speaking with Kipar during a set break, I get the impression he’s not exactly high on genre labels or comparisons to his contemporaries anyway.

“Everything’s already been done before, right?” he says with an amiable shrug. But then, with just the slightest hint of mild sardonicism in his tone, he provides an example of a same-yet-different trend in Americana music to underscore his point: “I mean now they got guys playing punk music with banjos.”

Now, although he doesn’t actually list names, you get the sense that he could be referring to any number of artists comprising all the vastly ambiguous classifications of music that have “folk” somewhere in the title, including folk rock, folk punk, and—my personal favorite—freak folk. (I’m still waiting to hear the emerging artists from the folk accountant and folk serial killer movements.)

With the multitude of style amalgamations suffusing modern music, genre classifications have become essentially superfluous, if not all together inaccurate. Alternative music of any kind is no longer the exception, but the norm.  And who cares? Attempting to affix some kind of a half-assed, culturally resonant moniker to a style of music these days is merely a result of this inherent compulsion to “explain” what it is you’re hearing. Palpable, engaging music requires no explanation or deconstruction. And Kipar and friends deliver on that premise in spades.

While comparisons to the aforementioned Dave Matthews Band may be inextricable, DMB’s relentless touring schedule during the early ’90s—which slowly but surely transmogrified them from humble, bootleg tape-condoning road warriors to monolithic megastars—is not a path Kipar has any interest in emulating.

He gave that a go a few years back, and found it both physically and mentally exhausting. Plus, the reality is that, at the moment, the band’s coffer does not serve as the exclusive source of income for each of its constituents. Bassist, Ben Portwood has his own edible landscape architecture business, (yeah, I didn’t know what that was either until I looked it up; prior to that, I just had images of flavorful sawdust), and Kipar himself brings home the bacon as a fly fishing guide, a passion he explores in the ebullient song entitled, naturally, “Fishing.”

Now, with the Internet serving as the ultimate dissemination tool, the need to be on the road constantly is no longer a prerequisite for reaching a wide audience. Instead, Kipar can allocate more time to focus on songwriting and development, and the overall cultivation of his artistry.

So, five years into this gig, the story of the Galen Kipar Project is just beginning. Looking for a good intro? How about this: Once upon a time, a guy named Galen Kipar picked up a guitar, people listened, and good things followed.

Todd Guill is a columnist for the New River Voice, music fan, and an astute observer of pop culture.

READ THE ORIGINAL POST HERE: http://newrivervoice.com/archives/4783

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Check out this great blog podcast post by MusicGoat.com.

Music Podcast 039: Acoustic Soul And Folk Maintain

In true Musicgoat fashion, the music on this podcast ranges from acoustic soul to straight folk to all points in between.

Mellow, insightful, upbeat, soulful, motivational and a just an overall great podcast to grab a drink and kick back too.

Listen now and share with everyone you know (they will love you for it).

Visit this Site to hear the podcast: http://musicgoat.com/podcast/music-podcast-039-acoustic-soul-and-folk-maintain

Artists And Songs heard on this podcast

Jokers And Jacks – “Now Way To Go”

Nick Shattuck – “Follow The River”

Nick Shattuck – “Best That I Can”

Chris Kendall – “Sing The Same Song” -Lets Take A Walk-
You can also find the Music Goat on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/MusicGoat
Visit PlanetCorey.com to hear and download the bloggers original music.

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Check out this new video for the Galen Kipar Project:


The songs in the above video is from GKP’s newest release, The Scenic Route. It is Galen Kipar Project live @ Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC 8-12-10. Musicians: Jeremy Young – drums, Lyndsay Pruett – violin, vox, Aaron Ballance – dobro, Ben Portwood – upright bass, Galen Kipar – guitar, harmonica, vox.

We are pleased to announce that WNCW has selected “Rushing Over My Bones” off the new release The Scenic Route, to be featured on their annual Crowd Around The Mic Vol. 14. Thanks WNCW for all you do for music!

Galen Kipar Project’s fourth album in five years, The Scenic Route, was recorded in Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina-[Others who have recorded there include Donna the Buffalo, Avett Brothers, and Band of Horses]. Featuring eight songs, the album promises to satisfy the musical longings of loyal fans as well as the uninitiated.  Mastered in NYC by Richard Morris Mastering – Iron and Wine, Nora Jones, Wiyos, Felise Brothers (richardmorrismastering.com). The Scenic Route was published by Paper Sailer Publishing and released nationally on June 29th 2010.

Here is what the press has to say about GKP:
The Scenic Route is luminous and warm; Kipar’s vocals as light and syncopated as water cascading over rocks…Each song on Routes is carefully orchestrated and worked with the tender care of a master painter at his easel. Kipar elevates this eight-song collection far beyond standard singer/songwriter fare, wringing emotion and texture from each song and adding layers of interest with rich, resonant percussion and an intricate dance of string tones. He pushes the envelope of how many sounds can be introduced without reducing the sum to a fuzzy, sonic snarl.” ~Alli Marshall, Asheville’s Mountain Xpress

“In Asheville, fans call his act a ‘small-scale symphony.’ It’s probably more like chamber folk/pop, sometimes reminiscent of Adrian Belew’s quieter moods.” ~Tad Dickens, Roanoke Times

“I was given a copy of his CD Why It’s Needed [2007]  … and I was hooked right away.” … “Strange, slightly other-worldly acoustic music sung in a sweet, slightly distracted voice. I think of it as a sort of American Primitive, with hits of Sandy Bull in the guitars, Brett Dennen in the voice, Donna the Buffalo in the rustic simplicity, and something altogether new in the wonderful orchestrations. I have heard this CD about four times all the way through since it hit my car’s CD player two days ago. One of the songs… made me cry the first time I heard it. In the words of Tina Fey, when I hear the sounds of this nearby world, I want to go to there.'” ~David Gans, KPFA’s Dead to the World, Host of Grateful Dead Hour
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Galen Kipar Project at the 2010 FloydFest!

Check out this great review of the Galen Kipar Project’s new release, The Scenic Route in Bold Life. GKP is playing in Asheville This Thursday, August 12th,  at the Grey Eagle in Asheville with the Stereofidelics.

Musical Melting Pot

BY ROBIN TOLLESON in Bold Life

The Galen Kipar Project’s blend of original folk and Americana has been dubbed “experimental” by some music scribes. But it’s really more “old school” roots, like “really old school.”

Galen Kipar fuses his soulfully sung melodies and blues threads with structure ideas he learned studying Debussy’s playbook. Kipar composes with his scope open wide, and has produced four albums in the last five years, including 2008’s acclaimed Paper Sailor, and, just-released, The Scenic Route.

find out more about Galen’s musical background

Kipar started playing music when he was 14, after finding his mother’s classical guitar in a closet. “A friend of mine had just gotten a guitar, and he was learning chords,” he says. “So I started learning chords, and soon we started trying to play songs.”

Now 33, Kipar was a self-taught musician until enrolling at Brevard College in 2001. “My emphasis was in composition,” he says. “I started out as a guitar performance major because I wanted to be able to play an instrument to write songs on. But I switched my interest to composition, and that’s really what I was in love with — I just didn’t know it until I chunked through some of that stuff. That’s what college forces you to do.”

Kipar’s songwriting skills have earned praise from many sources — “small scale symphony,” writes Mountain Xpress, “never settling for conventional melodic or lyrical choices,” adds Asheville magazine. “Going to school and studying composition with Paul Elwood was basically like gathering a toolbox,” Kipar says. “Before I went back to school I had hit a plateau where I just wrote the same song over and over again in a different way. Picking up compositional techniques and tactics, you just have a whole dictionary of things to use as writing tools. I don’t think I’ll ever cover everything in my lifetime. That’s the beauty of it. There are so many different ways to create music.”

Kipar is inspired by music like Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ and Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody In Blue.’ “I love Debussy’s ‘La Mer,'” he says. “It’s all about the oceans, and it’s creating imagery through several different movements. My college professor was persistent that you take an original melody when you’re thinking about a song or a work, and you get everything that happens in that song from that group of notes, those intervals. It can always come back around, but you’re developing it from those. It’s like when you’re writing — you come up with a topic, you develop your thesis statement and then you elaborate on that statement. Music is a language in so many different forms, so a lot of those same principles can be applied.”

Kipar met his talented bandmate, Jon Morrow, at Brevard College, where they played classical music together in the guitar ensemble. Morrow plays an eight-stringed Novax guitar, and simultaneously covers guitar and bass parts in the GKP. They trade off on leads. “It works well because we’re both playing finger-style picking for the most part,” Kipar says. “On a couple tunes I’ll use a pick for a strumming pattern. I try and write music for those instruments, with lots of counterpoint happening. So the experience that we got together in guitar ensemble has definitely carried through to this point.”

Drummer Jeremy Young brings a myriad of grooves to the table, from world beat and jazz fusion to blues and avant garde. “I was on the hunt for a drummer, heard him play one night, and it all came from there,” Kipar recalls. “He is the rock. I love that guy. John and Jeremy have definitely turned me on to some other styles of music. We’ve been listening to Indian composers, and they’ve turned me on to some jazz — I really like Brad Mehldau’s stuff.”

Western North Carolina has proven to be a good fit for Galen Kipar. “Brevard kind of found me, honestly. I had fallen in love with the mountains and gotten into fly- fishing,” he says. “I got a little bit of scholarship money, and that was enough to at least get me up here. From there I found Asheville and just fell in love with the area. If you’re going to be on the East Coast, in my opinion, this is it. Especially for a musician or someone that loves the outdoors.

“Art is a reflection of your surroundings, a mirror of culture. I think that if you spend enough time in one kind of environment then it’s going to channel through in whatever you’re doing.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.boldlife.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A15294

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