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Jonathan Scales Fourchestra & Galen Kipar Project
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall

Saturday, March 15, 2014
www.isisasheville.com

Isis Music Hall in Asheville is proud to host an evening with Jonathan Scales Fourchestra and Galen Kipar Project on Saturday, March 15th. Both bands have been busy writing new music for upcoming albums and are excited to present some of the tunes at the show. Scroll to the bottom of this for a couple of videos of Jonathan Scales Fourchestra and Galen Kipar Project Performing live.

Doors are at 5pm if you would like to sit down for dinner prior to the show. The show starts at 9pmas and general admission tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. There will be some balcony seating available. Call 828-575-2737 for dinner reservations or with questions. Isis Music Hall is located at 743 Haywood Road Asheville, NC 28806.

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. Photo by Mike Morel.

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. Photo by Mike Morel.

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra is heading into the studio in the middle-of-nowhere Virginia at Summit Sound to record the bands first TRIO record, no guests, not extra orchestration, just raw Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. This will be their most ambitious record for the band, inspired by Roy “Futureman” Wooten, the album will be their first real attempt to put together an “epic, long-form masterpiece.” The new release, Mixtape Symphony, is expected to drop in late spring through Ropeadope Records.

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra is an example of musical sincerity. Weaving together collective and individual influences without compromise, they are as much themselves as they are a unit—a crucial trait of landmark instrumental ensembles. Equally captivating is steel pannist and founder Jonathan Scales’ compositional skill as is his tasteful, avant-garde improvisational approach.

“Scales is to steel pans ….what Béla Fleck is to the banjo—an über innovator,” says Driftwood Magazine. Drummer and percussionist Phill Bronson drives the Fourchestra’s time-shifting, modern grooves with graceful polyrhythmic chops and the listening ability of a true master. (His talent has been praised by Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge, Ellie Mannette, and others.) Bassist Cody Wright rounds out the ensemble with a groundbreaking hybrid picking style stemming from his background as a highly practiced fusion guitarist. With gut-wrenching grooves and blistering, soulful melodic lines, Wright’s mix of flash and feel adds a unique depth to the Fourchestra.

Together, the group explodes onto stages with an indescribable sound that is as much felt as it is heard, and is said to have “a Thelonious Monk-like attitude with a Mozart creativity that works.” (Pan on the Net) The group’s self-titled debut collaborative album features unparalleled sonic density and envelope-pushing compositions. Guest collaborators include Grammy winning masters Victor Wooten and Howard Levy (Béla Fleck and the Flecktones) and is fully orchestrated with horns and strings.

For more about Jonathan Scales Fourchestra and tour dates, please visit www.jonscales.com.

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Galen Kipar Project. Photo by Folktography

Galen Kipar Project. Photo by Folktography

Galen Kipar Project has been on the rise since 2006, and are currently recording their fifth album at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC and at the Jefferson Center with Summit Sound’s engineer in Roanoke, VA. They will be launching a kickstarter campaign soon to help fund getting the new music out to the world and expect to release the album by the end of the year.

Crafting a fusion of folk, classical, jazz, and blues, Galen Kipar Project has been hailed as “complex yet accessible” and “cohesive and poignant” with “experimental folk masterpieces.” Based in Asheville, GKP is Lyndsay Pruett (violin/ vocals), Jeremy Young (Drums), Ben Portwood (upright bass/ vocals), Galen Kipar (guitar/ harmonicas and vocals), Aaron Ballance (lap steel guitar/ dobro) and Jon Morrow (8 string Novak guitar/bass).

Galen Kipar Project has released four albums, the most recent being The Scenic Route in 2010. “The aptly titled effort is loaded with images of mountains, rivers, forests and streams, and backed by lush arrangements, fluid vocals and Appalachian instrumentation that bring to life what is essentially a musical portrait of Western North Carolina,” says the Mountain Xpress.

Songwriter and 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.” Gans says about Galen’s music, ” 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… In the words of Tina Fey, “When I hear the sounds of this nearby world, I want to go to there.'”

For more about Galen Kipar Project and upcoming shows, please visit www.galenkipar.com.

 

 

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New Video: Kiss From A Rose (Seal Cover) Jonathan Scales Fourchestra

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra performs Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” on the streets of Asheville, North Carolina.

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Jonathan Scales announced the World Premier of his new video for the song “The Longest December” from the 2011 album “Character Farm and Other Short Stories”

“Scales showcases his dexterity with a searing torrent of par runs on the devious, guitar-tinged The Longest December.” —Exclaim.ca

“Overall, there is a crisp sound to the album as the instrumental stories take shape. The title track Character Farm is a relaxing ride after the darker side of The Longest December takes a steel pan frenzy.” — Sarah Morgan, Atlanta Music Examiner

Get the Character Farm and Other Short Stories at: http://www.jonscales.com/shop.cfm

“The term ‘genius’ is not a platitude I bandy about regularly, but it fits here.  Jonathan Scales is to the steel pans what Bela Fleck is to the banjo or David Grisman is to the mandolin – instrumental innovator and brilliant composer – and his Character Farm & Other Short Stories is a mindbender of pan-driven jazz, with guest spots by Jeff Coffin and Kofi Burbridge.  My favorite record of the year for its sheer virtuosity and pure inventiveness.  It’s unlike anything else I heard in 2011.” —Dave Stallard, Honest Tune

“Character Farm features the churning 6/8 Jam We Did, the slightly-island strut of Science Fair Project, the breakneck steel-drum’n’bass of The Longest December, and Muddy Vishnu, a dynamic tune filled with plot twists reminiscent of The Flecktones’ classic Sinister Minister.” —ROBIN TOLLESON, Bold Life 

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Jonathan Scales Fourchestra “The Longest December”

Directed by Daniel Judson
Theatre lighting director – Erik McDaniel
Band: Phill Bronson – drums. Cody Wright/Michael Libramento – bass. Duane Simpson -Guitar. Jonathan Scales – steel pan
Sound engineering by Michael Hynes
Dancer: Cherry Oh

http://www.jonscales.com

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Pop-Noir band stephaniesid released their new album STARFRUIT on October 18th. It’s now available on itunes, amazon, spotify, and bandcamp (physical cd). Get all the info at www.stephaniesid.com.

Buy the album:
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/stephaniesid/id450022523
Bandcamp (physical cd): www.stephaniesid.bandcamp.com
Official Website: www.stephaniesid.com


Throughout the day, they posted scavenger hunt on facebook for fans to find information throughout their website to win a free copy of the album. Here’s how it went:

first scavenger hunt question (winner gets a free starfruit cd!):
what phrase do you get when you put the following “starfruit” lyrics together?

-the 62nd word from “house of many colors”
-the 10th word from “closer”
-the 85th word from “life of pi”
-the 4th word from “i like it”
-the 2nd word from “house of many colors”
-the 52nd word from “closer”
-the 4th word from “cadiz”
-the 2nd word from “cinematic”
-the 79the word from “i like it”

hint: click around on www.stephaniesid.com to find the link to get to the lyrics for the songs. another hint: you might want to look in today’s news post.

Court Mariie ‎** You grow beautiful when you blow in the wind

 

The next question is purely guess work. How many pigtails is Steph wearing today? The 1st person to guess correctly wins a free starfruit cd!

Donnie Patterson four

Geez Donnie, that was too easy for you, eh? Congratulatons, we will message you! Give us a minute to come up with something a bit more challenging than this one.

ok, the genius of our first 2 winners, court mariie and donnie patterson, have forced us to raise the difficulty quotient.

 

next question: who was the original owner of the piano chuck used to record his tracks for “starfruit”? be specific. what name did chuck call this person? (spelling must be correct; only 1 guess per person. family members and close friends exempt from this one… sorry). winner gets a copy of the new “starfruit” cd!

Congratulations, Jenn O’Tool for answering question #3 correctly… Chuck played all those tracks on his Grammy Jo’s piano. Grammy Jo lived to be 98 years old, and loved to play by ear. She was also a prolific painter… here is one of hers…

QUESTION #4 is for you musicians… In the chorus for “I Like It”, what are the 4 chords in the progression? Be specific. Only 1 guess per person. First person to answer correctly wins a spankin’ new “Starfruit” CD! (Band members ineligible.)

Congratulations to Christopher Stevens-Brown of Montreal and Will Newman of Asheville! They tied as winners of Question #4. The exact chords in the chorus of “I Like It” are V9, iii, V9/4, I. In other words: B9, G# minor, B9 with A in the bass, and E Major. Good work, lads!

PRIZE QUESTION #5: In which video on the official stephaniesid website video page will you find a shot featuring pink smoke?

Congratulations to Marquita Davis Yother for correctly answering question #5… The Red Helmet, filmed in Interlaken, Switzerland and featuring stephaniesid’s music, has a shot of pink smoke at about 3:20.

PRIZE QUESTION #6: There is a Nurse Jackie episode featuring stephaniesid’s music. This is a 3-part question… 1) What song is featured, 2) Where are the characters when the song is playing, and 3) What is the name of the episode?

Congratulations to Jennifer Spiegelman (of Birmingham, AL), who correctly answered the Nurse Jackie question… our song “Hey Hey Hey” was featured at the end of Episode 2, Season 1, called “Sweet-n-All”. The characters were in Jackie’s husband’s bar when the song was playing.

You can watch Nurse Jackie here:  http://www.sho.com/site/nursejackie/home.sho

we’re on the home stretch… only 4 more chances to win a free “Starfruit” CD. QUESTION #7 is another lyric search… What sentence do you get when you put together the following words from stephaniesid’s new album?
–4th word from “cinematic”
–98th & 99th word from “cadiz”
–42nd thru 45th words from “so low”
–5th word from “house of many colors”
–86th thru 88th words from “starf***er”
Happy hunting… 🙂 s

Congrats to Emily Schumacher of Easton, Connecticut… she wins a free “Starfruit” CD by answering Question #7 correctly, with the phrase “feel mad grief, pick up heavy things, (then) run with bulls.” Yay!

QUESTION #8: What were the 2 affectionate names applied to the man in the Dale Earnhardt jersey described in a blog entry on Stephaniesid’s official website? First to give both names wins a new “Starfruit” CD.

Congrats to Daniel Fields of Chapel Hill, NC… for answering Question #8 correctly (in only 6 minutes). The blog entry entitled “Home from Mason Jar Tour” (September 10, 2010) described a man in a Dale Earnhardt (#88) jersey who saw “giving, especially to children, as a moral imperative”, and took it upon himself to let the occupants of each passing float have it if they didn’t throw to the kids immediately surrounding him. Candy Monitor.

PRIZE QUESTION #9 is called “friends of sid”. You must get all parts correct to win, so please only answer if you’ve got them all (and of course people named or referred to in the questions are ineligible). You’ll likely find clues on our website, but might need to search elsewhere for the answers:
1) What beverage was named by a midwest reviewer to describe stephaniesid labelmate Patrick Sweany’s musicianship?
2) What is the name of the radio show hosted by the author of the lyrics to Starfruit song “Cadiz”?
3) In what category was asheville musical project Paper Tiger a winner in the Best of WNC Mountain Xpress poll?
4) What is the name of the blog penned by Steph’s fellow Naked Babies songwriting group member Ami Worthen?
5) Who were the members of Naked Babies, the songwriting group that spurred several songs on “Starfruit”?
6) Which client of stephaniesid’s new publicity team, @dreamspider, was described by Modern Drummer magazine as “unconventional”?
7) On the website for the artwork designer for “Starfruit”, what date is on the 2nd poster in the gallery (right to left)?

Looks like question #9 has you stumped, or maybe a lot of you are sleeping. Good for you on a Tuesday night. We’ll save that question for the morning. This has been fun, and congrats to the winners! –steph, signing off

Good morning, Facebook… the CD is blissfully released, but we had a bit of a cliffhanger in our contest last night… so we’re spilling into today. This morning we awoke to Tim Swoape’s victory over Question #9! Hope you all were able to check out some of our friends’ great work in the hunting process…

–A Cleveland reporter said of our labelmate: “To say Patrick Sweany is just a Blues musician is like saying Coke is just a soft drink.” www.patricksweany.com

–Jon Reid, the writer of the lyrics to “Cadiz”, hosts Race to the Bottom on Sunday nights at Asheville FM. (Call in!) www.ashevilleFM.org

–Paper Tiger, led by Molly Kummerle (friend, lovely seamstress, and member of Steph’s songwriter group, Naked Babies) won top 3 Best Electronic Band in the recent Mountain Xpress poll. www.papertigermusic.com

–Ami Worthen, fellow Naked Baby, singer, former uke player, gal extraordinaire, pens a great blog called “Ami Whoa!” at ukulelerockstar.com

–Jonathan Scales, the wonderful pan steel player, was said to take an “unconventional approach” to the pans by Modern Drummer Magazine. www.jonscales.com

–Jenny Greer of Sound Mind Media did the original artwork and graphic design for the Starfruit cover! soundmindmedia.net

ok… one last feat, the finale, the terminus, the denouement…. winner gets the last Starfruit CD in the giveaway pile, and a Stephaniesid tshirt. QUESTION #10 is actually a task, not a question… first person to obtain an actual Starfruit (the fruit, not the CD), cut it half so you can see the star, and post a photo of it to this page, wins!

Congratulations to Todd Brown of Burlington, VT! He posted this photo of a starfruit (also known as a carambola: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carambola). Todd wins a “Starfruit” CD and a sid tshirt!

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Sweet! The Annual Best of poll in Asheville Mountain Xpress has tallied the votes for this years winners!

Congratulations to Stephaniesid (#1 Best Pop Band), Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (#3 Jazz, #2 Best Video), Secret Secret 23 Skidoo (#1 Local Hip Hop), The Mad Tea: Krekel and Ami (#2 Fragglepop), Papertiger (#3 Electronic) , Steep Canyon Rangers (#1 Local Bluegrass/ Old- Time), Josh Phillips Folk Festival (#1 Best Local Jam/ Progressive band and #3 Acoustic/ Folk)), Toubab Krewe (#1 World/ Reggae and also #2 Local Jam/ Progressive band) , the Honeycutters (#1 Americana/ Country), Pierce Edens (#2 Americana/ Country), Dave Desmelik (#3 Americana/ Country), The Secret B-Side (#1 R & B/ Blues and also #1 in Soul) Vertigo Jazz Project, LaZoom Tour (#1 Comedy Group), Kovac and the Polar Bear (#1 Best Music Video), Dustin Spagnola (#1 Visual Artist) and all of the other winners in the variety of categories!

See all the entertainment winners and categories here: http://www.mountainx.com/bestof/2011/8/Arts-Entertainment#.TpWGTXK3OCh

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra won #2 Best Video and #3 Best Jazz Band:

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“…rising star of the steel drums…” ~Traps Magazine

“The Real Deal [with] a Thelonius Monk-like attitude with a Mozart creativity that works.”Pan on the Net
“At the end of the day, Scales is going to be a major play in rewriting the books on steelpan music outside of the box.” ~
When Steel Talks



Classically trained composer turned steel pan maestro and front man of the Fourchestra, Jonathan Scales is heavily influenced by the complexity of banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck to the hustle of Jay-Z. Gritty blues guitarist, Duane Simpson, and fusion-chops bassist, Cody Wright, provide the harmonic support for Scales’ sound, while jazz/hip-hop drummer, Phill Bronson, drives the time-shifting, modern grooves. Based in Asheville, NC, the cast of Characters holds this mind-bending concoction together with jazz edge and classical sensibility as they tour around a new album, Character Farm & Other Short Stories.

“unique compositions which not only display the amiably quirky wit and charm of the likes of Theolonius Monk and Horace Silver, but also a level of complexity behind an entirely approachable manner…Scales’ steel drum propels the compositions forward through harmony more so than rhythm and that frees Bronson to attack his drum kit with unusual syncopation that manages to show elements of cocky, hip hop swagger and cool, bop jazz.” – William Helms – The Joy of Violent Movement

Show Details at a Glance:
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra

Thursday, September 22nd
Red Door

Free admission ($5-10 suggested donation), all ages, 8pm
443 i St. NW
Washington, DC
www.reddoorloft.tumblr.com

Friday, Sept 23rd
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1

1am, Free, 21+
196 Allen Street
NY, NY, 10002
212-477-4155
www.rockwoodmusichall.com

Saturday, Sept 24th
The Shrine

8:00 PM, Free, All Ages
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
New York, NY 10030
(212) 690-7807
www.shrinenyc.com


Sunday, Sept 25th
Pantonic Steel Orchestra’s Panyard

Free, All Ages
2514 Albemarle Road (between Veronica Place & Lott Street)
New York, NY (Brooklyn)
www.pantonic.com

www.JonScales.com



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The 10th annual LAAFF is right around the corner in Downtown Asheville on Labor Day Weekend Sept 3-4th on Lexington Ave. 

A handful of Dreamspider bands and friends are performing at the Fest:

  • Stephaniesid is doing their CD release at their show on Saturday Sept 3d at 7:30 on the main stage.
  • Galen Kipar Project plays on Sunday 2:45-3:30 pm on the main stage
  • Jonathan Scales Fourchestra on Sunday 5:45-6:30pm on the Mai Stage
  • Spork! on Sunday 1:15-2pm on the Main stage

Also, be sure to check out 23 Skidoo & The Family Band (Sat 11am Main Stage), Santos (Sat. 1pm bobo stage) , Paper Tiger (Sat 3:15 Main Stage), Vertigo Jazz Project (Sat 4:15 Main Stage), The Secret B-Sides (Sun 6pm bobo stage), Lotion (Sun 2:30-3:10 Mountain Xpress Walnut Stage), GFE (Sun 8:15 MX WaLnut Stage), Ten Cent Poetry (Sun 11:45- 12:30 Main Stage), Jeff Santiago y Los Gatos Negros (Sun 1:45- 2:30 main stage), Zansa (Sun 6:30-7:15 Main Stage), Moses Atwood Band (Sun 4:45-5:30 main Stage) and lots of oither great stuff.

For the full schedule and lots more fantastic Asheville bands check out the Mountain Xpress: http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2011/083111laaff-bandsschedule#.Tl-jfWoglIE

The Xpress also did this wonderful interview with Stephaniesid about their album release:

The new Stephaniesid album, Starfruit — despite its name-association with things tropical and celestial — was conceived in a dark basement. “A universe leapt out of the grayness,” says front woman Stephanie Morgan.

An advance listen of the album reveals lush pop, layered vocals, rich horn parts and a certain velvety darkness (perhaps it’s the snarl of baritone sax or echoes of reverb ). But even through an edge of bitterness (despite dance beats and bells, the track “Starf—ker” is not without teeth), the record is backlit by undeniable sparkle.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2011/083111ripe-for-the-picking#.Tl-m_WoglIE

LAAFF is not only a music festival, it is also a arts and fun festival.. So be sure to wander around and stumble into many other fabulously freaky things that will happen both day! Here are some fantactic pics of last years LAAFF by local Photographer Lissy Whelan with Bright Life Photography:


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New Lingua Musica Episode: Erin Scholze from Dreamspider Publicity talks with Jonathan Scales Fourchestra at The Musicians Workshop on Merrimon Ave. in Asheville, NC in July 2011. Daniel Judson filmed and edited this video which is copyright Luminescence LLC 2011 and may be used as long as proper credit is given.
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Jonathan Scales has been called a “…rising star of the steel drums…” by Traps Magazine and “The Real Deal” by Pan on the Net and as having “A Thelonius Monk-like attitude with a Mozart creativity that works.” Premier Steel Pan magazine, When Steel Talks states , “At the end of the day, Scales is going to be a major play in rewriting the books on steelpan music outside of the box.”

In this episode of Lingua Musica, Jonathan Scales discusses how he came about his style of Steel Pan. Also hear more about his new album, Character Farm & Other Short Stories, which is a 45-minute dive deeper into the compositionally-twisted work. There are nine original instrumental “stories” on the album which transport listeners from the primal Jam We Did to the lush Hallucinations of the Dream Chasers. The title track Character Farm brings the audience into a chilled, ‘worldly’ ride after the frantically emotional The Longest December. Guest appearance on the record include Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews Band / Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), Yonrico Scott and Kofi Burbridge (of Derek Trucks Band fame) and the dazzling work of fiddle virtuoso Casey Driessen.  Also, you will meet the cast of Characters that make up the Fourchestra: classically trained composer turned steel pan maestro and front man of the Fourchestra, Jonathan Scales, is heavily influenced by the complexity of banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck to the hustle of Jay-Z. Gritty blues guitarist, Duane Simpson, and fusion-chops bassist, Cody Wright, provide the harmonic support for Scales’ sound; while jazz/hip-hop drummer, Phill Bronson, drives the time-shifting, modern grooves. 

Scales, along with fimmaker Daniel Judson, produced an insightful Music Video for the song Muddy Vishnu; snippets of the music video are shown in the interview. Watching Muddy Vishnu is “almost like a Being John Malkovich set inside Scales’ own world of found rhythms, visions, colors, friends, inspirations and rare silence,” writes Asheville’s Mountain Xpress.

In this episode of Lingua Musica, Scales’s also talks about the album’s comic book-inspired images, designed by Gregory Keyzer, that tie together the musical fusion of his Fourchestra. “There’s a different illustration for every song,” Scales says in an interview with Robin Tolleson in Bold Life. “It’s cool because you can kind of put a visual image with each piece. The album is packaged like a book of short stories, but there’s an overlying theme. The sonic tapestry, mixed with the congruent artwork, really ties the whole thing together. The pictures help people make their judgments about what it’s about and how they feel about it. It’s not complete long form, but it’s closer.”

Character Farm, along with a glossy 19 x 13 poster depicting the custom designed comic book graphics illustrating each song are available at www.jonscales.com.

This video was brought to you by Lingua Musica: Where Music is the Universal Language…


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Here’s a great review of a recent Jonathan Scales Fourchestra show at the Rockwood Music Hall in NYC:

… I was able to catch the Asheville, North Carolina-based genre mashing act, the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, who were ironically enough for this show at least, a trio, and not a quartet. Their material centered on rhythm and percussion as the band was comprised of a steel drummer, a drummer and a bassist. As Scales joked on more than one occasion, you weren’t going to hear some stereotypical calypso covers – or calypso-styled standards. Instead what we all heard was some jazz fusion that at time owed a heavy debt to bands such as Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra and several others but with a playful, goofy, mischievous air, while being quite funky. The steel drum played the unusual role of simultaneously setting the melody and rhythm, pulling the song forward, which allowed their drummer to play with unusual and angular jazz syncopation. And to be honest, it was truly novel (which is something I don’t say too often). When Scales mentioned that one of their original compositions was influenced by Mahavishnu Orchestra and Muddy Waters, I was probably the only one who actually knew who he was talking about, and in a way I found that kind of sad. (For some reason Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever have been mostly forgotten and I think that’s fucking shameful. But that’s another issue for another time.) On a certain level, I wasn’t completely convinced that the audience actually got them or their sound – you would be amazed by the lack of sophistication that occurs at live shows across the city – but they certainly won me over. I found myself intrigued by their unique sound and I hope to see them in town sometime soon.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE and SEE PHOTOS HERE: http://thejoyofviolentmovement.tumblr.com/post/8566415853/the-jonathan-scales-fourchestra-and-joe-fletcher-and

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Photo by Bren Dendy. Illustrations by Gregory Keyzer.

Jonathan Scales played the Elbo Room in Chicago last Saturday. Here is a review from SouthSide on the Town.

[Jonathan Scales] combined the best of two music worlds – the ultra smooth sounds of jazz rhythms and vibrant energy of rock with the cool taste of the Caribbean into a deliciously sounding performance. This unique attraction not only captivated this reviewer’s attention but the entire audience as well. Steel pannist Jonathan Scales brought his rockin’ Fourchestra band (however it was a trio for his Elbo Room appearance) and its rockin’ music that featured intricately woven melodies and notes off his steel drums and the lively momentum of rock and jazz together. Throughout the opening set, this oddly mesh of sounds and rhythms retained a pleasurable vibe as well as a danceable groove for anyone adventurous enough to do so.

SouthSide thoroughly enjoyed hearing such creative floetry within Jonathan’s epic yet poetic compositions in which, if listened closely, one could hear the fierce intensity (and at times, emotionally charged) “vocals” within the lyrics even though there weren’t any actual lyrics to be humanly sung. That was, in SouthSide’s opinion, the beauty of this artist’s music. It was an awe-inspiring experience for this reviewer to hear the “lyrics” spoken directly (and indirectly) amongst the instruments during certain points of his songs. For example, during one particular song, she could vividly hear the fiery “spoken” words between the drum kit versus the steel drums and bass combined and then vice versa drums (steel and percussion) versus bass.

She also enjoyed another particular song featuring an interesting combination of sudden/abrupt dramatic bursts and pauses that grabbed her immediate attention. Jonathan’s rhythmic island/jazz/rock sound was dazzling …spellbounding that no one in the basement lounge dared move a muscle until the performance concluded.

SouthSide highly recommends spending your warm summer nights amidst the cool rockin’ sounds of this island-jazz breeze by Jonathan Scales. And just a small reminder, blogspot readers, he doesn’t do Jimmy Buffet songs. Visit http://www.jonscales.com for more information and music by this artist and his Fourchestra.

Read the full review here: http://southsideonthetown.blogspot.com/2011/07/02-jul-11.html

The band also interviewed on Fearless Radio before their show that evening. Listen to the full podcast of the interview at this link: http://fearlessradio.com/index.php/new-music-binge/2832-jonathon-scales-fourchestra-070211.html

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