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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’s new album the Scenic Route is set for Asheville release on Saturday May 29th at the Lexington Ave Brewery. The show starts at 9pm.

“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, states Mtn Xpress writer Alli Marshall.  Click here to read the album review.

Check out this great interview in this week’s Mountain Xpress:

Taking the Scenic Route

Galen Kipar Project returns with a fluid, effortless new album

by Dane Smith in Vol. 16 / Iss. 44 on 05/26/2010 rocknrolldane@gmail.com

Mountain Xpress www.mountainx.com

The aptly titled fourth effort from Asheville’s symphonic-folk outfit The Galen Kipar Project 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.

And that, says Kipar, is no accident. The album’s title is not only a literal reference to the years the band has spent on the road, but also a reflection on the way they’ve approached their career.

Water signs: The album has a theme of water and currents that Kipar says was unintentional, but not surprising.

“We feel like we’ve taken the scenic route as a band,” he explains. “We’ve been playing for a while, and we’re still trucking along. And Western North Carolina is such a beautiful area. We couldn’t ask for a better place to drive around and play music, where 75 percent of your job is driving. It definitely reflects on this area.”

What was less intentional, he admits with a laugh, is the album’s underlying theme of water and currents. Nearly every track on The Scenic Route mentions, whether in passing or in the song title itself, to some form of water. But Kipar insists that the repeated imagery was pure coincidence, or at least “subconscious regurgitation.”

“It kind of was by accident,” Kipar says in a way that suggests he expected this to come up. “I really didn’t recognize it at first, and then someone said, ‘Hey, there’s a lot of references to water on this album.’ Then it became apparent. But for me personally, I am a water person. I’ve spent a lot of time near and on the water and I love it. There is a lot of inspiration that comes from water and currents and just being in that environment.

“I tried to come up with an album title that captured the parallels between music and the currents that you might find in water, or in moving water. But I didn’t nail it on the head. They always come after the fact.”

Nevertheless, the eight-song offering is, from start to finish, relaxed, easy, accessible and relatable, yet layered and dense at the same time. Kipar’s vocal delivery is bouncy but gentle, and his harmonica provides a down-home grittiness that balances the atmosphere of strings and flute, which is really the key to Kipar’s appeal. Somehow, he manages to convey the simplicity of folk through the complexities of jazz and classical arrangements, without losing sight of the message.

For his part, Kipar offers a simpler explanation.

“Often it starts out as a whistle, honestly,” he says. “Once you find that melody, those few couple of notes that really define the song, you can start to develop the other parts based on that original melody. Really, all I’m trying to do is develop that original melody and vary it —cover that entire territory, basically.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2010/052610taking_the_scenic_route

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Galen Kipar Project is performing a few shows in Augusta GA for masters week. The first is an early evening show on the Augusta Canal Cruise on Friday April 9th; GKP also has a 2 night residence at the Still Water Tap Room on Friday and Saturday, April 9-10th.

Here is what the Augusta Metro Spirit has to say about their recent interview with Galen:

All over the place:  The Galen Kipar Project returns to Augusta for a double dose of music at Stillwater and on the water


AUGUSTA, GA – The Galen Kipar Project’s music is a mélange of sounds. With distinct elements of jazz, folk and a little bit of the blues thrown in, the result is quiet, yet intricate.

Last October, the band began recording their upcoming album, “The Scenic Route,” after finishing nine months of touring.

The band’s fourth release in five years, their latest endeavor was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, N.C., and is set for release this spring. Kipar admits the sound differs from previous efforts.

“The album from 2007 (‘Why It’s Needed’), it’s heavy on the production side; there’s a lot of texture and there’s a lot of instruments, lots of layers,” the former Augustan said. “Then the album from 2008 (‘Paper Sailer’) is the exact opposite. This one is sort of in the middle from those two approaches.”

Rather than touring and performing, it’s the recording and production aspects of music that Kipar finds himself drawn to the most.

“I feel that’s where more music is created and that’s where you get down to the meat of things, that’s where you really use your brain,” he said.

The touring aspect of music is a necessity, but the band has become more selective in how they pursue it.

“I think that, as each year goes by, we’re streamlining things and being picky about which places we play and just trying to be smarter about it,” he said. “Instead, we’re playing good ones and trying to focus on the positive.”

In addition to Kipar’s acoustic guitar and harmonica, he is joined by Jon Morrow on the eight-string guitar-bass and percussionist Jeremy Young. The trio is sometimes joined by rotating musicians.

“[The sound is] just a little bit more textured,” he said. “If it’s the trio, there’s more space to fill so that allows us to be a little bit busier. But when it’s four, five or six of us, each person has to step back and be more simple so that things don’t get cluttered.”

Making a name for themselves in the Southeast, the band has also garnered good response in San Francisco, the Washington, D.C. area and Philadelphia.

“My favorite part is meeting all the people that you normally wouldn’t run across, seeing the countryside and traveling,” he said. “When you get time to enjoy that, then it really makes it worthwhile. I’m really fortunate to travel with some great guys and we have a lot of fun, but we also keep a high standard for ourselves.”

Trading Augusta for Asheville, Kipar finds the diverse music scene in North Carolina conducive to creativity.

“It’s a great place to be influenced by other people and other artists. The area is very receptive, and I think the word is spreading and that’s why so many artists and musicians and whatever are moving here.”

READ the full article here: http://metrospirit.com/index.php?cat=1993101070588705&ShowArticle_ID=11010604104459290

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Check out this review in Asheville’s Mountain Xpress of Galen Kipar Project’s newest album, The Scenic Route.

SoundTrack Web Extra

by Alli Marshall on 03/29/2010


The last thing I wanted to hear on a sunny afternoon, winter still too close to have forgiven it for its chilly insult, is a song that begins, “October snow is coming down.” But the lead track to The Galen Kipar Project‘s new record, The Scenic Route is luminous and warm; Kipar’s vocals as light and syncopated as water cascading over rocks.

Actually, water is an adroit descriptor for an album rife with liquid references. “Rushing Over My Bones,” “The Shore Rushed By” and “Riversong” — and those are just the song titles. “It’s silent up here, silent as water freezing,” he sings on “How I’ve changed.”

…there’s a sense of sea change. Seasons, natural metaphors, moody meditations allude to darker stirrings beyond the album’s first buoyant offering…

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. In each moment the symphonic result is shined to a high gloss and, despite more than one turn through the soul’s dark night, Kipar never loses sight of the bright warmth with which he begins the journey of this CD.

If Galen Kipar’s The Scenic Route — a name which at first seems vague, but, on closer examination, proves apt — is not a work of mastery, it’s damned close. Learn more at galenkipar.com.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

READ the complete review here: http://mountainx.com/ae/2010/soundtrack_web_extra4/

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By Krista Harris, The Brunswick News, Ga.



Oct. 23–Rafters is the place to be Saturday night.

A new group with a new sound will grace the stage. The Galen Kipar Project is all about sound and composition.

This three-piece band based out of Asheville, N.C., offers an eclectic mix that music lovers will appreciate.

“We are a band on the rise,” said Galen Kipar, who plays classical guitars, an acoustic Guild D-40 and Horner harmonicas. “Some of the music you will want to dance to and others you will want to sit down and have a beer … .”

Kipar and the band describe their sound in four words — Blues, fusion, soul and folk.

“It’s basically music that has soul and Blues roots,” explained Kipar. “It’s going to be a great show, and in these hard times everyone needs to have a good time.”

The band has a score of original music, but will also play some cover songs. This year has been a busy one for them — playing at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and at Floydfest in Virginia. The band has been working on a new album for 2010 and just released a single “October Snow” this month.

Kipar said playing in Coastal Georgia has been a long time coming. He is originally from Augusta, and is a graduate of Brevard College where he studied composition and majored in music. He enjoys creating a sound that brings peace of mind. His fellow bandmates are Jon Morrow on guitar and Jeremy Young on percussion.

“This is what we do for a living,” said Kipar. “We love it and its gets easier every year. It is a wonderful thing to travel around and meet different people.”

The Galen Kipar Project is a band on the rise, and will leave people wanting to hear more.

Photo By: Sean Cuddy

Photo By: Sean Cuddy

If you go

The Galen Kipar Project will play at 10 p.m. at Rafters, 315 1/2 Mallery St., St. Simons Island. Cover is $5.


To see more of The Brunswick News or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to www.thebrunswicknews.com

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