Drip painting entails actively splashing myriad colors on canvas.
Popularized by Jackson Pollock, Janet Sobel, Max Ernst, and other 20th century luminaries, the artform itself relies on action and motion. In similar fashion, energetic splashes of funk, alternative, rock, R&B, and psychedelia color the music of Turkuaz. Balancing male-female harmonies, strutting guitars, wild horn arrangements, and interminable grooves, this spirit takes shape in the color donned by each respective member on stage nightly via larger-than-life performances.
The Brooklyn-based nonet—Dave Brandwein [guitar, vocals], Taylor Shell [bass], Craig Brodhead [guitar, keys], Michelangelo Carubba [drums], Chris Brouwers [trumpet, keys], Greg Sanderson [tenor sax], Josh Schwartz [baritone sax, vocals], Sammi Garett [vocals], and Shira Elias [vocals]—ignite an explosion of energy punctuated by neon hues, deft musicality, and show-stopping singalongs on their fifth full-length album, Life In The City.
“Turkuaz is made up of individuals, each their own shade of the color spectrum,” explains Dave. “Each person brings a signature style and embodies his or her own color. The respective auras come together to create our sound. The name itself implies that vibrancy, but it’s a different spin on turquoise. In the same way, we put a different spin on groove-oriented music by telling stories that you wouldn’t normally associate with funk.”
Since emerging in 2011 with their self-titled debut, the group have quietly animated a movement.
Touring incessantly in support of four full-length studio albums and three official live releases, they’ve lit up stages everywhere from Bonnaroo, Hulaween, Okeechobe, Electric Forest, and Mountain Jam to Telluride Jazz, High Sierra, and Lock’n, in between gracing stages at legendary spots such as Red Rocks, Terminal 5, and The Fillmore, to name a few. Among numerous critical plaudits, The New Yorker claimed, “This Brooklyn-based nine-piece delivers horn-filled funk incorporating elements of R&B, psychedelic pop, gospel, Afro-pop, New Wave, classic rock, and just about any genre that gets people dancing.”
Most recently, 2015’s Digitonium yielded fan favorites such as “Nightswimming” and “European Festivity Nightmare” and generated over 1 million-plus cumulative streams. When it came time to commence work on Life In The City, the musicians switched up the flow and took a different approach.
“We did Digitonium in a short period of time and created a concept based on The Sword in the Stone,” says Dave. “We sifted through a lot more material for Life In The City. We threw all of the paint on the canvas. There was more collaboration in the writing. Some members who hadn’t participated before brought ideas to the table. We didn’t have anything road-mapped. In that respect, it was exploratory as far as who we are sonically. The same goes for the lyrics. Beyond the turmoil in current events and the world, I was going through some difficult challenges in my personal life. So, Life In The City is more based in reality and the experience I’ve lived in the past few years than a fantasy like the last record. The city is representative of modern life and all of these distractions we face day to day.”
In order to capture that vision, they first recorded at More Sound in Upstate New York before moving to Dave’s own newly relocated Galaxy Smith Studios in Brooklyn. Avowed fans of the Stop Making Sense film, they tapped Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads to produce standalone single “On The Run” and album track “If I Ever Fall Asleep” at The Bunker Studios.
“I’m extremely hands-on, so it was a growth experience to see someone else’s take on the band,” adds Dave. “Overall, Jerry made us as a band think about things we wouldn’t have otherwise. It was really beneficial.”
The group officially introduce the album with the first single and title track “Life In The City.” Funkified guitars wrap around otherworldly synths and rapturous horns as the words “Blind in the spotlight” glare.
“That line stands out to me,” Dave continues. “There’s so much stimulus in the city and in modern life in general. So much is going on. Light is constantly shined on what we do, how we act, social media, and the urban hustle and bustle that we’re blind to what’s really going on underneath. That line sums up what the song is about. We’re not able to take a breath and experience the simplicity of reality anymore. We forget to be who we really are.”
A collaborative effort with several band members, the swaggering cry of “Lady Lovely” tells an intergalactic horror story disguised as cross-species romance, complete with “creature” giggles from the song’s vocalist Josh Schwartz. Schwartz also co-wrote “If I ever Fall Asleep,” portraying the “paranoid ramblings of an insomniac holed up in his apartment.”
Punctuated by robust horns, “Superstatic” illuminates another side of Turkuaz as it touts lyrics “about letting go and having fun for a minute.” Meanwhile, on the more personal side, upbeat delivery and synth squeals underscore a poignant admission for Dave on “The One and Lonely.”
“It’s about kicking a lot of habits and stepping away from vices,” he admits. “The song highlights the struggle I had with substances and alcohol as well as the process I went through trying to shed the struggle. Drinking and drug use is a huge part of the road for most bands. It got to a point where it was too much for me though. This album documents me taking a step back and saying, ‘I want to live for a long time. I want to stop and take in what’s actually happening to me—not just party all the time.’”
It’s that honesty that has reinvigorated how far down the line the band has its sights set. And even in the midst of serious subject matter creeping in on this album, the musicianship of all nine band members and the group’s upbeat, fun-loving sensibility still shines through to give Turkuaz fans the joyous sound they’ve come to know over the last several years.
“I would love for our music to be a bright spot in an otherwise dark world,” he leaves off. “You can come to our shows, let go, exist, and have a good time in spite of what may be going on outside. That’s what music does for us. We want to share that.”
A leader in the West Coast underground music scene, Brian Hartman is an in-demand DJ & a successful event producer. The Nevada City, CA resident is among the most versatile DJs in festival culture, his genre-spanning sets dot the globe and travel through time and space. Hartman is a master of connecting progressive musical ideas to unveil an emotional journey; his warm, organic rhythms are transmitted through a myriad of tempos and a bevy of creativity. Brian Hartman’s vibrant DJ sets cultivate distinctly different offerings, he mixes Midtempo Intercultural Beats, deep, tribally house, as well as a variety of Latin, African, and Caribbean beats, at times journeying through Cumbia, Tropical Soul, and beyond. Hartman distills traditional tones and rhythms, blending treasured songs and melodies, the soundtracks to cultures dating back hundreds of years.
He effortlessly weaves in and out of sweet dub cumbia, but will also lock into the heartbeat of deep, dubby, ethno-house. Four-on-the-floor is his first forte, and Brian feels right at home in the sexy confines of throbbing, rippling Deep House. Within that idiom, the seasoned DJ puts a premium on minimalism; in terms of dynamics, Brian does more with less. Regardless of style or setting, Hartman continues to turn the heads of seasoned dance music veterans, as well as newcomers to the scene.
2018 saw Brian Hartman upping the ante, by playing a vast array of events both domestic and international. His schedule included Envision Festival in Costa Rica, Bali Spirit Festival, Cosmic Convergence in Guatemala, Air Festival on the Gili Islands, and New Earth Festival in Indonesia. Stateside he has appeared at Global Eclipse Gathering, enchanted forest gathering, Lightning in a Bottle, California WorldFest, Bioneers Conference, Imagine Festival, among others. Hartman has provided direct support for iconic live performers such as Dirtwire, LulaCruza, Beats Antique, Les Nubians, Vieux Farka Toure, members of Rising Appalachia, and many others. Hartman has also performed alongside Nicola Cruz, Martha Van Straaten, M.Rux, Ocean vs. Orientalis, Chancha Via Circuito, Be Svendsen, Sabo, KMLN, CloZee, an-ten-nae, The Librarian, Attya, and more.
Along with Isis Indriya, Hartman co-produces the monthly HeartBass, a tastemaker event in Nevada City, CA. Brian was an award-winning 8th-grade Humanities teacher before retiring from teaching to focus on his music career full time.
Femme de la Muse is an artists’ collective of women bridging the worlds with harmonic chants, crystal alchemy bowls, lush soundscapes and sacred dance. Described as other worldly, Femme de la Muse invites us into a mystical journey through time and space.
Sasha’s background of lifelong musicianship created a strong foundation for her unique style of electronic production and live DJ performances. She combines many elements, learned from her vast variety of musical experience, to offer a truly innovative type of artistic expression.
Her popularity with spiritually focused dance crowds comes from her unique hybridization of original production featuring her live vocals and flute playing with carefully selected inspirational dance tracks from various artists from around the world. Her performances flow from celestial grooves to tribal world rhythms to downtempo dance dub to collective ascensions to higher realms. Sasha is one of the most sought after DJ’s for Ecstatic Dance and Ecstatic Dance styled events throughout California and beyond. She has performed at over 40 such dances including multiple appearances at Ecstatic Dance Oakland, Dance Journey, and many others.
Over the last 10 years, Sasha has taken her live solo electronic show to festivals throughout the US including Symbiosis, Beloved Festival, Earthdance, Sonic Bloom, Enchanted Forest, Raindance Campout, Photosynthesis, and many more. She has guested with several electronic artists including Random Rab, Vibesquad, Mimosa, Anasia, Zilla, Eoto, J.Boogie, Lafa Taylor, Jamie Janover, Lynxand many others. In her musical production, Sasha creates luscious soundscapes and thick bass lines bridged by her soulful, angelic voice and a variety of live instrumentation. Her original lyrics bring awareness and create a deep earth connection to her listeners.
World Beatnix Original 8 piece world music dance band.
Take a musical journey around the world with the regions favorite
world music dance band. Groove to rhythms from Africa, S America, the
Caribbean, Middle east, Celtic Europe, New Orleans and Funk.
Yohm began the journey as a DJ in the year 2000 playing vinyl reggae,funk and hip hop records.Over the years his sound has evolved into a blend of world influenced fusion beats with thick bass drops.Known for playing remixes of classic tunes and medicine bass, with an ability to adapt his sound to fit most dance floors. Yohm (pronounced like Yo and Ohm) is a combination of Yosef’s birth name and one of the most healing sounds on Earth.
Yohm has rocked sets at many festivals including Enchanted Forest, Lucidity, Symbiosis,Worldfest, Cosmic Convergence and Stilldream.
He specializes in Ecstatic Dance journey sets, and has played E Dances all around the country and at festivals.He has opened up for Desert Dwellers, Kalya Scintilla, Bluetech, Phaeleh, Charles the First, Deya Dova and many more.
With a sharp focus on clean mixing and composing a journey through different genres Yohm’s energetic sets keep the crowd engaged and satiated for hours.
Most simply described as ‘eclectic folk derivative music’, however here is a lengthier one:
“Brothers Brothers’ of ppoacher ppoacher’s unique use of voice and earnestly goofy stage presence have left audiences wondering if the performer before them was an ethereal goblin, a feral roof dog, a long lost friend, a backwoods Kate Bush impersonator, a banshee suffering an identity crisis, or a bag of feelings parading as a woman……
Brothers’ distinct writing style is marked by congenial contrasts: passionate & playful, calculated & relaxed, approachable & quirky. The lyrics communicate a simultaneous existential dread and intoxicating thrill of living and loving, a practice in raw and shameless vulnerability.
Residing in Santa Fe, NM by way of Fayetteville, AR, the influence of the land that made the woman making the music is palpable. Vocal Melodies expanding and contracting like a drive through the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, dipping howls and glottal stops like the churning of the Buffalo River, earthy grit of guttural tones like the red clay mud both lands harbor.
One can easily hear the influence of various folk music traditions, pop sensibilities, old school country heartbreak, peppered with a feeling of moving through other worlds….primarily the emotional landscape; beauty transmuted through valleys of deep pain, peaks of ecstatic joy, soft rolling hills of serenity, jagged rock formations of rage, and the bizarre catharsis of the open hearted exploration of it all. The performer as vehicle, steering you through with spells of the tenor banjo, celtic harp, and mostly human voice.”
SONGWRITER, PRODUCER, AND ARTIST ELEANOR MURRAY has spent the past twelve years creating and recording music out of the Pacific Northwest. Informed by folk tradition while adhering to no rules, Eleanor Murray’s music exists in a genre all its own. Her songs are often structurally complicated, while also sparse and open, full of warmth and light. Her chord progressions, rhythms, and melodies draw as much from Appalachia as they do from jazz. Her lyrics are as cryptic as they are simple and straightforward. Each album’s sonic landscape is completely its own.
Eleanor’s music catalog includes eleven releases, seven of which under her own name, and the remaining four as collaborations. Since her debut album in 2008, Eleanor Murray has been making music that refuses to repeat itself. Her music has spanned from sweet folk ballads to raucous marches, while never feeling forced. It’s the sound of a sincere artist ever-evolving, never slowing down, always growing. Her hundreds of live shows have established her as a prolific force in indie folk music, while along the way gathering a dedicated fan base and sharing the stage with artists such as Tune-yards, Mountain Man, and Kimya Dawson.
Her albums have spanned a wide range of material and her collaborations extend this range even further. Eleanor is the front-woman and music producer of the electro-pop and dance project Cavegreen, along with lyricist Gianluca Bucci. Eleanor is also the other half of AANTARCTICAA, a haunting post-rock band with Ben Kamen, founder of Olympia Noise Co. And last but not least, Eleanor explored more traditional folk songwriting with fiddle player Pamela Margon, in their acoustic project Tattered Dress.
The Dead Pan Sneakers are an experimental band from Tokyo, Japan that many have described as ‘post-krautrock’.