The music of American composer and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia (pronounced rah-FEEK BAHtia) defies easy categorization. Regardless, groundbreaking artists from different corners of the music world are taking notice. According to jazz drum legend Billy Hart, Bhatia's combination of driving, glitch-inspired beats, blistering improvisation, and expansive production holds "the true potential of the future." In the words of Grammy nominated pianist-composer Vijay Iyer, "his music is innovative and fearless." Valgeir Sigurðsson, who has produced recordings by Björk and Feist, remarks that working with Bhatia "felt like learning a new language." And, speaking about Bhatia's forthcoming debut, Antipop Consortium emcee and producer High Priest proclaims, "this is the type of joint that can exist in both beat and jazz canons successfully."
Since moving to Brooklyn in 2010, Bhatia "has wasted no time grabbing wider attention" (Time Out New York), collaborating with an array of forward-thinking artists including Billy Hart, High Priest of Antipop Consortium, The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Vijay Iyer, Alexander Overington, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Gordon Voidwell, TECLA, and others. He has toured extensively across the eastern and midwestern United States with his quartet, which features Jeremy Viner (woodwinds, processing), Jackson Hill (bass), and Alex Ritz (drums, processing). His performances have been recommended by publications including Time Out New York and The Boston Globe.
David Bird, the dude behind the electronic project PEPEPIANO, makes trippy music. Whether or not he wanted to make that his M.O. he has succeeded. His music has been a "Staff Pick" on Vimeo and featured on their homepage, as well as publications such as The Atlantic. He's contributed to and curated mixtapes for blogs such as Crash Symbols, PORTALS and Thinkorsmile. A review from Pitchfork’s Altered Zones described his expansive sound as, “vibrant, shirt-staining, color squirting… amidst swirling layers of white noise and choir… I do believe a lie-down is in order.” PEPEPIANO has an uncanny ability to mix and match a variety of musical styles and genres into a tireless performance of uptempo beats and synthesized bliss. His music can be downloaded for free at pepepiano.bandcamp.com
icewater started as a largely acoustic country 3 piece in fall 2010 before adding drummer noah hecht in the summer of 2011, evolving into an electric band and interweaving elements of psychedelia and garage rock. the band plays all over new york and toured across the country in the spring of 2012. icewater's latest offering is a 3 song package titled "wade in the water". the song "goldmine" was recorded and produced by friend and inspiration to the band, philadelphia's lux perpetua. the other 2 tracks, "fabric" and "my land", were recorded and mixed by icewater and mastered by new friend zeljko mcmullen.