Aza Nizi Maza
Aza Nizi Maza - full six-piece band complete with a burning horn section – funk psychedelic soul, complex in rhythms, layers, and distortion. Randa Eid (singer) and Brian Abbott (bass) hit the road in 2010 for an award winning 30-show tour with their new wave rock outfit Grub Animal. With a deep passion to keep writing and performing, Randa approached Brian about collaborating on a new funky avant garde project. Randa Eid (singer/composer) has been described as Peaches mixed with Bjork. Brian Abbott (lead guitarist/composer) is a multi-instrumentalist: noisy rock music, avant-garde jazz, pop music, with a bent toward the freakier side of life. Drummer Abbott Segel has a funky original style with hints of groovin’ rock, soul, and just a touch of something heavier. Stephen Boniello (bass/ vocals) hails from a punk and classical background. Hugh Ash (trumpet) has played with the likes of Coco Rosie. Valerie Moniz spices up her classical piano background with flourishes of rock, pop, and soul. Aza Nizi Maza songs are as kaleidoscopic as their style and lyrics: a dissection of the über-hip tragedy – through crass yet poignant lyrics – arching over to more ethereal creations.
Hairy Sands began six years ago in a small room across from Cooper Park in Brooklyn, NY with David Nolen and Clint Newsom (Rhythm of Black Lines). Meeting for a few days each year, songs were written quickly and layered till the point of collapse. Hairy Sands writes and performs with vocalist and keyboardist Danica Newell.
Source of Yellow
Source of Yellow is Anawim Avila, Nick Hasty, and Peter Kerlin. The group was formed around their mutual interest in electro-acoustic music, sound processing, free improvisation, noise, krautrock, and making music without boundaries. Hasty outfitted his drums with contact mics and synths creating swelling synth tones with feedback, Kerlin played fuzz smeared ebow soundscapes on the bass and Avila squealed, howled, and caterwauled through distortions and delay. It's through this process that the band emerged with its distinct palate of propulsive rhythms, analogue sound painting, and cathartic noise, which is documented on their self-titled 2010 debut LP. On their follow-up EP, 2012's The Said, Source of Yellow takes the rhythmic, textural, and timbral work honed during years of improvising together, into a more concise song format, pulling in the harmolodic for a hug with the gothic in a muddy dance stomp, where raga style yelp intertwines with tone dialing and where the psychedelic spectrum encompasses true tonal weirdness as well as compelling housebroken sounds.