Linda Oh is a jazz bassist, born in Malaysia, raised in Australia, and currently living in New York. With a background in classical music, composing for film, and playing constantly with various groups, her own compositions - particularly here with her Sun Pictures album and group - have an exciting experimental groove. She stopped by with her quartet to play some tunes and chat with Maia about her work.
Gnawa music blends ancient African/Islamic spiritual religious songs and rhythms, while incorporating poetry and dancing. InnoVe Gnawa is a group of artists from different parts of Morocco, led by master Maalem Hassan BenJaafer and celebrating the trance-inducing folk genre in NYC.
Laser Background, the hazy dream-pop brainchild of Philadelphia's Andy Molholt, plays around in that murky field of tape hiss and slow grooves. There's a playfulness here, falling somewhere in the fuzzy, psychedelic territory between the Beatles and Pavement, where pop melodies definitely rule, but everything sounds just a little bit… well, strange.
Tavche Gravche are an NYC-based group taking a fresh approach to traditional Balkan music, blended with original tunes. Composed of Clarinetist Vasko Dukovski, guitarist Dan Nadel, and bassist (and founder) Daniel Ori, the group blends Macedonian and Mediterranean sounds in an improvisation-fueled blast of dance-able rhythms.
Solid Goold (previously Albert And The Solid Goold) are a prog-leaning pop trio, headed up by keyboard player Albert Goold. Jammy, self-deprecating, and all around cheery, the band has a feel good vibe that's almost impossible not to love.
Kuf Knotz is an experimental indie/hip-hop artist based in New York, though the Philadelphia roots definitely show through at times. Blending classic rap, soul, and hard rock styles to shape the group's sounds, Kuf Knotz bring a seriously strong feel-good vibe to any room, headed up by an ultra-smooth vocal style. For this session at Saltlands Studio, Brooklyn's Mr. Reed joined the fun to provide some super soulful choruses and the group spoke with Maia.
NYC band Activity is a supergroup of sorts, with Travis Johnson, Steve Levine, Zoë Browne, and Jess Rees coming from the excellent bands Grooms, Field Mouse, and Russian Baths. This particular… | watch
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