Ian Cooke, Princess Music
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM
This event is 16 and over
When a pair of quick-witted emcees joins forces with a battle-hardened, groove-fusing rhythm section, a classically trained violist and trumpet player, the result is a sound that explores and expands the frontiers of live hip-hop. Progressive in both style and message, the band's ability to drop from symphonic rock-infused crescendos into stripped-down string-laden breakbeats has earned Flobots a reputation for both originality and authenticity.
After originally forming as a side project in 2005, Flobots brought together Emcee's Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit with violist Mackenzie Roberts, guitarist Andy Guerrero, bassist Jesse Walker, trumpet player Joe Ferrone, and drummer Kenny Ortiz. By the end of the year, it was clear that the band's refreshingly positive message and nontraditional instrumentation gave it both a universal appeal and a marketable buzz factor. Whether sharing the stage with jam bands, indie rock acts, or hip-hop groups, Flobots won the crowds and quickly reached a tippping point to became one of Denver's most influential bands.
The band's first EP, Platypus, was recorded quickly in response to the clamor of eager fans. Platypus' CD sales in the first week put Flobots at #1 on Twist & Shout's bestseller list. In just a year and half, Platypus has sold over 3000 copies in Colorado and the surrounding region. The strength of this small record and a relentless performing schedule has enabled the band to open for acts like The Coup, Lyrics Born, Immortal Technique, and 2mex. Even Multi-platinum recording artist The Fray took notice, inviting the band to open the last night of their North American Tour at Red Rocks amphitheatre.
Now, just two and a half years from the birth of their first song, the band regularly sells out Denver venues and is developing sizeable followings in California, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming.
The upward trajectory continues as the band prepares to release its first full-length record, Fight With Tools (October 2007). Representing a year's worth of writing and recording, the record is a fire-breathing rallying cry for all free-thinking individuals fed-up with the violence and apathy that have thus far defined the new millenium.
Armed with musicianship, intelligence, and an passionate loyalty to the power of creation, Flobots are looking to engage a new musical culture, one mind at a time.
Singer, songwriter, cellist, pianist -
Ian Cooke has appeared in SPIN magazine, Finished #1 in the Denver Post Music Poll in 2009, and has been voted Best Avant-Pop for 3 years by Westword Magazine. He also plays cello on Crooked Fingers’ album Forfeit/Fortune and his two songs appeared alongside Billy Bragg, Owen Pallett, and M Ward on ‘Versions of Joanna’ – a Joanna Newsom covers-album.
He has toured in the US and Australia playing with: The Dresden Dolls, Crooked Fingers, Built to Spill, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips (Monolith Festival), Blonde Redhead, Devotchka, Rasputina, Wovenhand, Pedro the Lion and many more.
Cooke’s 2009 album, ‘The Fall I Fell,’ has sold out of two pressings and has been re-pressed with a DVD with solo live versions of songs, videos, a 5.1 surround mix of the album, etc.
His new album ‘Fortitude’ was released 11/11/11 and Cooke will be touring this winter and all of next year, booked by the Vinefield Agency.
Recently overcoming his paralyzing shyness instilled by a harsh music conservatory environment, of which he only lasted three semesters, Tyler Ludwick actually managed to complete a healthy handful of folk songs! And gather an all-star cast of distinguished musicians from the greater Denver area to perform them under the name "Princess Music"! This group includes Laura Goldhamer on banjo, Robin Chestnut (from the Shift), recent CU masters graduates Psyche Cassandra Dunkhase and Rachel Sliker on cello and violin, and math-metal bassist Jeremy Averitt (from The Shift).
The group got its title from an unassuming 3-year-old audience member named Ezry at their first show, who was curious as to whether it was indeed going to be "princess music" performed that night. Luckily, it was. She would have been the harshest of critics and tantrum throwers if it were not to have accommodated her tastes. Thus, on that eighth day of January 2010, the name and the family of "Princess Music was born.
The music is both for the heart and the head, with poignant narratives and spiritually evocative content found within classically influenced rock structures. Princess Music is essentially a rock trio (electric guitar, bass and drum kit), with banjo and string parts often taking a primary role. Tyler takes his classical guitar training to a fender telecaster, his composition skills to cello and violin textures, and his drumming background to the overall polyrhythmic and irregular meters of the music.
The members of Princess Music are glad to have found one another. Tyler is elated.
Princess Music…made excellent use of the band's string-ensemble setup, topping off with a jam that started as percussion-based groove and built to a grand, orchestral close. -westword
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