LA FAMILIA :: QUANTIC / BLOCKHEAD / LOCURA :: A Cinco De Mayo Celebration

Quantic, aka Will Holland is a British born Musician, Producer & DJ making Soul, Electronic & Latin Music saturated in the tropical soundwaves of the Carribean. Currently working from his
Sonido del Valle studio base in the highlands of Bogota, Colombia, Holland has developed a sound that bridges heritage and progression, marrying spontaneous musicianship with deep, exciting tonality. Holland is currently at work on his fourth Quantic
record, which will be his fifteenth studio album to date. The album is to feature influences from Ethiopian Jazz to Haitian Compas, Salsa Dura from his Colombian homestead to Detroit techno, with electric sub bass and beat programming, All part of Quantic's trademark sound. Holland records and mixes from his own Sonido del Valle studio where he utilises a range of vintage studio equipment, working as part sound engineer, musician and producer to procure a rich and original sound.

Worcestershire born, Will Holland began his musical career at the age of 16, encouraged by his father, a Welsh born folk musician who worked in mechanical engineering & computer
programming and his English born mother, a talented singer and folk enthusiast. By his early teens Holland had been introduced to home recording by his father and started to experiment with sequencing and programming. This, combined with a developing habit for record collecting, a household full of instruments and two older, musical sisters, it was only natural for Holland to setup a makeshift studio in the bedroom of their timber framed home
beside the river Severn. After much experimentation, Holland developed a strong repertoire, eventually attracting the attention of 'Breakin Bread Records', a London based record label through which Holland released his first 45 'We Got Soul'. It was at this point his work as a DJ began to flourish and through a visit to Brighton he was introduced to label 'Tru Thoughts'. In 2001 TT released his debut album 'The 5th Exotic' a collection of sample
based songs mined from various lunchbreak trips to record shops and the diverse selection of instruments found in the Holland household, his two sisters also featured as guests.
Shortly after the success of 'The 5th Exotic' Holland began work on the first Quantic Soul Orchestra record 'Stampede', combining live drum loops with Funk & Soul riffs to pay homage to the American Rhythm & Blues 45s spun in Quantic DJ sets. This was the era of the deep funk sound in the UK & the focus was on a raw, hard and incisive dancefloor sound. In that same year 'The Limp Twins' were born, a collaboration with Worcester based
singer Russell Porter that saw their debut album 'Tales from Beyond the Groove' also released on Tru Thoughts records.
Following this success and a closer working relationship with label Tru Thoughts, Holland moved his studio operations to Brighton, from which five more studio records flourished:
'Pushin On', 'Apricot Morning', 'Mishaps Happening', 'An Announcement to Answer' & 'I'm Thankful' with legendary US Soul Singer Spanky Wilson. Many of these records featured
fellow Brighton resident & talented soul singer Alice Russell. During this time Quantic also toured extensively as a DJ and the Quantic Soul Orchestra circulated internationally as a
twelve piece live band.

In 2005, Quantic collaborated with long time friend and NY based producer Nickodemus on Latin hit 'Mi Swing es Tropical'. The song was recorded in San Juan following an invite to Puerto Rico from Candela records and eventually receiving worldwide exposure through its use in an Itunes television advertising campaign. After a year of travelling and recording through Puerto Rico, Panama & Colombia the album 'Tropidelico' was released, a sonic adventure through Cumbia, Soul & Salsa. It was around this time that Holland upped and left for Colombia, basing himself in the western city of Cali, to explore the rich
musicianship leftover from the Salsa heyday and infuse his productions in the discotecas back alleys of one of Latin America's finest musical cities. Although drawn into Colombia
by the sound of Cumbia & Porro, Holland soon found himself in a city steeped in 'Pacifico' identity (a Afro Colombian genre hailing from Pacific coastal villages), melomanos (record collectors who preserve the sounds of Cuban, Puerto Rican & NY Salsa) and an
overwhelming wealth of studio musicians. It was here he began working with Peruvian born virtuoso pianist Alfredito Linares, Percusionist Freddy Colorado and Pacifico folklorist singer
Nidia Gongora, with whom The Combo Bárbaro was formed, Quantic Soul Orchestra drummer Malcolm Catto also featured in this group. The studio album 'Tradition in Transition' was soon released, parallel to this, Holland produced two more records 'Death of the Revolution' and 'Dog with a Rope'. Both were released by Tru Thoughts under his Dub production guise Flowering Inferno and featured Reggae rhythms combined with
Cumbia & Curulao inflections. After a pause in collaborations with singer Alice Russell, Russell travelled to Cali and embarked on a new record with Quantic, utilising the tight Sonido del Valle studio band with violinist Mike Simmonds as invited guest. Shaping an authentic, soulful and psychedelic sound, the pair released their first entire full length collobaration 'Look Around the Corner'
in 2011. In 2012 Quantic went on to produce and record 'Ondatropica', a collobative project with Bogota producer Mario Galeano aka Frente Cumbiero. Featuring a cast of more
40 musicians, the British Council funded project was received with great acclaim both in Colombia and Europe. In 2012 Ondatropica embarked on an international tour, garnering
attention at their performance during the 2012 London olympic celebrations and at New York's prestigious Lincoln Centre.
Quantic's enigmatic productions and musical expressions as Guitarist, Accordionist & Studio engineer have earned him a large international fanbase and constant engagements as a music selector, remixer & band director. Quantic's fifteenth studio record is planned for release in late 2013.

Blockhead grew up in downtown New York City. The son of an artist, early on he found his passion was for music. A fan of a whole range of sounds, especially hip-hop, Blockhead steadily built a tremendous collection of tapes and later CDs from innumerable artists. After a brief stint as a rapper, he realized his calling was behind the boards and not on the mic, and from there he began to produce beats.

Since making that decision, he's been kept pretty busy. Blockhead produced 9 tracks on Aesop Rock's critically acclaimed album 'Labor Days'. Additionally, he produced half the tracks on Aesop's follow up EP, 'Daylight'. Blockhead has also been working with other indie giants such as Slug of Atmosphere, Murs, Mike Ladd and SA Smash. He also found time to complete a break beat album entitled 'Blockhead's Broke Beats', with 10 hard hitting instrumental tracks, which was released on Mush Records, the US home of cLOUDDEAD.

And just to prove that he ain't all about art-rap, Blockhead produced 2 tracks on the newly crowned Skribble Jam Battle Champ, MacLethal's full-length album. Oh, and the guy does comedy, too. He's a member of the Party Fun Action Committee who's hip-hop/comedy debut album was recently released on the legendary Def Jux. And what was the other thing? Oh yeah, exquisite, emotional instrumental hip hop on the one and only Ninja Tune...

"There's no denying the power of the nine-piece ensemble's ebullient new "Semilla Caminante" ("Traveling Seeds"). Rooted in flamenco music, the album's 11 tracks fuse elements of punk, funk, reggae and Cuban son to create a sound that's as urgent — and exhilarating — as the politics of resistance they embrace." - WASHINGTON POST

"The seven-piece band crashes through stylistic barricades with a kinetic blend of ska, son, funk and nueva canción. It's party music for the revolution (or a musical uprising looking for a party)." – The San Francisco Chronicle

"San Francisco's LoCura- stylistic globetrotters who blend elements of rock and funk with hefty doses of Latin rhythms and sounds from even further afield." - National Geographic

CALIFAS MESTIZO MUSIC: Direct from San Francisco's fertile music scene, LoCura taps into the diverse sounds that have a rich history in the Bay Area, weaving them together in an uncanny way to reveal their common roots. Mixing Flamenco with Reggae and Cumbia with Ska through contagious rhythms and multiple languages, their music takes you on a ride through a day in the emerging globalized experience where the movement of people and ideas are in constant flux. Reflecting lead vocalist Kata's own experience of growing up Spanish American in Spain, Italy, and the U.S., LoCura's music rides the borders of identity and migration piecing together a mosaic of our myriad cultures and experiences. In Spain the expression "Ida y Vuelta" is used to describe certain styles within Flamenco that made a "round-trip" from Spain to Latin America, mixing with music from the African slave and Indigenous populations. With this idea of music traveling and music as creative resistance, LoCura takes the trip back again mixing it up with their own Califas Flamenkito, Reggae, and Cuban Son styles. Moved by the music that crosses borders and takes root in different lands, LoCura draws from this creative 'rebelde' spirit to cultivate the cures passed on from our ancestors.

"LoCura is an explosion of sonic sunshine with crisp percussion and guitar work, driving bass lines, soaring brass, and dynamic sass from lead singer Kata Miletich"
- Rupa Marya from Rupa and the April Fishes

"The bass player, the rhythm section, because of the production, to me that makes all the musicianship stand out…. To me it signals something different. It's not strictly Flamenco, it's not strictly pop, and there's a little bit of a reggae feel to it." - Jesus Conteras from NPR's ALT Latino

"The seven-piece band crashes through stylistic barricades with a kinetic blend of ska, son, funk and nueva canción. It's party music for the revolution (or a musical uprising looking for a party)." – The San Francisco Chronicle

"LoCura is one of the hottest groups emerging out of the Bay Area music scene." - SF Guardian

San Francisco based izzy*wise aka Isaac Weiser first started performing music in his Dad’s Klezmer band as a teenager. As the multi instrumentalist began learning new instruments and collecting records, so came the influx of different styles and cultures of music. Having played in many bands performing reggae, afrobeat, funk, rock, hip hop, klezmer, drum n bass, and latin styles this versatile performer began producing his own music and djing in 2007. Combining his knowledge of multiple instruments, sound reinforcement, and his love of mixing music from different cultures, we now have the electro world dub mashup that is izzy*wise’s music

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LA FAMILIA :: QUANTIC / BLOCKHEAD / LOCURA :: A Cinco De Mayo Celebration with LoCura, izzy*wise, Az-Iz

Sunday, May 5 · 8:00 PM at Public Works