TurnStyle Music Group Presents
ARJUN CD RELEASE
Pheroze, Rachel Burrell (The Storyteller)
152 Orchard St.
New York, NY, 10002
This event is 21 and over
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ARJUN, the three-piece instrumental band from New York, has been trailblazing their own hybrid of rock and improvisational jazz since 2003. Made up of Eddie Arjun Peters (guitar), Lamar Myers (drums), and Andre Lyles (bass), ARJUN fuses the power of rock with improvisational alternative jazz, resulting in a delicate balance of intricately crafted melodies backed by powerhouse musicianship. After signing with Pheromone Records in 2006, ARJUN released their debut album PIECES, followed by 2013’s SPACE. SPACE, the critically-acclaimed first in a three-album trilogy, is a sonic dreamscape of fluid improvisations which were conceived and recorded organically. The album’s opening track, ‘Orion,’ features legendary percussionist E.J. Rodriguez (The Jazz Passengers, Sean Lennon, Medeski Martin & Wood, Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos, D.J Logic…).
ARJUN’s most recent album CORE, second in the trilogy, is a reinvention of ARJUN’s sound and style, rooted in carefully crafted melodies which tell resonant stories without words. CORE features the talents of John Medeski (of Medeski Martin & Wood) on its title track, and was mixed by legendary producer/mixer Scotty Hard. CORE was recorded at Level 11 Studios in New York City and at a studio in Brooklyn, produced by Eddie Arjun Peters and mastered at Turtletone Mastering by Michael Fossenkemper (Medeski Martin & Wood, Soulive, Bootsy Collins…).
Tapping into an intricate fantasy world rich with astute spirituality and cleverly-constructed melodic and harmonic structures, dexterous guitarist, singer and songwriter Pheroze Karai makes intelligent music that illuminates life’s mysterious complexities. Inspired by vibrant rock risk-takers such as Freddie Mercury, Kim Thayil, Chris Cornell, Slash, Jeff Buckley and Prince, his intellectually-driven songs memorialize the craftsmanship behind the music that has sparked his imagination since childhood and present multi-dimensional snapshots of his cultural and creative roots. His dedication to mastering the intricacies of the recording process has led him to fine-tune his own skills as a producer and engineer and has caught the ears of collaborators such as mix engineer Nick Cohen (Redman, Ill Nino, Brian McKnight, 40 Below Summer) and producer Clay Holley (Adele, Aloe Blacc, Blakroc). Through his meticulously-crafted albums and cathartic live performances, he freely presents highly-personal material that also genuinely resonates with a universal audience.
Born in London to Zoroastrian parents, Pheroze’s musical journey began while he was splitting his childhood time between the restrictive Saudi Arabia and the colorful, sensual India. Equally-stimulated by the pervasive Bollywood culture and the Black Sabbath, Queen and Prince that was on regular rotation at his parents’ house, his exposure to varied cultures allowed Pheroze to develop a worldly perspective. When he was 12-years old, a chance encounter with a friend’s guitar finally gave a distinct voice to his life’s passion, and, in order to raise enough money to buy his own instrument, he smuggled in Penthouse magazines – which were illegal in Saudi Arabia – and sold them to local teenagers. From that point on, he has been driven to build his life around the creation of music. He continues to channel the ghosts that have drifted in and out during his journey and let them speak through uniquely haunted melodies and lyrics.
Pheroze has been energetically participating in the New York City music scene since he arrived in 1997 and has written songs for, played in and released well-received albums with bands including Scar Culture (Century Media Records), Earthbound Smoke Ghost, Namanista and Soapbox Army. Often referring to himself as “Minstrel for the Dead,” Pheroze Karai has released two solo LPs: Driftwood (2008), which was mixed by Nick Cohen and Crows into Swine (2011), co-produced and mixed by Clay Holley. Both releases demonstrate Pheroze’s dexterity as a producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist playing everything but drums and incorporating Indo/Persian instruments. He is currently playing a series of shows with his recently-reinvigorated powerhouse backing band and working on his third solo release, which will be available in late 2012.
Born in London to Zoroastrian parents, Pheroze‘s childhood was divided between the strict rigidity of Saudi Arabia where his parents worked and the abundant sights, smells, and sounds of India where his grandparents lived. “I grew up with the whole Bollywood scene at the same time as my mother was blasting Prince, Black Sabbath, and Queen in the house. Freddie Mercury was a fellow Zoroastrian, so she was hell-bent on him being part of my upbringing.” Those varied cultures helped develop Pheroze‘s naturally distinctive worldly voice.
Rachel Burrell (The Storyteller)
Singer/songwriter, The Storyteller, is a passionate songstress with a distinct soulful voice, the weight and full body of it reminiscent of Nina Simone. She is trip hop and rock music intertwined with a voice reminiscent of 1960's soul! She has been performing songs and poetry since the age of 9 on the church choir in Jamaica W.I. According to The Storyteller, “Life is poetry. Life is a story. The sound of the leaves when the wind is blowing, the way people interact with each other, love, pain. It makes perfect sense to me when people call me a poet even when calling me as a singer.”
She has released two solo albums in two years; Rachel Burrell is The Storyteller was released in April 2011 and the LP, Starving Artist, was released May 4, 2012 and can be found on ITunes or Amazon. She is also in a two person alternative hip hop group, X Black Superheroes, with a political hip hop/spoken word and soul sound.