Sonic Bloom & Cervantes' Present
Sonic Blossom [SATURDAY TICS] ft. Visual Art by Android Jones, Random Rab, The Werks, Kalya Scintilla, Bird Of Prey, Materialized, lespecial, Soulacybin, TNERTLE, Templo and Anthony Ward
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80203
Doors 8:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 16 and over
Emerging from his own distinct corner of the West Coast electronic music scene, Random Rab offers a powerful and unique contribution to sonic exploration. Often referred to as “The Master of Emotion” his music is patently beautiful and melodic. With diverse influences ranging from trip-hop, classical and Arabic to bass driven compositions, his songs are considered anthemic and timeless. As a multi-instrumentalist and singer, his tracks are organic, uplifting and stand on their own as a distinct genre. Listeners of all types of music can find something they can relate to in this sound. He has toured extensively across North America, including tours with Bassnectar, Shpongle, Beats Antique and headlined several festivals across the country.
There is no doubt that Rab understands a multitude of musical styles. He has been the front man of a heavy metal band, toured as a classical trumpet player, played bass in a country music band, was a scratch DJ for a jazz fusion project, was the singer for a rock band in Mexico and has collaborated with countless musicians of all styles. From acoustic performances in the Himalayas to rocking packed clubs in New York, Random Rab has found a way to connect with people of all kinds.
With a dedicated fanbase born from the San Francisco underground, Random Rab has become a Burning Man legend known for his sunrise sets that have now become one of his most sought after performances. His current popularity can often be traced to his breakout album, The Elucidation of Sorrow.. This album firmly established him as a recognizable force in the electronic music scene. His 4th album aRose, catapulted him into the state of momentum that is now taking hold internationally. His latest studio effort, Visurreal debuted in the iTunes Top 10 Electronic Charts as well as in the CMJ RPM Top 5 with several #1′s on radio stations across the country.
Sometimes performing solo and at other times featuring collaborative musicians, the live experience is focused on a high quality translation of sound that is simultaneously sexy and psychedelic.
The Werks have emerged & established themselves as a national powerhouse; delivering an electrifying dance party to beloved fans across the musical spectrum. Fusing psychedelic shredding, wailing organ, and slap bass
with synthesizers and modern dance beats, their live shows encompass a sensational blend of jam-rock and deep electronic funk.
These genre-benders will be touring throughout 2016 in support of their 4th studio album, 'Inside a Dream' released in November 2015, which takes listeners on a track-by-track musical voyage through the heart of a dream; into their own hopes, fears, and aspirations. The seasoned jam-centric quartet brings a sonically superior mix of otherworldly explorations and revelatory lyrics to this artistic and mature musical statement.
Through sanguine compositions that effortlessly transition from spacious soundscapes to driving rhythms, the album merges multiple genres in a style that only this Ohio quartet can deliver. Throughout the 11-track release, Inside
a Dream remains raw yet polished, and emotional yet whimsical... it is within these contradictions where the depth of the band truly shines.
Catch them soon in a city near you, or at the 7th incarnation of their “Werk Out Music & Arts Festival” in August, which draws 5000+ people annually to Ohio.
Traversing the cosmos, gliding across dimensions beyond time and space, Kalya Scintilla brings universal shamanic journeys through his music to planet earth straight from his heart. His music paints sacred soundscapes with world fusion beats from ancient futures hidden amongst our forgotten memories to bring forth lush healing vibrations to activate the dormant codes within us. Infusing his love for nature, tribal healing, sacred geometry, and Hathor wisdom; Kalya is able to birth heart opening crescendos that open doorways into our personal and collective awakening. Audiences across the world have successfully received his musical transmissions enabling his ability to travel and play at festivals across continents. His vision for the future holds his devotional intention to plant more seeds of galactic sound alchemy to be felt and experienced by all.
Bird of Prey
Bird of Prey is San Francisco bay area native Torin Goodnight. Creating electronic music for over a decade, he has developed a unique and very distinct sound. His music hybridizes various genres, fusing the enveloping sensibilities of psychedelic sound with hard hitting dubstep and breakbeat elements. His style contains a high level of cerebral activity not commonly found in many urban genres. Combining aggressive basslines, twisted leads, and colorful atmospheres to create diverse and immersive soundscapes.
He made his first compositions in his bedroom tinkering with hardware synths and sequencers, eventually moving on to more elaborate computer-based production. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in sound engineering from Expression College for Digital Arts, he worked in the audio industry for four years before becoming a full time musician. He is now dedicated to creating powerful music with good intentions, and aims to contribute his craft wherever it's appreciated.
The success of his 3 EP's (Atrium, SubTropic, Dreamcatcher), and many licensed tracks to compilations has put this artist on the map. He is currently working on his next releases for Addictech Records. You can be sure to expect honest, cutting-edge music from this artist in the near future.
Bird of Prey is often accompanied by his lovely wife Kit, an internationally acclaimed hula hoop dancer and Fire Performer. KiT's out of this world, freestyle moves to Bird of Prey's mesmerizing beats will electrify any audience.
Category free, that’s how San Francisco-based Materialized rolls. The future-forward instrumental unit is built around the flexible core of keyboard maestro Mighty Dave Pellicciaro Shiva-limbed percussionist Dale Fanning, and bassist Carlitos Del Puerto. They are a heady mixture of top-flight improvising and savvy sound design. This band has giant antenna always scanning the airwaves for interesting new ways of combining the musical banquet of the 21st century.
“The reason we have Materialized is we want earnestly to connect with people,” says Pellicciaro. “Music serves a role in the human psyche, and society is nothing but a collection of psyches ambling about interacting with each other. Ergo, music has a changing role in society in any given moment. There’s dance music and there’s music you can dance to, or music you clean the house to, music for a candlelight dinner. It’s not the genre-defining way of looking at music. It’s the ambient way that music affects you.”
“This band’s constitution is flexible and open to amendments,” says Fanning. “There’s always room for it to change but there’s also a framework.”
After a gestating for years in the Bay Area live scene, playing everything from house parties to The Fillmore, Materialized is stepping out in 2013 with a series of EP releases where they will unleash their dance-ready, human touched sound for folks ready to wriggle out of their constrictions. Magneto Delicti and Space Junk were both released in November of 2012 in multiple formats. The music imbued with the blood and bone inside the instruments they wield,.. flowing in a rush, the men inside the technology very much alive and apparent within the beat stream.
“We have a diverse background with a lot of overlap with each other. My association sound design goes back to the original meaning of electronic music – guys in the 1890s with semi fore flags playing industrial parks, Pierre Schaeffer, musique concrete, tape loops, all that cool stuff from when electronic music was a lot more difficult to make. It’s really about a love of the idea that sound is an abstraction that needs to fit into a musical spectrum to do its job. It doesn’t need to be a bass player pulling strings or a drummer using a stick. It can be any sound doing any role.”
“We want to add to music’s current conversation,” says Fanning. “We study from older roots but with a modern mindset. There are certain things about electronic music that are just awesome, especially when you want to get a bunch of heads bouncing up and down and make people sweat. The sonic impact of those timbres is just so much higher, and the overall palette is so wide. However, people have gotten used to perfect beats and perfect sounds, and that’s where it gets boring. We mix it up with improvisation and the interaction we have onstage, which makes music come alive right in front of you while simultaneously seeking that sonic impact that moves booties.”
In each move Materialized makes is a desire to connect with people and to offer them a soundtrack for connecting with one another and themselves. "The sounds are handcrafted, and everything we do has a lot of manna in it and a lot of personal sincerity. It’s a rock ‘n’ roll band in that way. We come out to hand it over to the people,” says Pellicciaro. “It’s magic the way music works on the human brain."
Fanning says it’s all about striking a balance between inner and outer elements. “That’s what music is about,” he says. “Heck, that’s what life’s about.”
On top of their sound creations in and out of the studio curate the annual Cosmic Love Ball in San Francisco. This year’s Love Ball took place at the Fillmore and featured a fun and talented array of artists including Rubblebucket, the North Beach Brass Band, DJ Wyllys, live painting by Lebo and Materialized holding down the eye of the musical storm.
Born in the woods of Connecticut and raised in the wilds of Boston, lespecial has established themselves as innovators and tastemakers on their own unique trajectory. The aggressive death-funk dance trio explodes with energetic live sets, tapping into a primitive past distorted through the lense of contemporary technology. Coming off the release of their second EP, Ceremony, preceded by Playonbrother Sessions (2011), Jonathan Grusauskas (guitar/keys/trumpet), Luke Bemand (bass guitar) and Rory Dolan (drums) ignore convention, instead amalgamating the familiar styles of Afro-Latin rhythmic traditions, Hip Hop, Funk and Metal into a singular sound that dexterously transforms during their live sets and over the course of their studio albums. As Ben Weiss of Relix Magazine puts it, “Amidst the rest of the noise, lespecial is the squeaky wheel that demands attention.”
Soulacybin was incubated as pure auditory information, coded deep in alien realms of distant, future space. This auditory entity was sequenced into the DNA of a mushroom spore, then propelled through time and space on a trajectory for Planet Earth. Upon arriving on our planet, the spore germinated in the form of Earth music, bringing its intricately coded information to us through precisely arranged sound and vibration. Representing the bio-mechanically fused organisms of its home world, Soulacybin balances deep, squishy realms of organic dub with digital, hyper-active percussion and slimy, stretchy basslines. Thriving on the nervous system of musician John LaBoone, Soulacybin is here to bring its yet-unknown alien message to lovers of deep, patient, thoughtful music.
Liam Shea, aka Templo, strives to blend atmospheric soundscapes with head bobbing beats. With his music, you will hear all original riffs and drum beats, found especially in his latest releases, which included a double EP, Sunrise and Sunset. In the last two years, Templo has played alongside some of the top experimental producers such as Kalya Scintilla, Random Rab, The Polish Ambassador, EOTO and Bluetech. Appearing at festivals such as Gem & Jam, Sonic Bloom, and Arise Music Festival, Templo presents a unique live experience incorporating downtempo trip-hop, funk and dub elements, with deep melodic bass sounds.
The music produced by TNERTLE is a straight-up reflection of the name itself—one-of-a-kind with no hints of what to expect, yet it strikes a chord with your innermost curiosities.
TNERTLE is the concoction of Trent Campbell, a Denver native and Berklee College of Music graduate. Trent took to music at an early age beginning on bass guitar. Like most musicians, he went through the metamorphosis of high school jazz bands to prestigious collegiate ensembles to post-grad rock bands. The experience laid the pavement for a vibrant musical palate, but Campbell yearned to put his Contemporary Writing & Production degree to the utmost test. He sought out to create music that appealed to music lovers from all walks of life while naturally hopscotching around different styles ranging from funk to hip-hop to EDM and beyond. Coming up during the advent of electronic music, Campbell knew the style matched his skill set, but wanted to ensure the live performance element was fully intact.
Thusly, TNERTLE was born. In addition to bass, Campbell began learning the ins and outs of midi controllers to give performances a humanistic approach. Rather than play it safe and trigger different sections of the music by simply pushing buttons, Campbell performs melodies using Machine Controller cradled in snare drum stand and tilted toward the audience. This allows him to captivate audiences by giving them a visual display of his instrumental mastery and improvisation skills.
TNERTLE solo shows are the perfect compliment to Campbell’s original “full band” configuration of the group. Calling upon an up-to-9-member musical squad that includes live drums, horns, guitars and MCs, TNERTLE has a reputation for giving audiences the ultimate audio and visual smorgaspboard. However, TNERTLE solo shows are evolving into a whole different creature as Campbell performs never-before-heard remixes, introduces brand new original material, incorporates live improvisation, and reworks songs played by the full band.
Regardless of ensemble, Campbell’s primary objective has always been to get people dancing to melodic representations that bob and weave through all of life’s intricacies and emotions. Whether it’s utilizing big beats, composing smooth melodies, and working within flowing chord structures, TNERTLE will connect with listeners who want to let loose and have no preconceived notions of how life is suppose to be or where it’s going to take you. Go with the flow and you can ensure that you’ll have the time of your life.
$30 Day Of Show
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