Consider The Source, Morglbl
2639 Poplar St
Philadelphia, PA, 19130
This event is 21 and over
Viking raids nearly always came as a total surprise. They knew the European coasts like the backs of their hands and planned their attacks in advance. The same can be said of Sweden's Freak Kitchen who have been conquering much of the world since 1992. Now for the first time Freak Kitchen has trained their attention on the US.
With seven albums already under their belt, Freak Kitchen has established a global reputation for slaughtering audiences with hysterical antics and expert musicianship. Axemaster Mattias 'IA' Eklundh needs no introduction among serious guitar players, but the unsuspecting might well have the same reaction as the executive editor of Guitar Player magazine who described Eklundh's playing as "pure voodoo." Able to pound out skull crushing riffs and fiery yet baffling solos with equal ferocity it's easy to miss the incredibly complex structures contained within many Freak Kitchen songs. They are so well crafted that their technical difficulty never distracts from the tune.
Eklundh long ago sought to grow the band at his pace under his terms and has done so since forming in 1992. Drummer Bjorn Fryklund and bassist Christer Ortefors became the new rhythm duo in 2000 igniting a new creative phase. Together this trio released Move in 2002, Organic in 2005, and the incredible Land Of The Freaks in 2009. Eklundh has guided Freak Kitchen through an ever increasing fan base resulting in numerous festival appearances. With the US now firmly in his sights the whole world will get just a little bit freakier.
Consider The Source
Toting the loaded description Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Funk, their sound is a melting pot of Middle Eastern scales, psychedelic jams, and a hard rocking rhythm section. Featuring Gabriel Marin on Fret-Less Double Neck Guitar, John Ferrara on Bass, and Justin Ahiyon on Drums/Percussion, the three musicians cite their influences as including The Bad Plus, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson and Tool—but a major source of their musical power can be attributed to a trip the band took to India, where they studied the complex tala (rhythm) of North India, and the micro-tonal scale structure and melodic ornamentations of South India. Guitarist Gabriel Marin, recently highlighted in Guitar Player Magazine, says, "Our music combines influences from Turkish, Bulgarian, North and South Indian styles with jazz and fusion, and then we filter it through our own heavy rock and psychedelic sounds and approaches."
Over the past two years this progressive trio has toured the United States 7 times over and toured through the Middle East and Europe performing in Israel and Turkey. Consider the Source has performed alongside such luminaries as Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz, Kris Myers (of Umphrey's McGee), Wyclef Jean (of The Fugee's), U-Melt at Bowery Ballroom NYC, Klezmer Giant Andy Statman, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Garaj Mahal, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, GE Smith (Saturday Night Live Band), Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Heavy Pets, Schleigho, The Brew, Kung Fu and many others. They've appeared at numerous festivals including Burning Man, Mid Summer Meltdown, The Big Up, Dogwood Festival (NC), PowWow Festival (MD), NYC Fret-Less Guitar Fest, NYC's Howl Festival, the NY Gypsy Festival and the East Village Arts Festival. Their music has been aired nationally on Fox 5's Fearless Music TV show, on which they won the award for best unsigned independent act.
Consider the Source's new album "That's What's Up" is a testament to the band members’ core beliefs & values about their art and expression. They continue forging new sounds and unique song structures, fusing foreign time signatures with exotic rhythms and refining a dialogue-based form of improvising where the rhythms are the words, the notes are the feelings and the dynamics convey the intensity. The trio has been taking this music around the world, driven by a fearless desire to be themselves and deliver their sound as honestly as they can in the pure rawness of the "moment".
Before they even had a name a charming young girl called to book the band for their very first show. M-O-R-G-L-B-L were the first letters to came to mind.
Led by French guitarist extraordinaire Christophe Godin and anchored by the phenomenal Ivan Rougny on bass, Morglbl gained international acclaim through their first two albums in 1997 and 1998. Years of excessive touring saw the band's reputation grow till a break was needed. But in 2007 Morglbl came roaring back with their 3rd critically acclaimed album, Grotesk, which earned them an invitation to play at the 2008 NEARfest in Pennsylvania. The audience was simply astounded and cheered the band to a double encore ~ a first in the ten year history of the festival for an opening band. Over 400 CD's were sold in 30 minutes!
2008: Christophe was voted the world's 4th best guitarist of 2010 in a GuitarPart magazine readers poll - only behind Gus G., Joe Bonnamassa, and Joe Satriani. That same year drummer Aurelien Ouzoulias joined Morglbl, bringing a new kick to the band's music. Highly sought for sessions and performances, Ouzoulias added his unmistakable style to the band's 4th album, 2009's Jazz for the Deaf.
Morglbl's live performances are a crazy mix of jazzy moods, fat, funky grooves and substantial chunks of metal all served up with a Zappa-like humor. Some describe it as Primus meeting Steve Vai. Morglbl hits like a heavyweight jab and makes you laugh…it's "jazz for deaf people!"
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