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Spiritual world funk: Sinkane’s up vibe

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

In the current world of extremes, Sinkane, born Ahmed Gallab, steps onto stage to calm your senses, engage in the now, and brighten the darkest of days. Step back to understand his roots and what they have grown to become, as its quite the underground ear opener. Sinkane, also the name of his six-piece band, will headline 89.1 FM Jackson Hole Community Radio’s Summer Membership Drive Party this Tuesday.

Sinkane was born in London, raised in Sudan, and currently a Brooklyn resident of over eight years. He's well-versed on all of his band’s instruments—guitar, bass, drums, keys—and has an understated, angelic voice that can float overtop the meanest of funk and R&B grooves, or swing into falsetto mode for a range that is at once airy, patient and infectious. Gallab gives praise to vocalists Eddie Kendricks, Bill Withers, Betty Carter, and Justin Timberlake as influencing this style. His lyrics are social conscious and the music is a refreshing, head-bobbing mash of Sudanese pop and afro-rock with elements of Stax-era soul.

“It has all shaped my identity,” said Gallab, the son of college professors. His grandfather would sing spirituals in the house while hosting Sufi gatherings. “I was molded by all of those experiences. I feel like

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Concert Review: Jackie Greene + Anders Osborne + Hayes Carll

Posted on Jan 17, 2017

Greene_Osborne_Carll_byAaronDavis5It takes a fair amount of gumption to perform outside of the so-called comfort zone musicians build within their main performance outlets. Jackie Green, Anders Osborne, and Hayes Carll ditched their bands and grabbed acoustic guitars for a sit down evening of old fashioned tune trading at the Center Theater on Sunday.

For Greene and Osborne—two new friends that are gifted as both singer-songwriters and guitarists—impromptu “jamming” is second nature and I’ve witnessed each thrive on that ball of energy as much as writing a powerful song. They've each shared experiences with Phil Lesh & Friends in recent years and each play in loud, improvisational rock bands. It was great to see a number of those rock tunes stripped down to the raw core from these two.

Hayes Carll sounded like the refined writer he is, a painter with words as his raw material. After Carll made light of the juxtaposition between him and the other two, the joke recycled throughout

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Veteran DJ Mark Farina at Garter, Cure for the Common + horns, Screen Door Porch + Head for the Hills, Nicki Bluhm joins Lucas Nelson

Posted on Dec 28, 2016

(a majority of this piece was published by Planet Jackson Hole)
Mark Farina: creator of Mushroom Jazz

Mark Farina: creator of Mushroom Jazz

There’s acid jazz, cool jazz, big band jazz and then there’s mushroom jazz—a psychedelic-minded electronic music subgenre mixing jazz, house and hip-hop nearly singlehandedly designed by DJ and producer Mark Farina in the early 90s. The term was coined from his twenty-five year, eight-volume Mushroom Jazz series of albums. Originally released on cassette in 1992 with a modest fifty copies, the latest compilation dropped this year to a worldwide audience.

It has turned the heads of old fogies, indie-leaning hipsters, hippies and jazz purists while penetrating a club scene shaped by aggressive drums n’ bass and uptempo house music. All the while, Farina has existed in two types of rooms—mushroom jazz and a jazzy Chicago-meets-San Fran house style that caters to the uptempo revelers, Farina will drop his

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Three Hearted Recording Studio in Hoback

Posted on Nov 27, 2016

View from Three Hearted Studio

View from Three Hearted Studio

It's long been a dream of mine to have a dedicated recording space. With our recent move to a 6-acre property in Hoback just south of Jackson Hole, I'm proud to introduce Three Hearted Studio. The last two months have been a whirlwind of upgrades to the space as well as recording hardware. I want to offer an affordable recording service for local and regional musicians to record demos, full-length albums, voice-overs, and podcasts in a countryside cabin setting. threeheartedstudioMy experiences recording eight studio albums of my own have all been different in scope, though none more impressionable than Screen Door Porch's studio sessions in Austin and I want to cultivate that vibe here in the Tetons. Three Hearted Studio is a cozy and supportive space for artists to thrive in their performances. Whether you are a full band making an album or a solo act looking to add textures to your songs utilizing the super network of local players, it's a Three Hearted process -- my heart, your heart, and the third heart of enigmatic truth that only music can unmask. scoutcabinwinterThe studio is also located between three legendary rivers (the Snake, the Hoback, and the Greys), the vortex of three mountain ranges (Wyoming Range, Gros Ventre River Range, Tetons), and nestled in Bridger-Teton National Forest where the nearest road to the southeast is 70 miles. Take a hike or nordic ski in between sessions! Services: - Engineering (multi-track recording, live recording, mixing) - Producing - Studio musician resource/mediary - Songwriting/arranging
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