Music Program
 


Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

Grüvology

Walter Kemp (piano, keyboard)
Efferin Fuse (electric bass)
Andrè Killian (alto saxophone)
Tim Webb (drums)
Bernard Kunz (guitars, oud, loops)

http://www.myspace.com/gruvology:
Grüvology has been well received by jazz and r&b audiences in Buffalo, in particular as the recent opening act for Alex Bugnon at the Tralf Music Hall. Solid musicianship based on a strong musical background and education combined with appealing improvisations, original compositions and arrangements of jazz and r&b standards as well as live performances at a high energy level contribute to win over audiences who enjoy live and spontaneous interaction of musicians based on a solid "grüv". grüvology is intent on pushing the envelope, keeping the spirit of jazz alive and vibrant by being open to many musical influences and incorporating them into their compositions and improvisations. Audiences note the band's ability to segue from a tightly constructed composition to creating improvised music on the fly or improvising a backing track for a poetry reading. Moving now into their 3rd year of playing together the band has gone past the level of the jazz standards cover band, and has developed a level of intuition and instinctive interaction which allows it to freely spin a composition into a new and unanticipated performance.

Walter Kemp has a strong background in and desire to play gospel and jazz. He is being coached by local teacher and piano and Hammond B3 ace Bobby Jones. organist for Bobby Militello and Don Menza. Walter is also the pianist for Sabu Adeyola, Ahmad Jamahl's bass player for many years. Walter has performed with many local musicians such as Rishon Odell Northington, Van Taylor, Carmen Intorre, drummer with Joey Defrancesco and many more and is currently the organist for several congregations in Buffalo.

Efferin Fuse studied electric bass with Motown recording artist and Rick James bassist Jerry Livingston, pursuing his studies at Villa Maria College with James Kurzdorfer where he met drummer Tim Webb who provided much encouragement. He has played with various musicians who helped develop his musical insight and he is now the main bass player at Calvary Baptist church. It is his desire to constantly evolve as an artist and musician and to play music that is inspiring to others.

Andrè Killian attended Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts then moved to New York City to pursue his jazz studies at the New School where he performed with various groups of New School alumni. Back in Buffalo André is working with his church ensemble and performing in many local clubs. He has released his own, self-titled cd. André is a master of the alto saxophone channeling the spirit of Charlie Parker through a more modern, angular phrasing and sound reminiscent of Eric Dolphy or Kenny Garrett. The intensity of his improvisations regularly moves audiences off their seats.

Tim Webb started to play the drums at the early age of eleven. Over the years his love of Gospel transformed his playing abilities into a passion of music and praise. Tim graduated from Villa Maria College with an Associate Degree in Music Business. He has and is working and recording with many local and touring bands such as The Reflex Band, Taylor Made Jazz tour with the Armed Forces Entertainment, Ray Mingus, St. Martin de Porres RCC, Lenny Revell, Nikki Hicks, New Beginnings Choral Ensemble (Germany), Consecrated, GWMA Male Chorus New Orleans and on his own in Japan. Nominated for best R&B Drummer 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Bernard Kunz plays guitars, oud & loops. He performed on keyboard with Afro-Cuban Combo in France, Jazz Guitar studies with Georges Barcos at Conservatoire Populaire de Musique, Geneva, Switzerland. Founding member of Jazz Group Straight Forward: opening act for Grover Washington Jr., B.B.King, Yellowjackets, Johnny Griffin, Joey DeFrancesco, Artpark Jazz Festival. Seminar with ECM recording artist and master improviser David Darling. Performances with bassist William Parker, organ master Gene Ludwig, Pappy Martin Love Supreme. Influences: Miles Davis, David Murray, Jim Hall, John McLaughlin, Dhafer Youssef.

 
 
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