Red Bull Sound Select: NYC w/ Taylor McFerrin, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Mizan
Red Bull Sound Select Presents: New York Curated By Giant Step
Featuring Taylor McFerrin, celebrating the release of Early Riser, with performances from Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Mizan, plus DJ set by DJ OP! (i love vinyl)
Red Bull Sound Select is an ongoing program that gives love to local music scenes, hardworking bands, and its supporters. It is a long-term music initiative that invests and connects artists and fans with one another to be part of the stories that break music. Every month, a collective of local music curators invite three new artists from each participating city into the program and host a Red Bull Sound Select Presents showcase to introduce them.
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Brooklyn-based producer, composer, pianist, DJ and live musician Taylor McFerrin is set to release his first full length LP, Early Riser (pre-order: iTunes, Amazon), in June 2014 on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder record label. Taylor's musical style is equally influenced by the legends of 60s/70s Soul, the kings of the Modern Beat Generation, Golden Era hip hop, free form jazz and electronic music. By playing all of the instruments on his productions, while also relying heavily on sampling and chopping up his live takes, he has found a sound that seamlessly bridges myriad musical worlds and draws the listener into a constantly shifting audio soundscape.
If McFerrin's own voice on a track like "Florasia" adds a genuine neo-soul emotion, his guests are sensational. From Nai Palm of Melbourne's Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote on "The Antidote," through Emily King on "Decisions" ("one of the best singers alive in my opinion" - McFerrin) and on to labelmate RYAT's collaboration on "Place In My Heart," each adds a different mood and lift to the music they're involved with. Taylor's father, the legendary Bobby McFerrin, teams up with Brazilian master Cesar Mariano on "Invisible/Visible" for one of the jazziest moments on the record. Robert Glasper, Thundercat and Marcus Gilmore also provide their substantial jazz chops to "Already There". But the key to the whole record is the balance which McFerrin keeps throughout - between his guest's individuality and his own vision, between the styles of music he loves, between a feeling of intense, sunlit joy and a deep aching sadness, which, it could be argued, is a definition of soul.
Introducing singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and native New Yorker Gabriel Garzón-Montano. Born to a Colombian father and a French mother, Gabriel spent his early years mastering the violin, guitar, and drums, before turning to the piano and bass guitar to better complete his compositions. By the time he graduated from Purchase College's Conservatory of Music, the foundations for his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, were already laid. A heartfelt tribute to the role of family, love, and the City's unavoidable lifestyle, Bishouné: Alma del Huila collects six songs performed and recorded at Henry Hirsch's famed Waterfront Studios. Renovated from an old church, Henry's home provided Gabriel with the right tools and environs needed to realize his demos to the songs included on this EP. Every clap, breath, harmony, and note was performed by Gabriel direct to 2" tape through a Helios console in real time. Aside from a dip into Pro Tools to loop the 25 overdubs that build the claps & stomps of "6 8" and drum programming on "Me Alone" and "Pour Maman," computers had little place in Gabriel's world.
Mizan makes the type of music that is self-declaratory with an imposingly rich voice, scant in glitz yet decadent in the exploration of the human condition. Although she's been writing and composing music since she was very young, Mizan is relatively new to the New York music scene. Mizan essentially runs a one-woman business. Although she collaborates with other artists, she always makes it a point to be in control of all facets of her art. She credits her Ethiopian upbringing for exercising the foresight to opt out of frivolity. Her first and upcoming EP, Dark Blue, is a telling description of her music personified in a color. Ethereal and nuanced, dark if for no other reason than it's deep exploration of a shared human experience of ebbing and flowing emotions that are hidden under the surface of every day life. She's been working on the EP ever since she moved to NY and is releasing it slowly one song and video at a time.