Asianergy feat. Jack Lee, Bob James, Nathan East, Lewis Pragasam


Genre : Instrumental Jazz
Performances at JIJJF
Saturday March 4, 2006
BNI 46
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Song Teaser : (All songs need windows media player)
About This Act :
Jack’s Latest Project Band ‘Asianergy’ Bio Asianergy is founded by the Jazz Guitarist, Producer Jack Lee, with multi percussionist Lewis Pragasam (leader of ‘Asiabeat’ band). The concept of this group is Unique blend of all musical possibilities with emphasis on the rhythms of Asia, and to explore the sonic capabilities of the world.

Jack Lee, a long time resident/musician/producer in New York music scene, met with Lewis Pragasam, leader of the ‘Asiabeat’ band, last year in Malaysia for an impromptu recording sessions, developed an immediate rapport and found themselves much excited to experiment the musical journey with this new concept. Having produced a new recordings by the great Jazz Pianist, Bob James’ upcoming album ‘Angels of Shanghai’ in China this January 2005, Jack decided to form this new concept band with Lewis, and further develop this ideas with the debut recordings. Coincidentally, the EBS television in Korea liked the idea of this group, and invited to perform for their EBS space TV program, for the world premiere show.

…on this Debut recording (scheduled to release in late summer by Universal Music Group worldwide) , Jack invited Academy award winning Pianist Dave Grusin, and a grammy winning drummer, Harvey Mason to record as well as good friend, very talented multi instrumentalist, arranger, a master of EWI (electric wind instrument) from Japan, Norihito Sumitomo and a great acoustic guitarist/composer from Brazil, Toninho Horta, and great pianist from New York, Charles Blenzig (currently musical director of the famous Michael Franks band). Another special addition to the band is Suphala, a beautiful and dynamic Indian Tabla Goddess from New York, who has been sought by prominent artists, leading to collaborations with the likes of Sean Lennon, Norah Jones, and Vernon Reid (living colour)

the tracks like Asianergy, Scenes from the past, Waiting in rain (composed by Jack Lee) sets the mood and the tone of this recording and the concept of the band. Exhilarating rhythmic Grooves with many percussive colors, and the contrapuntal flowing melodies with exciting solos with wide spectrum of new sounds from Asia, provide the listener, transported into the magic world of Asianergy.. The compositions like ‘Episode from a journey’, ‘Exotica’ and ‘Scenes from the past’ showcases true fusion of multi-cultural influences from Latin music with asian sensibilities.

This exciting new project of ‘Asianergy’ will continue to explore and expand its possibilities with more special guests planned to join to complete the album later this summer and Tour planned for the Winter and spring of 2005-2006..

Pending Final Confirmation

  • Krakatau Featuring Richard Elliot
  • Special Percussion Gig featuring Benny Mustapha
  • The Young Generation Big Band conducted By Dwiki Darmawan

Artist still to be considered

  • Balawan
  • Bubi Chen Quartet
  • Gilang Ramadhan Group
  • Indra Aziz
  • Paragita UI Choir
  • Viewpoints – featuring Aryono Huboyo Djati
  • Vina Panduwinata

taken from : javajazzfestival.com/2006/artists

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