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NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it'd probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed "Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion", the band's music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks.
Formed in 2004, Consider the Source features Gabriel Marin on fretless double-neck guitar, bassist John Ferrara, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Mann. Called "the guiding light for his generation of six-stringers", Marin channels the mystical fury of McLaughlin and Coltrane into wailing melodies, kaleidoscopic soundscapes and boneshaking riffs. With a background in classical musics both Eurpoean and Indian, and an instinct for avant-jazz and destructive metal, Marin's hypnotic fusion of styles is ever unpredictable. Ferrara's propulsive, percussive attack, equally suited to simple grooves and impossible chords, can ground the music or launch it into space. His madcap gumbo of slap bass, Indian rhythms, earthy minimalism and complex tapping constantly pushes into strange new worlds, whilst still dropping thick booty-clap beats. Underneath them lies Mann's rolling thunder; dense rhythmic architecture built from pure swagger and bounce. Half double-bass prog-metal, half crackle-pop Buddy Rich swing, with African and Balkan swirls, Mann's muscular, freewheeling polyrhythms are the engine fuel for Consider's multiversal mischief. Even when not improvising, Consider's music is always a conversation, a roiling stew of dynamic interplay. Each member of Consider the Source alternately leads and follows, spars and assists; in any single song, alliances are made and broken, bargains struck and divorces finalized.
Touring from coast to coast, as well as Europe and the Middle East, has not only earned the band thousands of fans, but has allowed them to perform with wide variety of well-known artists, including Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz, King Crimson Projekt, Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee), Wyclef Jean, Andy Statman, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Dumpstaphunk, Keller Williams, George Porter, Jr., Jeff Sipe, Panzerballet (Germany), Eatliz (Israel), Freak Kitchen (Sweden), Morglbl (France), and many others. They have performed at numerous festivals and events, including Catskill Chill, The Big Up, Burning Man, Sun Seekers Ball (Canada), Mid-Summer Meltdown, Rootwire, the NYC Fretless Guitar Festival, and the NYC Gypsy Festival. The band's newest album, "F**k It! We'll Do It Live" is available from http://considerthesourcemusic.bandcamp.com.
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Sweet Earth has taken uniquely refreshing direction amongst the flood of "Jam/Jamtronica" bands on the scene today. By eliminating the restrictions of words and language from the music, the listener gets a deeply personal and resonating experience, because they are allowed to interpret the music strictly on how the sounds of the music make them feel, instead of relying on specific lyrical content. The sound is an intricate blend of Mathematic Rock, Grooving Pocket Funk, Bumping House/Dance Beats, Soaring Melodies and Atmospheric Ambiance.
Sweet Earth is based in Los Angeles, CA, but their roots stretch all the way back to the East Coast. In addition to being #1 on Pittsburgh, PA's Jam Charts for over a year straight, Sweet Earth has toured across the East, MidAtlantic and MidWest including: North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Southern California. Previous Music Festivals include Flood City Music Festival in Johnstown, PA; Rootwire Music Festival in Logan, Ohio; SummerDance IV with Lotus and Big Gigantic in Garrettsville, Ohio; SteelJam Music Festival with Umphrey's McGee in Bethlehem, PA; Late-Night Performance at The Werk Out Music Festival in Bellefontaine, OH; The Utica Music Fest in Utica, New York; The Recipe Family Cookout in Terra Alta, WV; JibberJazz Presents: Some Kind of Jam 7 in Schuylkill Haven, PA; & Karma Music Fest in Morehead, KY.
The band is always writing new material and pushing their musical boundaries, learning and incorporating new instruments and technology into every new song. Utilizing their refined skills as Multi-Instrumentalists, the band members can be found switching places and Instruments during fully improvised sessions, and in between songs. The band seems to transform on stage throughout the course of a show, and it will likely look completely different at the end than it did in the beginning, making every performance a completely unique musical experiment unto itself. They have also directly supported a number of bands, e.g. Toubab Krewe, The Werks, Papadosio and Yo Mamma's Big Fat Booty Band.
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