Radically multicultural and poly-stylistic, New York City’s TriBeCaStan is one of contemporary music’s most vibrantly eclectic ensembles, using diverse instruments from around the globe to create an exotic palette of sonic colors and melodies.
The New York Times describes TriBeCaStan’s sound as “genre-bending jazz and world-music” and The Washington Post hails them as “an international jazz and folk festival unto itself, fusing Balkan, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin American, and African musical elements to bold and dazzling effect”. According to The Village Voice the band embodies “New York cool, explorer energy, and outer space vibes”.
Nestled in the heart of New York’s bustling urban sprawl lies a sonic oasis in which the sounds of Africa meet New York loft jazz, Balkan rhythms merge with Appalachian bluegrass, and traditional Afghan melodies mingle with good old American rock and roll. Here folk instruments from all over the globe coexist in harmony (and mayhem) alongside banjos, mandolins, buzzing reeds, and thoroughbred jazz horns.
While nailing down the multifarious culture of TriBeCaStan might be challenging (especially since the band purposefully aims to tear down the walls between American music, world, and jazz), the final package is the result of a virtuosic and exuberant collaboration between some of New York’s finest jazz and world musicians—many of whom have played and collaborated with legendary innovators, including Ornette Coleman, Violent Femmes, John Corigliano, James Brown, Taj Mahal, Willy DeVille, and Eddie Harris.
Long-time fixtures of the band feature co-founders/multi-instrumentalists John Kruth and Jeff Greene, along with Claire Daly (New York’s baritone sax goddess), Kenny Margolis (keyboard wiz with Willy DeVille) Chris Morrow (trombone master with Kokolo), Ray Peterson (bassist with jazz legend Eddie Harris), and Boris Kinberg (percussionist with Willy DeVille), along with countless recording guest stars, including Steve Turre (renowned trombonist and shell master), Badal Roy (Miles Davis’ percussionist), and Bachir Attar (Master Musicians of Jajouka).
Some may wonder why TriBeCaStan plays “peasant music in an affluent zip code.” Their music offers a radical diversity—not purity or homogeneity—that truly represents contemporary urban life. “Our music,” says Jeff Greene, “is ultimately about the cross-fertilization of musical idioms. Between our travels and life in New York City, we get to witness, first-hand, all the wonderful ways in which the world’s cultures combine with American traditions to create new musical forms and expressions. To us, there couldn’t be anything more exciting.”
Fresh from summer tour dates in Europe and sold-out shows in NYC last year, TriBeCaStan hit the west coast with live shows during November 2013 in Petaluma, San Jose, Berkeley, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Pasadena, with live guest appearances on NPR affiliates in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Their March 2014 showcase at Austin’s SXSW conference was hailed by the Wall Street Journal as one of the stand-out destination gigs of the entire conference.
With TriBeCastan’s 4th album New Songs From The Old Country , TriBeCaStan continues to look outward and inward for inspiration: “Whether it’s the far-away folk and roots traditions of the world, or the blues and jazz music of our home country,” says John Kruth, “at the end of day, our sound and ethos derives from one simple construct: just play music you haven’t heard yet.”
New York Times: Zappa-esque… genre-bending jazz and world-music
The Washington Post: An international jazz and folk festival unto itself, fusing… musical elements to bold and dazzling effect
The Huffington Post: The beauty of this music is that it invites you to partake in a more human modernity
Rootsworld: The most hellishly heavenly world music band you’re ever going to hear
All Music Guide: Smart, often funny, always highly accomplished **** 4/5 Stars
Timeout New York: TriBeCaStan have built their own mythology around a simple construct: just play music that you haven’t heard yet
The Village Voice: New York cool, explorer energy, and outer space vibes
Alarm Magazine: TriBeCaStan spans centuries with its incomparable blend of traditional… and modern styles
Relix Magazine: Blends free jazz, Afghani rhythms, boogie-woogie and Balkan wedding music with an effortless grace
All About Jazz: There’s almost no way for mere words to justly address the depth of the journey through TriBeCaStan
NY Daily News: This sprawling New York-based band spans the world for their sound… It rocks
Magnet Magazine: Great for cranking while making pancakes
John Kruth – Mandolin, Mandocello, Flutes, Banjo, Portuguese Guitar, Harmonica, Sitar… (Violent Femmes, Ornette Coleman, Patti Smith, King Missile, Allen Ginsberg)
Jeff Greene – Yayli Tambur, Ukulele, Marimba, Double Flutes…
Claire Daly – Baritone Sax, Flute (James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Taj Mahal)
Kenny Margolis – Accordion, Organ (Cracker, Mink Deville)
Chris Morrow – Trombone (Kokolo)
John Turner – Trumpet (Baraka Orchestra, Ivy)
Ray Peterson – Bass (Eddie Harris)
Boris Kinberg – Percussion (Willy DeVille)
Premik Russell Tubbs – Alto Sax, Flutes, Lap Steel Guitar (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Sting)
Bachir Attar – Ghaita
Dean Bowman – Voice
Gordana Evacic – Cymbalom
Brshim Fribgane – World Percussion
Jolie Holland – Fiddle, Voice
Bruce Huebner – Shakuhachi
Todd Isler – Drums, World Percussion
Al Kooper – Organ, Guitar
Matthias Loibner – Hurdy-Gurdy
Scott Metzger – Guitar
Samantha Parton – Voice
U. Rajesh – Electric Mandolin
Steve Turre – Trombone, Shells
Badal Roy – Tabla
New Songs From The Old Country (2013)
New Deli (2012)
5 Star Cave (2010)
Strange Cousin (2009)