SCOTT KINSEY, MATTHEW GARRISON,
ARTO TUNÇBOYACIYAN AND GENE LAKE
Human element is staking out a new corner of the musical map. In the tradition of Weather Report and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Human Element is the combination of some of the finest musicians in the world, keyboardist Scott Kinsey (Tribal Tech), bassist Matthew Garrison (Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, and John McLaughlin), percussionist-vocalist Arto Tunçboyaciyan (AL Di Meola, Joe Zawinul, System Of A Down) and Gene Lake (Marcus Miller, Me’shell NdegeOcello, Surface). Human Element blends Funk, Electronic, Improvisation and Folk to create a rich and intricate new sound.
“We decided that it should definitely be a band and that a record should be just the four of us,” says Kinsey. “There’s something special about that. we all Loved Weather Report and the Mahavishnu Orchestra and we wanted that real band approach. So the four of us camped out for a couple days and recorded all the basic tracks for this record. Everybody contributed tunes and we all had some input on how the songs were going to end up sounding. It was never really one guy’s vision, even if it was his tune we were recording. That’s why I really think in the end it does sound like a band record.”
While Kinsey and Garrison provide a strong vision for this Human Element project, The secret weapon of the band may well be Tunçboyaciyan, whose stirring vocals and churning percussion inform each track. “Arto is one of those rare artists that has the ability to foresee the outcome of a piece of music in its totality from one listen, “ says Garrison.
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Click here for audio.**Upcoming Performances: Mar 13, 2012 du World Music Festival to be held in Burj Steps Mar 17, 2012 Performance at ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn Reviews: allmusic AllAboutJazz