Turkuaz & Garrett Sayers Trio Coming to Fox Theatre, 7/24
Credible bios are supposed to be objective and not full of superlatives and hyperbole, but it's hard to avoid gushing when the subject is a funk army of multi-instrumentals and singers that is part freight train and part tyrannosaurus rex, who-even on an off night-can blow away a room on the basis of sheer physics alone. That's one way to describe Turkuaz, but it doesn't address the music. In this regard, as with any band, influences are everything. One cannot escape them as one seeks to carve out a unique sound for themselves. Still, there are so many benefits to having Sly & The Family Stone, Rick James, Parliament and Bohannon in your record collection. With this as the basis for a recipe, Turkuaz adds healthy doses of jittery, world-pop- power groove-reminiscent of Remain In Light era Talking Heads-and a passion for Motown and R&B, resulting in a refreshing twist on the funk idiom.
Turkuaz certainly does have sheer size in their favor, but when broken down into the basic components, each stands out on their own. Founders Dave Brandwein and Taylor Shell had the cream of the crop to choose from at Berklee, but making it happen as a large touring ensemble takes more than chops: it takes the right blend of personalities. When Turkuaz takes the stage the chemistry is clear. The special combination of elements-singers in sequined dresses, guys in tails (or sometimes all of them in jumpsuits or other complimentary outfits) horns, keys, guitars, amps and drums and smiles all around... well, it's easy to get caught up in the explosive auditory and visual circus and find oneself dancing. Despite all of the gear and people on stage, it is
becomes clear that it is not the size that matters here: it is performance.
Through constant touring and great festival performances, Turkuaz has built a solid, passionate coast-to-coast fan base that grows with every mile driven and each night on stage. They are currently criss-crossing North America in support of their third independent release, Future 86, and have plans to conquer the world... or at least shake the walls and all the booties in every room they play...
GARRETT SAYERS TRIO
GS3 (Garrett Sayers Trio) is an instrumental trio that blends Hip Hop, R&B, Funk and Indie genre's through original and cover compositions with an improvisational approach. Lead by bass extraordinaire Garrett Sayers, who already has an impressive professional career in recording, performing and touring with artists such as The Motet, Dwele, Kyle Hollingsworth Band and many others. Garrett received a feature article in Bass player magazine in 2006.
The trio originated in the fall of 2011 in Denver, CO with a weekly residency. Armed with the
brilliance of keyboardist / composer, Patrick Lee, the incredible global feel of drummer, Jonny "Jyemo" George and of course bass master, Garrett Sayers, this is a powerhouse trio to be reckoned with. Throughout the residency in Denver, word spread fast and instantly saw a buzz creating a growing fan base from these live shows and an onslaught of live recordings. Calls started coming in for music festivals and live appearances - thus the trio was ignited. Currently in the studio, GS3 is looking forward to their debut release and aims to hit 2013 with full momentum.
For more information, visit Turkuaz's website at http://turkuazband.com/ and Garrett Sayers Trio's website at http://garrettsayers.com/ .