The Gift Of Improvised Music From Project K-Paz
During this holiday season, twitter musicians have united to bring you free music. No strings attached. So enjoy a short interview with these great indie musicians, and then download to your heart’s content!
Meet Project K-Paz!
…there they were, Al and Chris, sitting at Starbucks, on December 10th, 2008. A lot of snow in the streets of Boston, school was almost done and they were both about to go back home to their families. They had just left a meeting of the Music Business Club at Berklee, of which they were treasurer and president, and their minds were full of questions and doubts.
After a long talk about the business and how everything seemed so fabricated and fake to them, Al said “man, what if we went to a studio to just Jam and put that on a record?” Chris looked at him, with a very intense look in his eyes, realizing that there was something there. Something that people would appreciate, that was worth going after and making happen. Al didn’t really see it then, and it took some convincing from Chris, but as Al was walking back home that night, he had that feeling…that feeling like something special had been created, even if just for them.
Fast-forward to a couple of months after that, they are both walking around Avatar Sudios, speaking to the Studio Manager about booking a whole day of recordings for Project K-Paz. It had become real. That initial “what if” actually has become reality, and Project K-Paz has just recorded a full length Album and a DVD of purely improvised music, just released and available for purchase.
And if you are reading this now, it means there are people who are willing to check it out, listen to that music, find out how it was created, watch the whole process of coming from that little idea to something concrete, a real contribution to the world of music and art.
Music that does not “belong” anywhere. Music that wasn’t created with any formula, except one direction: just play. In a world that is full of “labels” and “categories”, Spontaneous Music is not meant to be categorized or fit into a “Genre” or a “Style”, it is its own thing. It has no nationality, no ethnic facet, it is just the most simple and direct sum of its parts: the musicians. That is why we believe it transcends the barriers of nations, being accessible to anyone in the world. Learn more here.
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Holiday Gift To Our Fans –
Enjoy some free music from Project K-Paz, as a reminder in the holidays to keep it spontaneous, and improvise, always!
FREE music downloads: This is a link to our current catalog, where you can find 2 full albums and 4 singles downloadable for free HERE!
Things you did not know about Project K-Paz!
1. Name your favorite reindeer and why?
Being in a group where everyone is from a different country, if not continent, we have very diverging opinions in the reindeer department, and I wouldn’t want to start an intense debate here, LOL.
2. What is you favorite Christmas Song?
My personal favorite is “Let It Snow”…probably because of the movie “Die Hard.”
3. Name the top 5 things on your Christmas wish list?
Not in this specific order:
– A paid monthly residency for Project K-Paz in NYC
– A sponsorship deal from Fender guitars
– A life-long unlimited supply of any brand/type of goat cheese…yes, goat cheese
– Free air traveling for us to visit our families on the holidays
– …and of course, world peace
We’re allowed to dream, right? 😉
4. Where can we find your tour dates?
We post every upcoming show on our website, at http://www.projectkpaz.com/shows.cfm. You can also find past shows there.
5. Where can we buy more of your music?
You can find Project K-Paz on our website, on iTunes, Amazon, MySpace, and Facebook.
6. What artist are you compared to?
I guess given the improvisational nature of our music, that is a hard thing to say…it really depends on what inspires us on a specific night, for a show, the music may come out completely different, and be compared to virtually any kind of artist. For example, in our album “Nothing to Something”, we have tracks that have been compared to John Scofield, Soulive, Pink Floyd, and even Keith Jarrett.
7. What genre does your music fall into?
Well, this is an interesting question for us. We are trying to create our own “Genre”, and that is “Spontaneous Music”. Our music, as said before, is completely improvised in the moment, and 100% spontaneous. The idea is that we don’t know where we are headed when we start playing each track, but once we start and find our collective groove, we do occasionally fall into traditional genres. When we have to categorize ourselves within the “traditional” genres, we tend to use Instrumental, Fusion, Funk and Jazz. Our hope is that someday we will be able to aggregate more artists that go by the wonder of Spontaneous Music.
8. Who inspired you to be a musician?
Well, for me personally it was the two bands that dominated my childhood, Guns ‘n Roses and Metallica. Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan also played a huge part, as did Pink Floyd and Dream Theater.
9. Name your best moments in 2010.
First, I would have to say graduating Magna Cum Laude from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, which had been a dream of mine for almost a decade, and it felt amazing to have my parents come all the way from Brazil to share the moment with me.
Secondly, we participated on an amazing music festival in the gorgeous island of St Barth, called St Barth Summer Sessions. The festival was great, we met amazing people, and played music in the most gorgeous beaches for a full 10 days. Amazing!
Finally, I would say that following what has been happening back home in Brazil, where they are finally being able to win the fight against organized crime in Rio de Janeiro. This is an unbelievable moment for my country, and it only shows that we are emerging as a more and more promising country.
10. What do you look forward to the most in 2011?
That would have to be two main things. First, we are officially relocating the band from Boston to New York, which will no doubt bring us more opportunities and exposure…plus, we will be living in The Big Apple!
Secondly, we are planning on a European Tour on the summer of 2011, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise, more details coming soon…
11. What do you want us to know about you?
We will never stop…music is too important
12. Are you on Santa’s naughty or nice list?
Well, I would say we are definitely on the nice list…although there have been some naughty transgressions along the way…I would have to say my favorite nice moment was volunteering to be the MC/organizer for a high-school battle of the bands, which was incredible, many talented musicians and a great day. On the naughty side it would definitely have to be spending a full Saturday on my PJ’s, playing Lego Indiana Jones at home, because it was too cold and wet ouside 😉