Banquet of the Spirits are: Cyro Baptista: percussions& vocals; Shanir Blumenkranz: oud, bass; Tim Keiper: drums, ngoni; Brian Marsella: piano, keys
BRIAN MARSELLA has risen to the top rank of NYC jazz pianists. A Philadelphia native, Marsella moved to New York in 1998 and has been touring and recording consistently since. Currently, Marsella has 7 albums out as a leader or co-leader with his groups The Flail, iMAGiNARiUM, and his trio with Trevor Dunn and Kenny Wollesen. Brian can also be heard on over 30 other albums including 12 on John Zorn's TZADIK label. Since 2004, Marsella has been of member of Cyro Baptista's Beat the Donkey and Banquet of the Spirits. With Cyro, Brian has toured the world and helped lead workshops in Brazilian rhythms and in the community building project, 'Sound of the Community. 'Brian's touring and recording credits include John Zorn, Cyro Baptista, Matisyahu, Marshall Allen, Hassan Hakmoun, Billy Martin, Nels Cline, … “the classically trained Marsella displayed dizzying technique while imbuing pieces withan authentic soul-jazz feeling”- Bill Milkowsk
Banquet of the Spirits “embodies the Brazilian philosophy of anthropofagia, or cultural cannibalism, a term coined by the Brazilian modernist poet Oswald de Andrade for a radical new approach to art-making. Washed out surf rock splashes, blazing hardbop solos, breathtaking West African harping, exquisite Brazilian rhythms — the sounds all coalesce into a carnivalesque stew of joy and irreverence as these four astonishing players draw freely on sounds and instruments from around the globe to create utterly unique combinations.”
Nels Cline “has earned his place as a guitar hero for our times, with a track record stretching back four decades and a marquee gig with Wilco. But if you mainly associate him with squalls of feedback, you're missing a big part of the picture. "The Avant Romantic" is how Rolling Stone pegged him about a decade ago, in its list of Top 20 New Guitar Gods” (NPR).
THE STONE SERIES at happylucky no. 1
2 night residencies