On April 27th and 28th, New York's genre bending groove pioneers, Groove Collective, will take the stage in Moscow, joined by P-Funk co-founder, Bernie Worrell. Having just returned from a European tour where they were joined by legendary trombonist Fred Wesley (James Brown, Horny Horns,
Parliament-Funkadelic), Groove Collective is clearly having a good year, but more importantly , an inspiring one.
"We are really excited to be playing with funk heavyweights like Fred and Bernie," says Drummer Genji Siraisi. "It is an education to play classics like ‘Pass the Peas,’ and ‘Get Up for the Downstroke’ with the musicians who created them!"
For the Moscow dates, Groove Collective’s lineup will be Bernie Worrell on Hammond B-3 and Clavinet, Jay Rodriguez on saxophones and flute, Fatoye Chris Theberge on percussion, Barney McAll on keyboards, Genji Siraisi on drums, Fabio Morgera on trumpet and Jonathan Maron on bass. Listeners can expect to hear not only Parliament-Funkadelic classics, such as ‘Red Hot Mama’ but to hear Mr. Worrell stretching out on Groove Collective tunes as well as music by jazz visionaries Sun Ra and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
"With a creative musician of Bernie’s calibre," explains saxophonist Jay Rodriguez, "there’s no telling where this music could go—his range is enormous." This would seem to be a perfect fit, because as anyone who knows Groove Collective will tell you, a single evening of music can include heavy funk, afro-cuban, electronica, deep house and of course, jazz.
Groove Collective has recorded six albums to date, the last one Live and Hard to Find was released on their own label and is available at their website, GrooveCollective.com. They have toured and recorded with artists as varied as Widespread Panic, The Dave Matthews Band and Grammy winning Cuban Piano Legend Chucho Valdes. Though a busy touring band for several years, GC’s members found themselves happiest when dividing their time between home and the road a little more evenly.
"We’re based in New York and that’s the creative environment that’s made our music possible," explains percussionist Fatoye Chris Theberge. "So, in preparation for our seventh album, we’ve decided to tour less frequently, and instead to focus on writing, producing and remixing..."
"And doing New York shows," adds bassist Jonathan Maron. "When we were on the road all the time, we would never play at home more than twice a year—now we can get back into the rhythm of having regular New York shows, where we have access to countless guest musicians, vocalists and DJ’s….and we can go all night." Onetime regulars at Manhattan nightspots such as Tramps, Wetlands, and Bowery Ballroom, the band’s moved all of its operations to Williamsburg Brooklyn's Northsix club.