Oddly enough, Jordan Richard Feinstein was born May 15, 1972, in Mons, Belgium. Mons is 35 minutes outside of Brussels. Jordan's father (the Doc) was stationed there during the Vietnam War. Moving back to the states, Jordan was raised in Great Neck, NY, a Long Island suburb. He started singing at age 3 and began banging on the piano as soon as he could reach the keyboard.
Jordan cites Steve Winwood, Brent Mydland, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and Billy Preston as his biggest influences.
Jordan has played, sat in, opened for: G. Love & Special Sauce, Anders Osborne, George Porter, Jonny Vidocavich, James Blood Ulmer, ALO, Bernie Worell, Tea Leaf Green, New Monsoon, Smokedaddies, London Street, 4 Year Bender, Group Du Jour, Al Howard & the K23 Orchestra, DJ Logic, Jon Medeski, Funky Beulah, Everyone Orchestra, Jamie Janover, Shanti Groove, Fareed Haque, Garrin BenField, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Eric McFadden, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, MOFRO, and many more!
Jordan uses mostly Roland keyboards: VK-7 organ, RD-600 master, FP-8 piano. He owns a collection of classic keyboards: Clavinette D6, Hammond B3 & Leslie 145, 2 Wurlitzer EP 200's, Fender Rhodes 88.
Aaron Kaplan is a guitarist/ composer/ songwriter active in Los Angeles, CA. He began learning to play at an early age and went on to perform blues and rock in local bands throughout high school and college. Because of his father's background in the military, Aaron moved all around the United States and eventually to Munich, Germany where he met keyboardist Jordan Feinstein who was then attending University of Maryland overseas' campus. The two musicians formed a friendship and musical bond that continues to thrive, culminating in "The Ritual." They also attended Boston's Berklee College of Music together in the mid-nineties.
Aaron moved briefly to New York City where he worked for Elias and Associates on the music for the 1996 Olympic games. He then continued by working in studios starting at Right Track in NY and then moving west. He maintained his role as a studio engineer while branching off into composing, songwriting, session playing and touring; working with such artists as Britney Spears, Matchbox 20, Dave Koz, Beck, Lyndsey Buckingham, Hanson, and Rod Stewart. Live performances have since included tours throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, The Phillipines, Indonesia and Australia. TV appearances include the Jay Leno Show, Late night with Craig Kilbourne, the Wayne Brady show, Ellen, Good Morning America and the Today show.
Addtionally, Aaron's career branched off into the world of TV and Film, His guitar playing can be heard on the scores of the hit TV shows "The Closer" and "Nip/Tuck" as well as in numerous commercials and films. At present Aaron is composing music for the upcoming reality show "Top Chef" and working on an album of original music that he plans to release sometime in early 2006.
Aaron Kaplan plays a Girl Brand Telecaster. These unique guitars are handbuilt by Chris Larsen of Tuscon Arizona. No two are alike and each have a specific "theme" girl that defines the artists individual rendering. Aaron plays "Homegirl" (pictured here) albeit there are Sushi Girl, Rodeo Girl, Future Girl et al. While Mr. Larsen's guitars are now few and far between and most are in the possession of musicians that know and treasure them, some of the models are pictured on his website at www.girlbrand.com.
Peter Canton was born in Fresno, CA on July 12th 1980. Having begun on the cello at age of 9, Peter has now been playing the electric and upright bass for 15 years, and cites Carol Kaye, Lee Sklar, Paul McCartney, Will Lee, Willy Weeks, Pino Paladino, and many others as his influences. Peter regularly plays a 1950's Kay Old Craftsman hollowbody, a 1972 Gibson Ripper, and '64 and '69 Fender P-basses.
Peter has performed or recorded with Ice-T, Stanton Moore (Galactic), Bernie Worrell (Parliament, Talking Heads), The Hot Club of San Francisco, Will Kennedy (The Yellowjackets), Fareed Haque (Garage Mahal, Zakir Hussien), Jim Bogios (Counting Crows, Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow), Steve Bowman (Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind), Dan Vickery (Counting Crows), Atma Anur (Journey), Tremolo, Samantha Stollenwerk, Megan Slankard, and many others.
Brian Fishler has performed in a variety of professional situations thoughout the United States and Europe. Some of his playing credits include grammy nominee "Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine", "Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums", Bernie Worrell, Lavay Smith, "Red Archibald and the Internationals" Cold Blood, Cannonball, and the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, to name a few. His movie credits include "Jack" starring Robin Williams and "Be Cool" starring John Travolta. He has performed in the house band for the Carson Daly Show as well as the Daytime Emmy Awards Show. Brian currently plays Gretch and Slingerland drums.