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About The Moho Collective
The popular Rochester Jazz/Groove band The Moho Collective, has just released their brand new album. The critically acclaimed performing group is gearing up to take Americas east coast by storm after many dates this past year in preparation for their album.
“I’m Speechless” Scott Reagan WXXI 88.5 Open Tunings Rochester, NY
“Ecstatically satisfying” Andrea Kula WHRW 90.5 Jazz – Binghamton, NY
“The feel is natural, the grooves infectious, the rhythms driving”… Greg Jackson Upstate Live NYS Music Guide
“The Moho Collective is one of the best bands around when it comes to fusing the experimental aspects of indie-rock with pure jazz” Troy L. Smith Rochester, NY Metromix
It takes talent to define a genre. It takes courage to defy genres.
Combining elements of jazz, folk, funk, rock, and experimental ethnic music, The Moho Collective, an instrumental trio from Rochester, NY, strives for a raw, open, and free-form sound. They accomplish this best through improvisation and dynamic song structures, proving vocals are not necessary to engage the listener if the music speaks for itself.
Driven by the rhythm of bassist Justin Rister , percussionist Ryan Barclay, and adding intricate guitar work from Kurt Johnson, the multi-instrumentalist band incorporates a host of different instruments, such as pedal steel guitar, didgeridoo, world percussion, and various effects, found sounds, and samples. All three musicians have percussion experience, a big reason why the rhythmic energy itself can often drive the songs, providing a palette for tasteful melodic development and arranging. Barclay has trained with Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin, and Wood, and percussionist Cyro Baptista. Both he and Rister are music educators who lay a tasteful textured canvas for each tune. Johnson brings his own experience and training with master Indian musician Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, bringing elements of Hindustani classical music into the band’s varying sounds.
These influences are evident from the Native American chants that add a world-music tinge to the bouncy and intricate “Stomp Dance,” and the Americana-influenced “Chrome Lady”. The trio even dives into some experimental areas with the surf-rock driven “Psycho Surf.” And Rister’s driving bass lines are the foundation to the bluesy, Afro-Cuban piece, “Milk Can.”
The three musicians embrace the sentiment that music like all art is meant to be an experience for the audience. “At heart,” says Johnson, “we’re an art band. It’s about the experience: where we play, who we’re with.”