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Oakland's up and coming musicians Ryan Scott Long and Michael James Booker have been pursuing their dreams of music since birth. These two met in a bathroom at Chabot College (don't get the wrong idea). Michael told Ryan about a performance he was doing and Ryan loved it. At the time Ryan was in a project called S.K.O.P.E (Some Kind of Psychedelic Experience) with Ben Wallace-Ailsworth (bassist and drummer). Ryan told Ben "We gotta hook up with this guy, he's amazing" after seeing Booker play.
S.K.O.P.E then recruited Booker and went on to play as trio until the fall of 2012 as Ben went off to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Now Booker and Long have formed their own project "Booker Long Duo" playing mainly improvised music fused with original compostions calling their music "Hyphy Jazz" & "Confusion Fusion" with experimental, ambient, jazz, psychedelic, funk and Avant-Garde elements. Their first record "The Chance" was released on July 5th, 2013. The duo mixed the record with Grammy Award Winning engineer Oz Fritz (Primus, Tom Waits, Bob Marley). And "super genius" Grammy Nominee Myles Boisen (John Zorn, Fred Firth) mastered their record.
They enjoy making their shows feel like an experience that people can resonate with so people can really become one with the music. Together they create an environment where their audience can do whatever they feel like doing. Booker and Long plan on continuing this project doing what they want to do and playing what they feel like playing while not being afraid to experiment.
For tour dates:
https://www.reverbnation.com/BookerLongMusic OR ryanscottlong.com