Since forming in early 2013, Liquid Monk's infectious fusion of funk, soul, electronic and jazz has been spreading throughout Southeast Michigan. High energy live performances led by a wide array of instrumentation including synthesizers, electronic soundscapes, Rhodes piano, hand percussion, vocoder and Hammond organ, has captivated audiences and kept them on their toes.
With over fifteen years of performing alongside each other in various projects, Liquid Monk’s members have deep musical and social bonds that shine each time they come on stage. With roots in jazz and funk, each member is highly technical on their respective instrument, however, songwriting and connection with the listener is always at the forefront of the band’s compositions and live performances.
Their debut single, “Man On Fire”, which Sound and Silence described as “Chic meets Umphrey’s meets early Daft Punk on steroids”, was released in early 2015. It set the tone for the band’s unique blend of fiery jazz fusion, lush synthesizer soundscapes, pounding live electronica and heavy grooving funk. The single was followed up by their genre bending debut EP, “Yaga”, in the fall of 2015.
In this short period of time, Liquid Monk has made a home in the jam and live electronic scene performing alongside groups like Quantic, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Aqueous, Broccoli Samurai, ShwizZ and The MacPodz. They have performed at a number of well known clubs and festivals in Michigan including Cliff Bell's, HopCat Detroit, The Loving Touch, The Old Miami, The Pike Room, The Loft Lansing, PJ’s Lager House, Majestic Cafe, Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, The Blind Pig, Dally In The Alley, Homegrown Festival Ann Arbor and the Woodbridge Summer Festival in Detroit.
Liquid Monk is Michael Leonard (Guitar, Vocals) Omar Taji (Keyboards, Synths, Vocals), Eric "Fil" Fillip (Drums, Percussion), Dan Gruszka (Guitar, Synth, Laptop, Vocoder), Brian Long (Bass)