Inspired by Old School 70's Kung-Fu Movies, Anime, and Comic Books, Sean Nowell & THE KUNG-FU MASTERS explode onto the scene with wicked grooves, insane atari style sounds and blazing fx driven horns to unite humanity through positive expressions of the human spirit with Super Sonic Kung-Fu Skillz!
"Breath taking electric jazz/funk"
"Jazz for the rave generation"
"An eclectic update on the more cerebral music that emerged from the 1970's"
"Old school tunes with a contemporary twist, the sonic circle being made complete"
"A super sonic stew that really gets the blood flowing"
"Fortified with funk and an undercurrent of articulated syncopation that is somewhat reminiscent of the early days of Chicago."
"The horn section functions together like a modern dance club version of the JBs, nailing tasty riffs into place over the rhythm section"
"Nowell's electro-acoustic creations skirt normal jazz conventions while fully adhering to the core philosophy of jazz as an all-absorbing, ever-evolving entity."
This group has grown and developed at The 55 Bar in NYC for the past 5 years featuring some of the most progressive and adventuresome musicians in the world and is now reaching out internationally with shows in Istanbul and beyond....
The Kung-Fu Masters: a Multimedia Celebration of Physical and Sonic Movement
Inspired by Old School 70's Kung-Fu Movies, THE KUNG-FU MASTERS explode with wicked grooves, insane atari style sounds and blazing fx driven horns!!!
About the Show:
Our goal is to unite humanity through positive expressions of the human spirit by combining Martial Arts, Jazz/Funk Music, Breakdancing, and Video Projection into a family friendly show that is a Celebration of Sonic and Physical Movement. We utilize cutting edge Video Artistry, a top notch 7 piece Jazz/Funk Band, incredibly athletic Breakdancers, and extraordinary Martial Artists ranging from Taekwondo to Wushu to showcase the similarities of human creative expression through these four different art forms simultaneously. Eventually this show will tour the world featuring local Breakdancers and Kung-Fu artists celebrating the similarities of our different cultures and facilitating true cultural exchange.
Kung-fu/Kungfu or Gung fu/Gongfu is a Chinese term referring to any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete. That's the whole point of my show. Saxophone Kung-Fu, Breakdance Kung-Fu, Keyboard Kung-Fu, Capoiera Kung-Fu, Electric Bass Kung-Fu. It's all a similar process of learning, patience, and unrelenting energy. I've truly done my best to combine my life experiences thus far to create the most solid A.D.D. fueled interactive entertainment possible. It's back to back tunes with video segues by Bruce Lee speaking about creativity, human potential and the study of craft. You know, really beautiful and positive stuff....
About the Composer:
Sean Nowell is a tenor saxophonist, composer, and recording artist steeped in the traditions of blues, gospel, jazz and funk. He's toured the world as the musical director for Bond Street Theater performing humanitarian outreach / conflict resolution theater and has collaborated with dancers, actors, painters, stilt walkers, and acrobats on tours of China, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia, Serbia, Romania, Turkey, France, Germany, Hungary, Holland, Belgium, Colombia, Venezuela, Singapore and the United States. He's participated in helping unite clashing religious and ethnic groups through music and theater in Kosovo and toured as an Artistic Ambassador for the US State Department in Turkey. By exchanging social and artistic ideas with local artists, by learning the folk music of the regions, and then by incorporating the authentic experience into his compositional and improvisational style, his goal is to cross social and political boarders to spread goodness, truth, and brotherhood through Jazz Music.
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