What happens when two Buddhists and a Muslim meet to make music?
Arabilly. Countryeastern. Indofunk. Sufisurf. Jazz. World. Jam. Music to help you Pray For Brain.
Pray for Brain is not your auntie's world music band, nor your uncle's country twang, nor your grandad's jazz vinyl. But it is an eclectic mix of jazz, world, funk, prog and classic rock and jazz fusion, with a high degree of telepathic interplay: If Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Isaac Hayes, Coltrane, Tagore and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan met on a Calcutta rooftop overlooking Marrakesh with the White Stripes as a backing band for the session, you'd be close.
Pray For Brain is an evolution of Sama Duo, where Mustafa Stefan Dill (guitars, oud) and Jefferson Voorhees (drums) brought an intense synergy to their groove-oriented energetic improvisations, delivered with a gutsy south Asian and Middle Eastern twist.
With the addition of upright bassist Christine Nelson and retooled as Pray For Brain, the new trio expands the range of groove, nuance and improvising conversations. The music is simultaneously lighter but deeper, easier to hear and harder to shake off.
Pray For Brain binds their diverse musical influences into a unified, coherent soundscape: skillful writing frames artful, telepathic dialogues that draw on a deep core of both cutting-edge and ancient improvising methods from India, Africa and the Middle East. The trio offers their voice with an energetic finesse wrapped in a rhythmically-driven, wide-ranging rock/funk/country/jazz ethos.
The trio's CD, "None Of The Above", was released spring 2014.