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Friday, August 9, 2013

Tomás Doncker Band 2013 Power of the Trinity... A Slight Return


Fresh on the heels of his June 2013 release "Howlin Wolf EP", which The Huffington Post said "definitely conveys the original emotion of dark brooding -- the raw elements and power of the bluesman", The Tomas Doncker Band are back with a new release entitled "Power of the Trinity...A Slight Return" (The GLOBAL SOUL Mixtape Volume 1), to be released through Doncker's own True Groove Records.

"Power of the Trinity...A Slight Return", Tomás's latest release, is a Global-Soul meditation on the legacy of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie. It features contributions from legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, Ethiopian singers Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw and Mahmoud Ahmed, legendary Ethiopian guitar hero Selam Woldemariam (who also served as production consultant for the project), saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum, trumpet and horn arrangements by Steven Bernstein, international Avant-Funk Super star Joseph Bowie, and a host of New York's finest jazz, funk and rock musicians.

Doncker's describes his definition of global soul as "The sound of our collective conscience. The unified rhythm of heart beats creating a positive, spiritually uplifting force for good. Musically speaking it is not genre specific, but in fact genre inclusive. It is the best of what we have to offer to each other, from Brooklyn to Ethiopia, and everywhere in between."

The EP is being released in support of The Studio Samuel Foundation's 1Hundred Girls Impact Plan (www.studiosamuel.org), a charity that supports young women in Ethopia.

"We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations, but to our fellow men within the human community." (H.I.M. Haile Selassie I)



FULL ARTIST INFO:

Artist: Tomas Doncker Band
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Styles: Global Soul/Roots/Fusion/Funk/Blues/Psychedelic Rock/World
Similar to: Taj Mahal, Seal, Fela Kuti, The Souljazz Orchestra, Cody Chessnutt, Gary Clark Jr.
CD: Power of the Trinity...A Slight Return
Release date:08/02/13
Accolades:
Interviewed on CNN, 11 feature performances for N.Y.C. Summer Stage(2013), 2010 Shanghai Folk Festival, 2010 World Expo (also in Shanghai), 2012 Milwaukee Summer Fest, 2012 N.Y.C. Summer Stage (6 shows-including Central park), Performed at 2012 Artist of the year (Conversations Magazine), Performed at U.N.Global Peace day event (Linzhou, China-11), Opening act for Ethiopian mega-star Teddy Afro at B.B. King's N.Y.C(2/22/13), Featured on Howlinwolf.com.

Artists:

Tomás Doncker - Vocals/Guitars
Daniel Sadownick - Percussion
Nick Rolfe - Organ/Keyboards/Vvocals
Josh David - Bass/Vocals
Kevin Jenkins - Vocals
Manu Koch - Keyboards
Selam Woldemariam - Guitars
Damon Duewhite - Drums
Mark Henry - Horns
James Dellatacoma - Guitars
David Barnes - Harmonica

Production:
Conceived & Produced by Tomás Doncker & James Dellatacoma for TRUE GROOVE.



Tracklist:

01 - Brooklyn2Ethiopia (Ft Gigi)

02 - We Need Justice (Ft Bill Laswell, Joe Bowie, Kofo the Wonderman & Zala Rolfe)

03 - Peace (Hold On) (Ft Bill Laswell & Betty G)

04 - Habesha Girl (Ft Betty G & Juggla)

05 - Happy (Ft Charlie Funk

06 - Abet Gurage (Ft Mahmoud Ahmed, Selam Woldemariam & Nhatty Man)

Bandcamp Streaming link


Websites:

Official
Facebook
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Twitter

CNN interview on 11/27/12 (Jimi Hendrix' Birthday)

Power of the Trinity - Central park sizzle reel



Artist contact: TomasDonckerband@gmail.com
Press contact: james@independentmusicpromotions.com

Bio:

As a prime mover on New York's downtown "No Wave" scene in the early 1980s, Tomás Doncker cut his teeth as a guitarist with such genre-busting groups as James Chance & The Contortions, Defunkt, J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz and many more. Eventually he went international, touring and recording in Japan with jazz pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, and producing studio and songwriting sessions with Boosty Collins, Yoko Ono, Grammy nominated Reggae vocal group The Itals, and Grammy-winning producer Prince Charles Alexander, to name just a few. Since then, Doncker has continued to work with an A-list of iconic musicians, including Ivan Neville (on his solo album "Thanks"), Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello, Living Colour lead singer Corey Glover, former P-Funk keyboardist Amp Fiddler,2013 Grammy award nominee Shamekia Copeland...and the list keeps growing. In 2008, he produced and released Inside Out, featuring his band with percussionist Daniel Sadownick, and followed that with The Mercy Suite, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa. Of Doncker's work, The Huffington Post says he "definitely conveys the original emotion of dark brooding -- the raw elements and power of the bluesman."

In 2010, Doncker performed for the first time in China as a headlining act at the Shanghai Folk Festival, and in front of an audience of over 100,000 as part of the Shanghai World Expo. His latest work as a singer/songwriter and producer embraces a broader musical vision that he likes to call Global-Soul, drawing influences from numerous sources, including East and West Africa and the Caribbean.

The summer of 2013 has been quite exciting for Tomás. He was chosen to create the score for Critically acclaimed playwright Mando Alvarado's "Diablo Love". It was directed by Alfred Preisser and premiered during the course of 9 performances at N.Y.C. SummerStage Theater (Presented By Time Warner).

"Diablo Love" is a fantastical love story featuring live music that re-imagines songs made famous by American Blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, Howlin' Wolf along with original compositions by Tomás Doncker. This production provides audiences with a masterful live soundtrack of Blues/Soul music and sets the stage for a dynamic theatrical performance about love,lost souls,and the fiery pits of hell...

Tomás released a 5 song E.P. Of Howlin' Wolf tracks that were featured in the show (and to be performed by the Tomás Doncker Band). This new E.P. contained an Original Composition "Shook Down" which Tomás co-wrote with Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Yusef Komonyakaa. The release earned Tomás nods from The Huffington Post, Indecent XPosure, Big Takeover Magazine, Blues Rock Review, and even a spot on the front page of Howlinwolf.com.

"Power of the Trinity...A Slight Return", Tomás's latest release, is a Global-Soul meditation on the legacy of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie. It features contributions from legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, Ethiopian singers Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw and Mahmoud Ahmed, legendary Ethiopian guitar hero Selam Woldemariam (who also served as production consultant for the project), saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum, trumpet and horn arrangements by Steven Bernstein, international Avant-Funk Super star Joseph Bowie, and a host of New York's finest jazz, funk and rock musicians. The CD "Power of the Trinity...A slight return" will be released on Mr. Doncker's own True Groove label August 2nd 2013.

Thank you James from I.M.P. for all the links and information!

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