New Monsoon will be hosting a special Rhythm Reunion at Terrapin Crossroads Grate Room in San Rafael, California on Saturday December 10th at 8pm.
New Monsoon is proud to be putting on this special event that will feature their original percussion duo of Brian Carey and Rajiv Parikh. Brian and Raj will be reuniting with New Monsoon at TXR for an evening of music that spans NM’s vast history and influences. The band toured nationally for years with this configuration playing festivals all over the country and the success of those years helped put them and their infectious music on the map.
“They have a collective power that comes off as a real unified force on stage. It’s not just a band, you know? It’s something transcendental.”
– Michael Shrieve (original drummer, Santana)
This will certainly be a rare and special event not to miss!
New Monsoon Rhythm Reunion
Saturday, December 10th, 2016
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
Tickets $20, 16+
By Charlie Swanson
At the heart of longtime North Bay jam band New Monsoon is the instrumental and songwriting collaboration between founding members Bo Carper (acoustic guitar and banjo), Jeff Miller (electric guitar) and Phil Ferlino (keys).
Yet, the sound that set New Monsoon apart when they debuted nearly 20 years ago was their robust and worldly four-man rhythm section. This week, New Monsoon—a quintet since 2008—welcomes original rhythm players Brian Carey and Rajiv Parikh for a special “Rhythm Reunion” show on Saturday, December 10, at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael.
New Monsoon’s origins date back to 1997, when Jeff Miller moved from Boston to Marin County, where Bo Carper, an old buddy from his college days at Penn State, was living in Bolinas. “I just fell in love with the whole thing,” Miller says.
The first incarnation of New Monsoon was Miller and Carper playing Fairfax cafes as a duo with their mutual friend Parikh on the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument.
“It was really unique,” Miller says. “Not too many electric rock and roll projects have a tabla. That was inspiring. And it was the impetus of a lot of the music we wrote in that world-influenced style.”
Also largely influenced by Bay Area legend Santana, New Monsoon’s up-tempo jams and global rhythms were further bolstered when Brian Carey, who plays congas and timbales, joined the group soon after, offering his own Afro-Cuban influence and style. “That was the engine as we call it. The percussion set the table for our sound,” Miller says.
By 2003, New Monsoon was a full seven-piece touring band that regularly traveled coast-to-coast with jam bands like The String Cheese Incident and Umphrey’s McGee, and played festivals like Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. Retooling into a tighter, more vocally-fronted five-piece in 2008, it today features Miller, Carper and Ferlino with bassist Marshall Harrell and drummer Michael Pinkham.
“We’ve got a lot of different musical facets of the group we can tap into now,” Miller says, referring to the upcoming night of old jams and deep tracks. “For fans that know our music, they’ll hear some surprises on our set list for sure.”
New Monsoon Rhythm Reunion, Saturday, Dec. 10, Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael; 8pm; $20; 415/524-2773.
Diamonds and Clay, the 5th studio album from San Francisco rock band New Monsoon, will be released digitally and on CD May 9th, 2014. The album features 10 original tracks that capture the sophisticated songwriting, soulful instrumental interplay, lush harmony vocals and soaring energy that have become New Monsoon’s trademark.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2013, recording for Diamonds and Clay began at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA. This state-of-the-art environment enabled the band to play the songs together, giving the record a live feel. With the foundation for each song in place, they went on to Charlie Wilson’s Sonic Zen Records in Berkeley, CA to record additional tracks including lead and harmony vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, and various keyboard parts. The end result is a deeply textured sonic experience marrying the band’s raw energy with the sensitivity and craft that is afforded in the recording studio environment.
Diamonds and Clay affirms New Monsoon as torchbearers for rock & roll with something substantive to say about the human condition. Made of sturdy muscle & heart, they stretch rock in the same winning ways as Traffic and Little Feat, where great skill, undisguised passion, and well-weathered soul combine for nourishment for folks who seek music that’s more than mere entertainment.
– Dennis Cook (Dirty Impound/JamBase)
New Monsoon was established in the late 90s by Bo Carper (acoustic guitar, banjo, vocals) and Jeff Miller (electric guitar, vocals) in coastal Bolinas, CA. They formed a band that began touring nationally in 2003 and through the years have experienced many different incarnations in personnel and sound. This album showcases how they have matured and filtered these experiences through their music. From the energetic opener Light of Day, to the poetic world-influenced closer Cloud, listeners are taken on a musical journey reminiscent of the thematic albums the band grew up on. Longtime band member Phil Ferlino contributes his keyboard versatility throughout the album including a notable vocal spotlight on Positive Days. The rhythm section of Marshall Harrell (electric bass) and Michael Pinkham (drums) is the driving force that lays down rock-solid grooves that define the character of each song. Overall the album has a flow to it that creates a sense of anticipation as you listen. There are so many surprises from this quintet that you get the feeling they are just beginning to tap into the power of their collaborative potential.
GARYFEST 2 – A Musical Tribute to Gary Hartman
Houston Texas – May 9th & 10th, 2014
New Monsoon, featuring their original percussion section, with special guests Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO)
Fri May 9th and Sat May 10th at Last Concert Café.
New Monsoon presents a two-night concert event in tribute to their beloved friend and manager, Gary Hartman, who passed away unexpectedly on March 31st, 2012.
New Monsoon performs two nights at the Last Concert Café, with special guests Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO). New Monsoon’s original three-headed percussion crew; Rajiv Parikh, Marty Ylitalo and Brian Carey, will reunite once again at the LCC to pay homage to Gary and his impact on their personal and professional lives.
Rajiv Parikh (percussion, tabla) Marty Ylitalo (drums) Brian Carey (percussion, conga) Tim Carbone (violin) Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (guitar, lap steel)
Gary had a burning passion for live music, especially when played “without a net”. A lifelong Deadhead and live music taper/trader, he relished the unique nature of each show, and helped this music live on through recordings. As a live concert promoter in Houston and co-founder of Tapir Productions, he brought like-minded national touring acts to Houston. In doing so, he helped create a family of devoted music fans, who came to be known as the Texas Tribe, who flourished at an amazing venue called The Last Concert Café.
When New Monsoon hit the road for their first national tour in 2003, Gary was eager to give them a try. His life, along with that of the band, would never be the same. New Monsoon came to feel that Houston, and especially the Last Concert Café, was their home away from home. They’ve returned each year for two and three-night stands that have become the stuff of jamband legend. In 2008 Gary formally joined the band as their manager, while continuing to bring national touring acts to Houston.
The Café has been a destination for New Monsoon’s most ardent fans from around the nation for nearly a decade, and they’ll be back in Houston with the band for the second GaryFest – two glorious nights to celebrate the life of their friend and mate, Gary Hartman.
We hope you will join us in Texas for another memorable weekend in Gary’s honor.
Ticketing fees are waived for the two-night package.
New Monsoon will headline a benefit on May 16th, 2014 at the renowned Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco, California. The show will support the conservation efforts of the Placencia Mooring Masters (PMM), a community-based initiative in Placencia, Belize, that promotes sustainable tourism along the Belize Barrier Reef.
The Placencia Mooring Masters have established a network of mooring buoys that reduce anchor damage from recreational tour boats and protect fragile reef ecosystems in southern Belize. Maintaining the network across a large expanse of reef requires sustained revenue and countless volunteer hours.
The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest coral reef ecosystem in the world. The reef is a vital natural resource for coastal communities, yet is threatened by overfishing, pollution, climate change and the rapid growth of unsustainable coastal development and marine tourism. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization declared the area a World Heritage Site in 1996. The reef represents the crown jewel of the Belize tourism industry.
The California Friends of the Placencia Mooring Masters provides ongoing support for reef conservation in Belize. Funds raised from these benefit concerts are used to purchase equipment, increase the number of moorings along the reef, design educational materials for boat operators and offer incentives to young tour guides who commit time and labor to support the program.
Tickets on Sale Now! For more information contact Rich Wilson 415-515-2317.
New Monsoon TDT
San Francisco quintet New Monsoon has always been influenced by the likes of Pink Floyd, Santana and the Allman Brothers Band.
The group’s latest album has a Little Feat vibe to it, but New Monsoon has mostly been feeding off each other’s experience and musical creativity, said singer and guitarist Jeff Miller.
New Monsoon’s not-yet titled new album is expected to be released in the next few months. It will be the first studio album for the band since 2007’s “V.”
“I think we’ve really kind of influenced each other because we’ve really worked on the arrangements of the songs,” Miller said, adding the group’s three singers have been working on their vocal abilities and harmonies.
“I think the biggest new thing that we’ve really been working on is our vocals and really trying to make those a feature of the group,” Miller said. “I think it will really show on our album.”
The album includes upbeat rhythm and blues complimented with heavy guitars, according to the guitarist.
“As a five-piece we really have melded something that, to me, is really something unique,” Miller said.
While the band released a live album in 2009 and is always playing shows, the new songs have brought a renewed freshness to the longtime act. Over the past six months the band has been firing on all pistons, Miller said.
The band has been playing some of the new tracks live, while leaving others as a surprise for when the album is released.
The band looks to have a seamless set with few breaks, creative segues and long jams, mixed with succinct songs, Miller said. A recent show went for 2.5 hours and was a little marathon-like.
“Not to toot our horn, but we’re good at it because we’ve been doing it a long time and we have fun, and I think that fun is infectious to the crowd,” Miller said.
The band typically attracts a good crowd at Lake Tahoe.
“We love coming up there,” Miller said. “People are always really enthusiastic and supportive of us.”