"Blues in the Ragas" album completed Tour begins January 24th 2013
Malaysia/Singapore/Japan/US West coast
It took two years of recording and late night sessions but its finally here, "Blues in the Ragas", our second full-length release that will drop on November 9th, 2012, followed by a spring tour of South East Asia and the West Coast USA in March 2013
Quadraphonix is a Hawaii based band formed in 1998 by drummer Jonathan Heraux. We quickly caught the attention of many promoters, media and clubs in Honolulu for our unique sound and original compositions. Some of the bands highlights were:
- Opening for Grammy winners Black Eyed Peas here in Aloha Tower and also at Maui's Lahaina Civic Center in year 2000.
- Opened regularly for Grammy nominees Ozomatli in Hawaii.
- We then pursed playing at reggae shows opening for Reggae Star such as Eek-A-Mouse. It did not seem to matter where we were as the crowds continued to dance and groove to our music.
- Quadraphonix proceeded to the center stage at Burning Man Festival, Fresno Earth day festival, Kauai Hemp Festival, Sun Splash World Music festival and opening of The X Games at the Staples Center in Los Angeles alongside Slash from Guns and Roses in 2005.
- The biggest opportunity arrived in 2005 to open a show in Kawasaki Japan for punk ska rockers, Kemuri. This was a sold out show in front of a foreign audience of 2000 who had no idea who Quadraphonix was. We got them on their feet within minutes and showed them that our music holds no cultural barriers. Our Japanese hosts were excited, incredibly gracious and wanted us to continue coming back for more shows.
However, returning to Hawaii we found out that our families were growing. It was important for us to stay and take care of the home front. In the meantime we worked with local dance companies such as Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre and performed at local shows to keep our momentum. Now it is time for us to grow our brand, fan base and take our music back on the road. With your help we hope to make this journey to South East Asia and Japan to promote our new record, Blues in the Ragas in January 2013
What is this new record about?
"Blues in the Ragas" -"Raga", in its original Sanskrit means "the act of dying or coloring"; something that colors one's emotions or moods. This is also the essence of the Blues. These forms are primary in guitarist Sree Sadagopan's evolution as a musician having grown up in Malaysia, a melting pot of diverse cultural traditions and then migrating to live in a similar modern hybrid culture that is Hawaii. Jonathan Heraux brings the elements of Jazz, Blues, Rock, Funk and Latin rhythms' to this mix. Add Eli Clemens on the congas with the Afro Caribbean styles and you have the unique blend of world Music by Quadraphonix. Over the last 14 years, we have developed this hybrid form of music that respects and celebrates the free flowing exchange of traditions and ideas that make up the majority of our music. With 15 songs and all of them incorporating different genres of music, this record will demonstrate the versatility and varied interest of Quadraphonix. Primarily an instrumental band we have featured many vocalist, emcees/rappers and poets through the years. This record includes songs with vocal tracks by guitarist, Sree Sadagopan singing in the south Indian language of Tamil, collaboration with singer/poet, Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo and our own emcees, Ninja Pleeze (consisting of Hawaii's Hip Hop artist Zen Chambers and Amen Raw)
Why tour south East Asia/Japan?
We would like to start where we left off in 2005…….Japan, rock Malaysia where guitarist Sree Sadagopan grew up, then work our way back to the west coast United States and hope the journey will continue....to Australia. These are places that we have connections with clubs, promoters and friends that can help us with our mission.
Music is a universal language that shows us the historical and geographic inter relationships of all people and cultures. Our music rides the currents of various musical traditions, improvising freely to give a unique and contemporary feel to our ancestral roots. We want to share the unity in our musical diversity and hope that the unity transpires into the community. Our mission is to travel to as many countries we can to share this music and our message of peace, respect and cultural unity. Our message of unity amongst people of all ethnic groups is strong and worth the travel and cost! We hope our journey with "Blues in the Ragas" will bring us to you for an evening of eclectic music and a positive message.
How can you be a part of our mission?
We have done the work and self financed a full length record consisting of 15 songs. We dedicate this album to all our loyal fans and friends that have supported us through the years. We humbly as for your help in kick starting this journey with a pledge. There is an affordable pledge for everyone, starting with a dollar up to whatever you can afford.
In return, those who pledge in this campaign will receive a copy of the digital album, signed hard copies before it's actually released, Quadraphonix merchandise, VIP passes called the "Q card", private shows for your event and will get special exclusive up to date info on the band. Be the first people to know our progress with this journey.
Our goal of $5,000 is a fraction of the cost to travel to these countries. Your pledges will assist with AIRFARE, HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS AND TOUR VEHICLES DURING OUR SOUTH EAST ASIA TOUR to Malaysia, Singapore and Japan. We will continue our journey to as many countries as we can to promote our message of peace and cultural unity through our music.
Kickstarter is the only way that you'll be able to get the album before the official release date. Please make your pledges and past this on to your friends and family that may enjoy our music. Please remember that if we do not make our goal to raise $5,000 all pledges will be returned to you and we will not receive any of the pledges according to Kickstarter rules. We humbly ask for your support.
Jonathan Heraux - drums and percussion's - New York/Panama/Haiti/Hawaii.
Sree Sadagopan - Guitar/Electric Sitar/Stand up bass - Malaysia/Hawaii
Eli Clemens on Congas and percussion's - Waimanalo, Hawaii
Risks and challenges
It has been a challenge from the very beginning....we are an improvisational band with lots of cultural elements in our music and we knew going in that there would be no radio play with the exception of our very own KTUH University station. Living in the Hawaiian islands, you cannot just drive to another state to perform unless your tour vehicle can fly or swim. So we have self funded most of our tours with a few exceptions. This is a costly undertaking be have done it so many times and came home breaking even. We know that if we are able to promote our music to the international music community, the success will follow. We have to start somewhere and take the risk but have fun playing the music while we are at it. Now that the album has been recorded, mixed and the final product produced our next challenge will be creating an awareness of our movement. The commitment from the band is there and we have all made the sacrifices to see this through.. The shows are booked. We just need to get there to complete this mission. With your support we hope to soften this financial obstacle. Om Ganesaya Namaha!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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