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Sample Track 1:
"One Day His Axe Fell Into Honey" from New Deli
Sample Track 2:
"A Crack in the Clouds" from New Deli
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TriBeCaStan, New Deli (EverGreene Music) New Release from Little Known Government of TriBeCaStan:
Capital New Deli Found to Have Irregular Time-Space Continuum

News Alert. This morning Aljazzeera reported that the questionable nation of TriBeCaStan ( has made scientific breakthroughs in time travel. The unrecognized republic of nomads has broken the code of the time/space continuum. And by broken we mean: it no longer works. Applying sonic techniques once only known to a small group of punk rock shamans, the nation's most prestigious scientific entity, the TriBeCaStani FolkLorkEstra, uses sound alone to simultaneously place listeners in eras separated by decades and terrains separated by oceans. The breakthrough is outlined in an auditory compendium titled New Deli (distributed by the state-run EverGreene Music, set for release February 7, 2012), a recording that allows the world to experience a type of soulful networking more insidious than Facebook's privacy policies.

To fully grasp TriBeCaStan's methodology, one must note the movements of the commonwealth's Minister of Foreign Expatriation Jeff Greene and Archduke of the Forward Guard John Kruth.

Kruth--the sonic engineer and composer of the melodic formulas concocted for New Deli--carried out extensive research with auditory specialists among Bosnian Gypsies, Indians, and Moroccans, while Greene conducted top secret junkets to Western China, Cuba, and Uzbekistan collecting artifacts key to the timbral sound bending necessary to achieve dimensional shifts. Research by the two culminated in their participation in the 2011 International Jews Harp Congress (sic) in the diamond and permafrost capital of Russia, Yakutsk. The Congress broke the record for most jews harps played at once, while the TriBeCaStan delegates broke wind on the stage of the Yakutsk Opera House, with their jews harps.

The plot thickens when one realizes that it is the double-spy tendency of these two former rebels which led to the new discovery. After the revolution, Parliament decided that rather than changing governments every few years, they would do so intentionally every few weeks, creating more instability than even a coup could handle. Thus all government leaders are forced to spend three weeks out of every six weeks in New York City's subways, bars, and, most importantly and considered most sacred, spice-filled delis. One mythical deli in particular inspired the re-naming of the nation's capital to New Deli.

A revolving door of temporarily expatriated patriots led to the swelling ranks of the Folklorkestra. “Everywhere I go, the musicians I meet want to hear and play American music, particularly, blues and country," says Kruth as he smokes dates and eats tobacco. "Musicians all over the world listened to Curtis Mayfield and the Temptations. But for the last decade or two the shoe has been on the other foot. We’ve not only been inspired by world-class global musicians like Bachir Attar of the Master Musicians of Jajouka, Carnatic mandolin master U. Rajesh, and the Austrian hurdy-gurdy virtuoso Mathias Loibner, we invited them to play as guests on New Deli. ”

"As we say in TriBeCaStan," adds Greene, "'If your toes all face one way, you will walk crooked.' This means we must be in solidarity with all of the world to find the right direction. If you dig around in the '60s and '70s in music from India, Thailand and Ethiopia you hear how the musicians borrowed from and reworked American music. We’re just doing the same thing, but in reverse."

Kruth came up with “Bed Bugs” and “Dive Bomber” while swatting bed bugs and mosquitoes with his mandolin late into the night in a pest-ridden Chennai hotel room, while Greene strummed the charango and thumped the marimbula (large thumb piano) in rural Cuba with local musicians until his fingers bled, leading to the romp “El Bumpa.” Bruce Huebner, American-born master of the shakuhachi (pentatonic bamboo Japanese flute), was tricked into joining an atmospheric blues with the ethereal “A Crack in the Clouds.” Little did they all know what was taking place at the time in Fukushima and how the emerging sound of hope would stand as a sonic portrait honoring the victims of the recent Japanese disaster.

In the past Kruth’s “Banshee” mandolin could be heard on stage with the raw flaming sound of punk bands the Violent Femmes and the Meat Puppets. These days he can be found, when not traipsing the globe with Greene, shooting pool with Ornette Coleman, learning the subtleties of improvisation and composition from the revolutionary saxophonist. Which brings us to a new, unexpected era of TriBeCaStan…

With the addition of baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, a former James Brown and Taj Mahal side woman and a fave of both the Downbeat poll and former President Clinton, along with John Turner's versatile ska trumpet tossed into the mix, the band digs deep into an eclectic '60’s bag covering Ornette Coleman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Don Cherry. Kirk is the subject of Kruth’s first biography, Bright Moments, and composer of the funky “Freaks for the Festival,” which TriBeCaStan recorded live at Bill Laswell’s studio with Kirk alumni Steve Turre blowing a massive trombone solo.

New Deli's cover art was created by comrade Cal Schenkel, Frank Zappa's resident album cover artist known for a collage and outsider style consistent with the TriBeCaStani culture.

Free your marimba and your mind will follow. Dig into the flesh-and-blood immediacy of worn wood, twisted metal, and buzzing reeds, and you'll get grooves that can set the room jumping and the mind soaring. It's the wacky virtuosity of the Mothers of Invention playing unplugged for Bosnian gypsies doing the tango ("Jovanka"). It's the Pygmy bottle trick turned into a Latvian favorite sing-a-long ("One Day, His Axe Fell into Honey"). It's Don Cherry's Africa reinterpreted for China ("Guinea"). It's the prog rock of the Ottomans, complete with a wailing harmonica ("Dive Bomber").

TriBeCaStan finds these hidden channels, making ancient instruments and techniques feel right at home on the edge of the time and space discontinuum.

<< release: 02/07/12 >>