Los Angeles based group, Kan Wakan, is set to perform in Phoenix this Friday, March 8 at 8 p.m. at Barsmith for the Viva PHX festival. Kan Wakan is an up-and-coming band with a unique sound that will keep your musical desires satisfied.
Check out the group’s music video for “Forever Found” featured below.
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AZ Foothills asked :the musical brainchild of composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist” of the group, Gueorgui I. Linev., a few questions prior to the group’s visit to the Valley. Featured below are their responses. Be sure to check them out this Friday!
AFM-How did you get into the music industry?
Started with piano lessons around 8, encouraged by my uncle who is a classical conductor. Later on I picked up the guitar and bass in high school and that was more fun. Stevie Ray Vaughan was really important then. Shortly after I got more interested in composition which motivated me to start a band and perform with friends. Somehow the early introduction to classical music resurfaced as a major influence and a big part of what I do today.
AFM-When you aren’t recording or touring, what’s a typical day like?
Contemplating more recording and touring, rehearsing with periodical pauses for sleep, nutrition and mild exercise.
AFM-How did the group form initially?
It started with some instrumental, minimalist chamber music I had been working on, which gradually morphed into a band over the last 2 years with the help of our singer Kristianne and guitarist/co-producer Peter. Live, our band is rounded out by violinist Dannon Rampton, bassist Ian Anderson and keyboardist/saxophonist/
computer man Jesse Aumiller.
AFM-Do you write or co-write your own songs?
Most I write, some I co-write.
AFM-Which song on your newest EP are you most proud of and why?
Midnight Moon Pt I and II
It’s most effective at capturing what we strive for in terms of the depth, textures and different colors you get visually when listening to music. It’s also just long enough and not in a hurry to make a statement. Someone told us recently that they see alot of purple when listening to it.
AFM-How did you choose the name “Kan Wakan”?
It’s derivative of the Tegalog word Kalawakan which roughly translates to deep space, interstellar, depth.
AFM-For those who aren’t familiar with your music, how would you describe it?
We don’t really know the best answer, as the music and influences are constantly changing, but I’d say for now the common thread would be layered, textured sounds, within an orchestral and electronic backdrop, with added minimalist, folk and jazz flourishes, fronted by a soulful female alto.
AFM-After this tour, what are your plans for the future?
We look forward to our debut album release this summer. May 5th in the UK and June 3rd here in the US. More touring to follow.
AFM-If you could say anything to your Arizona fans, what would it be?
We’ll be in Phoenix this Friday the 7th to perform at Barsmith for Viva PHX festival and we’d love to see you. We’re on stage at 8pm. Barsmith is located at 130 E Washington St.
For additional information on Kan Wakan, visit www.kanwakan.com.