The Funk Art
The Funk Art
The Funk Ark
Listen to Funk Ark’s brand new album, Man is a Monster!
The Funk Ark is the creation of piano virtuoso, Will Rast, the band’s composer, pianist, and spokesperson, fulfilling his lifelong desire of turning his soul over to The Funk. Rast worked as a freelance jazz session player and made a name for himself as a stylistically versatile sideman with various R&B and world music artists. With The Funk Ark, he gets to play an amalgamation of all the sounds he loves with some extraordinary musicians. “From the Rooftops”, the band’s explosive debut, garnered universal praise for its bottomless grooves and soulful ensemble playing. On “High Noon:, the band digs even deeper, with a multi-faceted approach that captures the band’s international perspective and irresistible live energy.
The Funk Ark’s full tilt boogie makes “High Noon” a delight from the first note and comes close to capturing the energy of the band’s live gigs. Things kick off with “Chaga,” a sizzling Afro-funk throw down driven by Rast’s slick Farfisa, sharp horn stabs, and the rhythm section’s bubbling percussion. Matt Rippetoe and Josh Levy trade concise sax solos to keep the temperature high. “419” takes things tribal, with a skewed 5/4 Afro-beat bounce highlighted by R&B horns, Latin flavored percussion and Greg Loman’s stuttering guitar. Guest vocalist Mustafa Akbar adds a hint of sanctified soul to “Funky Southern,” which draws its inspiration from sources closer to home by blending classic DC Go-Go and New Orleans funk. The song tips its hat to the music of the American South, the source of all things funky in the US of A. With its sinuous desert groove, the title track sounds like the soundtrack of a Spaghetti Western filmed in the Sahara. The melodies suggest a late night jam that could be taking place in any club from Atlanta, GA to the Kalakuta Republic. The album’s irresistible pulse never lets up, weaving a hypnotic spell that invites you to become one with the funk.
Funk is the heartbeat of the African Motherland, the thread that links all Western music. Soukous and Samba, Afro-beat and Go-Go, jazz and hip-hop – they all throb with the thump of the funk. True to their name, it’s the sound at the core of everything The Funk Ark plays.
“Funk seems simple, but it takes an almost spiritual dedication to the music to play it well,” says Rast. “When we’re playing at our best, the music becomes greater than the sum of its parts. What we do requires each player to contribute a small, but integral, part of the whole; when we all lock into the groove, it becomes a sort of meditation.”
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