"Big Apple Blues" is a collaborative effort from legendary poet Yusef Komunyakaa and musical renaissance man Tomás Doncker, due out October 21st via True Groove Records. The pair will officially introduce Big Apple Blues during the Dodge Poetry Festival (October 23-26), sponsored by NPR. This is a follow up to “Moanin' at Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project” album, which received acclaim from sources such as Popmatters, All About Jazz, and Howlin' Wolf's own official website. Tomás Doncker's "global soul" and blues music has earned him acclaim from CNN and Guitar World as well as a critically acclaimed run at NYC Summerstage 2013. From his humble beginnings as the son of a carpenter, Yusef Komunyakaa has travelled far and wide to become a scholar, professor, and Pulitzer prize-winning poet. As a prime mover on New York's downtown "No Wave" scene in the early 1980's, Tomás Doncker cut his teeth as a guitarist with such genre-busting groups as James Chance & The Contortions, Defunkt, J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz and many more. Eventually he went international, touring and recording in Japan with jazz pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, and producing studio and songwriting sessions with Boosty Collins, Yoko Ono, Grammy nominated Reggae vocal group The Itals, and Grammy-winning producer Prince Charles Alexander, to name just a few. Since then, Doncker has continued to work with an A-list of iconic artists including Ivan Neville (on his solo album “Thanks”), Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello, Living Colour lead singer Corey Glover, former P-Funk keyboardist Amp Fiddler, 2013 Grammy award nominee Shamekia Copeland, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa. In 2010, Doncker performed for the first time in China as a headlining act at the Shanghai Folk Festival, and in front of an audience of over 100,000 as part of the Shanghai World Expo. His latest work as a singer/songwriter and producer embraces a broader musical vision that he likes to call Global-Soul, drawing influences from numerous sources, including East and West Africa and the Caribbean. He also frequently collaborates with legendary Grammy Award winning Producer/Bassist Bill Laswell, and his ongoing "Power Of The Trinity" project was featured on CNN on November 27, 2012 (Jimi Hendrix' birthday).
ALBUM INFO: Artist: Tomás Doncker Band Album: Big Apple Blues Release date: Oct 21, 2014 Songs by Yusef Komunyakaa & Tomás Doncker Members/Instruments: Tomás Doncker-Lead Vocals,Guitars David Barnes-Harmonica,vocals Nick Rolfe-Keyboards,Vocals Josh David-Bass,vocals James Dellatacoma-Guitar Mike Faulkner-Drums Mac Gollehon-Horns Alan Grubner-StringsThe album is streaming in full in advance of it's release at Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tomasdoncker/sets/big-apple-blues-1 Recommended tracks are "The New Day" (https://soundcloud.com/tomasdoncker/03-the-new-day?in=tomasdoncker/sets/big-apple-blues-1) and "Big Apple Blues" (https://soundcloud.com/tomasdoncker/01-big-apple-blues).Websites: Official: TomasDoncker.net Twitter: @tomasdoncker @truegroove1 FB:https://www.facebook.com/TomasDonckerMusic https://www.facebook.com/TrueGrooveGlobalSoulMusicInformation kindly supplied by Matt Bacon, Intern, Independent Music Promotions www.independentmusicpromotions.com https://www.facebook.com/independentmusicpromo Author of "Your Band Is A Virus" http://www.amazon.com/Your-Band-Is-Virus-Expanded-ebook/dp/B00ADPGIXK