Taína Asili’s voice exudes strength of Spirit, filling its listeners with the fervor of freedom and inspiring audiences to dance to the movement of rebellion. Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde released their debut album War Cry in 2010. With an uncompromising lyrical integrity and dynamic sound, the multilingual album War Cry blends the energy of Ojos de Brujo, the soul of Lila Downs and the defiance of Rage Against the Machine. Journalist Josh Potter of The Metroland, Albany, NY’s alternative newsweekly, describes War Cry as “a pan-global roots-musical mélange that appeals to the struggle of tradition to envision a world of social justice.”
Taína Asili [tahy-ee-nah ah-see-lee] hails from Philadelphia, PA and Albany, NY where she has worked as a musician, poet, educator and community organizer for over 15 years. She has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Ursula Rucker, Sonia Sanchez, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, Pamela Means, Paula Cole, and Tyrone Hill of The Sun Ra Arkestra. Taína was a winner of the 2005 Transformation Award given by the Leeway Foundation each year to a select few of women artists who profoundly use their work towards social change. She has performed from Montreal to San Francisco and from Mexico to Spain capturing the hearts of her listeners.
“If you look at our history,” she says, “you see over and over that music has played a central role in changing how people think, for the good and bad. How we make change in the larger political landscape starts with how we affect one another individually, and music brings message in a way that opens people—their heart, mind, spirit.”
Taína’s performance history and experience is as eclectic as her artistic work. Her father a Latin-jazz conductor, vocalist and congero, and her mother an Afro-Caribbean dancer, Taína was strongly influenced by the music which surrounded her childhood. She was raised in Binghamton NY, and trained as a European classical vocalist. Taína later found punk rock, and for eight years wrote and sang songs of rage and resistance with Antiproduct, touring the country several times and putting out four albums internationally. Throughout her career, Taína has performed and recorded soulful back-up vocals for numerous bands including jam band Yolk, Puerto Rican punk band Ricanstruction, and hip hop/rock band Broadcast Live.
In her move to Philadelphia, Taína fell in love with spoken word and began writing and performing as a solo poet around the country. Her poetic work has been featured in a number of CD collections. She can also be witnessed in Scene and Not Heard, a documentary about women and hip hop culture in Philadelphia, also featuring Bahamadia and Monie Love.
She began facilitating poetry workshops at Taller Puertorriqueño, a Puerto Rican cultural center based in North Philadelphia where she taught local Puerto Rican youth about the current struggle and resistance movement in Vieques, Puerto Rico, using poetry and drawing as their expressive voice. Taína has since taught poetry writing workshops for both children and adults, with a focus on marginalized populations including incarcerated women, refugees and union workers. She has her MA in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College.
The folkloric arts of Latin American and Spain have captured her heart in new ways. Currently, Taína Asili and guitarist Gaetano Vaccaro have come together as a duet (AsiliVaccaro.com) to perform folkloric music from Latin America and flamenco from Spain. Together they have studied at Flamenco Latino in NYC, and Taller Flamenco and El Centro de Arte y Flamenco de Sevilla in Seville, Spain.
Taína is dedicated to using her art as a tool for personal and social transformation. Her art is not only political, but based in the concrete organizing she is in involved in, working in political prisoner liberation, prisoner rights, indigenous rights, environmental justice, and holistic health movements for over a decade. However, Taína’s main revolutionary and artistic work involves raising her children… her best artistic inspiration.
For more information, visit: Taina Asili
Taze's versatility as a performer has opened numerous doors of opportunities including time spent working the cruise ships of Hawaii as well as leading nine-piece Jazz ensembles back in Binghamton. He constantly plays hired gun to a variety of local groups, floating effortlessly through Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Folk and Rock.
For more information, visit: Taze Yanick
Thoughts as Devices
For more information, visit: Thoughts As Devices
After recording his first solo album, “Take Me Away” in 2011, Tim Ruffo continued to play shows all over New York and Pennsylvania as a solo artist, with the Tim Ruffo Band and The Ruffo Brothers. Two years later, Tim decided it was time to get back in the studio and create more original music culminating in his most recent EP produced by Jeff DaBella. Auto Pilot Off (Def Jam/Universal) http://www.universalmusic.com and Dena (Sono Recording Group/Earl Cohen Productions),
The August 2013 release “Long Long Day” moves you with the emotions connected to working hard, reconnecting with old friends, lost love, survival and hope. Tim Ruffo has opened up for Gretchen Wilson, Eddie Money and Joe Nichols as well as playing shows with Bloodshot artists The Deadstring Brothers and Whitey Morgan and the 78’s. In the New Year, Tim aspires to share his music with a larger fanbase in the Northeast part of the country and garner a spot on an indie label. Tim is backed by his four-piece country rock band. Catching the Tim Ruffo Band on a live stage is sure to get you off your feet and dancing. The love of live performing is what Tim Ruffo is all about.
For more information, visit: Tim Ruffo Band
In addition, Tom did a great deal of recording, taught piano music theory/technique, arranged for and directed church choirs and orchestras, co-founded the Gospel group "Jacob's Ladder", had been a signed musician with the ABC Dunhill Recording Company, recording in New York City, and has written/recorded many original songs (won a National song writing competition, wrote the fight song theme for the original Broome Dusters hockey team, and has been published by a major Gospel label).
Tom performed and recorded with many successful groups over the years. He even had the honor of being invited to play "Wooly Bully" and "Little Red Riding Hood" with "Sam the Sham" and "At The Hop" with "Danny and the Juniors" in concert. Most recently Tom was part of a classic Rock & Roll show that included "Lou Christie", "The Toys", "The Earls" and "The Happenings".
Tom was active in the Binghamton music community, always had a number of projects in the works and was highly sought after as a soloist, accompanist, arranger or sub by other musicians and groups.
For more information, visit: Voodoo Highway Website or Voodoo Highway FB
When Oceans Rise
What When Oceans Rise has never lacked is vision. From the passion in their voices to the energy that resonates through their performance, there is never a doubt that they were called to lead in praise and worship. Three men, filled with the love of the Holy Spirit, with a glorious enthusiasm want to partner in ministry with you. The music they play will feed your soul with the things that are most important in life such as faith, family, and friendships.
When Oceans Rise is made up of three guys from Binghamton, NY who simply enjoy making music who some say are, “anointed and appointed to minister through music to multitudes”.
Charles grew up in a church in Rochester, NY and at the age of 5 made a profession of faith. However, as a teen he drifted away from God. A series of unfortunate life events compelled him to cry out to God and through God’s response, Charles realized who he could be in life. He was called to plug back into church and little by little God opened up doors for Charles and called him to a deeper role in worship. He currently is the worship pastor at New Life Vestal. Charles is married to Patricia and they have been blessed with two beautiful girls.
Eirik was raised in a Methodist Church as a youngster. Feeling the need to share his love of music, Erik played in many bands. Realizing he needed a deeper relationship with God, he joined the worship team at his church. He is currently a percussionist at Afton Baptist Church and is married to his beautiful wife, Terri. They have three amazing daughters. When Eirik is not creating music, he is creating in the kitchen as a very talented chef.
Ryan’s grandfather, 102 years old, was a pastor at the Windsor Free Methodist church. Through Ryan’s parents and grandparents example and God’s leading, Ryan accepted Christ as a young man. He felt called to pursue an education at Evangel University, and is now following in his grandfather’s footsteps and serving as one of the worship leaders at the Two Rivers Assembly in Binghamton, NY. Ryan’s passion for God and music are evident in the way he plays his instruments and contributes to When Oceans Rise.
In God’s unique way, He brought these three men together to collaborate on a worship project and from that collaboration, When Oceans Rise was formed in September 2012. Since the bands conception, they have played center court at the Oakdale Mall, in various coffee houses, fairgrounds, and festivals. They have led worship at many churches, and have witnessed the power of God transforming lives through their ministry.For more information, visit: When Oceans Rise
For more information, visit: Woodshed Prophets
The band's first disc, a self-titled release put out in late 1993, featured the least political of vocalist Jimmy John McCabe's lyrics, pursuing poetic imagery with songs like "So This Is Heaven." The band's chugging rhythms were diverse, yet unified. The follow-up, Caution: Social Prescriptions May Cause Side Effects found the band playing with a harder sound. With the departure of drummer Matt Murphy, the band recruited former Moe drummer Jim Loughlin (whose fiery work fit perfectly in with his new band) .They were soon back in the studio, recording what was to be their final studio album, Individually Twisted.
The disc was easily the most well-produced the band had created to date and pointed optimistically towards the band's future. The band toured constantly, mostly in the northeast, including a successful stint on a Rock the Vote mini-tour in autumn 1996 with fellow jam bands Moe, Moon Boot Lover, and the Ominous Seapods that featured a good deal of cross-pollination between bands. In 1998 the band went on semi-permanent hiatus, playing out under the name Yolk from time to time in various configurations.
For more information, visit: YOLK
Zarni de Wet
Zarni de Wet is an original artist from South Africa, now taking on the music scene in Seattle with her feisty keyboard skills, memorable melodies and honest lyrics. She is also the newest member in popular Seattle band, Campfire OK (keys and background vocals) Zarni says what everyone in the room is thinking with music that "comes from her heart and a place beyond her years"- John Majhor (Canadian Radio Broadcaster). The 23 year old Berklee graduate finished with a double major in Music Education and Songwriting as well as the Scott Benson Award...Berklee's highest award for Songwriting.
Zarni was 1st place winner of the Rockin Mom Song Contest with her heartfelt song "Making my way" that she wrote about her mother. In 2010 she was a winner of the Gauteng Songwriting Competition in South Africa
"Zarni has rare talent and her interpretation of music is stunningly soulful. She has such stage presence and very comfy on the keyboard. She just oozed class throughout her show and the crowd fell in love with her on the first key. I reckon selling her CD is the easiest of jobs as seen on the night. We as Rustic Theatre are proud to have hosted her successful and flawless CD launch and we are hoping to get her back to play here! Rustic Theatre says thank you Zarni. May 'Friday Night Lights' enjoy more success and good luck"- Rustic Theatre South Africa
For more information, visit: Zarni