Consider the Source
JAMBASE.COM - "impressive improvisational skills and signature Middle Eastern motifs" -- RELIX MAGAZINE "Intense jams, showcasing their diversity and pushing their instruments to the proverbial limit" -- NY PRESS "Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Funk" -- PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE "a shimmering prog-rock opus"
With deep roots in improvisational jazz and progressive rock, NYC’s Consider The Source provides an instrumental experience that can be best described as an “Indo-Eastern aural awakening". Their psychedelic fusion of American jazz, funk, and heavy metal with Middle Eastern classical and folk music translates into an eclectic sound that has been dubbed Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion. Foreign time signatures and exotic rhythms reveal a musical diversity that has been enhanced by the trio’s combined studies abroad, including the tala of North India, microtonality and melodic ornamentation of South India, and Yoruba bata drumming of West Africa. Their extensive cultural background allows for vibrant, dialogue-based improvisation -- where rhythms are words, notes are feelings, and dynamics convey the intensity.
Consider The Source features Gabriel Marin on fretless double-neck guitar, John Ferrara on bass, and Jeff Mann on drums/percussion. Marin has been celebrated as “the guiding light for his generation of six-stringers" and “a whirling dervish of virtuosity”. His voice-like guitar melodies have been called “sophisticated” and “Mahavishnu-esque”, with an apparent “depth of Coltrane influence in his phrasing and note choice”. Ferrara has been admired for his compelling bass approach, which “evokes as much bodily emotion as it does musical passion”. Exquisitely combining South Indian, drum ‘n’ bass, and metal rhythms, he has been called a “slap-funk maestro with dazzling technique and an intense conception of the groove”. Mann provides a unique rhythmic layer to the multi-cultural eclecticism, with a strong background in African drumming and American Jazz. Relix.com praised them for their “intense jams, showcasing their diversity and pushing their instruments to the proverbial limit”.
For the last several years, the trio has been touring incessantly and building fierce momentum. They have toured the US seven times over, as well as the Middle East and Europe. Musical influences include The Bad Plus, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson, and Tool. Their musical diversity is further demonstrated by performances alongside luminaries such as Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz, Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee), Wyclef Jean, Andy Statman, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, GE Smith (SNL Band), Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Heavy Pets, Kung Fu, Keller Williams, George Porter, Jr., Jeff Sipe, and many others. They have also taken the stage at numerous festivals including Catskill Chill, The Big Up, Wormtown, Amberland, Burning Man, Mid-Summer Meltdown, and NYC’s Fretless Guitar Festival and Gypsy Festival.
2012 is shaping up to be an epic year for the band, with national and international tour dates and festivals continuously being added to their already impressive schedule. Summer plans will include a German tour with jazz-metal extraordinaires, Panzerballett, and performances in France and Israel. Recently, the guys released an unplanned live recording from one of the best sounding shows of the year. The album, F**k It, We’ll Do It Live, is currently available at considerthesource-nyc.bandcamp.com.
Consider the Source - Self Titled Debut EP 2004
Esperanto - Full length LP 2006
Are You Watching Closely? - Full Length 2009
That's What's Up - Full Length 2010
F**k It! We'll Do It Live (Volume 1) - Live Album 2012
Consider the Source provides a 2 hour set of their eclectic electric sound...
Or chills out with a 1 hour set of all acoustic music (on instruments from India, Eastern Europe and the Middle East)
Profit for Prophet
The Great Circuiting
The Transported Man
Closer To Home
You Go Squish Now
How Am I Not Myself?
Keep Your Pimp Hand Strong
Do Not Shrink Me Gypsy
Order of the Triad
Those We Do Not Speak Of
Moisturize the Situation
One in 7
Last Rickshaw to DumDum