Agua Trip
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Agua Trip

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"Defying All Musical Expectations, Agua Trip's Music Holds Water"

With a name like Agua Trip, a wary listener might expect a '60s psychedelic-experimental band straight out of Haight-Ashbury.

In actuality, Agua Trip's music sounds nothing like this, but instead hints at a wide array of familiar genres, simultaneously sounding like a little of everything, and like nothing you've ever heard before.

"We don't fit in any genre," said Lindsey Boise, one of the founding members.
The band met in 2000 at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., and consists of Boise, who was a student there, and Bill Carrasco, who was a professor. "I just went right up to him, started talking about music, and was like, 'Let's make a band!'" said Carrasco. The duo immediately began playing together and recorded their first demo, Baseado. In 2002, they decided to move to New York. Carrasco's sister lived there, and her dance troupe was interested in buying and using Agua Trip's music for classes. Agua Trip soon began playing at venues and benefits around the city, including a couple of gigs at Barnard-where Carrasco now works as a science-internship coordinator. They released their first album, Breakfast Translations, in 2005.

"Our music has a lot of layers to it," said Boise, "it's constantly shifting." According to Carrasco, their sound ranges from "world influence" to alternative, pop, rock, and Latin, and their influences include the Beatles, Ben Harper, and Manu Chao. Much of this musical inspiration relates to the band's musical experiences growing up. Carrasco first picked up guitar while living in Mexico, and cites Mexican culture as a major source of creativity. He grew up listening to Mexican folk music, while Boise grew up with a father in the music business who hand-made his first guitar. Both also have an affinity for foreign tongues-Carrasco speaks Spanish, French, and Portuguese, and Boise speaks French, German, and even a little Ancient Greek. Their music captures this passion for foreign cultures, which may be heard in the melodic mandolin of the song "When the Furious Leaves," and syncopated rhythm of reggae tune "Little Life."

Both of these songs, from Breakfast Translations, are "less chorus-heavy," said Boise, than the new album Genetics, released two weeks ago. On the new album, "we do these weird sound collages. We didn't care about the bass being consistent," Boise continued. As Carrasco put it, the album has a "more light and positive feeling."

Though the band experimented with new stylistic techniques on Genetics, one aspect that has remained prominent is collaboration. "When we record, it's mostly me and Bill, but after, we bring in other people and have jam sessions," said Boise. Many friends and fellow musicians are also invited to perform at shows with the band. Some of them were featured at the album-release concert at the Sage Theater on Nov. 5. For the event, Agua Trip asked other artists to work with them in creating an individual piece of art for each song on Genetics to create a visual songbook and make the music "come more alive," said Boise. Each piece of artwork is currently being auctioned off of the Agua Trip Web site, with half of the proceeds being donated to Connect, a New York City-based, non-profit organization dedicated to ending gender violence.

In addition, the band organized an event in 2006 called the Moveable Feast, a showcase of artists, musicians, and writers who all came together to support one another's work. Agua Trip believes self-promotion is the best way to get music heard, and they apply this philosophy consistently. "We do all the songwriting, the recording, the mixing, the publicity, everything," explained Carrasco. "We're trying to create our own network," Boise said.

While the band remains unsigned, Boise and Carrasco have differing opinions on obtaining a record contract. Carrasco would "love to [sign with a label] if given the opportunity," while Boise believes the duo is "self-sufficient enough without one," and would only consider signing "depending on how much creative freedom they would allow us."

Either way, the two both hope that their music will inspire and satisfy its listeners. And, record deal or no record deal, Agua Trip has no plans to stop making music any time soon. - The Columbia Spectator


Genetics - LP (2008)
Breakfast translations - LP (2005)

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Agua Trip began in the Autumn of 2000, when Bill and Lindsey met at a Party for French majors from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. After a few months of jamming together, Bill and Lindsey recorded 17 songs, thus creating their first collection of recorded demos entitled Baseado. This tongue-in-cheek, impromptu production - recorded in 5 weekends - was the eye-opening experience that led to the formation of the band Agua Trip.

By the end of 2001, the band was up and running. Bill and Lindsey chose the name "Agua Trip" because it captured the spirit of their genre-defying music: a voyage of constant change, music that changes and moves like water - with hints of multiculturalism (thus the bilingual title).

They began playing parties and cafes in the greater Nashville area. By the summer of 2002, they decided to move to New York, where they joined forces with New York musicians and played an extensive list of venues. It wasn't long before they acquired a diverse following.

In addition to traditional music venues, Agua Trip's appearances include annual benefits such as "STOMP - Equity against AIDS" in 2003 and 2004, and modern dance fundraisers for Joyce SOHO and Isabel Gotskowsky and Friends in 2005, 2006, and 2007. More recently, Agua Trip has teamed up with CONNECT a local NYC-based non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and elimination of family and gender violence. They have also performed at Barnard College / Columbia University on multiple occasions and a variety of social events. Agua Trip has also been a mainstay at PANGEA Restaurant where they performed regularly since 2005.

From the very beginning, Agua Trip has welcomed a wide array of genres into their repertoire, from Beatle-ish pop and Marley-esque reggae to Mexican corridos and Quebecois folksongs. They have created their own genre: an alternative, world-influenced pot–pourri that cannot be compared to one single artist, but rather to a combination of artists.

Agua Trip is more than a band - it is a creative project that invites collaboration. Bill and Lindsey, as the stable core of the group, are always inviting other artists to perform with them live or on record. They have enjoyed making music with a long list of artists including James Guastaferro, Jacob Gossett, Dan Weiner, Mark Katsaounis, Morgan Henderson, Russell de Moose, Andrew Cooper, Aaron Coleman, Roberto Carrasco, Chris Johnson, Ginger Burden Boise, Kyla Barkin, Tanya Barach, Roxane Carrasco, and many more.

Perhaps owing to its rhythmic-yet-fluid quality, their music has been well received in the modern dance community and has been used for dance instruction and choreography. As musical artists, they are always in search of new collaborations with other artists and media (film, dance, theater, comedy, visual arts, and whatever new media arise).

Bill and Lindsey are also co-creators of The Moveable Feast, "a pARTy on the move" which showcases a select mixture of artists including dancers, painters, sculptors, comedians, musicians, poets, writers, and more. The Moveable Feast has met with very enthusiastic praise from both the participating artists and the guests, who comment on its warm, inclusive and inviting vibe as well as its wide range of artistic genre and talent.