DAMIAN QUINONES

DAMIAN QUINONES

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FUNKADELIC NUYORICAN ROCK N' SOUL!

Biography

DAMIAN QUIÑONES
Father of the Underground Sensations(his backing group), the oft described "soulster" has been contributing a completely original musical experience of his own design to the sonic landscape of N.Y.C.. Playing in venues such as Mercury Lounge, Pianos, Southpaw, Sin-e, and the Coral Room, the Bronx native credits his musical style to being a reflection of the multicultural enviornment in which he was raised. Akin to a mix tape made from his Uncles old vinyl collection, his take on "Urban Folk Music" is funky, expansive and equally at home in a solo acoustic setting as it is blasting full volume with the band. Quinones songwriting is part 60's Pop, (In the vein of Gainsbourg, Bacharach, Lennon/ McCartney, Davies, and Hayes/Porter) part 70's Nuyorican funk, (in the mold of Willie Bobo, War, and Harlem River Drive) and has elements of Electronic music, Jazz, Tropicalia, and Reggae as well. Quinones band is a motley crew of New York cities funkiest. Aside from composer/bandleader/singer/guitarist, Quinones, Seth Johnson and Dan Laureano(drums and guitar respectively) come from New York based Afro-beat outfit, Wonderland. Greg Richardson has been with the group since its inception as well as participating in a variety of side projects ranging from the South American stylings of Trio Con Cuatro to the raucous Rock of the Five O'Clock Heroes. Brian Higbie and, sometime member, Basil Bouris accent the music with percussive rhythms that range from Afro-Cuban to Middle Eastern. Damian's unique songwriting style is frequently called upon for collaboration; most recently by hip-hop diva's Northern State, co-writing and performing on the track "Speaking for Me" for their critically acclaimed 2004 debut album, "All City"(Columbia Records). Combining pumping beats, jagged guitars, and an audiophile's love for rare and earthy recordings, Damian is currently conspiring with co-producer and creative visionary Jason Martin on a smashing follow up to his debut album, "New Movements in the Old School" (Soluna Records). He is also in the process of recording an E.P. of acoustic music with guitarist/producer/bandmate, Dan Laureano.

Discography

DAMIAN QUINONES:

"NEW MOVEMENTS IN THE OLD SCHOOL" (2003)SOLUNA RECORDS SOL303042

HAPPY ACCIDENTS (2006) NO LABEL UNRELEASED

DAMIAN QUINONES with THE URBAN MYTH (As A Band Member/Songwriter):

"URBAN MYTH"(2002) SOLUNA RECORDS SOL303022
*Wrote the songs "Sleepy Eyes","Waiting So Long", "Stranger Than Fiction". Played Guitar, Organ, and Glockenspiel. Sang lead vocals on the above mention songs and back-up vocals through out the album.

DAMIAN QUINONES (As A Songwriter and Musician):

NORTHERN STATE "ALL CITY" Sony/Columbia Records (2005)B0002MHEPU
*co-wrote the song "Speaking for Me". Played Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano, and Sang Chorus Vocal

Set List

Our set usually lasts 45min. to an hour. The band is adept at performing both acoustic and/or electric sets of music. Our repetoire consists of 20 songs. With that in mind, if the occasion calls for it, the band is more than capable of two sets.
Due to the improvisational nature of our music, the set list changes every performance. This is a sample of what has been in rotation the past few performances.

SLEEPY EYES
GUESS I'M BETTER OFF
CHINESE JUMPING JACK
MALACHI
FLYERS
MAN WITH NO NAME
PUNCHED ME IN MY HEAD
MARCH 1OTH
WHEN YOU DANCE, I CAN REALLY LOVE(N.YOUNG)