Global Funk

Global Funk


On "Bogo" alone, I heard snatches of Jeff Beck, Ramsey Lewis, James Brown, Brian Auger, the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Dixie Dregs, even reggae, classical, straight-ahead jazz, '70s jazz-rock fusion. Mac MacDonald - Monterey County Herald - Entertainment Editor


Anthony began playing piano at ten, studied jazz and classical music in his teens, dabbled with trumpet for a few years, and decided at nineteen to dedicate his life to music. He began performing around the Bay Area as a jazz pianist and pop keyboardist, and also wrote numerous pop and jazz songs. Under the mentorship of the late Bay Area piano legends Don Haas and Smith Dobson, Anthony established himself as an up and coming keyboard talent in Northern California. He was influenced by the inspiring array of world class jazz talent which frequented Bay Area venues, including pianists Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Michel Petrucciani, Monty Alexander, Oscar Peterson, Benny Green, Kei Akagi, Hal Galper, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, and most importantly Fred Hersch, his favorite of all pianists, with whom he developed a lasting personal friendship. He was also influenced by the quality pop/rock artists of his generation, such as Sting, Bruce Hornsby and Tears for Fears.

In 1990, Anthony moved to San Diego to pursue a music degree at San Diego State University. He quickly became the top jazz pianist in the SDSU program, received scholarships, toured Taiwan with the SDSU jazz ensemble, accompanied vocalist Dianne Schuur in concert with the ensemble, and began to play professionally around San Diego. Soon, he was an integral member of popular local Latin jazz band Koro Libre, as well as a promising hip hop act, Phazz, in which he not only played keyboard, but also rapped. Meanwhile, Anthony graduated from SDSU as one of the most in demand keyboardists/session musicians in San Diego, though still just in his mid-twenties. In addition to writing songs for his own groups and arranging music for others, he also started performing professionally on the vibraphone (also called vibes).

In late 2001, Smith created Global Funk Council, teaming with drummer Eric Bolivar and guitarist Dan Lebowitz (ALO). Before long, the group was touring the entire country, enjoying featured slots at national festivals such as Berkfest and High Sierra. GFC also released its first studio album, Keep On Pushin'. After some personnel changes, the group solidified its lineup and recorded Bogo, an ambitious collection of funk/rock compositions, in late 2003. With the release of the album, the band changed its name to Global Funk. Recently, Anthony arranged a Global Funk studio version of the Talking Heads hit And She Was, to be included in a Talking Heads tribute album with Umphrey's McGee, Robert Walters, Dark Star Orchestra and others.

Anthony has not only written dozens of songs for Global Funk, in which he plays multiple keyboards and sings lead vocals, but has also played an integral role in the band's business and greater organizational concerns. His musical/business vision is inspired by organizations such as The Grateful Dead, Phish and SCI, whose grass roots approaches garnered loyal fan bases while protecting the creative integrity of the musicians. Anthony and other Global Funk members currently reside in Merced, California.

Berklee alumnus Jonathan Stoyanoff began playing the electric bass guitar after failed attempts at many other vocations. In 1937 he organized an expedition to scale the ominous Mt. Everest, but after becoming disoriented in a snowstorm, made it only as far as Toledo, OH. During the cold war period he flew U2 reconnaissance flights deep into the heart of the former Soviet Union. His extensive photo documentation of secret Soviet spas, the nude beaches of Stalingrad, and of suspected on-location sites for the filming of Dr. Zchivago, earned him an early, if not honorable, discharge from service. Disenchanted with the American political climate, he then joined the "hippie" movement of the 1960's. This too ended badly as he was rejected by his fellow reactionaries for being too touchy-feely. Despite these many setbacks, Jonathan persevered and made the decision to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. There he had the pleasure of studying with masters such as Jim Stinnett, Bruce Gertz, and funk guru Anthony Vitti. He has played and/or shared the bill with Larry Coryell, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Bill Wyman, Johnny A, Huey Lewis, Morelli Coryell, Dave Mason, and others. He may be contacted through a psychic medium. Jonathan plays Fender basses and uses G.K. cabinets and David Eden heads. He is currently 147 years old and trades his meds for Swatch Watches on e-Bay.

Aragorn Wiederhold started playing guitar at the late age of seventeen. As soon as he picked it up he never put it down. Finding himself enrolled at the Berklee College of Music he studied with some of Boston’s premier jazz guitar instructors, while participating in classical guitar studies at the Boston Conservatory. He received a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Contemporary Writing &


Keep on Pushin' -2002
Bogo -2004

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Mainly Originals Compositions interlaced with cover tunes by artists including Bob Dylan, The Doors, Cars, Police, Oasis, Elton John, Grateful Dead, Boogoloo Jones, Widespread Panic