Julean and the Rai

Julean and the Rai

 New York City, New York, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Julean Rai is a singer/songwriter whose unique brand of funky folk has been capturing audiences for more than a decade across the USA and Europe. The Rai is ever-changing and always solid, circling from a power-duo to a three-piece folk orchestra to an “E-Street” size stageful of eclectic musicians

Biography

Julean Rai is a singer/songwriter whose unique brand of funky folk has been capturing audiences for more than a decade across the USA and Europe.

Julean, a versatile musician, began playing piano and composing original works in 1993 as a teenager in Dayton, Ohio, where he attended a performing arts high school as a theatre major and film minor. Two years later in May 1995, he discovered the guitar and within a month was performing live shows and wooing audiences with sophisticated lyrics and rich, soulful vocals far beyond his years. The open road soon beckoned the teenaged troubadour, a magnetic lyrical storyteller and gifted musician who spent the next decade as a “vagabond artist” building significant fan bases inside the vibrant music scenes of cities like Austin, Boulder, Santa Fe, Tucson, and New York City.

In 2006, Julean officially began performing with his backing band, The Rai, a rotating cast of musicians that provides an infectious groove to the dynamic frontman’s musical, vocal, and lyrical foundations. The Rai is ever-changing and always solid, circling from a power-duo to a three-piece folk orchestra to an “E-Street” size stageful of eclectic musicians and back again to Julean himself. In any form, Julean and the Rai electrifies audiences with its distinctive sound of moody folk and high-energy world fusion, incorporating influences like rock, folk, bluegrass, Arabic and Indian traditional, rai, salsa & rumba, soul, and even electronica into their original music, as most recently exemplified in the 2007,not-to-be missed full-length release, “Muse Tree” and to be heard in the upcoming 2008 release, "Here."

Whether performing solo or with his orchestral counterpart, Julean Rai’s mesmeric energy, soulful voice, and catchy hooks are sure to captivate, making each song riveting and exciting and leaving on his audience a musical impression not soon forgotten.

(Bio by A.T.Iafrate, NYC)

Discography

"Logical Muse"; LP, 1999 (Receives play on several college radio stations in the southwest)
"AXIS1"; LP 1999
"Shanna's Plannet"; EP 1999
"The Windfall"; EP 2001
"The Muse Tree Demos"; EP 2003
"Some Plans"; EP 2005
"The New York State Demos"; EP 2006
"Muse Tree"; LP 2007
"Alexandria, Falling"; EP 2008
"Here."; LP 2008
"Behind the Wall"; EP 2008

Set List

Typical Set List (Originals):
"Candy"
"Gonna' Miss You (When I'm Gone)"
"Come for You"
"Wicked World"
"Can't Understand"
"I Know (You Used to Know)"
"Long, Long Walk"
"Alexandria, Falling"
"Without the Kiss"
"Sin"
"The Roots"
"The Exchange"
"Fifth Street Coffee Song"
"The Way that Leaving Goes"
"The Dance"

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Typical Cover List:

Red Rain - Peter Gabriel
Crawling Back to You - Tom Petty
Little Earthquakes - Tori Amos
Just Like a Woman - Nina Simone / Bob Dylan
Chelsea Hotel - Leonard Cohen
You Don't Know How It Feels - Tom Petty
In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel
Blood of Eden - Peter Gabriel
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Hey Jupiter - Tori Amos
Walk On - John Hiatt
Ethylene - John Hiatt
You Must Go - John Hiatt
Round Here - Counting Crows
Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum