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"ROCK/IMPROV - Klarcnova"

"... instrumental trio Klarcnova, an up-and-coming jazz-rock act out of the fertile Asheville, N.C. scene who describe their music as "a funky, melodic, captivating jazz-rock fusion from Memphis, via New York, San Francisco, and Asheville, influenced by Hendrix, Metheny, Al Green, and the Beastie Boys." Guitarist Andy John (also of Ruby Slippers), bassist Shayne Heather (of Cabo Verde), and drummer Robin Tolleson (of both Ruby Slippers and Cabo Verde) deliver their stuff in a loose but orderly manner... sort of like the Band of Gypsys doing a soundcheck with Scofield. Smooth stuff." - Charleston City Paper

"CD Review"

"... an admirable compendium of far ranging styles, hard bop infused with extended gravitations, down to earth ballads crossed with jagged electronica. What makes it such a fascinating listen is that, despite its apparent desire to cross-pollinate seemingly dissimilar styles ( or more likely because of it) the CD suffers in no way from an identity crisis. It may be guilty of attempting too much too quickly, but it is equally redeemed in effortlessly pulling it off." - Rapid River


Still working on that hot first release.



Klarcnova started in Memphis in 1996 with founding members Andy John, guitar, Shayne Heather, bass, and Scott Glenn, drums. The premise behind the band has remained the same since the beginning -- to play original, improvisational music blending any and all influences of the musicians. At times they have been compared to Medeski Martin & Wood, Meters, Jimi Hendrix, John Scofield, and Bill Frisell. While in Memphis, Klarcnova played weekly at the "Daily Planet," just off the University of Memphis strip, and at the P&H Cafe. This is where they developed their sound. Klarcnova recorded its self-titled debut CD in 1999 at Easley-McCain Recording in Memphis with engineer Stuart Sikes. They moved to Asheville in 2000 as a band to start up again in a different town. They immediately began playing regularly at Barley's in Asheville and Greenville, and became popular on the house party circuit. In 2002 Scott left the band, and was replaced by Robin Tolleson, who has played with numerous bands on east and west coasts including Big Block Dodge, Hip Bones, Patrick O'Hearn and Gregory James. At around the same time, Andy and Robin also formed a trio with singer Molly Kummerle called Ruby Slippers. Shayne and Robin also joined a flamenco fusion group with guitarist Juan Benavides called Cabo Verde, and Andy did some recording and touring with a modern Klezmer group called The Lithuanian Empire. All of these projects, although divergent in styles, lend a strong influence on Klarcnova. Far from slowing down, the band is performing regularly throughout the Southeast, and recorded its second CD at Giraffe Studios in Hendersonville, NC, due for release early in 2007.