The inevitable reaction of live musicians to the challenges thrown down by DJ culture, Kudu mines jazz, hip hop, soul, and electronica to create a sound that is both new and immediately familiar.


Imagine a fusion of Betty Carter, Sara Vaughn and Erykah Badu and you begin to arrive at the sultry vocals of Kudu’s singer/lyricist/bassist Sylvia Gordon. With a smoky strength that rings out all sawdust and honey, Sylvia sings the songs of empowerment, scorn and love. Her brooding lyrics, strong melodic sense and entrancing stage presence make her the perfect front woman for this original New York City group, which has been causing a sensation at live appearances all over the Northeast.

The band is anchored by the mind shattering drumming of Deantoni Parks. Imagine a human rhythm machine who plays with a jazz drummer’s touch, but also possesses the rhythm, raw speed and creativity present in the best of DJ-produced cuts. Deantoni’s drums are live. Whether he’s defying the laws of physics with a barrage of drum-n-bass style snare patterns or laying down a pocket so deep that his bass drum literally shakes the floor, Deantoni enables Kudu to weave effortlessly through various musical landscapes.

Kudu’s innovative sound is rounded out by the dual keyboard attack of Nick Kasper and Jeff Bhasker. Surrounded by a virtual fortress of keyboards, it’s sometimes hard to tell whether they are charting the ocean bed in the control room of a submarine or creating the ambient vibe that rests at the heart of Kudu. Jeff is a sonic texurist capable of stealing your breath with explosive bursts of sound, while Nick is just plain nasty. He shifts from thumping hip-hop bass to crystalline piano runs, and then adds a touch of the cosmos with some screaming sci-fi analog keys, always keeping it sparse for Sylvia to glide.


On label Velour Recordings (www.velourmusic.com):

Kudu - Self Titled CD (2001)
Kudu - I've Been Hit 12" (2001)

Set List

Set list varies from 1/2 hour to 2 hours depending on needs of talent buyer. All orginal material from record and several new songs.