BandHip HopR&B

Open Thought Music combine Hip Hop and Soul in a high energy show. Baba Israel- emcee, Beatboxer, didge player is known for his freestyle ability and Beatboxing skills. He has joined forces with Yako 440, a musician, DJ and Beatboxer, the soulful singing of Duv, and the deep keys of Jason Lindner.


Baba Israel and Yako 440 met at a loft party in Brooklyn New York City in the year 2000. Baba was rhyming and Yako got on the drums, piano, and just about every other instrument around. There was an instant musical connection and after going on national tour with DJ Logic they knew that they would be making music for a long time.

In 2001, Baba and Yako were teaching music production workshops at a community center called The Door where they met a gifted young singer named Duv. They were blown away by his talent and good vibe and went into the studio soon after. The three started recording and performing and when they wanted to add live keys they turned to jazz legend Jason Lindner. Baba had known Jason from Smalls Jazz club and from jamming with him all over NYC. Jason brought the deep jazz, soul, and electronic edge to their sound.

They have combined as Open Thought Music to create music that merges the strong beat of Hip Hop with the melody of Soul and Jazz. Their performances showcase original songs and improvisation. They are not only gifted performers but generous educators who love to connect with local artists and interact with the audience.



Duv- feat. Open Thought Music
URBAN ARTISTIK (subphonik music group 2008)

Jason Lindner-
Anat Cohen - Notes From The Village - Anzic Records
Giulia Valle - Enchanted House - Fresh Sound Records
Jason Lindner Big Band - Live at the Jazz Gallery - Anzic Records
Talk To Me [Motion Picture Soundtrack] - Atlantic/Wea
Me'shell Ndegeocello - The World Has Made Me The Man of My Dreams – Decca

Baba Israel and Jason Lindner-
Dana Leong - Anthems of Life - Tatao Sound

Baba Israel and Yako 440- feat. Jason Lindner and Duv
BEATBOX DUB POETICS (subphonik music group 2006)
Open Thought- FORCE OF LIFE (earshot records OZ/NZ 2003)
Open Thought- FORCE OF LIFE 12" (widehive records 2003)
Baba- MIND MUSIC (velour records 2001)

Set List

Our set is a mixture of original songs, improvisation/freestyle, and audience interaction.