Igmar Thomas & The Cypher

Igmar Thomas & The Cypher

BandJazzHip Hop

THE CYPHER combines the sophistication of Jazz with the culture of the new Hip Hop generation. What sets THE CYPHER apart from other bands is their emphasis on improvisation, a common feature of both Jazz and Hip Hop. "We have an unapologetic approach to improvising to [our] greatest ability."

Biography

If you are not an avid Jazz listener or someone that pays heed to the live Hip Hop realm, then you may not be familiar with an evolution that is taking place amongst the fused world of Jazz and Hip Hop.

You could see it from a mile away. A player rooted equally and authentically in Hip Hop and Jazz Herbie started the fusion with Grandmaster DXT on Rockit, and over time groups like The Roots exposed it in a modern, recognizable form. But in 2008, this evolution has added another champion to its cause. Igmar Thomas & The Cypher.

Trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader IGMAR THOMAS has developed his craft since the age of 12, picking up appendages to his style from playing with legends such as Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove, Ralph Peterson, and Terri Lynne Carrington. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2006 where he studied on a full scholarship, and met many of the players that would soon make up his sextet, The Cypher.

THE CYPHER combines the sophistication of Jazz with the culture of the new Hip Hop generation. What sets THE CYPHER apart from other bands is their emphasis on improvisation, a common feature of both Jazz and Hip Hop. Though the songs are arranged to follow a certain form, Igmar encourages the musicians to bring their own inflections and independence to each piece. "We have an unapologetic approach to improvising to [our] greatest ability every time over fused Jazz and Hip Hop grooves." These ingredients, structure and freestyle, represent the tug-of-war between the known and unknown, education and instinct. This is the basis for their art and the original basis for music that hasn't been seen years in a seemingly mass-produced industry. "We want to carry on the legacy of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Fela Kuti, 2pac, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Biggie."

Featuring only musicians of the highest caliber, THE CYPHER will undoubtedly attain longevity in an ever-changing musical scene. Its core players are Raydar Ellis (emcee), Justin Brown (drums), Luques Curtis (bass), and James Casey (tenor sax), featuring rotating keys players. IGMAR has recently shared the stage with some of the best in Jazz (Esperanza Spalding, Aaron Parks, Marcus Strickland) as a part of an all star line up of musicians backing up Hip Hop Legend JERU the DAMAJA. His group has recently opened up for MOS DEF at his official Carnegie Hall After Party in June 2008, also Roy Hargrove & GURU and has been featured in the 2008 WinterJazz Fest and the 2007 CMJ Festival in NYC.

So� if your not an avid Jazz listener or have never really listened to live Hip Hop, then consider Igmar Thomas & The Cypher your chance to promptly play catch up. ;}

YOU TUBE VIDEO LINKS

CLIP FROM MOS DEF AFTER PARTY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iubj-ZWJ5u4

THE CYPHER PROMO DVD LINK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owExoE1pLy8

OTHER LINKS
www.myspace.com/igmarthomasandthecypher

Set List

-original compositions (by Igmar Thomas) in the jazz and hip-hop genres influenced by artists like Tupac Shakur, James Brown, Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Fela Kuti, Dr. Dre, J Dilla, DJ Premeir, and other legends

-available for various set times

-please contact management for more information