The Neoprimitive
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The Neoprimitive

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"Best World Night"


Afro:baile at Club Cabo
30 South Robson, Mesa

Folks who like to get their sweat on along to the deeper world beats of Brazilian, salsa, and merengue have been filling up the funky dance floor at downtown Mesa's Club Cabo. The "Afro" refers to Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian, and the baile is Portuguese for "dance party," and both merge when The Neoprimitive tantalizes and marinates eardrums with an eclectic mix of deep soulful house, chill-out downtempo, and funky world beats. The weekly shout-out to lovers of world music happens each Thursday night. - Phoenix New Times



The Neoprimitive
By Daniel Raven
Published: June 28, 2007

If the members of The Neoprimitive have a defining strength, it's their ability to prioritize the unique quality of their music above the expectations of listeners or the limitations of genre. Each of the six tracks on the Tempe jam band's self-titled EP embraces a different blend of world music and does so with an enthusiasm that is contagious. From the gleeful trumpet blasts and vocal improvisations of "Pachupa" to the sexy rhythms and seductive crooning on "Obele," the group's sound is consistently playful, energetic, and boldly experimental, even on songs that are not its own. The band reinterprets Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks" with a track that evolves from Latin/Caribbean fusion to an abrasive, hard rock assault that sounds like it belongs on an album from Rage Against the Machine. Current and former students at ASU's School of Music, the members of The Neoprimitive are all proficient with their respective instruments and clearly committed to paying tribute to the wide variety of styles that influenced them. They may define their sound as "PUREWORLD FUNKLATINJAZZGROOVELOVE" on their Web site, but they could just as easily describe themselves with a much shorter word: different. - Phoenix New Times


The Neoprimitive (Self Titled EP):
Cuarta Calle
The Levee Breaks



The Neoprimitive is a melting pot of cultures, styles, and time periods.The Neoprimitive is based around the rhythms of Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, and Afro-Caribbean musics. The sounds, textures, and song-forms, however, come from everywhere: Radiohead, Miles Davis, Irakere, Paul Simon, Tito Puente, Fela Kuti and thousands more. The Neoprimitive takes ancient rhythms and instruments and combines them with the hippest sounds of the present and the future. Experiencing The Neoprimitive will change the way you think about world music. Witnessing the virtuousity and spirit of these professional musicians will move your body and stir your soul. The backgrounds of each member of the band creates a collage of musical colors and shapes that is unique, refreshing, and invigorating. Jaime Bofill, the lead singer hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Jesse Joaquin Parker comes from the border-town of El Paso, Texas. Joe Goglia and Rob Flanz are from the New York Tri-State area. The two horn players represent the West coast, hailing from the Bay Area. Rebecca Clarke (on keyboards) comes out of Georgia, and Kevan Nymeyer is the lone Arizona native. Each member of the group has passed through the Arizona State University School of Music and achieved great things in many different genres of music. Several of the members have extensive experience as professional jazz musicians. Kevan is a modern classical composer. Jaime brings the voice and heart of the Caribbean.
The Neoprimitive was first runner-up in the ASU Battle of the Bands and has played to packed dance clubs and concert halls all over the Phoenix area. The groups self-titled EP is set to release in late March and is currently planning a tour through the Western United States.