Unfulfilled Desires

Unfulfilled Desires

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“…a hard-driving jazz-funk quintet playing virtuosic jazz-rock.” TimeOut London “a wholly original band of musical explorers and fearless risk takers combining the rich sophistication of jazz, soul and vitality of funk and uncompromising attitude of rock & roll. —Evan Bellaff, WBAI, NYC

Biography

Unfulfilled Desires (UD) is an international indie jazz-rock collective with a diverse lineup of players on both sides of the Atlantic. The band’s fresh and eclectic sound is the combined expression of the jazz, classical, rock, funk, and avant garde backgrounds of the revolving international lineup of players. From France, Germany, Chile, and the US, these talented and creative improvisational musicians span three continents to create a unique musical expression that both includes and transcends their cultural and musical influences. The sound is a brash combination of jazz virtuosity, funk-rock groove, and raw soul. “Steps Ahead and Miles Davis brought into the 21st Century,” declared David Mossman, owner of the legendary New Vortex Jazz Club in London

The visionary heart and core foundation of the band is the Massachusetts-based team of fusion drummer Andrew Cohen and classically trained sax, EWI and flute player Rodrigo Tarraza. In 2000, they and a few friends started jamming together in the Berkshires and Unfulfilled Desires was born. Since then the band has consistently evolved through different formations, rocking clubs from New York to Paris to Tel Aviv with a dynamic and sophisticated sound. UD has released two indie CDs Live at the Iron Horse (2003) and Enlightened Dog (2005). And their latest Punk Funk is scheduled for release in summer 2008.

The current European collective of the band, known as UD East, has been playing together on and off with great intensity and collaborative creativity since 2004. Their sound is defined by the super funky pocket playing of Paris-based electric bassist Christophe Bonnard, the powerful and uber-creative rock guitar of German-born Matthias Vogel, and the warm jazzy and supportive vibes of Hamburg-based Jeff Alpert.

But after four years of playing as often as possible with an ocean between them, Cohen and Tarraza thought to find some local US musicians and form a states-side collective of UD as well—both to keep their creative juices flowing and their fans satiated. They were fortunate to be introduced to three top-notch Berkshires-based musicians who complete the free-form jamming quintet now known as UD West. This incarnation of the band features the elegant sophistication of John Suters on electric guitar, the steady and deeply musical groove of Carl Oman on electric bass, and the newest addition, funky and fun-loving keyboardist Ben Kohn. Together, they add a new dimension to the band with a jazzier, powerfully engaging sound.

Throughout the year, Unfulfilled Desires East and West tours the US and Europe inspiring audiences numbering 50-1000+ to dance and dissolve into their hypnotic grooves. Last summer, they played sold out performances in Israel’s top jazz clubs. They’ve shared the stage with contemporary jazz greats Mike Stern, The Bad Plus, Oz Noy Trio, and master guitarist David Fiuczynski with Screaming Headless Torsos, Fareed Haque with Garaj Mahal, and blues great Jon Cleary. Special guest saxophonist Jim Campagnola joins UD East whenever available.

On a recent European tour, Time Out London described them as “a hard-driving jazz-funk quintet playing virtuosic jazz and jazz-rock” and chose them as “Hot Pick of the Week.” And Evan Bellaff, radio host at WBAI in NYC, defined them as “a band of musical explorers and fearless risk takers who creatively combine the richness and sophistication of jazz, and the soul and vitality of funk with the uncompromising attitude of rock & roll.”

For a complete listing of gigs, latest news and audio/video clips, including Punk Funk, visit www.UnfulfilledDesires.com or www.myspace.com/unfulfilleddesires.

Discography

CDs:
Punk Funk 2008
Enlightened Dog 2003
Live at the Iron Horse 2002

Set List

Set lists are generally 2 1-hour sets or 1 1/2 hour set. This is the line of up tunes from their 3 CDs:

PUNK FUNK (Recorded in NYC and Lenox, MA, Dec. 2007-Jan. 2008)
1. Bulgarian Yogurt
2. Butterfly Safari
3. Elephant Parade
4. Get With It!
5. Footprints (Wayne Shorter)
6. Punk Funk
7. Mr. X (Mordy Ferber)
8. Mr. Mystery
9. Jean Pierre (Miles Davis)

ENLIGHTENED DOG (Live in Copenhagen, May 2003)
1. Get With It!
2. Al Dente
3. Star Trek
4. Mr. X (Mordy Ferber)
5. Enlightened Dog
6. Mr. Mystery
7. The Path

LIVE AT THE IRON HORSE (Northampton, MA, August 2002)
1. Al Dente
2. Intimate
3. Star Trek
4. Mr. Mystery
5. Heavy Presence
6. Outro Jam

Other songs played live but not recorded:
• Toscana
• Real Emergency!
• Desert Walk
• Freedom Jazz Dance (Eddie Harris)