Wu Li

Wu Li

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Brooklyn based band Wu Li harnesses melody, groove and psychedelic inventions to create quantum-core, the evolution of the horn led quintet. They mix elements of rock, funk, reggae and jazz like a crafty chef combines spices.

Biography

Wu Li, a Chinese word associated with quantum physics, means “patterns of organic energy.” Wu Li, as a band, attempts to capture the concepts referred to in their name through their music. As five seasoned musicians, they deliver both the reliability of the fixed and the movement of the unknown. Their distinctive instrumental music encompasses many styles without giving into cliché. It offers a blend of catchy melodies and danceable beats; the sound is genuine, however, and their flare for the unexpected—as musicians and as a band—offers something wholly innovative and unique to the Brooklyn music scene that seems to be bursting at its strings.

The rhythm section—Adam Strum on guitar, Benjamin Wright on bass, and Ziv Ravitz on drums—sets the space for trumpeter Mike Shobe and saxophonist Maxfiled Gast to provide the signature horn-laced Wu Li sound, then pull back to play behind trio. The effortless flow between instrumental voices makes everyone and no one a soloist. Such cohesion pays off and Wu Li is quick to defend their bond: music is more than notes - it is brotherhood.

Wu Li’s live show feels a bit like a controlled experiment. Much like the phenomenon of their namesake and the tradition of improvisation itself, you can’t plan for the experience; it’s more of a lightning storm. Their self-titled debut album, more accurate and contained, lets the lightning seep out a bit. Wu Li delivers a clean, honest sound you can get intimate with; it provides the backdrop for a world clamoring to understand itself. It inspires. It uplifts. It makes you move. It makes you think. For those so inclined Wu Li offers lightning itself. Catch it if you can.

"Wu Li’s musicians demonstrate absolute mastery of their instruments and of playing as a tight-knit group...Their maximum is above and beyond the average. Wu Li is in a completely different category, another caliber, of good music."
- Knocks from the Underground.com

Lyrics

El Sereno

Written By: Michael Shobe

instrumental music

Headed Left

Written By: Michael Shobe

instrumental music

Rua Getulina

Written By: Michael Shobe

instrumental music

Sauced (Live)

Written By: Adam Strum

instrumental music

Reel Quik

Written By: Adam Strum

instrumental music

Discography

Wu Li (2008) - Debut full length recording
Wu Li Live in New York (2006)
Solstice Strike EP (2005)

Set List

We can play anywhere from 30 - 90 minute sets of original music and covers from the 70's through today. Typically we play two 60 minute sets or one 90 minute set.