While nailing down the multifarious culture of TriBeCaStan might be challenging (especially since the band purposefully aims to tear down the boundaries between world, folk, and jazz), the final package is the result of a virtuosic and exuberant collaboration between some of New York’s finest jazz and world musicians—many of whom have played and collaborated with legendary innovators, such as Ornette Coleman, Patti Smith, John Corigliano, James Brown, and Taj Mahal.
Long-time fixtures of the band include co-founders and multi-instrumentalists John Kruth and Jeff Greene, as well as Claire Daly (New York’s baritone sax goddess and former James Brown touring member) and Matt Darriau (multi-reedist and a Klezmatics staple). Recording guest stars have included the likes of Steve Turre (legendary trombonist and sacred shell master), Bachir Attar (leader of The Master Musicians of Jajouka), and Scott Metzger (guitar wunderkind who plays with Ween and Gov’t Mule).
Some have asked why TriBeCaStan plays “peasant music in an affluent zip code” and their music has responded with the idea that radical diversity—not purity or homogeneity—is truly representative of our contemporary life and a progressive future. “Our music,” says Jeff Greene, “is ultimately about the cross-fertilization of musical idioms. Between our travels and life in New York City, we get to witness, first-hand, all the wonderful ways in which the world’s cultures combine to create new musical forms and expressions. To us, there couldn’t be anything more inspiring.”
Recent live performances include high-profile New York shows at the Rubin Museum of Art, Le Poisson Rouge, and Joe’s Pub, as well as Festival and club shows in Germany, Holland, and the Czech Republic. With TriBeCastan’s 4th album New Songs From The Old Country releasing October 1st via Evergreene Music (the album release show will be held at DROM’s New York Gypsy Festival this September 27th, 2013), TriBeCaStan continues to look outward and inward for inspiration: “Whether it’s the far-away folk and roots traditions of the world, or the blues and jazz music of our home country,” says John Kruth, “at the end of day, our sound and ethos derives from one simple construct: just play music you haven’t heard yet.”