1. BAND BIOS

    Beyondo

    Eric Biondo has produced and recorded 13 original albums as either a solo artist or as the band, Beyondo.  Click Beyondo to visit his website.

    Hi/Lo Fi

    Timothy J Allen was born and raised in Buffalo NY.  He spent his formative years causing trouble and being obsessed with the guitar.  He moved to New York City in early 2005 with his bandmates in Thought, a rock and roll band started in 2000.  

    Tim has spent the last decade hustling many types of jobs, some of the musical highlights have included teaching many guitar lessons, writing and recording music for multimedia theater piece “Degeneration X”, and playing hundreds of gigs throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, and Russia. 

    He is a member of 5 original bands: Thought, Beyondo, Hi/Lo Fi, Michael Leonhart & Avramina 7 and Nikhil Yerawadekar & Low Mentality.  

    He can also be heard frequently performing with other groups such as Antibalas, The Sway Machinery, the Genkin Philharmonic, Superhuman Happiness, Bright Moments, and with the hit broadway musical Fela!  

    He lives in Brooklyn with his cat, Simon.

    Hi/Lo Fi is heavily influenced by Bad Brains, Butch Morris, Parliament Funkadelic, Jane’s Addiction, and Fela Kuti.  Initially, Tim wrote a batch of songs using a salvaged Lowery Magic Genie organ and recorded a demo with him playing all the instruments and using drum machines for the beats. Eventually he assembled a band that started playing around at loft parties and at venues like Zebulon and Nublu, places that welcomed improvisational, and experimental music.  The sound the live band achieves has been described as euphoric and cacophonous.


    Knights on Earth

    Grey Mcmurray is a guitar player and singer that has been based in Brooklyn since 2004.  Since that time, he has toured the US and Europe and performed or recorded with Tyondai Braxton, Shara Worden, Gil-Scott Heron, Martha Wainwright, Chromeo, So Percussion, The BBC Symphony Orchestra, Meshell Ndegeocello, Gabriel Kahane and Arooj Aftab among many others.  He is the co-leader of the duo itsnotyouitsme with Caleb Burhans, as well as the triumphant soul bandKnights On Earth. When they want some electric guitarness, he is a member of The Wordless Music Orchestra. He has scored a number of short films and documentaries, most recently Without Shepherds, a documentary that follows the lives of 6 people living very different lives in modern day Pakistan. Other recent work includes arranging the Brian Eno album, Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks, for the opening of the 2012 New York Guitar Festival with Larry Campbell(Bob Dylan, Levon Helm), Mike Gordon (Phish), David Torn, Jeff Parker and itsnotyouitsme. An evening length work entitled, Where (we) Live; the product of a collaboration with So Percussion that in the fall and winter of 2012, had performances at The Walker Art Center and The Brooklyn Academy Of Music. In January of 2013, Grey sang with John Cale on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as at three concerts at The Brooklyn Academy Of Music.  

    He hopes, everyday, to provoke joyful tears in strangers’ eyes and find truths in the universe with the power of music.

    Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7

    Born into a musical family, Michael Leonhart has developed into one of the most imaginative musicians of his time, sought throughout the music and entertainment world as a trumpeter, producer, arranger, film composer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.

    As a solo artist Michael has released seven albums — “Aardvark Poses” (1995), “Glub Glub vol. 11” (1997), and “Slow” (2002) all on the Sunnyside label; “The Suzy Lattimore EP” (2005) & “The Ballad of Minton Quigley “(2006) (self released), 2008’s “Hotel Music” (St. Ives/Secretly Canadian) and 2010’s heavy-funk concept album “Seahorse and the Storyteller” (Truth and Soul Records).  He has composed and performed music and songs for movies, television, dance, fashion shows and theater, and has appeared on over 125 albums.

    At age 17, Michael was honored as the youngest Grammy recipient in history, cited as the most outstanding musician in a U.S. high school. That same year ABC World News named him “Person of the Week”.

    Michael has performed with Steely Dan since 1996, recording two albums with them, including 2000’s Grammy winning Album of the Year “Two Against Nature” on which he was a featured soloist, arranger and conductor. He has performed and/or recorded with music legends James Brown, Ringo Starr, Brain Eno, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Levon Helm, Yoko Ono, David Byrne, Steve Winwood, Bill Withers, Bette Midler, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Caetano Veloso, A Tribe Called Quest, Raekwon (Wutang Clan), Henry Manciini, John Barry, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Todd Rundgren and Bonnie Raitt. Michael has also worked with artists such as Mark Ronson, Alicia Keys, Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, Alcia Keys, Bruno Mars, Antibalas, Sean Lennon, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band, St. Vincent, Foster the People, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Phish, Cibo Matto, Lenny Kravitz, Scissor Sisters, Aloe Blacc, Natalie Merchant, Slash (Guns and Roses/Velvet Revolver) and Jens Lekman.

    In October 2012, Donald Fagen’s long awaited fourth solo album “Sunken Condos” was released, produced by Michael and Donald. The album consists of eight new Fagen originals as well as an Ashkenazi recasting of Isaac Hayes’ Out of the Ghetto and harkens back the sound of the classic albums “Aja” and “The Nightfly”.

    Minerva Lions

    subsequent to his appearance in the film Jared Samuel retired the name Minerva Lions. he is currently at work on his debut LP as Invisible Familiars, with contributions from Tim Kuhl, Grey McMurray, and Joseph McCaffrey. he’s incredibly glad to report that Michael Leonhart is producing. 

    he continues to live and occasionally cobble shoes in Brooklyn, NY, where he still plays regularly with Superhuman Happiness and has recently toured with Martha Wainwright and moonlit as bass player for Cibo Matto. music remains his sole source of nourishment, occasionally augmented by coffee, sushi, peanut butter and gin.

    Smoota 

    A singer and trombone player, Smoota writes steamy, sensual, sexy songs about topics rarely heard in music. His groovy, provocative, and arousing style has drawn comparisons to Serge Gainsbourg, Barry White, Bryan Ferry, Peaches, and Beck. Renowned for his passionate trombone playing and tours with TV on the Radio, Sufjan Stevens, and Spoon, Smoota debuted his solo act in 2010 and quickly developed a reputation for a rare combination of alluring lyrics and warm, erotic sounds. 

    Smoota recorded his 2013 debut Fetishes entirely alone, often late at night, less than ten feet from his bed. To create an intimate sound, he limited the instruments to voice, trombone, bass, an old Wurlitzer electric organ, and the Maestro Rhythm King, an early 70s drum machine used by the likes of Little Beaver, Shuggie Otis, and Timmy Thomas. Inspired by the soundscape of Sly Stone’s There’s A Riot Going On, the wordplay of George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, and the honest, confessional treatment of sex and male-female relations found in his favorite movies and books, Smoota emerged with an intimate concept album unabashedly exploring the rich landscape and dark underbelly of male sexuality. Songs explore sexual fantasy, joyful infidelity, the power of suggestion, bodily functions, violence as aphrodisiac, bedroom mishaps, rock n’ roll lust, the erotics of race, and the infinite variety of personal fetishes.

    The first Smoota 45 (“Pink Bra Playing Guitar” b/w “Fallin’ and Foolin’”) will be released in early 2013 on Quieres Chicle, an LA-based label run by KCRW DJ Mathieu Schreyer. The Fetishes LP will follow.

    Smoota grew up near Boston and studied Film and Literature at Harvard University, where he played trombone and made 16mm films under the tutelage of Yugoslavian maverick filmmaker Dusan Makavejev. After college, he moved to San Francisco and played bass in psych funk
     bandC’mon Feet while working at Ubiquity Records, home of beloved rare groove label Luv n’ Haight. Upon moving to Brooklyn, Smoota picked up the trombone again and, after rejecting life as a book editor, began playing music full-time. 

    He currently plays trombone with acclaimed art rock
     band TV on the Radio and recently toured with Sufjan Stevens on his trombone-heavy Age of Adz tour (2010-11). He has also played and/or recorded with Spoon, Miike Snow, Elvis Costello, El-P, Deer Tick, MNDR, Pharaoh Monche, Gordan Gano of the Violent Femmes, Akron/Family, Bebel Gilberto, Angelique Kidjo, The Bogmen, Red Baraat, Chin Chin and many others. Since 2009, Smoota has often played trombone and keyboards with Antibalas in Fela!, the Broadway musical directed by choreographer Bill T. Jones about the life of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti . On Halloween 2009, he joined Sharon Jones and members of the Dap-Kings to help Phish cover the Rolling Stones album Exile on Main Street, documented in the 2010 film Phish 3D. And in 2010, Smoota played trombone and acted in a stage opera version of Melvin Van Peebles’ proto-blaxploitation flick Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, directed by Van Peebles himself and featuring music from Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, the cosmic freak soul group led by Greg Tate (co-founder of the Black Rock Coalition with Living Colour’s Vernon Reid). Smoota can usually be found on Monday nights playing at Union Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with local dirty gospel R&B institution Rev. Vince Anderson and the Love Choir.

    Superhuman Happiness

    Stuart Bogie started his own group, Superhuman Happiness in 2008.  Bogie has recorded 3 albums and performed throughout the Northeast - including Celebrate Brooklyn (2010, 2011).  The group has recorded for the Red Hot organization for the Red Hot and Rio compilation (with Cults) and extensively for the upcoming Red Hot and Riot 2 comp.  The group will release their latest record, Hands, March 5th 2013 on Royal Potato Family records.  The album was collaboratively composed employing several different musical games that generated material for the songs.  The first single to be released, “See Me On My Way,” premiered on RollingsStone.com in Nov 2012.

    Most recently, Bogie (with production partner Luke O’Malley) scored the feature length documentary How To Survive a Plague, recording with both Superhuman Happiness and Kronos Quartet for the soundtrack.  The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival (2012) and has been nominated for an Oscar (Best Doc 2013).

    In his free time he enjoys bicycle rides, improvisational theater, and graphic novels.

    Thought

    Miwi La Lupa (Beyondo, HiLoFi, Knights on Earth, Michael Leonhart and the Avramina 7, Smoota, Thought) is a Singer, Songwriter, and Multi-instrumentalist.

    He has performed, toured and recorded with David Byrne/St. Vincent, Femi Kuti, Charlie Hunter, Spoon, Antibalas, Mike Gordon Band, Mocean Worker, Noah and the Whale, The Impressions, Nublu Orchestra (Butch Morris), Bill Frisell, Red Baraat, El P, Slide Hampton, Lou Reed, Michael Franti, Conor Oberst, MMW, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Brazilian Girls, Fela! on Broadway, Ozomatli, and Les McCann to name the most famous.

    He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.