Happy Orchestra in Earshot JazzDecember 5, 2016
Happy Orchestra is starting a December residency here at Nectar Lounge. They’ll be playing every Tuesday night FOR FREE from 8:30pm till around midnight. Below is an excerpt from an article published by Earshot Jazz about the band!
ANDREW LUTHRINGER- Consensus on anything in our modern world can be elusive, but in the realm of Seattle music, there is a universal maxim: One way or another, Tarik Abouzied will put a smile on your face. A phenomenally funky drummer, with taste, feel, and chops to spare, Abouzied elevates every band he’s a part of, providing gems for breakbeat hunters for years to come. With humor and humility, he achieves a deft balance, exploring the technical and intellectual challenges in music while still forging a deep emotional connection with the audience.
Abouzied’s aptly named Happy Orchestra invokes musical touchstones like funk maestros Tower of Power, iconoclastic modernists Kneebody, and the finest strains of ‘70s fusion. The music gets intricate, but Abouzied never loses sight of the gritty, soulful truth inherent in a deep groove.
As co-conspirator and frequent employer Joe Doria tells it, from their very first show together, “Tarik was on top of the music, and each show after he would push it further into some amazing territory.…He’s a complete musician, not just a drummer.”
Earshot Jazz: What’s the status of the Happy Orchestra project?
Tarik Abouzied: The Happy record is half done and should be finished early next year. My hope is to keep writing, putting out music, and get the band to the point where our playing is at the height of its potential and touring is sustainable. It takes a long time to get there with a six-piece band, especially given how in-demand those musicians are, but the overwhelming satisfaction you get from a show where everyone in the band is synced musically, the crowd is right there with you, and you get home a little less poor is what keeps me going.
Come to Nectar Lounge on December 6, 13, 20 and 27 to groove and feel happy!
Read the full write-up here: