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Moods: Solo Female Artist Jazz: Jazz-Funk Urban/R&B: Smooth Soul

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United States - California - LA

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Less is more. What happens when you give four amazing musicians a lot of sonic space in a non-traditional lineup? A nostatic mix of jazz, funk, soul, pop and rock. The songs are familiar, but the sound is fresh.

Claire Riflej took to jazz at a young age, sang in a cappella groups in college, and since has performed on both coasts moving between jazz, bossa nova, funk, and rock. You might hear a beautiful ballad one minute, then scorching Porteguese bossa then next, followed by earthy soul.

Rachelle Romeo is a multi-instrumentalist, typically blowing tenor or soprano sax. A veteran of the Bay Area and southern California jazz and blues scenes, Rachelle moves effortlessly between bop, funk, and R&B.

Hiroo Nakano originally hails from Japan, but now spends most of his time playing on the west coast with a number of bands including Salt Petal, Klezmer Juice, and Yerak. He easily moves between feels and genres and has a deep groove - which makes him perfect for nostatic.

Todd Richmond has gigged regularly up and down California as well as shows and albums in Japan (with Kaz Takeda). He has studied with Victor Wooten and Anthony Wellington, and is continually pushing on the edges of different ways to realize the music. He occasionally ends up on banjo and/or guitar depending on the phase of the moon. In addition to leading nostatic, Todd plays with Steely Jam, Roberto Cordero Jazz Quintet, Rock the Mic, and other interesting situations.

Todd devised this instrumentation specifically to give plenty of space for the musicians to explore new territory. The band ventures into interesting waters, but it remains accessible and listenable. Jazz, funk, soul, pop, and rock. It truly is "fusion" music, but not in the cold, mathematical sense often associated with the term. Instead, it is songs that you know taken places you might not expect.