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by Funkmasonry

Funk Fusion: jazz infused with elements of funk, hip hop and electronica.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Doomsday Stopwatch (Intro)
1:33 $0.99
2. Question
3:20 $0.99
3. Jikoku
3:08 $0.99
4. Planet Ogo
1:50 $0.99
5. Enzuigiri
2:07 $0.99
6. Sunday Best
4:47 $0.99
7. Kimta
4:12 $0.99
8. Summer Love
3:58 $0.99
9. Secrets of Funk
7:35 $0.99
10. Lullaby on the Moon (Outro)
0:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Funkmasonry, the self-titled debut album of Funkmasonry, is now on sale!

Funkmasonry, as it is represented on the album, consists of the following members, listed alphabetically by surname:
Jeff Berman: Guitar
Julian Kantor: Violin, Composition
Michael Weiss: Saxophone
Mark Ziffer: Trumpet, Composition

Album description:

Funkmasonry is a jazz/funk band based in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Their particular brand of jazz is infused with elements of funk, instrumental hip hop, and electronica. Funkmasonry brought four long-time musical collaborators together in an epic attempt to create the ultimate jam session.

What resulted is an eclectic mix of musical styles. From the infectious Latin jazz anthem “Summer Love” to the 5/4 electronica/rock jam “Kimta,” every song on Funkmasonry’s self-titled debut album has one element in common: a smooth, down-tempo groove you can’t help but nod your head to.

No matter the song, the often international and sometimes interplanetary sounds of Funkmasonry are rooted in the improvisational jazz tradition. Berman, Kantor, Weiss, and Ziffer all throw down and deliver energetic and virtuosic solos on their respective instruments. Behind the live instruments, Kantor and Ziffer provide gorgeous backbeats, each painstakingly composed and arranged from scratch.

From “Doomsday Stopwatch” to “Lullaby on the Moon,” Funkmasonry takes listeners on a chilled-out journey around the world and beyond. They are currently working on a follow-up to their debut album, as well as organizing dates for their first tour.

The storied origins of Funkmasonry, the group and the album, are as follows:

One fateful year, during a youthful excursion abroad, a group of three young musicians, Mark Ziffer, Michael Weiss, and Julian Kantor, stumbled upon ancient stone tablets while wandering the dusty streets of rural China. Putting his Far Eastern linguistic prowess to use, Weiss was able to decipher what became known as "The Way of the Funk." Through a careful scientific analysis, including carbon dating and handwriting evaluation, "The Way of the Funk" was attributed to Sun Tzu, also known for "The Art of War." Now considered to be Mr. Tzu's superior work, "The Way of the Funk" served as the founding principles of the musical family that came to be known as Funkmasonry.

With Kantor, Weiss and Ziffer serving as the founding fathers of Funkmasonry, they worked tirelessly to create sounds that could adequately convey the teachings of Sun Tzu in a magical art form that the world could enjoy. While Kantor and Ziffer engrossed themselves in their compositions and arrangements, Weiss sank into deep meditation, infusing the project with spirituality.

When the time came to record over the spacey, jazzy, hip-hoppy, funky, electric backbeats that had been produced with the live instruments of each member of Funkmasonry, the trio ran into a problem. Ziffer's rich, brassy horn, Weiss' smooth and sensual saxophone, and Kantor's vibrant, vivacious violin provided quite a bit of soul. However, the lessons brought forth in "The Way of the Funk" EXPLICITLY state that a guitar must be present in order to achieve "Funk to the Degree of Artemis Possum" (Tzu, p. 190-191). Therefore, the tenacious trio enlisted a fourth member, Jeffrey Berman, in order to lay down some soulful strumming.

The track names and album art all contain hidden references of spiritual significance, which only those deeply engrossed in the Funkmasonry mythos can truly comprehend. Suffice it to say, Sun Tzu would be proud.

Funkmasonry has inducted numerous other members into its family in order to make live performances possible. Stay tuned for details.

May the funk be with you.



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Basil Coutifaris

An excellent CD for any music fan
Every track on this CD is great. All music fans will enjoy this great blend of tracks and genres that are all compiled in Funkmasonry's self-titled debut album. Some personal favorites are 'Secrets of Funk' and 'Question'. A 5-star rating well deserved.

Max "Casa De La Muerte Picante Mexicano" Nisen

Revolutionary, it will change the world
When I first heard this album in its completed form I was so overwhelmed that I was forced to my knees and renounced my former religious ties and began worshiping the new deity known as Funkmasonry. This album can end genocide, stop world hunger, and cure cancer. In the name of our father Mwaputsa Andrew Stanley Kuretu I pronounce this album the greatest of all time.

I also like cheese and comfortable chairs, which is beside the point but important.

Dr. N.M.R. Beckwith

The most significant album of our time.
I went to Harvard, and I know an awful hell of a lot about music. Before I listened to this album, I had some notions about sound. Itzhak Perlman was my King of Violin. Miles Davis, Dizzy G, Soultrane, Charlie Parker, and Wynton Marsalis ruled the horns of my world. Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen rocked my cock out with the twang of their boomsticks. Bach, Handel, and Chopin dwarfed all others with their composition. Now I know better than to hold such small fries in the light. Kantor delivers epic, unparalleled fiddling. Weiss and Ziffer toot their horns up and make them roll forth sweet aural ambrosia. Young Berman shreds shit harder than Bush administration officials. And the transcendental harmonies and melodies that Kantor and Ziffer have summoned are clearly the work of a higher power.

Your children's children will know the names Berman, Kantor, Weiss, and Ziffer as the names that defined music in the 21st century. And the entire human race will bear witness in futurity as those names change the direction of sound in the 3rd Millenium.

Buy this album.