Balancing male-female harmonies, strutting guitars, wild horn arrangements, and interminable grooves, a spirit takes shape on stage nightly for Turkuaz via larger-than-life performances. Among numerous critical plaudits, The New Yorker claimed, â€œ[Turkuaz] delivers horn-filled funk incorporating elements of R&B, psychedelic pop, gospel, Afro-pop, New Wave, classic rock, and just about any genre that gets people dancing.â€
The Brooklyn-based nonetâ€”Dave Brandwein [guitar, vocals], Taylor Shell [bass], Craig Brodhead [guitar, keys], Michelangelo Carubba [drums], Chris Brouwers [trumpet, keys], Greg Sanderson [tenor sax], Josh Schwartz [baritone sax, vocals], Sammi Garett [vocals], and Shira Elias [vocals]â€”ignite an explosion of energy punctuated by neon hues, deft musicality, and show-stopping singalongs on their newest EP, Kuadrochrome.
Touring incessantly in support of four full-length studio albums, EPs and live releases, theyâ€™ve lit up stages everywhere from Bonnaroo, Hulaween, Okeechobee, Electric Forest, and Mountain Jam to Telluride Jazz, High Sierra, and Lockâ€™n, in between gracing stages at legendary spots such as Red Rocks, Terminal 5, and The Fillmore, to name a few. Since emerging in 2011 with their self-titled debut, the group have quietly animated a movement.
â€œI would love for our music to be a bright spot in an otherwise dark world. You can come to our shows, let go, exist, and have a good time in spite of what may be going on outside. Thatâ€™s what music does for us. We want to share that.â€
Named for an Italian musical direction meaning “with spirit,” Con Brio is a San Francisco Bay Area seven-piece that plays energetic soul, psych-rock and R&B thatâ€™s as fresh and freethinking as the place they call home. With charismatic singer Ziek McCarter bringing â€œthe dance moves, splits and all, of James Brownâ€ (KQED) and a tight, veteran band that â€œcomes across like a party punk version of Sly and the Family Stoneâ€ (Consequence of Sound), Con Brio is known to convert anyone who sees their electric live show.