The Seshen is a San Francisco Bay Area-based band that draws influences from an eclectic range of artists including Little Dragon, J. Dilla, Erykah Badu and Beach House. Their music fuses hip-hop, soul, pop and electronica, producing an original sound that is not bound to any particular genre.
Songs are created and performed by bassist/producer Aki Ehara, drummer
Julian Pont, keyboardist Mahesh Rao, percussionist Mirza Kopelman and synchronizer/sampler Kumar Butler. Driving beats laced with Afro-Caribbean percussion, thick bass lines, rich keyboards and textured electronic sampling provide the foundation for lyricists Lalin St. Juste and Akasha Orr, whose dreamy vocals create an ethereal sonic landscape.
Joomanji is a collective initiated by producer, beat-master, and San Diego native Jonah Christian. The collective regularly features Robert Finucane on keyboard, as well as varying other members depending on recordings, and location/time of live performances. Other members include Amir Oosman on Drums (in Los Angeles as of 9/2011); James Levine on Drums; Nick Bianchini on Trumpet; Nikki Mokover on Sax; Kevin Cameron on Bass (in SF as of 10/2011); Zephyr Culbertson Adee on Bass; Along with a deluge of vocalists singing, rapping, and everything in-between.
The regular live band in Santa Cruz consists of Jonah Christian (Production, Samples, Inspiration); Robert Finucane (Keyboard); James Levine (Drums) and the occasional treat of Amir Oosman (drums); Zephyr Culbertson Adee (Bass); Nikki Mokover (Sax); Saara Maria (vocals).
Brit Laurén Manor
Brit Laurén is a sultry powerhouse full of charisma and stage presence. An actor and performer out of Los Angeles, Brit’s move to the music scene first began in the streets of New York, playing top underground venues with the acid jazz hip hop groupProfits and throwing secret concerts for emerging bands. Since then, she’s collaborated and recorded with an eclectic base of artists, including the new wave pop group Yellow Alex & the Feelings, and currently tours with classic soul sweetheart Nick Waterhouse (Innovative Leisure). She is set to release her third EP this Spring on Bastard Jazz Records produced by Captain Planet. She is a graduate of LA County HS for the Arts and NYU Tisch School of the Arts.