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 Kore Ionz (1 Albums, 1 Tracks)


Live at KEXP
LOCATION:Seattle, Washington
  • Daniel Pak- lead vocals and rhythm guitar
  • Ahkeenu Musa-congas
  • bongos
  • percussion
  • Brendan DeMelle- bass
  • Teo Shantz- drum kit
  • Kiley Sullivan- keyboards
  • Mark Oi- lead guitar
  • Thaddeus Turner- lead guitar
  • Owuor Arunga- trumpet
  • Izaak Mills- tenor sax
  • melodica
  • flute


At a 2007 music showcase at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle, while doing a solo cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” Hawai’i-born singer-songwriter Daniel Pak felt a mystical energy from a man standing in the audience who had performed earlier that day with Senegalese master drummer Thione Diop. Ahkeenu Musa introduced himself to Pak, asking if he performed with a band. Pak said he was working on a project called Kore Ionz, and that they were looking for a percussionist.

Half-hour Revolution was self-released at Neumos in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood in July 2008, with the addition of Brendan DeMelle on bass, a recommendation by local drummer David “Davee C” Carpenter.

A few months later, Pak received a call from Bali by Franklin Joyce, a former mentor for The Service Board and founder of laptop sleeve design company ElectricBaby: ”I made some new stickers for TSB,” Joyce said, “and I’m sending them to you with Teo…Teo Shantz.”

Upon delivery of the stickers, Pak asked Shantz, drummer for internationally renown steel drum band Bakra Bata’ since age fourteen, if he wanted to sit in with Kore Ionz at their support slots for Eek-A-Mouse and the Original Wailers. Shantz continued to sit in through 2009, performing with the band at Bumbershoot, Seattle Weekly’s REVERB, the King County Juvenile Detention Center, and a short tour through Eastern Washington and Idaho, ending the year with a permanent seat as the band’s drummer.

Right after Bumbershoot, Pak made a call to longtime friend and collaborator Kiley Sullivan, originally from Kailua, Hawai’i, to join the band on the keys. Having performed professionally together in college, the fit was natural and the Kore Ionz lineup was complete.

With Owuor Arunga and Izaak Mills on trumpet and tenor sax, and Mark Oi and Thaddeus Turner on lead guitar, the band joined forces with Mell Dettmer (Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band) at Aleph Studios in April 2010 to record the next album.

Since 2008 Kore Ionz has performed with The Wailers, Third World, Katchafire, Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band, and Eek-A-Mouse, as well as opening for two-time Grammy award winner Common.



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