Revolution Void combines electronic music with live improvisation, resulting in a style of music described variously as nu-jazz, electro-jazz or electronic breakbeat jazz.
Revolution Void is the moniker of 23-year-old producer and jazz
pianist Jonah Dempcy. Revolution Void recordings also feature a number
of guest musicians including Seamus Blake (Mingus
Big Band), Matthew Garrison (Herbie Hancock) and Lucas Pickford (Brian Blade).
Taking cues from electro-acoustic pioneers DJ Shadow, Medeski
Martin & Wood and DJ Cam, Revolution Void presents the listener with
a unique combination of electronic music and modern jazz.
The sound of Revolution Void has progressed over the years.
Originally, it was "pure" electronic music - breaks, downtempo,
atmospheric and so on. But, over the years, Jonah began to incorporate
live jazz and funk improvisation. Jonah considers his main jazz
influences to be John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, as well as
contemporary artists such as Kurt Rosenwinkel and Brad Mehldau.
In 2000, Jonah began working with Michael Shrieve
(Santana) as an engineer and producer. Jonah worked as an engineer on
Shrieve's album with Bill Frisell, Dave Holland and Elvin Jones. He also
produced music for Michael Carabello (Santana) and Theodore "Lolo"
Beaubrun, Jr. (The Boukman Eksperyanz). Michael Shrieve laid down drum
tracks on the Revolution Void album Increase the Dosage.
Jonah also began collaborating with drummer/producer Dave Hill, Jr.
and James "Roto" Rotondi at this time (the duo make up NYC
electro-acoustic outfit Jettatura). Jonah worked with both of them
extensively, collaborating with Dave Hill on Revolution Void material
and on their own side projects, while Roto laid down tracks on Increase
the Dosage. Roto is perhaps best known for his work with the seminal
electro-acoustic group The Grassy Knoll. He has also toured with the
French band Air.
From 1996-2001, Revolution Void performed live over 100 times.
Live performances consist of synthesizers, samplers and drum machines,
all playing loops, mixed and matched on the fly. This ensures a unique
performances every time. On top of this, Jonah improvises with
turntables and keyboards as well, and has featured guest performers
including Michael Shrieve, Dave Hill, Jr., and many others.
In 2001, Jonah began focusing more on music production, though he
still performs live on rare occasions. At this time, Jonah began
actively seeking out musicians to collaborate with. These collaborations
can be heard on recent releases such as Increase the Dosage, Effects of Elevation and Thread Soul.
In 2005, Jonah began releasing music online through the Creative Commons, beginning with the album Increase the Dosage.
Since then, Revolution Void has been an active member of the online
music-sharing renaissance, regularly releasing albums and singles in
their entirety for free online.
In the future, Jonah intends to continue releasing high-quality
music both online and in CD and vinyl form, to collaborate with
top-notch electronic and jazz musicians, and to continue exploring the
boundary where electronic composition and jazz improvisation meet. source: official website
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