Forged from the four corners of Brooklyn, NY… The Aa, the Ba, the Ra, and the Ki combine to wreck havoc on your aural impulses… Men want to be them, women want to be with them, and nothing can fulfill them… Reducing the funk to its bare essentials, deconstructing each facet, till it is but a dull and throbbing shell of its former self.

Aabaraki is Brian Forbes (guitar), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass), Aaron Steele (drums), and Aamir Bermiss (keys & vocals). In early Autumn of 2008 a jam session at The Gallery studio produced three musical impressions of irrefutable hipness — the four planned to get back together and play again and Aabaraki and the sound of reduction-stutter-funk was born.

The subsequent sessions produced musical sketches that would become songs. And songs became more songs. Until, after a few gatherings, there was enough material for two records. The foursome went into the studio in January 2009 to record an album. All this time, they continued to function in the other roles as side musicians, engineers, producers, and arrangers. Aabaraki was the secret project. After successfully getting down a number of tracks in the studio, they began to start talking up the band to other musicians around the scene. Came out of hiding for one or two shows, unannounced and unadvertised, just to test their mettle with live audiences.

With the album fully on the front-burner, the band was invited down to spend three weeks playing at the Baz Bar in St. Barts on the strength of little other than their separate reputations and the potential of their collaborative sound. It was during those three weeks in April and May of 2009 that the band began to cohere as a live instrument. While playing for audiences six nights a week, they were able to take reduction-stutter-funk out of the studio and into the real world. The narratives of the song became alive and self-aware. New songs sprang out of the ether fully formed and ready to be performed The musical sounds of four became the musical sound of one: Aabaraki.


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