Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Kandinsky Effect to Tour North America & Europe in Support of 'Somnambulist'

Globetrotting Trio, The Kandinsky Effect,

Release Somnambulist, a New Album of Carefully Crafted Tunes Infused with Jazz & Post-Rock, Soundscapes & Electronica

Embark on a 25-Date North American/European Tour during March/April 2015

[l/r: Warren Walker, Caleb Dolister, Gaël Petrina, credit: The Love Studio]

"The Kandinsky Effect is without a doubt one of the most individual-sounding, refreshing and outrageous forces currently operating in the more exciting fringes of the musical spectrum."
-Igloo Magazine

"Come to this show blindfolded and you’ll have a hard time believing the music is being created by just three people."
-Capital Bop


The Kandinsky Effect will be touring Spring/Summer 2015 and throughout the 2015/16 season in support of their new release, Somnambulist, out now on Cuneiform Records! Below, you will find detailed concert information for each tour date.


March 2 - New York, NY
Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
212.477.4155 /
11:00 pm / 21+ / FREE (one drink minimum per set)

March 3 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Rex
194 Queen St West
Toronto, Ontario M5V1Z1, Canada
416.598.2475 /

March 4 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Rex
194 Queen St West
Toronto, Ontario M5V1Z1, Canada
416.598.2475 /

March 5 - Cleveland, OH
12387 Cedar Road
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.795.0550 -
8:00 PM / $15 [Buy Tickets]

March 6 - Detroit, MI
Cliff Bell's
2030 Park Ave.,
Detroit, MI 48226
313.961.2543 /
9:00 PM / $10

March 7 - Detroit, MI
Cliff Bell's
2030 Park Ave.,
Detroit, MI 48226
313.961.2543 /
9:30 PM / $10

March 10 - Salem, OR
Willamette University
Rogers Music Center
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
7:30 PM

March 11 - Portland, OR
Lewis and Clark
Portland, OR

March 11 - Portland, OR
Mount Hood Community College
Portland, OR

March 12 - Reno, NV
The Loving Cup
188 California Ave
Reno, NV 89509
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March 13 - Reno, NV
University of Nevada
Reno, NV

March 13 - Truckee, CA
100007 Bridge Street
Truckee, CA 96161

March 14 - Truckee, CA
100007 Bridge Street
Truckee, CA 96161

March 16 - Sacramento, CA
Luna's Cafe
1414 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916.441.3931 /

March 17 - Petaluma, CA
The Big Easy
128 American Alley
Petaluma, CA 94952
707.776.4631 /

March 19 - Los Angeles, CA
Blue Whale
123 astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.538.8038 /


April 2 - London, UK
The Vortex
11 Gillett Square
London, N16 8AZ, UK
020.7254.4097 /

April 3 - Lyon, France
Le Périscope
13 rue Delandine
69002 Lyon, France

April 4 - Marseille, France

April 5 - Torino, Italy
Corso Tortona, 52
10153 Turin, Italy

April 7 - Eaubonne, France
Jazz á Eaubonne
l'Orangerie avenue de l'Europe
Eaubonne, France 95600

April 8 - Paris, France
Alimentation Generale
Paris, France

April 9 - Zagreb, Croatia
Unska 3
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
+385 1 6129 758 /

April 10 - Murska Sobota, Slovenia
Trubarjev drevored 4
9000 Murska Sobota, Slovenia

April 11 - Prague, Czech Republic
Mladi Jazz Festival
Prague, Czech Republic

April 15 - Savona, Italy
Raindogs House
Piazza Pippo Rebagliati
17100 Savona SV, Italy


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STREAM/SHARE: "Somnambulist"


Cat. #: Rune 408, Format: CD / DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Genre: Jazz / Post-Jazz / Ambient

The Kandinsky Effect
Warren Walker - saxophone / effects
Gaël Petrina - bass / effects
Caleb Dolister - drums / percussion

Somnambulist Album Preview/EPK

On Somnambulist, The Kandinsky Effect wields its musical power in a welcoming way. Their 3rd album (and 2nd for Cuneiform Records) isn't form-eschewing free jazz, nor are the tonalities the trio employs particularly "out." The real revelation – and revolution – comes simply in the way saxophonist Warren Walker, bassist Gael Petrina, and drummer Caleb Dolister organize sound.

The Paris-and-New York-based trio is a purist's nightmare -- and not only that of a jazz purist either. Since their first, self-titled album came out in 2010, The Kandinsky Effect has been boldly blending jazz with elements of everything from hip-hop to electronic music, making for an idiosyncratic amalgam that never goes exactly where you might expect it to.

If you can envision a world in which a contemporary jazz giant like Joshua Redman jams with The Roots and electronic instigator Aphex Twin, then you have a head start on your ability to assimilate the sound of Somnambulist. But nothing can completely prepare you for its marriage of groove, atmosphere, and incendiary playing.

The Kandinsky Effect feel that this album is their most effectively conceived collection of music to date. "I feel like I had a clearer idea of what I was looking for in the sound of my compositions and how to approach writing for this group," says bandleader Walker, " it's a sort of coming-of-age piece."

For an album so full of fire, Somnambulist has some surprisingly leisurely origins. Much of the material was composed by Walker in Dominical, Costa Rica, during a lengthy stay in a beach-side shack. "I was there for a few months just writing music," he recalls, "playing saxophone and surfing to see what would come out from me compositionally in a totally different, non-city environment."

As it turns out, though, there was a fair amount of psychic friction to be found in the aforementioned seemingly bucolic environment during Walker's time there. "'Tagzhout'" was written in Tagzhout, a small fishing/surfing village in Morocco," explains Walker. "It was written on the day of Eid, a religious holiday where everyone slaughters a goat in the street. To me the whole experience was very dark, and there was blood everywhere on the streets. On the days leading up to it people are driving with live goats tied to their roof…witnessing these things may have shaped this tune a little."

But that tune, with Walker's bobbing and weaving sax riding the roiling rhythms of Petrina and Dolister, isn't the only one with a dark backstory. And Walker’s compositions aren’t the only ones on Somnambulist born in exotic locales. Petrina’s tunes were written in San Remo, Italy and Tulum, Mexico, while the origin for one of Dolister’s works, “Annabelle Chases a Bug,” can be traced to memories of a cat in Nashville, Tennessee. Another Dolister tune, "Sad Fly" has its origins as one of the accompaniments to a decidedly quirky animated film named Spacefish, which the drummer describes thusly: "In the animation, 'Sad Flies' are a swarm of tiny insects that play sad music to trick unsuspecting travelers, slowly leading them into a massive suicidal depression so that they can feed on their eventual corpses." Don't be too afraid though, Dolister says, "the version Kandinsky Effect plays is nowhere near as dark, but much more about developing a feeling of apprehension."

The ability to incorporate a broad range of musical, geographical, and emotional influences into their music is at the core of The Kandinsky Effect's makeup. Formed 2007 in Paris, France, the original lineup began performing as the Warren Walker Trio, and included Petrina and Parisian drummer Gautier Garrigue. Not long after, they named themselves The Kandinsky Effect in homage to Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, and recorded a self-named album, released in 2010 on SNP Records. While influenced by hip-hop and electronics, their debut album was much more rooted in jazz and featured mostly acoustic instrumentation. Dolister joined for The Kandinsky Effect’s Cuneiform debut,  2013’s Synesthesia, which began to expand the band's sound, blending everything from Petrina’s fondness for electronica (IDM) to Dolister’s love of heavy rock bands like Meshuggah, and Walker’s unique approach to composition and electronic soundscapes.

Over the years, the group has traveled extensively to perform with multiple trips and tours to Europe, Asia, and North America, perfecting what Dolister calls their "intellectual groove instrumental music." And from the slip-sliding beats and slithering sax lines of opening track "Copalchi Distress Signal" to the insistent pulse and layered, lyrical melodies of closing cut "Muji," there's a feeling of the refinement process reaching fruition on Somnambulist.

"Somnambulist is definitely a step forward when it comes to composition and execution," assesses Dolister. "The album documents the growth and identity of the band over the last several years… that’s displayed the most in the compositions. This is the band’s first record in which all of the songs were composed or arranged with the intention of being on this record. …we coordinated the writing to decide whether each composition would compliment or contrast another, or create a certain reaction, or use a specific theme. …this gives the album a much stronger listening experience from start to finish. We learned a lot from making our previous album, Synesthesia…With Somnambulist, we had a much clearer idea of how to approach the recording process. In general, Somnambulist is a much more cohesive statement."

If you'd like to share music from this release with your friends, please feel free to use the following track:


The Kandinsky Effect @ Catai Jazz & Blues Fest / CDS

The Kandinsky Effect "If Only" @ The Blue Whale





The Kandinsky Effect

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