Bar LunÀtico invites the spirit of musical discovery as these three unique NYC musician/composers team up for the first time accompanied by Mark Ferber on drums. Expect inspired originals and straight-ahead swinging with the cream of the downtown New York City crop.
Roy Nathanson is an American saxophonist, composer, bandleader, actor and teacher. He became the leader and principal composer of the Jazz Passengers, a six piece group that he founded with Curtis Fowlkes in 1987. They have toured Europe many times and played at major festivals in Finland, Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland, as well as the J.V.C. Festival in New York, the Du Maurier Festival in Canada and toured throughout the United States and Canada. The band has recorded eight albums since their debut release.
Curtis Fowlkes first came to prominence in the 1980s as a member of The Lounge Lizards, which was led by saxophonist John Lurie. In 1987, he and saxophonist Roy Nathanson, both members of the Lounge Lizards, founded The Jazz Passengers, an eclectic group dedicated to putting entertainment and humor back into jazz.
In addition to The Jazz Passengers and The Lounge Lizards, Curtis has performed with bassist Charlie Haden's reunited Liberation Music Orchestra in 1996, and with the alumni Ellington Orchestra led by Louie Bellson. He has also performed or recorded with Bill Frisell's quartet, as well as with John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Henry Threadgill, Sheryl Crow, Andy Summers, Cibo Matto, Jeb Loy Nichols, and comedian Harry Shearer. He appeared with the Kansas City All-Stars in Robert Altman's 1996 film Kansas City with this group.
Arthur Kell (a Bar LunÀtico co-founder) is one of the most original voices on the New York jazz scene. For the past twenty-five years, he has played with a cross-section of influential contemporary jazz musicians in New York City and around the world including Thomas Chapin (Spirits Rebellious Quintet), Bobbie Previte, Shelley Hirsch and Fred Ho, Billy Bang, Marc Ribot and Mark Feldman.
His group regularly tours Europe including the Copenhagen and Madrid jazz festivals. His extensive travels in Africa left a profound mark on his own compositions and helped to shape the diverse roster of talent at Bar LunÀtico.