Kan Wakan Set For East Coast Debut & West Coast Tour
Verve Records has announced the release of the debut EP from the acclaimed new band, KAN WAKAN entitled “Forever Found.” EP is available now digitally at all digital providers.
The Los Angeles-based group will herald the arrival of “Forever Found” with a range of upcoming live dates, including a series of eagerly anticipated appearances at CMJ Music Marathon 2013. Those dates include THE FADER’s showcase at Brooklyn’s Converse Rubber Tracks on Thursday, October 17th; the Champion Sportswear showcase at the Bowery Ballroom on Friday, October 18th; and Bowery Presents showcase at Pianos on Saturday, October 19th. From there, KAN WAKAN will join acclaimed singer/songwriter Diego Garcia for a West Coast tour kicking off Tuesday, November 3rd at San Diego’s The Griffin.
The EP is highlighted by title track “Forever Found,” which has already been championed by the ever-influential public radio station, KCRW, as well as by LA Weekly, which recently cited the evocative track in naming KAN WAKAN among the “Los Angeles Bands About To Blow Up” in coming months. In addition to an evolved take on the original “Forever Found” recording, the EP includes the spectacular “Midnight Moon,” an epic suite of unprecedented adventurism, presented in two remarkable movements.
KAN WAKAN emerged in early 2012, under the moniker of Oren Lyons, as the musical brainchild of composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Gueorgui I. Linev. The Bulgarian-born musician originally set out to create solely instrumental music inspired by his lifelong passion for classical minimalism, but the involvement of chanteuse Kristianne Bautista and producer/guitarist Peter Potyondy rapidly saw the project grow in both scope and purpose.
Since then they have dubbed themselves with the Native American-inspired abstraction, “KAN WAKAN.” The trio was abetted by Ian Anderson (bass), Dannon Rampton (violin), Jesse Aumiller (keyboards, saxophone), and Keith Krey (drums), all of whom helped bring the bold sonic vision to full fruition. At the forefront is Bautista’s powerful, provocative voice – described by Linev as not unlike “the lead instrument in an orchestra” – which conveys remarkable levels of romantic nuance and human complexity to songs like the mysterious “Moving On” which can also be found on the EP.
KAN WAKAN is currently finishing up their full length debut with producer Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Gnarls Barkley, Atoms for Peace) and engineer Tom Elmhirst (Arcade Fire, Beck, The Black Keys). The band has previously played dates alongside such artists as Other Lives, Big Black Delta, Niki & The Dove.
Tour Dates Are As Follows:
October 17 Brooklyn, NY Rubber Tracks – Fader @ 7:25pm
October 18 NY, NY Bowery Ballroom
October 19 NY, NY Pianos
November 3 San Diego, CA The Griffin
November 4 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
November 6 San Francisco, CA Café Du Nord
November 9 Portland, OR White Eagle Saloon
November 10 Seattle, WA Barboza