the yP in the far east, plus new music on the way

The Young Prof Just had 2 great performances in San Diego with Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. joined by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Audience was treated to a a stroll down memory lane with the couple with fully orchestrated arrangements of many of their hits from their career as a duet as well as with the Fifth Dimension.

Currently in Japan for two months on a fellowship from the Japan Foundation. the professor is The 2009 Japan Foundation Uchida Fellow. He’ll be playing several shows with his band Phunk Organik Society featuring some great musicians here in Japan including Motoaki Makino (former Sugar Blue Guitarist), Hiroshi Eguchi (formerly of Mavis Staples’ band), writer/producer Percy Jones III aka PJ3 and vocalists Maru, and Kana Imahori as well as a few performers of Japanese Traditional Music. That should be an interesting mix! Japanese music mixed with the Prof’s funky grooves!! Can’t wait to hear what THAT sounds like! ┬áIn addition he’ll be doing clinics at the Yamaha School in Tokyo and at Koyo Conservatory in Kobe.

Prof is also currently in production with artist Lennox Fleary on his upcoming album “Sounds Like Humans”. Also playing drums and, percussion on the album. Basic tracks were laid in July for three songs. First single is due out in September. Lennox plans to release one single per month until the whole album is completed.

Cowan’s band One Tribe Nation led by guitarist Michael Sanders is recording their first album since Prof joined back in Summer 2008. Preproduction began in Fall ’08. Tracking for the album is expected to begin in October when Prof and bassist Dave Felice return from their respective road trips. This new album will offer a funkier and more song-oriented side of the band than their more guitar-oriented freshman release Children of A Lesser God.

Posted in news on July 31st, 2009

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