FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Still Reeling” / “Fonquiviri” are first new studio recordings issued since 2016, a collaboration with the Music Preservation Project, and a benefit for the Lotus House
Hialeah, FL – October 1, 2019 – Latin funk band Electric Piquete tried and failed to run a successful crowd-funding campaign in 2018. Undaunted in its mission to record and release new music, the band has now partnered with the Music Preservation Project, the brainchild of Hialeah musician and producer Omar Garcia (Browner Sound / The Brand). The resulting works, a digital double A side of new music is now available and will be feted on October 20, 2019 at Ball & Chain during the venue’s monthly Pineapple Sunday event.
The bruising mid-tempo groove of “Still Reeling” and the blistering funk of “Fonquiviri” is now available exclusively through ElectricPiquete.Bandcamp.com on a pay-what-you-like basis. Proceeds from the sale of the music will benefit the Lotus House, an Overtown-based 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women, youth and children. They provide sanctuary, support, education, tools and resources that empower them to heal, learn, grow and blossom. Learn more about them at www.lotushouse.org.
The Music Preservation Project was developed by the team at Browner Sound to capture, through professionally recorded audio, a snapshot of the musical culture in Miami at this moment in time. Selected artists, including local musicians, students in Title I public schools and street performers, are provided the service at no financial cost. The Music Preservation Project instead trades recording hours for community service hours from the musicians.
“The idea to trade recording hours for community service grew from a desire to support the bond between the City of Miami and its artists,” says Garcia. “Electric Piquete was invited to record as part of the Music Preservation Project and they subsequently will contribute not only the proceeds from this release, but 12 hours to a community service program of their choice.” For more information about the Music Preservation Project or Browner Sound, visit www.brownersound.com.
“When Omar presented the opportunity to record with him at Browner Sound, I could not say no,” says Michael Mut, co-founder, bassist and band leader. “I’ve long admired his musicianship and production skills, and have wanted to collaborate with him for ages. I’m extremely proud of the new music, all of the efforts put forth by the band, and very grateful to be able to help out the folks at the Lotus House. I invite everyone to check out what they do and contribute any way they can.”
Ball & Chain is located at 1513 SW 8 Street, Miami, FL 33134, and all ages are welcome to the free event. Also scheduled to perform are Rick Moon, the Goodnites, and the Scone Cash Players. Music begins at 2 p.m.
For more information, visit www.ElectricPiquete.com or call 786.426.2277.
ABOUT ELECTRIC PIQUETE
Electric Piquete is an award-winning Latin funk septet from Hialeah. Their music has been featured in the Billy Corben documentary called Magic City Hustle, in the Emmy-winning Joe Cardona documentary Miami Boheme, and an episode of CNNGo, and licensed by Lexus. The band is a veritable melting pot of influences that range from rock to jazz and spiced with everything in between: funk, fusion, old-school salsa, progressive and R&B. Though mostly instrumental, they feature vocals with three-part harmonies as well as some rapping on several numbers.
Electric Piquete also features co-founders Ed Rosado on drums and Michael Mut on bass, Chris Correoso (guitar), and Rich Dixon on trumpet and flugelhorn. The band’s sound is regularly augmented by Raymond Ayala on percussion and vocals, Charles Gardner on keyboards, and Robert Smiley on tenor sax and flute.