India & Africa
Sound for the Organization of Society is a creative music ensemble founded in New Orleans in 2004. The group plays original music by all of it's members, and presents works which equally balance composition and improvisation. The music draws from a variety of traditions and musical styles: jazz, classical, the avant-garde, and various ethnic musics. The unusual instrumentation of the band mirrors the variety of it's members, who hail from various cities across the U.S. and Europe and who have wide-ranging backgrounds from classical composition and performance to rock and free jazz. These disparate styles and the unique instrumentation lead to a distinctive and intriguing group sound. The band was originally organized in 2004 for a concert at Loyola University New Orleans. After several successful performances, planning began for an album, but the project was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina, which scattered the band members across the country. They were able to reconvene in May of 2006 in New Orleans to record "India and Africa", their first album, which was released in June 2007. Although the band members are currently living in various cities around the world, a second album and performances for Summer 2008 are currently being organized. Band Member Information: Ingo Deul - drums, percussion A native of Wiesbaden, Germany, Ingo Deul spent his first 10 years as a professional drummer in Europe, playing primarily in rock and fusion bands. He then moved to the U.S. to study jazz, first in New York and then at Loyola University New Orleans, where he studied jazz with Johnny Vidacovich and composition with Jimbo Walsh. Is currently pursuing a masters' degree in Contemporary Music at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Kevin Dewan - drums, percussion Kevin Dewan is a native of Wadsworth, Ohio. After playing rock drums in subterranian clubs in high school, he moved to New Orleans in 2002 to study jazz with Johnny Vidacovich. He performed in New Orleans for several years while earning degrees in Music and Philosophy at Loyola New Orleans, and is currently working on a Masters in Philosophy at Western Michigan University. Phelan Gallagher - alto sax Phelan Gallagher grew up in East Blue Hill, Maine, and learned to play jazz from his father, a well known bassist in the region. He holes a B.M. in composition from Loyola New Orleans. He has studied saxophone primarily with Bill McHenry and Tony Dagradi, and has performed with various ensembles in New Orleans and elsewhere. Phelan currently lives in Maine. Tom Garcia - tenor sax, saxello, soprano sax, flute, didgeridoo Tom Garcia is a saxophonist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began to play jazz in high school, when he began studying with Tim Price. He then went on to William Patterson University and subsequently Loyola New Orleans, where he received a B.M. in Jazz with a minor in Film Studies in 2006. He plays all the saxophones and flute, and is also a saxophone handyman and makes his own didgeridoos. Tom is an avid cyclist, having ridden up the entire east coast on his bike one summer, and currently lives and teaches English in Sendai, Japan. Eric Klerks - acoustic bass A student of Charlie Haden, Brian Seeger, Alan Broadbent, Larry Koonse and Tony Dagradi among others, Eric Klerks has been improvising on stringed instruments for more years than he would care to remember. He holds a BM in Jazz Studies from Loyola University New Orleans and is also the composer-in-residence for the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. Some of his major performances have occurred in and around Los Angeles, New Orleans (including JazzFest), San Francisco, New York, Kansas City and The Netherlands. Eric also enjoys beaches, unicycles and good scotch. He is currently living in Los Angeles, where he attends the California Institute of the Arts. Andrew Oliver - piano, harmonium, fender rhodes, hammond organ Andrew Oliver is a pianist and composer from Portland, Oregon. He also plays cello and trumpet. He lived in New Orleans from 2002 until 2005, where he studied jazz at Loyola University and performed as both a bandleader and sideman. After evacuating from Hurricane Katrina in the summer of 2005, he returned to Portland and graduated from Portland State University in 2007 with degrees in Music and French. He has studied with Randy Porter, Matt Lemmler, Michael Pellera, and Darrell Grant, and has performed with numerous musicians in New Orleans and Portland, including Glen Moore, Maurice Brown, Dick Titterington, Rob Scheps, Irvin Mayfield, Devin Phillips, and others. He currently leads a sextet playing his original compositions and arrangements, and is also is a member of Devin Phillips' group New Orleans Straight Ahead, which will tour West Africa with the State Department's Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program in November 2007. Sarah Phillips - fender rhodes, piano, harmonium, hammond organ A composer and pianist, Sarah Phillips is from Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Loyola New Orleans in 2006 with a composition degree, and currently studies at California Institute of the Arts. She has composed for various ensembles, notably the New Orleans New Music Ensemble, which she co-founded. Josh Titford - electric guitar Josh Titford joined the band by accident after showing up with his instrument to our second gig. A unique stylist from Alabama, Josh also spent several years in New Orleans and currently is back in Alabama.