Brooklyn Soul

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Born in America, raised on rock n roll. Cut my teeth in India searching for my soul. Now I live in Brooklyn and the planet feels alright. Every flavor at your doorstep, every vision out of sight, glowing in the streets of gold. Every spice mingling from around the globe, it’s Brooklyn soul. It’s cool. Little Russia out of Brighton, Chinatown in Sunset Park. Muslim prayers on Atlantic to Jamaican East New York. Every color of the rainbow fills a corner of this town. When the colors blend together, there’s a party coming downtown, the music in the street. Every heart pounding like a bass drum beat, it’s Brooklyn soul. It’s cool. Summertime, water fountains. Promenade, Wall Street mountains. Williamsburg, hipster heaven. Polar swim at Coney Island. Born in the many distant corners of the globe, the dreamers and the seekers come to Brooklyn, young and old. From the poor and weak and hungry to the masters of the world, it’s a stew of human drama. It’s a snapshot of the earth, every joy and struggle here. Birth, death and everything in between, it’s Brooklyn soul. It’s cool! It’s Brooklyn soul! In Vinegar Hill warehouses decked in luxury, Bushwick sidewalks sprouting art and living cheap. Crown Heights playgrounds full of kids and menacing boys, every shade of Jew across this borough of hope. Dip me in the Gowanus! Watery hives along the Red Hook waterfront to eternal sleep at Greenwood, my love. It’s Brooklyn soul!


from Swirled World, released March 14, 2015
Chris Rael (voice, 12-string, sitar, bass, autoharp), Brian Geltner (drums), Chris Cochrane (guitar), Claire de Brunner (bassoon), Rima Fand (violin, voice), Pinky Weitzman (viola), Otto Hauser (percussion), Marlon Cherry (voice, percussion) & Vlada Tomova (voice). Produced by Kenny Siegal, mixed by Tyler Wood, mastered by Fred Kevorkian.


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Church of Betty Brooklyn, New York

New York City's long running progressive world chamber rock ensemble performs innovative pop with rock band, sitar, bassoon, string orchestra and a chorus of soaring voices. "Brilliant" - Billboard "Irresistible" - New York Times

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