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Music Auditions: Copus - Hip Hop - California, USA | Music Discovery XO


15-10-2020 16:18 GMT

Hip Hop Music Band
California, USA

Current Score: ★☆☆☆☆ ☆☆


COPUS is a poetic jazz band based in San Francisco. The ensemble was nominated for ‘best jazz song’ by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, was honored with ‘best spoken word’ by the Clouzine International Music Awards, and has been on the GRAMMY ballot three times in the ‘best jazz album’, ‘best rap song’, and 'record of the year' categories. Most recently, COPUS presented world premieres of their acclaimed composition entitled “What if We?” at the World Bank and Forest Trends in Washington DC. Working in collaboration with Climate Music Project to bring climate crisis awareness to the populace through music and science, the work was well received and documented in an article in the New York Times. Formed by renowned poet Royal Kent and ASCAP Award-winning composer Wendy Loomis, COPUS presents conscious lyrics intertwined with beautiful melodies and powerful rhythms. COPUS – an acronym for Creation Of Peace Under Stars – has a faithful following by discerning listeners. In addition to Kent and Loomis, the current instrumentation includes bassist Patrick Mahon, drummer Levon Washington, and an array of special guest artists. COPUS has performed their poetic jazz style at festivals, jazz clubs, art galleries, and private events throughout the United States including the prestigious San Francisco Jazz Center, legendary The Bitter End and Feinstein’s 54 Below in New York, and the Cutting Edge Festival in New Orleans. "Through ace musicianship and a wild, bright & bold sound, COPUS captures the magic they’re seeking to create on “We All Bleed Red” – it’s like a combination of Quincy Jones meets Baz Luhrmann…theatrical & dramatic in nature with great storytelling, set in an old-school setting that incorporates modern-day movement in the structure and reflecting on the current state of the world lyrically.”

Career Goals | Objectives:

To book more gigs, get more fans, and sell more records and merchandise.

Music Education | Training | Qualifications:

Composer/pianist Wendy Loomis began studying classical piano at age 8 and continuing through college. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Denison University with a self-designed major in English, Music, Dance, and Theatre and a master’s degree in Arts Education from Syracuse University. In addition, she has studied jazz with Mark Levine and taken online classes in composition and improvisation from Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard. Poet/spoken word artist Royal Kent studied music theory at New College of California in San Francisco.

Musical Instruments | Studio Equipment:

Our home studio includes: Brambach acoustic piano, Korg Triton keyboard, Nord Electro 5 synthesizer; electric bass & acoustic guitar; drumset; congas; 8-channel mixer with 2 Kustom speakers; 3 Shure mics with stands; and about 20 or 25 hand percussion instruments. Can’t live without a grand piano for recording.

Influences | Sounds Like:

The Roots; Kamasi Washington; Ursula Rucker; H.E.R.; The Last Poets; Chick Corea; Art Tatum; Bob Dylan; Debussy.

Live Performance History | Residencies | Touring Experience:

COPUS performs on an average of 15-20 gigs per year.





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