Introducing our Musicians: Climate Strange

Climate Strange playing at an outdoor gig, photo by Bea Garth
Climate Strange playing at an outdoor gig, photo by Bea Garth

Chris Arcus and John Kurtyka are  the originators of our band Climate Strange. They have a commitment to allowing their free spirit to come out and express itself. This has led to their creation of many new compositions.

Chris Arcus on his acoustic guitar, photo by Bea Garth
Chris Arcus on his acoustic guitar, photo by Bea Garth

Both play a variety of instruments.

Chris often employs a deep beat with the guitar (both acoustic and electric) and the keyboard/piano. He spent several years playing jazz guitar previously. He often hears music in his dreams such as Native American Landscape and Lebanon–which then become amazing new compositions.

John Kurtyka on the harmonica, photo by Bea Garth
John Kurtyka on the harmonica, photo by Bea Garth

John Kurtyka plays a mean harmonica and flute. He too is known to create  new compositions although a lot of his creativity goes into creating quirky,  deeply felt yet often humorous lyrics which he sings soulfully. You think, did John actually say that? But it works. How bad it is somehow makes the listener feel  good.

James Pollard playing his electric guitar, photo by Bea Garth
James Pollard playing his electric guitar, photo by Bea Garth

James Pollard plays an intense  electric lead guitar. He sometimes does back-up with the keyboard.

James has spent years studying guitar and now, with Climate Strange, enjoys breaking the mold with new compositions or playing complex lyrical  riffs with John’s flute or harmonica and Chris’s guitar beat or keyboard.  He truly enjoys the freedom that Climate Strange brings to their music.

 

All three enjoy playing their completely original music together and sharing it with new audiences.

Welcome to the Climate Strange Blog

 

Climate Strange trio at Cerulean feb 2018 (left to right: with James Pollard, Chris Arcus and John Kurtyka)
Climate Strange trio at Cerulean feb 2018 (left to right: with James Pollard, Chris Arcus and John Kurtyka)

We play eclectic, dynamic original music with roots in jazz, rock, folk and experimental music.

Just as the name implies, a lot of our work addresses social and psychological challenges while  creating moments of humor, deep feeling and joyous transcendence. In some ways our music is heady, while remaining gutsy and danceable.

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