Chris Arcus, John Kurtyka and James Pollard are three misfits who love music. Their goal is to create eclectic music that speaks to both the gut and soul, helping both them and their listeners find their center in these troubled times.
Originally Chris Arcus and John Kurtyka got together to simply play whatever came to mind and express who they are without thought of creating an audience. Chris had a background in jazz and the folk scene, whereas John’s musical experience was with rock and blues. Chris was continually amazed at John’s gutsy irreverent poetry that they were gradually converting to music, as well as John’s tremendous talent with the harmonica and flute. And John loved Chris’s ability to compose experimental music on the fly with the electric keyboard and guitar with a strong jazz like beat, unerring musical composition and transcendent flights of fancy.
Eventually James Pollard joined them. At first he couldn’t quite get what they were doing. Soon, however, he became enthusiastic at the new musical freedom they were exploring. James’ amazing lead guitar and creative fire led them to realize they really had something that should be nourished and shared. Whereas they did wow the underground artistic circles in San Jose (as “Under The Bridge”), it soon became clear they needed to escape the drudgery of an increasingly difficult financial existence and lack of artistic support by the general community.
All three ended up moving up to the Pacific Northwest in the space of 8 months. Here in the Northwest, in just a year and a half, they have created roughly 20 new compositions to go with the 10 they had created previously.
They rightly feel its now high time to share their work with the world, starting right here in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area.
I urge you listen to their snips on the music page and go to hear them live when you get the chance. Its my opinion these true originals will lift your spirits and help you deal with these difficult times. The depth and breadth of their work continues to amaze upon each hearing.
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