Teddy K’s Groove 21
Experience the sounds of Africa and the Middle East as they morph and travel with you through the cosmos. Groove 21 is the once futuristic title of this solo World/Space Fusion project. Since sometime in the 20th century, Teddy has been looping guitar, percussion, sound effects, bells and whistles to create exhilarating, fascinating, and relaxing music for dances, concerts and chill-outs. Groove 21 fuses folk music with space-age sound and primordial resonance. This performance will explore and warp the roots of trance.
Teddy Klett has been a Hopewell based musician for 43 years. As a young teenager, he studied orchestral percussion at Flemington Music School and learned harmonica from his older brother. His first “rock gig” was on blues harp with Ed Wilson at a Timberlane dance in ’74.
Like so many influenced by the folk revival of the ‘60s, Teddy became student of acoustic blues guitar. He attributes an early interest in Creole and Caribbean island music to Clifton Chenier and Taj Mahal. Teddy has lead and played in a variety of area bands including the Jumpers, SnapperHead Zydeco and the Bon Ton Calydeco band. These combos have explored the African, Latin and Caribbean and roots of creole and New Orleans party music. The accordion is Teddy’s favorite instrument but since he can’t play one he crafts his harmonica sound to play that role.
Not to only settle into folk music, Teddy began experimenting in the “80s with an echo effect box, percussion and a Lexicon Jam Man. He was soon preforming ambient electronica as Groove 21. This became a catalyst to the formation of Pax Electronic Collective and the electronic fusion band, Area 25.
As a video performance artist, Ayana Luna light show designer, and electronic musician, Teddy founded the New Jersey Festival of Electronic Arts. The festival featured experimental music and visual art based in “current” technology, DIY modification and high-tech mold breaking.
Multi-instrumental live looping remains Teddy’s endeavor to pull it together into a unique solo act.
Friday March 24th
$10 suggested donation at the door
Hopewell Creative Arts Studio, 17 Seminary Avenue Hopewell NJ 08525