Will Rast Piano Jazz


Funk Ark's Debut
From the Rooftops
Out June 14, 2011

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Recorded at ESL Music studios in Washington, dc, by thievery corporation's sound engineer christopher 'stone' garret, from the rooftops is the funk-tastic debut album from esl music's newest artist signing the funk ark! fronted by keyboard savant and long-time esl music session player will rast, the album delivers a healthy dose of vintage afrobeat, latin, and funk stylings. recalling the best of afrika 70, the jb's and the fania allstars all at once, the funk ark is your new one-stop shop for booty-shaking vintage grooves. shout it from the rooftops!

ESL Signs
Funk Ark

Thievery Corporation's Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) records has signed Will Rast's world funk ensemble, The Funk Ark. Based in Washington, D.C., the band has a debut album recorded which will be released on ESL Music in Spring/Summer 2011.

Will Rast
"Impressionable Youth"

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Released in 2006, Impressionable Youth was Will Rast's second album of straight ahdead jazz. The jazz piano virtuoso plays with intensity and direction. His song writing, however, sets him apart. Rast's stunning compositions bridge the gap between childhood wonderment and the reality of life in the 21st century.

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Will Rast — Booking Information

Will Rast with actress Lucy Lu at a 2005 benefit at Lincoln Center in New York.

Will Rast offers a virtually unlimited list of musical capabilities to meet your entertainment and performance needs.  Will's network of musicians and performance artists offers you a powerful resource and a recipe for entertainment enjoyment no matter what the event. Listed below is a comprehensive list of services Will Rast Entertainment offers clients.

Will Rast performs as a solo artist and with a variety of musicians and groups in clubs, concerts,  festivals,  embassy functions and private events by special arrangement.

He performs with trio or quartet, featuring a range of the Washington, D.C., area's finest jazz musicians. Will brings his vast range of playing experience in genres from classical to jazz and hip-hop to all musical settings, and is available for live performances and recording projects. A versatile musician comfortable in any setting, Will studied with jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch at the Manhattan School of Music, jazz great Ron Elliston, and pianist Bob Sykes at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C.

"I am Jazz pianist turned hip hop, R&B, Drum and Bass, Boogaloo Funk, Avante Garde, country, blues and World Music gun for hire. I travel the world in search of the consumate musical experience and along the way meet tons of interesting people and hear great players in all genres. I am a proud contributer to 3 very cool Washington DC bands, called FUNK ARK, BLACK AND TAN FANTASY BAND and INNERLOOP. You can also find me backing such artists as WES FELTON, GRAMMY WINNING R&B singer, MYA, RAMP (Roy Ayers Musical Productions), Raheem DeVaughn and Alfonso Velez (among many others). Music feeds my passion for life. Also I am married to the most wonderful girl I've ever met. Life is good."

For Bookings, Contact:

Will Rast (click to send email) willrast@gmail.com

Phone: 301-379-2717
Fax: 240-568-0124

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