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 Jazz
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Music By Will Rast & Friends

"A couple of my friends heard Will Rast at Blue's Alley, liked him a lot. I knew I would like him a lot, and I bought a copy of his CD for me. I also figured it would be a perfect gift for an out-of-state friend who also likes jazz ... "
- Betsy, Bloomington, Indiana

Will Rast & Friends

At 25, Will Rast is fast becoming recognized as one of the nation's most talented jazz musicians and composers. Twice nominated by the Washington Area Music Association for  Best Instrumentalist in the Urban Contemporary category, in 2002 and 2004, Will teams with drummers Marty Morrison and Clyde Adams, and bassists Gavin Fallow and Marc Blackwood to create an unforgettable mix of original piano jazz compositions and classic standards that demonstrate his inimitable keyboard mastery and unique style.

Will also tours as keyboard artist for American R&B and pop singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress Mýa (Mýa Marie Harrison) best known for hits such as "It's All About Me", "Best of Me," and "Case Of The Ex". Mưa has recorded multiplatinum albums and has earned several awards, including a Grammy for her contribution to the 2001 version of "Lady Marmalade". Her stage name is Mưa, but she is sometimes credited as Mưa Harrison for acting roles.

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