Jus Sayin - Neo-Soul & Funk
The newly formed neo-soul project, Jus Sayin, mixes elements of neo-soul, funk and jazz. The combination of local musicians Dechen Hawk, Mirco Altenbach, Colin Robison, Ben Rubin and Eric Imbrosciano, makes Jus Sayin a force to be reckoned with!! For upcoming shows check out www.dechenhawk.com/JusSayin and like us at www.facebook.com/JusSayinMusic
"Like Stevie Wonder and Jeff Buckley thrown in a blender." - Bryan Beller, Dethklok
Rocked to sleep as a child to Stevie Wonder, Dechen Hawk's music ranges from beautiful ballads to serious backbeat funk. Hawk's sound is a refreshing new addition to the Neo-Soul movement. Though musical his whole life, it wasn't until the death of his father at age 14, and the search for a way to express that loss, that Hawk found his calling as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. It was also at this time the Hawk was introduces to the music of Jeff Buckley, which influenced him heavily during this time of grief and musical exploration. Hawk's desire to create and express the joy and fragility of life has kept him busy for the past 22 years performing locally and internationally, sharing billings with such legends as Martin Sexton, Bruce Hornsby, Leon Russell, and the Fun Lovin' Criminals, as well as sharing the stage with members of The Motet, Big Gigantic, Juno What, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, The New Mastersounds, Euforquestra, Analog Sun, The pimps of Joytime, Punch Drunk Monkey Funk, Ty Burhoe, and Ron Miles. During this time Hawk has written hundreds of songs, released 6 albums, been in numerous bands, played the role of talent buyer for various venues. A 2009 graduate of Naropa University, Hawk studied with Bill Douglas, Art Lande, and Janet Feder.
"One impression you get from Hawk is that generosity is not just a courtesy; It's a business plan." P.J. Nutting - Boulder Weekly
This is the sound of my heart's motions. The melodious wonder that pulls me to my feet. The wail of despair that brings me to my knees. A rare flower by a mountain stream. The hunger for a lover's touch. A coyote calling in the night. This is my honest soul.
In the 10 years since moving to Colorado from Los Angeles, Mirco Altenbach has established himself as an award winning and in demand saxophonist. With numerous successful national and international tours under his belt, he has seen the world and played many of its stages. In particular with Fox Street (named must see by the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune) he has played global festivals with attendances of over 10,000; this Colorado based group was also awarded “best traditional rock band” by Denver’s Westwood Showcase. As a sideman he has performed with the likes of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Stanton Moore, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. Johnny Neal (Allman Brothers Band), Robert Randolph, Alexander Liebreich (Conductor/ Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra), jazz legend Art Lande (with a record coming out in 2016), as well as members of the Blind Boys of Alabama, Disco Biscuits, New Mastersounds and Big Gigantic. His current focus is on a dynamic new project, Jus Sayin, who have in their short span as a band seized the Colorado music spotlight with numerous sold out shows in the state’s best venues, as well as filling the need for Neo Soul and funk music.
The last year has been a busy one for bassist Ben Rubin. While performing countless gigs with his longtime band mate Jonah Smith, he has found the time to work with such luminaries as Shooter Jennings, Lucius, Erik Deustch, Doug Jordan, Ital Shur, David Ryan Harris, Lucy Woodward, Doug Wamble, and The Revelations (Featuring Tre Williams).
Being well versed in most genres of music, as well as being equally at home on the electric and Acoustic basses, Ben has the flexibility to work on a wide range of projects. It is precisely this openness that Ben strives for, always searching out new ways to express whatever vision/style the music calls for.
Ben has been based in Brooklyn, NY for the last 13 years. During this tenure, he has had the opportunity to play with Aaron Goldberg, Maya Azucena, Jonah Smith, Bob Reynolds, Obed Calvaire, Dave Cook, Oli Rockberger, Doug Wamble, Lucius, Jamie Mcclean, Clara Lafaro, Lucy Woodward, Somi, The Rinse, Eric Deutch, Eric Krazno, David Soler, Aaron Comes, and Tony Mason to name a few.
Eric Imbrosciano started playing music live at a very young age due to his father, a gigging blues musician in upstate NY. After studying percussion all through high school, Eric attended college for music in Oneonta, NY. There he met, performed and toured with many great musicians including Jeremy Wall (Spyro Gyra), Peter Prince and Moon Boot Lover, Sam Kininger Band, Rezi, Lynch and much more.
After moving to Denver CO in 2008, Eric quickly established himself as a working musician in the Denver scene, performing all over CO with groups such as The Nu Classics, Lindsey O'Brien Band, host of Armoury Funk Jam, Hot Soup, Ill Mannered, Sabotage, Meadowlark Jivin, Naa'Mean, Brian Jordan Band and more.
Eric's influences from old school funk groups such as James Brown, Average White Band, Earth Wind & Fire, mixed with contemporary neo soul/hip hop grooves creates a driving feel and tasteful grooves.