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SNWMF '05
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Universal Language
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Universal Language is a musical melting pot fusing Latin and world grooves to create infectious high energy dance music. With strong roots in Mexico, Israel, Cuba, Italy and California, UL has united realizing a pancultural vision of unity through music. Their driving dance oriented grooves have been compared to Latin fusion bands such as Ozomatli and Orishas, yet they bring a style and sound that is all their own. Positive lyrics, blistering latin percussion, Cuban tres, double bass, Andean Charango and Spanish guitar are some of the ingredients used to create a rich cultural landscape that gives their music an energy that always leaves the crowd inspired. UL has shared the stage with Ozomatli, Spearhead, Blackalicious, Vinyl, Steve Kimock, Mickey Hart..

Moshe Vilozny-vocals, spanish guitar, cuban tres
Radio Active -beatbox
David ìel pachaî Alvarez-congas, cajon, percussion, vocals
Ethan Sanchez-electric and acoustic basses
Renzo Staiano-electric and spanish guitars, cuban tres, charango
Gianni Staiano-piano, organ, percussion
Nate-Frederick-drumset, percussion
Jon Cavanaugh-trumpet, vocals
Joel Ford-tenor and soprano saxophones

Trilingual vocalist and stringed instrumentalist Moshe, leads the group with original and inspiring music. He has appeared on stage with numerous performers such as Bobby Mcferrin, KRS-1. Radio Active has gained international fame with the group Spearhead whom he has toured and recorded with since 2000. He has rocked audiences upwards of 100,000 commanding the crowd with his freshly energetic engaging performance. His critically acclaimed performances on Universal Language's latest release as well as on stage as given the band a whole new element taking this band to the next level. The bands revolutionary percussionist Pacha, from Chiapas, pours out heartfelt rhythms and vocals that transport audiences into new dimensions. Catch him in the U.S. while you can! He has appeared on stage with Manu Chao and CafÈTacuba, and has toured extensively with Sista Monica. Brothers Renzo and Gianni are both graduates of Berklee College of Music; Renzo performs professionally with a variety of stringed instruments including, six-, seven- and eight-string electric guitars, Spanish acoustic guitar, the Cuban tres, the Spanish six-string requinto, and the pan-andean charango. Ethan plays the upright bass giving the group a truly unique sound. His versatility will bring you from a classical bow style into a funk groove in no time. From Tuvan throat singing to soprano saxophone, Joel definately explores and pushes all realms of music. As a composer he has earned himself a number of prestigious awards and his sizzling improvisational solos are not to be missed. Jon spices things up on trumpet tearing through tunes with†melodic explosions of sweetly placed phrases and tasteful interludes. Nate's stylistic diversity keeps the group grounded from rhumba to reggae. As one of the Bay Area's most demanded live, and studio drummers, Nate never misses a beat.

°Revolucion! Is UL's debut studio album, teaming the all-star band up with members of Spearhead, Sambada and Youssou N' Dour. It was released on January 15th of 2005, and the record is already recieving airplay on KZSC, KPIG, KUSP, and KKUP in California as well as international airplay in Mexico, Cuba and Israel. The last track on the album, Colorblind, is sung in Hebrew and Arabic bringing a message of Unity and hope to the Middle-East. The title track features phenomenal beatboxing and vocals by Spearheadís own Radio Active and samples from sub-comandante Marcos, leader of the Zapatista movement. This is music with a message to move you mind body and soul.

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