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What a treat to have Shannon Kennedy and U-Nam with us! THEY are Nivo Deux - a partnership of powerful "hybridity" :-D Yes, they re-define a whole NEW Hybrid, combining a cutting-edge 80's rebirth - with Electro-Pop and Contemporary Jazz. It's energizing and hypnotizing - and blissfully creative!
U-Nam has been a respected French producer and songwriter in his native country for quite some time. And he has made an impact in the States. His take on the Crusaders' "Street Life" took our breath away a few years back - and his latest project under his name jolted us again. "Weekend in L.A." - from last year - featured A-Listers, including Marcus Miller and the late George Duke.
Nivo Deux is a whole 'nother story - and builds on the funky and fresh fusion of "Weekend." Pairing with the beautiful - and beautifully talented saxophonist/vocalist, Shannon Kennedy, the new EP mirrors a bold world...where genres are blurred in the best way.
Shannon's background is such a fantastic counterpoint to U-Nam's. They're married and it would give the impression, listening to "Open Beta", that they live and breathe this music! You've got the amazing guitar wizardry of U - and the alto/bari/tenor chops of Shannon - whew :-O There's heart and soul in this young woman - she has not only played with 10,000 Maniacs and Peter White - and has been on "America's Got Talent" - but she has also formed a true bond with aspiring artists. Her secondary website is Teen Jazz - which encourages youthful visionaries to share their networking, expertise and advice. This mentorship has set Shannon apart - and earned her understandable respect.
Something that YOU'LL have when you hear the magic of Nivo Deux! Three p.m. Eastern on 8/29/2013. The fun begins at ONE!
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