NEW RELEASE:   BATIQUE - DOS HERMANOS

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Batique New CD from Dose Hermanos                          

Dose Hermanos, a psychedelic keyboard duo that has been playing together for 17 years, has just released its first acoustic album. “Batique”.

Recording in a Northern California studio equipped with two grand pianos, these veterans of the psychedelic rock scene (i.e. Grateful Dead) forged an album of improvisational music that displays the freedom and clarity of their musical communication.  Informed by their knowledge of the classics, avant-garde, jazz and rock, Bob Bralove and Tom Constanten display their uncanny ability to improvise compositional structure as they are improvising the melodies, harmonies, and rhythms.

“Recording with acoustic pianos has allowed Batique to breathe in a big way,” says Bralove. “It becomes all about touch, feel and commitment.  The tracks on Batique show Dose Hermanos at it’s best. We can finish each other’s musical thoughts in a way that still astonishes me. It allows us to enter musical worlds that have the charm of a folk song (Appalachian Summer), or the sophistication of Igor Stravinsky(Tokyo Dawn), or the passion of children expressed with the technique of adults(Beep Beep!).  It is truly unbridled playing and I am thrilled with the results.”

Constanten says of the project, “Long before there was ‘the cloud’ there were countless ‘clouds,’ arising organically, spontaneously. A gene pool of creativity, cultural conversations in metaspace, ideas tossed about among communities of artists, writers, musicians.   Batique is the result of our diving in the deep end, willingly entering an uncharted realm, a vibrant playground where we make it all up as we go along.”

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Bob Bralove and Tom Constanten crossed paths in the psychedelic swirl of the Grateful Dead.  Tom, a keyboard player with the band in the late 1960's and early 1970's while Bralove was the MIDI Wizard, song writer, musical contributor to the Drums and Space section of the show and a producer for the band from the late 1980's until the band stopped in 1995.  This gave them a shared foundation in rock improvisation.  Both of them studied formal composition and are well versed in the language of the musical avant-garde.  Constanten studied with Stockhausen, Berio, and Milhaud. While Bralove studied with Pulitzer Prize winner Wayne Peterson, before working with the Grateful Dead, Bralove was helping to craft the hits of Stevie Wonder.  The melodic phrasing and rhythmic sensibilities of Bralove seem to meld magically with the musical abstractions of Constanten.

They have been playing together on the stages of the USA and Japan for 17 years and "Batique" is their first CD exclusively performed on Acoustic Pianos.  Their musical connection, which was forged in the heat of psychedelics, is amazing.  They seem to have a compatibility, which does not negate their differences but enhances them.  Their musical influences and references are numerous but their sound is unique.

Marin IJ -- Press Play: Dose Hermanos' psychedelic 'Batique'

No Depression  -- Review by Debra Gabrien 

Grateful Web Interview (April 9, 2014)

Highway 81 Interview

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: Don Grossinger host of "Morning Dew" on WBAI-FM 99.5 in New York and 
WBAI.org
  everywhere (Early Sunday, 1-3 AM  NY Time) will feature a full 2 hours with Dos Hermanos.

Also, after the show,  a recording will be available 24/7 at WBAI.org, Go to "archives", then
scroll down to Morning Dew and enjoy!




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