NYC soul icon Tomás Doncker, is on a 'Global-Soul' mission, dedicated to musical experimentation. The head of True Groove Records, has a brand new release with his band, an expanded full-length tribute to one of his idols, Howlin' Wolf. Moanin' at Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project album was developed during a critically acclaimed run at NYC SummerStage (and directed by award winning director Alfred Preisser), this project is now being shaped into a multimedia performance concert.
"We had been bouncing the idea of a blues record around for awhile. Every time we discussed it The Wolf came up. Willie Dixon came up. Smokestack Lightning, Spoonful, Evil - on and on" Doncker explains. "The stories so vivid, even today! We wanted to be a part of that lineage, that history. We wanted to tell that 'Same Ol' Story one mo' time.' But our way. We felt the time was right," says Doncker.
3-Back Door Man
4-Moanin' At Midnight
6-Blind Melon Morpheus
8-I Ain't Superstitious
10-Moanin' At Midnight (Ras Jah Ames Dub Mix)
Tomás Doncker-Lead Vocals,Guitars
Doncker cut his teeth as a guitarist with such genre-busting groups as James Chance & The Contortions, Defunkt, J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz. As a prime mover on New York's downtown 'No Wave' scene in the early 80's. Internationally touring and recording in Japan with jazz pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, and producing studio and songwriting sessions with Bootsy Collins, Yoko Ono, Grammy nominated Reggae vocal group The Itals, and Grammy-winning producer Prince Charles Alexander. He's worked with acclaimed artists; Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.
His latest work embraces an even broader musical vision that he likes to call Global-Soul, drawing influences from numerous sources; including the Caribbean, Asia, as well as East and West Africa. Featured on both CNN and Guitar World, Doncker continues to surprise us. This summer he plans to do it once again.
Twitter: @tomasdoncker @truegroove1