Saxophonist/composer Ian Rapien architects a group sound that touches upon scorching jazz-fusion, off-kilter funk motifs, straightforward modern jazz and R&B...Rapien commandeers a rapidly moving rhythmic vessel”

About Ian Rapien and Spectral Awakenings

While being thoroughly versed and rooted in the jazz idiom, Rapien has shunned the conventional notions of what defines jazz, encompassing every type of music from Bach and Charlie Parker to Aphex Twin and D'Angelo in his forward-thinking compositional and playing styles.

Upon moving to New York city in 2007, Rapien has appeared in such notable clubs as the Blue Note, Smalls, the 55 Bar, Knitting Factory, Zinc Bar, Smoke, Fat Cat, while appearing with such Jazz luminaries Snarky Puppy, Hiromi, Randy Brecker, Aaron Goldberg, Ari Hoenig, Jean-Michel Pilc, Nir Felder, Felix Pastorius, Taku Kuroda, and Zack Brock.

Rapien's compositional style "blurs the lines between Jazz, Electronica, Progressive Rock, and Jam-Band Styles, making the piece sound like a cross between Miles Davis, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and the Dave Mathews Band" (Jazziz Magazine). Always in search of creating new forms of expression, Rapien created his group Spectral Awakenings in 2002, envisioning a new brand of Jazz that could excite both jazz musicians and those newer to the idiom. Spectral Awakenings combines Rock, World, Groove, Electronica, and Odd-Time Signatures in an improvisational format. Performances have included Singapore, Peru, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York City, culminating in a 3-year monthly residency at the world-famous 55 Bar in Manhattan.

Live at the 55 Bar, NYC

Live at the 55 Bar, NYC

Live at La Noche, Lima, Peru