CHARLIE TRAVELER PRESENTS: Consider The Source w/ Makayan @ Asheville Music Hall – [Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion]

April 3, 2014 @ 9:00 pm – 1:30 am America/New York Timezone
Asheville Music Hall
31 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC, 28801
United States

WHERE: Asheville Music Hall
WHEN: Thursday April 3
WHAT: Fusion/Experimental/Jam
COVER: $8adv./$10d.o.s.
AGES: 21+


NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it’d probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion”, the band’s music strikes a rare balance between cerebral andemotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks.

Formed in 2004, Consider the Source features Gabriel Marin on fretless double-neck guitar, bassist John Ferrara, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Mann. Called “the guiding light for his generation of six-stringers”, Marin channels the mystical fury of McLaughlin and Coltrane into wailing melodies, kaleidoscopic soundscapes and boneshaking riffs. With a background in classical musics both Eurpoean and Indian, and an instinct for avant-jazz and destructive metal, Marin’s hypnotic fusion of styles is ever unpredictable. Ferrara’s propulsive, percussive attack, equally suited to simple grooves and impossible chords, can ground the music or launch it into space. His madcap gumbo of slap bass, Indian rhythms, earthy minimalism and complex tapping constantly pushes into strange new worlds, whilst still dropping thick booty-clap beats. Underneath them lies Mann’s rolling thunder; dense rhythmic architecture built from pure swagger and bounce. Half double-bass prog-metal, half crackle-pop Buddy Rich swing, with African and Balkan swirls, Mann’s muscular, freewheeling polyrhythms are the engine fuel for Consider’s multiversal mischief. Even when not improvising, Consider’s music is always a conversation, a roiling stew of dynamic interplay. Each member of Consider the Source alternately leads and follows, spars and assists; in any single song, alliances are made and broken, bargains struck and divorces finalized.

Touring from coast to coast, as well as Europe and the Middle East, has not only earned the band thousands of fans, but has allowed them to perform with wide variety of well-known artists, including Victor Wooten, Wayne Krantz, King Crimson Projekt, Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Wyclef Jean, Andy Statman, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Dumpstaphunk, Keller Williams, George Porter, Jr., Jeff Sipe, Panzerballet (Germany), Eatliz (Israel), Freak Kitchen (Sweden), Morglbl (France), and many others. They have performed at numerous festivals and events, including Catskill Chill, The Big Up, Burning Man, Sun Seekers Ball (Canada), Mid-Summer Meltdown, Rootwire, the NYC Fretless Guitar Festival, and the NYC Gypsy Festival. The band’s latest album, “F**k It! We’ll Do It Live” is available at


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The first time that Dennis, Zach, Elie, and Ben jammed together in the basement of Makayan, it was a dark and stormy night. As the song they were playing gently morphed itself into Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” the intensity and fusion of the sounds they were creating were continuously rising to uncharted territories of jamming.

Suddenly they reached a peak that was terrifyingly beautiful with sounds so sacred that only the four humans who created them were allowed to hear them for a split second, and at that instant their house was struck by a bolt of lightning. The three guitarists were instantly shocked through their guitars and Ben, not yet an official member of Makayan, was hit by a bolt of electricity which shot two feet between an unplugged guitar cable and his drum set, leaving his foot with a burning sensation for a few days. realizing the abnormality of this occurrence, the four musicians stood watching the storm through the open garage door realizing that there must be some great message which the spirit of the earth was trying to relay to them. a few days later the decision was made to add Ben to band, and this was Makayan.

The band decided to name themselves Makayan, with the goal of manifesting that mystery state of musical madness. As Elie was giving Frank a ride home, Frank revealed the definition of the word Makayan to him, this definition is now kept as a secret between the band and close friends.

Makayan has been very lucky to play with many great bands around the area and to many beautiful fans. They continue to produce delicious jams and do not intend to stop until they have infected every living creature in the universe with the sound waves of universal happiness which they hold the secret key to creating. Makayan loves you.