Agua Trip began in the Autumn of 2000, when Bill and Lindsey met at a Party for French majors from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. After a few months of jamming together, Bill and Lindsey recorded 17 songs, thus creating their first collection of recorded demos entitled Baseado. This tongue-in-cheek, impromptu production - recorded in 5 weekends - was the eye-opening experience that led to the formation of the band Agua Trip. By the end of 2001, the band was up and running. Bill and Lindsey chose the name 'Agua Trip' because it captured the spirit of their genre-defying music: a voyage of constant change, music that changes and moves like water - with hints of multiculturalism (thus the bilingual title). They began playing parties and cafes in the greater Nashville area. By the summer of 2002, they decided to move to New York, where they joined forces with New York musicians and played an extensive list of venues. It wasn't long before they acquired a diverse following. In addition to traditional music venues, Agua Trip's appearances include annual benefits such as 'Stomp - Equity against AIDS' in 2003 and 2004, and modern dance fundraisers for Joyce SoHo and Isabel Gotskowsky and Friends in 2005, 2006, and 2007. More recently, Agua Trip has teamed up with 'Connect' a local NYC-based non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and elimination of family and gender violence. They have also performed at Barnard College / Columbia University on multiple occasions and a variety of social events. Agua Trip has also been a mainstay at Pangea Restaurant where they performed regularly since 2005. From the very beginning, Agua Trip has welcomed a wide array of genres into their repertoire, from Beatle-ish pop and Marley-esque reggae to Mexican corridos and Quebecois folksongs. They have created their own genre: an alternative, world-influenced pot-pourri that cannot be compared to one single artist, but rather to a combination of artists. Agua Trip is more than a band - it is a creative project that invites collaboration. Bill and Lindsey, as the stable core of the group, are always inviting other artists to perform with them live or on record. They have enjoyed making music with a long list of artists including James Guastaferro, Jacob Gossett, Dan Weiner, Mark Katsaounis, Morgan Henderson, Russell de Moose, Andrew Cooper, Aaron Coleman, Roberto Carrasco, Chris Johnson, Ginger Burden Boise, Kyla Barkin, Tanya Barach, Roxane Carrasco, and many more. Perhaps owing to it's rhythmic and fluid quality, their music has been well received in the modern dance community and has been used for dance instruction and choreography. As musical artists, they are always in search of new collaborations with other artists and media (film, dance, theater, comedy, visual arts, and whatever new media arise). Bill and Lindsey are also co-creators of The Moveable Feast, 'a party on the move' which showcases a select mixture of artists including dancers, painters, sculptors, comedians, musicians, poets, writers, and more. The Moveable Feast has met with very enthusiastic praise from both the participating artists and the guests, who comment on it's warm, inclusive and inviting vibe as well as it's wide range of artistic genre and talent. The Albums: 'Breakfast Translations' and 'Genetics' Agua Trip's New York experience has culminated in the creation of two lengthy and flavorful albums: Breakfast Translations in 2005 and Genetics in 2008. Together, Bill and Lindsey wrote, recorded, and produced the albums by themselves - with some contributions from other artists sprinkled in and post-production by Mike Boise at Boise Audio and Union Street Sound. Together, Breakfast Translations and Genetics offer a delicious menu of 35 original and very unique songs. Breakfast Translations (2005) Since the release of Breakfast Translations, Agua Trip has been compared to John Lennon, Manu Chao, The Police, Elliot Smith, The Beatles, Bill Withers, Peter Gabriel, The Jayhawks, Bare Naked Ladies, Burt Bacharach, Jack L, Simon and Garfunkel, Michael Franks, CSNY, Antonio Jobim, Belle and Sebastian, The Pixies, Frank Zappa, Eno, Beta Band, and Starland Vocal Band. And the comparisons keep on coming. Happily, the response to BT has been overwhelmingly positive. The feedback is remarkable in that it spans generations and tastes; children, teens, young adults and their parents appreciate it together. Listeners spread the album to friends as if they are spreading a treasured secret. Much of the feedback refers to Breakfast Translations' value and it's long-lasting growth on the listener. Owing to it's availability on numerous Internet distribution channels, Breakfast Translations has received feedback from audiences worldwide. Some of the media outlets that have embraced it are the Global Fink Sessions (Internet radio, UK), Voice of Culture (CD review and Internet radio rotation, Germany) and NYontap (CD review, USA). The album was also acknowledged on the musician-based site Garageband.com, where When the Furious Leaves and Slave won several awards: When the Furious Leaves: Twice 'Track of the Day', and #2 for 'Best Lyrics' Slave: 'Best Drums', 'Best Programming', 'Best Beat', and 'Grooviest Rhythm' Genetics (2008) In September of 2006, Bill and Lindsey had a jam session that resulted in the first song of this album, The Conversation's Growing. At first, they didn't have a title for it, so they used the first word that caught their eye: 'Genetics'. Soon, they began to use this as the title of their next album, realizing that nothing else could be more appropriate. In fact, Genetics, the album, has turned out to be a veritable showcase of Agua Trip's musical evolution over the last seven years. The 20 song album includes 7 Agua Trip 'standards' from 2001 (Get Over It, In the Sand, Can't Help Myself, and Sooner or Later) and 2003 (Ubatuba, Eating Philosophy, and Good Morning). Five songs were performed more recently at The Moveable Feast in 2006 (Sun and Venus Moonrise) and 2007 (Happy to Change, Fire's on the Floor, While You're Here). Since 2007, 4 songs have made their debut at their regular shows at Pangea Restaurant in New York (Dancing Che's, Accidental Wilderness, Sleep Trips and Falls, and It Rained Today). With the release of Genetics, they are happy to introduce 4 previously unheard songs: I See It All, Overflow, Believe Me When I Sip My Lemonade, and The Conversation's Growing. They are very excited to unite the past, present, and future in this genetic expression. After more than a year of weekends and evenings in the studio, Agua Trip will officially release Genetics on November 5, 2008. To celebrate, they are throwing a party, and everyone's invited. The party will also be a fundraiser for Agua Trip, to help defray their CD production costs, and for 'Connect' In this spirit of collaboration, 20 visual artists have also been chosen to participate in the Fundraiser. Each artist took a song from Genetics and created a piece inspired by the title and/or the general concept of that song. The media, disciplines and techniques of the art vary from artist to artist, reflecting the musical diversity of the songs from the album. They have generously donated their artwork to be auctioned off at the party. Agua Trip will also be selling copies of our first book, designed by Esther L Kim, entitled Genetics: A Visual Songbook, which presents the artwork along with the lyrics for all the songs in the album. You can get more information about the party by going to our website. Bill Carrasco is a songwriter and a self-taught musician (guitar, piano, saxophone). While living in Toulouse, France in 1998, he formed his first band called Comfort Zone, a French-Brazilian-Mexican-American band. He plays the guitar left-handed and upside down, which never ceases to confuse observers. Incidentally, he has a Ph.D. in Semiotics and Folklore and an M.A. in Latin American Literature. Born and raised in a family of musicians, Lindsey Boise learned to play the trombone, the guitar, the bass, the mandolin, and just about everything else from Tennessee to Quebec. He was part of the Ska-punk scene in Nashville, playing with The Digits and Supersloth. He spent many hours watching his father work in the family recording studio, hoping he would learn something, and has helped produce and engineer several side projects. He has a B.A. in French and German, and an affinity to ancient tongues.
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