Juhan Ongbrian’s “Mood Swings” Kickstarts America’s Entry into Progressive Jazz Fusion Success Story

Artist: Juhan

Title: Mood
Swings EP

Release: EP
Released 15th November

Lead Track: Mood
Swings – Single Released 25th October

F.F.O: Tom Misch; Alfa Mist; Ezra Collective

jazz; jazz fusion; electro jazz…however you want to label it, the pioneering
artists taking jazz to brand new audiences are some of the biggest success
stories in the UK music industry in recent years, taking a form of music which
had fallen cruelly out of fashion into something which unified people across
generations, cultural backgrounds and class. Entering the arena alongside the
likes of Tom Misch and Alfa Mist is Juhan Ongbrian who brings
his extraordinary guitar skills and composition skills to a life which has seen
him take influence from his birthplace in Indonesia through to a prolonged stay
in Seattle and finally to his base in Los Angeles. Deemed an outsider to the
closed, fit-to-template system of LA, he is bringing his new EP to the UK for
its launch, eager to show that his combination of blues, jazz and ambient beats
can comfortably compete with the best on the scene.

Swings features the talents of Juhan himself on guitar; Adrian “Ech0”
on drums, and Austin “Sly Chong” Smith on bass, a trio who
have found themselves marginalised by the musical behemoth of Los Angeles.
Unwilling to temper their pulsating and organic space-jazz-blues hybrid, they
are looking to follow the recent wave of artists who have brought jazz to fans
of electro, urban styles and dance in the UK. Leading with the title track of
the EP, Mood Swings is first and foremost a masterclass in musicianship with
Juhan’s blues-influenced guitar

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