Lean and mean, San Francisco's rock quintet, New Monsoon, has been transforming audiences across the country into dedicated fans with a relentless touring schedule. Their exhilarating marriage of acoustic and electric instruments comes together in an irresistible blend of sophisticated songcraft, inventive musical exploration and down home rock-n-roll.
In January 2007, New Monsoon sold out the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, and continued to play to huge crowds all over the country. Continuing in their tradition of collaboration, the band also welcomed Grammy winning guitar hero Mike Stern for an epic set; Stern is best known from his work with Miles Davis and Blood Sweat and Tears. After working with Santana's Michael Shrieve on their last album, the band will release their fifth album, titled New Monsoon V, which was produced/mixed/engineered by John Cutler, best known for his production work with The Grateful Dead on platinum selling album In the Dark (co-produced with Jerry Garcia), as well as Without a Net (co-produced with Phil Lesh), and the Jerry Garcia Band's How Sweet It Is.
New Monsoon was conceived when Penn State friends Bo Carper and Jeff Miller reconnected in California. With Carper's rootsy acoustic finger style as a foil for Miller's inspired melodies, the pair sowed the seeds of the New Monsoon sound. With the addition of drummer Marty Ylitalo, the New Monsoon vision started to unfold. During the recording of the band's first album Hydrophonic in early 2001, the band tapped long-time friend Phil "The Pianimal" Ferlino for keyboard tracks. Blown away by the project, Ferlino immediately moved to San Francisco and joined the band on-stage at the 2001 High Sierra Music Festival. Nationwide touring and the band's second album, Downstream, followed in 2003. While the band was sorry to see original members Brian Carey (percussion) and Rajiv Parikh (tablas) come off the road due to the birth of children, 2006 delivered bass monster Ron Johnson, formerly of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. The streamlined 5 piece tour de force has not missed a beat since.