electronic press kit
Out Of Nations is 6 travelers with 1 destination:
a futuristic “World Music” dreamland rooted in funk, jazz, & progressive pop.
The Out Of Nations Story
Genre: Middle Eastern, Latin, Electronic, Crossover, Jazz
Influences: Quincy Jones, Wayne Shorter, Lucky Thompson, Steely Dan, Earth Wind & Fire, Sting, Ahmed Adaweya, Marc Antoni
Sounds Like / For fans of: Snarky Puppy, BadBadNotGood, Ibrahim Maalouf, 47Soul, NY Gypsy All-Stars, Tamer Abo Ghazaleh, Red Baraat, Balkan Beat Box
Out Of Nations is: Lety ElNaggar (sax & woodwinds), Jonas Cambien (keys), Charis Karantzas (e. gtr), Thomas Stieger (bass), Ayman Mabrouk (percussion), Christian Tschuggnall (drums) & produced by Khalil Chahine.
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Out Of Nations is a dream for a future world where people take each other as humans before they see each other as members of a certain nation. Lety, Jonas, Christian, Ayman, Charis, Thomas, and Khalil connected on a musical level before they realized that each one of them carried a different passport.
The melodies were written between NYC, Cairo, Beirut, and Berlin by Lety, a reeds player and composer born to Egyptian and Mexican immigrant parents in suburban America. She and producer Khalil Chahine developed album tracks that each tell part of a global story of music with a modern sound, taking inspiration from their Arab and Latin heritage and the pop-classic, funk, rock, electronic, and jazz artists that were always spinning in the background. Once the band met in the studio, the energy hooked, and together with guest artists from Cairo, Beirut and Bogotá, they recorded 9-track album, Out Of Nations.
Live, Out Of Nations invites audiences on a journey through tribal-futuristic blends of Funk, Arab, Latin, and Electronic moods — an alternative-world soundtrack to match the visual wonderland they create on stage. Out of Nations breathes new life into familiar genres by playing original, danceable World Music rooted in pop, funk & jazz.
"Quest" featured on PRI the World
"The overall feel of the tune is barely restrained flamboyance, as well as sonic texture against sonic texture, crisp percussion contrasting with the wonderful flavor of the reeds, the colorful sounds and arrangement of each instrument precisely placed. The aural tinctures and essences mingle together creating an integrated instrument of musical expression." --Randy Radic
"Their sound melds the organic and the electronic, the sonic and the visual, boldly going where few have gone before." -- Cal Coat
"A full set of Arabic percussions along with the groovy bassline kick in to breed the infamous balady beat paralleled with a full brass section grandeur. [...] We can’t wait to hear what else Out Of Nations has to offer with the upcoming release" --Alia'a Shabrawy
"Out Of Nations is a band that looks to break down the preconceived limitations of music and geography." --Marlena Fitzpatrick
"Quest will haunt you down from beginning to end"
"The resulting cosmopolitan mix of musicians served to reinforce the borderless appeal behind the music and the people who make it."