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about

Delivering a fearless mix of improv, prog rock, jazz and funk steeped in Indian and Middle Eastern musical vocabularies, Pray for Brain is not your auntie's world music band, nor your uncle's country twang, nor your grandad's jazz vinyl.

If Zeppelin, Miles, Johnny Cash, Isaac Hayes and Nusrat met on a Calcutta rooftop overlooking Marrakesh, you'd be close: Fretless and fretted guitars, oud, upright bass and drums drive this telepathic mashup.

Pray For Brain is an evolution of Sama Duo, where Mustafa Stefan Dill (guitars, oud) and Jefferson Voorhees (drums) brought a telepathic level of interplay to their groove-oriented energetic improvisations, delivered with a gutsy south Asian and Middle Eastern twist.
One fan wrote, "I love Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Indian classical music and Zeppelin and improv jazz, and your music was hitting all of those buttons in my brain at once."

Albuquerque's Weekly Alibi called them "catchy, challenging, spacey and spiritual all at the same time."

With the addition of upright bassist Christine Nelson and retooled as Pray For Brain, the trio expands the range of groove, nuance and improvising conversations. The music is simultaneously lighter but deeper, easier to hear and harder to shake off.

Spirited, spontaneous and global, the band's eclecticism has prompted the genre-busting labels Arabilly, Indofunk, and Sufisurf.

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released April 7, 2014

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Mustafa Stefan Dill - fretted and fretless guitars, oud
Christine Nelson - upright bass
Jefferson Voorhess - percusssion

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