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Episode 50: Nikhil Korula

Episode 50 | July 2013

     Blending the sounds of calypso, rock, reggae, African and Latin grooves, the Nikhil Korula Band has been gathering worldwide attention one fan at a time. From their diverse backgrounds and musical influences, this unique sextet infuses extraordinary musicianship with irresistible dance jams, a combination that has been selling out such iconic venues as the House of Blues, Temple Bar, Knitting Factory and Viper Room. Due to its ever-increasing fan following, this vibrant musical act has traveled all over the world playing festivals, performing on college campuses and jamming at clubs, both big and small. In the 6 years they have been together, the NK Band has been honored to play with some of today’s most accomplished performers as John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Los Lonely Boys, Tim Reynolds, Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R, Page McConnell of PHISH, The Calling, Colin Hay (Men At Work), Les Claypool, Common Sense, the Dan Band and many more. At the time of their inception, a few band members even played in a tribute concert for rock legend Carlos Santana, featuring Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
Classically trained in voice from the age of 5, founding frontman Nikhil Korula lent his dulcet tones to sing with the likes of opera giants such as Placido Domingo and pop stars Barry Manilow and the late Luther Vandross and even sang for one of Danny Elfman’s film scores in addition to performing at the 32nd Annual Grammy® Awards with Mike and the Mechanics. However, his creative talents drew him to the intense world of jazz and improvisation which led to his playing many acoustic sets throughout Los Angeles. This experience in turn helped him to collaborate with some of the city’s finest jazz musicians to form the Nikhil Korula Band (NK Band).
The music of the NK Band soars seamlessly across a world of influences, lifting listeners to a plane of joy and positivity. Through their electrifying concerts the band pushes musical boundaries with its improvisation, making each live performance unforgettable. As a result, the enthralled audience is left with a feeling they will never forget.
In their first year of performing together, the band sold out of their first EP, a 5 song CD that still makes waves on the college scene. This success propelled the NK Band to record a full-length album at Ocean Way Studios in Hollywood, following in the footsteps of incredible recent recording artists, Beck, Paul McCartney and Radiohead. The intricately crafted songs on their latest album, The Way Things Work, underscore the band’s message of love, honor, peace and promise, most needed in our troubled time. In the short time of its existence, several NK Band tracks (If I Could, Till We Dance, Lift Your Head, Livin’, Sunrise and The Way Things Work) have been played on AAA and college radio stations around the country and all over the world. With dedicated fans, exceptional live shows, and consistently remarkable song writing, the Nikhil Korula Band continues to have a remarkable effect and amazing impact on audiences globally.

“House Blend” host, writer and co-producer Stephen K. Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” 1992), award-winning radio writer-producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” 1988-1990) and veteran record company executive (Capitol, Elektra/Asylum, Rhino). A Canyon Country resident since early 1988, Peeples wrote about the SCV music scene for The Signal newspaper in 2004-2006 and was Managing Editor of the My Santa Clarita community website in 2006-2007. He was The Signal’s Online Editor and social media manager from October 2007 to May 2011. In 2009 he was honored when was named “Best Website” by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. A jazz and rock drummer since he was 12, Peeples was a member of the underground West L.A. garage band Peaking Duck from 1977-2008. In 2010, he co-founded the SCV-based jazz quartet RainTree.
©2013 SCVTV & Stephen K. Peeples
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