lead vocals, timbales, trap drums and percussion
Stanley returned to Minneapolis in 1989 after nearly 20 years in Los
Angeles touring and recording with such artists as Minnie Riperton,
Bill Withers, Joe Walsh, Jay Ferguson, Andrew Gold, Randy Meisner,
Barry Gibb, Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Karla Bonoff. Stanley has
composed songs for several films and commercials, and has also won top
honors in the Coors Light National Song Contest.
To know more about Stan and his
musical background, please check out his full-length bio.
percussion and backing vocals
has been an active percussionist for many years, touring with such
groups as Crow Cola, Gypsy, Jump Street, and 7th Wave. His professional
career includes numerous studio projects, as well as keeping busy as a
drum-maker and teaching African and Afro-Cuban percussion at the
Minneapolis Drum Center.
Matthew (Mateo) Stevens:
bass guitar, backup vocals
grew up in a musically rich environment, learning his first blues lines
on bass guitar at age 14 from his father. Soon, he began playing with
brother, Nate, and Javier Trejo in The Beads. Matt has studied and
played with Gary Hede and Jeoffry Baily and played Jazz at the U of M
School of Music. He also played with his group, The Jazz Bastards, and
with Hip-Hop group, United States of Consciousness. In 1999, he and
Mason Hozza re-formed The Beads. Soon after winning the Cabooze's
contest for �Best Unsigned Band in the Twin Cities�, The Beads
released their 2003 CD, "Ordinary Sunday People." After The Beads' run,
Matt formed the Stevens Brothers Band with longtime friend, Dave Libman
(aka Juice), brother, Sam, on drums, and Nate on Vox and Harp. In the
spring of 2005, Matt began performing with Wookiefoot, adding another
dimension to his repertoire.
Matthew first met New
Primitives in 2003 when they co-billed a show with The Beads. A few
months later, Matt was invited to fill-in for Tommy Peterson while he
was away on his honeymoon. During a practice/jam session before the
gig, Matt remembers his feeling of glee over the rhythmic differences
and all the possibilities of playing with this group. He finished the
show, but did not hear from them about playing until 2005. This is when
Javier called to say that Tommy was working on a new endeavor with his
business partner and would he be interested in filling in regularly?
Since then, Matt has played many gigs with New Primitives. His
experience playing jazz, hip-hop, reggae, and world beat converges with
New Primitives� style: multi-genre, percussion-driven music at its
Joel Schaan started music at age 5 when his
family moved into a house with a piano to big to get out of the basement. By age
14 he talked his brother Toby into buying a bass and soon they formed their
first band together. They played the northern North Dakota barn circuit in the
late eighties, then reformed as Wallace Hartley and the Titanics in the early
nineties. As a ten piece Funk/R&B group they traveled the midwest bar scene
playing original music, as well as recording with Tom "Bones" Malone, and Paul
Shaefer. In early 2000, they co-founded Test Site 67, where Stan Kipper became a
regular member of their weekly house gig at famous NE bar Mayslacks. The band
released one CD, followed up in '06 with a solo effort by Joel entitled "Accoustic."
After years of sharing stage with Stanley in each others' bands, Joel finally
joined the New Primitaves in the spring of 09.
Park Evans: Park
Evans is a Minneapolis based guitarist, composer, and music educator.
Originally from Ithaca, New York he grew up studying with classical
guitarist Karl Wolff and British fingerstyle master Martin
Simpson. He moved to Minnesota to further his study of classical
guitar and composition at Saint Olaf College. Upon discovering the rich
music scene in the twin cities and studying with local jazz guitarists
Dean Magraw and Kevin Daley he became a permanent resident. In
addition to working with New Primitives for the past 10 years and
joining them full time in 2010. Evans also performs in his solo
project, the genre-bending jazz quartet Parker Paisley, He has released
2 cd’s of his original music; 'Impossible Party' (2003), and 'Surviving
Desire' (2006); with his 3rd release, 'Satori for a Hungry Ghost',
coming out in early 2012. He works as a studio musician and can be
heard on numerous recordings including jazz, rock, alt-country, and
folk albums. He has taught guitar lessons for the past 20 years with
tenures as a faculty member of the Music Connection and the
Rymer-Hadley center for the arts.
Daryk Narum (a.k.a. Durwood) has floated around the periphery of the New
Primitives voodoo landscape since first meeting
Stan and Chico when they were in One World and just forming the New Primitives.
Before joining the band, Durwood played in multiple projects with different
members of the New Primitives. Since moving to the Twin Cities in 1994, Daryk
has performed in Test Site 67, Inspirado, Wallace Hartley and the Titanics, Slow
Motion Walter, and Rhythm Jones, as well as adding his signature bari and tenor
sound to other bands in the area. Daryk has been enjoying being a permanent
member of the New Primitives since 2007.
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