BONOMO is NYC based family of musicians on a mission to unify musical traditions - a band unique and familiar. Formed by Singer/ Songwriter/ Keyboardist, Adam Bonomo, BONOMO's music pulls inspiration from all walks of musical traditions and has been described as "fresh and deliberate.. a uniquely lyrical and engaging sound, pulling the listener towards their own inner dreams, desires, and reflections" and having "a haunting quality that brings the listener together with their lyrics, rhythms, and musicality."
Since their formation in 2015, BONOMO has received much acclaim including a debut performance at Lincoln Center, 1st place prize at the CASC songwriting competition, and placing top 5 in the Indie International Songwriting Competition. Recently BONOMO released their first official music video (in collaboration with Marian Sell) for the song 'Water', showcasing portraits of over 150 different people across NYC. BONOMO’s debut album Phases is set to release on Feb 19th 2017.
Whether fulfilling the role of vocalist, emcee, showman, or impresario, Michael Mwenso conveys both the sophistication and spontaneity of hardcore jazz and the music’s folkloric roots with impeccable craft, creativity, and communicative flair. Most frequently, Mwenso performs as leader of Michael Mwenso and The Shakes, a retinue comprising between three to five vocalists and a rotating ensemble. Mwenso has spent his entire life immersed in the jazz scene and has developed his unique skill set through the course of eventful life journeys.
“You’re getting a generation of holistic musicians who love Louis Armstrong just as much as Woody Shaw, Sidney Bechet as much as Ornette Coleman,” Mwenso says. “They want to be free in all styles of music—free in themselves. We’re figuring out ways to play this music as art, but as entertainment, too.