Orquestra Pacifico Tropical
Chanti Darling (live!)
DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid
Sat Apr 7
$10.00 - $12.00
Tickets at the Door
This event is 21 and over
ORQUESTRA PACIFICO TROPICAL's all original psych cumbia album release show for "El Tren", featuring the amazingly talented future funk outfit Chanti Darling (performing live!) & DJs Anjali & the Incredible Kid holding it down for a dance party all night!
Featuring members of Sun Angle, Deer or the Doe, O Bruxo, Ioa, Lewi Longmire Band,Tu Fawning, Point Juncture WA, Modernstate, Jippedo and Team Evil, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical's wall of sound is dedicated to expanding the music of Central and South America to the people and dance floors of the Pacific Northwest.
electro-soul adepts Chanti Darling, Trü drinks deeply from the sacred founts of Disco, Boogie Funk, and the
dizzying universe of house music. Teasing out the essential filaments, Trü weaves a sound that nods to the
past as it blasts into the future; urgent, irresistible, and absolutely of the moment.
Raised on a steady diet of jazz, soul, and his mom’s Boogie Funk collection (he started leading vocal groups at
age ten), multi-instrumentalist Trü studied opera, musical theater, and composition. Naturally drawn to the
primal energy of the club scene, Trü first made a name for himself as a performer, promoter, and DJ. “I was
always drawn to the power of music to make people dance” says Trü . “There’s some innate, ritualistic
pre-human thing within us, engrained on our DNA. The metaphysical combination of melodies, rhythms, lyrics
and ideas; it’s what our very consciousness is made of. It is creation itself.”
To aid him on his pilgrimage, spreading the gospel of RNB, Trü turned to fellow sonic wizards Natasha Kmeto
and Damon Boucher. “Natasha and I have lots of conversations about unsung heroes of popular music”
explains Trü “RNB musicians that don’t get the shine that they deserve because they are women, or black, or
queer. Then a blonde haired blue-eyed dude from someplace trendy literally “borrows” from this genre and all
the sudden RNB is cool. No. It’s never not been cool.”
Written over three years and recorded in Portland, Oregon at Zip Zap and Eyrst studios, the record features
numerous collaborations with producer Boucher and Kmeto. While some of the songs were written in the
studio, much of the music was refined during the bands already legendary live shows. No doubt dazzling
choreographers and dancers The Step Touches – the only constant in the Chanti Darling lineup apart from Trü
– have helped build the legend with their epic performances.
Early in the project, Trü put together a band that included Hannah Blilie of The Gossip and Rebecca Cole of
Wild Flag. “It’s amazing to be able to develop ideas in a live setting,” Trü tells us. “A lot of these songs started
from live instrumentation and were then translated through digital production.” In fact, the bulk of the music –
apart from the drum programming – was tracked live.
Aesthetically, Chanti Darling melds 80’s retro-futurist iconography with a late-night summertime vibe; THE RNB
is a place of neon lights and palm fronds, washed in the pastels of dusk and dawn. Together, Chanti Darling is
undeniable and immersive. This has not gone unnoticed in the Pacific Northwest – and beyond. Voted
Portland’s “Best New Band” in a poll held by Willamette Week , the band has already performed at the
Pickathon , Treefort , and What The Festival events, played a host of shows with Hercules & Love Affair, been
featured in Vice and Dope , and shared the stage with NAO as part of Red Bull Sound Select.
“This record is built upon a sort of string theory of RNB sounds” says Trü . “THE RNB is a type of place that
exists in another plane. It’s another dimension. A place beyond dreaming that is the totality of your highest
vibration. All the rest though… is just mundane.”
One of the timeless, primary allures of music has been the ability to lose oneself within it, and with RNB Vol.1
Chanti Darling has crafted a sonic totem, imbued with the power to transport the listener to a place of
hip-shaking, sweaty freedom. “I wanted to create a record that people could be absorbed by. Something to hold
them and envelop them. The world… the world itself has gotten so dark. That darkness bleeds over into
everything that we create. Which can be amazing. But, I felt my call was different. I wanted to create a shift to
positivity and light.” Blessed through a life steeped in rhythm with the mystic ability to tap into and channel the
primal genomic funk, Chanticleer Trü has crafted a shimmering antidote to that darkness. RNB Vol.1 is a
rapturous, profoundly engaging (and much needed) mega dose of humanities first antidepressant.
After making a name for themselves in their hometown’s raucous house party circuit, DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid introduced the Portland, Oregon nightclub scene to the sounds of Bhangra, Bollywood and Global Bass on New Year’s Eve 2000. A series of residencies followed, beginning with a night at the legendary Blackbird, and the duo began hosting their ANDAZ dance parties in July of 2002. The party’s focus on hardcore Panjabi Bhangra and the latest electronic confections from the Bollywood film industry continue to pack the dance floor after 12 years. While ANDAZ was still in the bloom of youth, Anjali and The Kid founded the revolutionary dance night ATLAS (with co-host/DJ E3) at Holocene in November of 2003 to introduce Portland to Global Bass sounds such as: Balkan Beats, Reggaeton, Funk Carioca, 3Ball Guarachero, Digital Cumbia, Urban Desi, French and Arabic Hip-Hop, Rai N B, Reggada, Dembow, Dubstep, Kuduro, Merengue Urbano and a host of other local and diasporic future musics. ATLAS was a vital party in Portland nightlife and the Global Bass scene internationally for more than nine years and remains the longest-running night in Holocene’s history. In 2013 Anjali and The Kid initiated TROPITAAL: A Desi Latino Soundclash, their latest project.
They have supported artists as diverse as Digable Planets, Balkan Beat Box, Major Lazer, Skrillex, A Tribe Called Red, DJ Spooky, Tigerstyle, Boban i Marco Markovic Orkestar, Delhi 2 Dublin, Sleigh Bells, Glitch Mob, State of Bengal, MSTRKRFT, Karsh Kale, DJ Rekha, CeU, Antibalas, Dengue Fever, Blockhead, Soulico, The Decemberists, Uproot Andy, Rupa & the April Fishes, Gold Panda, DJ Marcelinho Da Lua, Saini Surinder, Washed Out, Toy Selectah, Pink Martini, Quantic, Opiuo, Bonobo, Extra Golden, Maga Bo, Poirier, Plastician, Flying Lotus, Ming & FS, Joro-Boro, Kultur Shock, Ghostland Observatory, Rafi eL, J-Boogie, and Nickodemus from Turntables on the Hudson.
1001 SE Morrison St.
Portland, OR, 97214