Rupert Common (singer/song-writer) Dave Taylor (bass guitar) Anesia Stephenson (Drum Kit)
Rupert, Dave and Anesia came together as a result of the Stew Jams- a monthly, improvised music night that occurs in Vancouver at the Red Gate Arts society. All of them are a part of the Stew Collective, but meet together as a trio to produce and perform Rupert's songs.
United by a love for classic Hip-Hop, political music, and authentic expression, the 3 musicians make a great team. All of them improvise well together, and are known to start shows with live freestyles involving dance and rap.
Anesia usually gets a feel for Rupert's songs by listening to the demo, or getting a vibe off a live session. She brings a lot of emotion to the songs, often adding expression with her use of symbols, or catching a groove with the snare and bass. Her rhythmic ideas and overall nonjudgmental attitude give Rupert a lot of space in which to feel the moment .
Given some simple chord changes, Dave creates pretty-much spontaneous bass lines which can change depending on the context. With extensive experience playing in multiple genres, he manages to bring the necessary funk to Rupert's otherwise, folky and laid back tunes.
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