Black Orpheus (feat. Melissa Garay & Thomas Cassell)
The New Acoustic Collective
“Last week I listened to The New Acoustic Collective’s previous single like ten times in a row, so I was really excited to get my hands on their recording of Black Orpheus! Right out of the intro I was captivated. As I expected, there is masterful playing and vocals and a really great arrangement. Get a copy right away and put on some good headphones. You will love it!” - Nate Lee
— Black Orpheus 2022 Single Release Quote
“An exquisite blend of Bolero, salsa, and flamenco complemented by outstanding musical performances on guitar, vocals, and trumpet. Jason and The New Acoustic Collective have really captured multiple styles of Latin music all rolled into one song!” - Jeff Lewis
— Black Orpheus 2022 Single Release Quote
The piece that started it all for The NAC. "Back in California" the 1st track from "Art of Acoustics" encapsulates what The NAC strives for in each and every performance as well as demonstrating their love of bluegrass, jazz, flamenco, classical, and multi-styles in this prolific and in-the studio recording!
“The San Francisco-based New Acoustic Collective has mutated newgrass and Dawg music into a new genre - spacegrass... Art of Acoustics is their second full-length release and it's characterized by drive and inventiveness. The album's great opener, "Back in California" recalls the David Grisman Quintet's "EMD" and Chick Corea's "Spain"... Tony Rice's "Old Gray Coat" features Tony's brother, guitarist Wyatt Rice. In a modal tune reminiscent of the Grateful Dead's "Bird Song," Rice gently echoes his brother's flowing style. Rice's playing contrasts with Keiser's harder attack, which includes some nicely varied dynamics. It's one of the album's strongest tracks... The last track, "For Flux", is dedicated to Dobro royalty Jerry Douglas. The tune's melody features rapid bi-directional slides, which Keiser executes with aplomb. He also plays one of his best improvisations here. The New Acoustic Collective has critical strengths: drive, mastery of time, and balance among instruments. I commend the group for their skill and determination in presenting acoustic music in an innovative lineup. Three members composed material for the project, which has a cohesive feel....” - Patrick Ragains
— Minor 7th Acoustic Guitar Webzine, "Art of Acoustics" Album Review, 2021
“The group cites their influences to include David Grisman’s Dawg compositions, Tony Rice’s SpaceGrass, and other new acoustic artists, but they are also able to cover a myriad of styles from jazz, bluegrass, flamenco, traditional string band, to classical. This talented young group really extends their boundaries of acoustic string band music with selections like “Back In California”, “Key Signator”, “Grapejelly”, “Jazzology”, and “Tranescale”... There is also a sort of tribute to Jerry Douglas in “For Flux”, and Wyatt Rice is featured on “Old Grey Coat”. Fans of New Acoustic music will enjoy this new project as the group covers many styles of the genre. ” - Bill Foster
— "Art of Acoustics" Album Review Bluegrass Unlimited, 11/1/21
September 28th-30th, 2021- The New Acoustic Collective Official Showcase Artists featuring special guest; professional mandolinist Thomas Cassell, Bluegrass Ramble, IBMA, Raleigh NC
Monday, September 20th, 2021- The New Acoustic Collective live at The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC “Art of Acoustics” Album Release Show
Saturday, August 14th, 2021- The New Acoustic Collective live at Amado’s, San Francisco, CA
Saturday, June 26th, 2021- The New Acoustic Collective live at The Back Room, Berkeley, CA
Friday, December 4th, 2020- The New Acoustic Collective performed at Campbell Museum and Ainsley House Foundation fundraiser, San Jose, CA
Saturday, August 29th, 2020- The New Acoustic Collective performed at Porch- Festival in Downtown Naglee Park, San Jose CA
Sunday, February 23rd, 2020- San Jose State University Jazz Orchestra led by Dr. Lington performed at San Jose Jazz WinterFest; at The Hammer Theater featuring professional vocalist Shelea. Jason Keiser and The New Acoustic Collective give their Hammer Theater debut performance featuring Jason Keiser’s original SpaceGrass/New Acoustic Music work “Back in California” featuring The New Acoustic Collective to open the show.
Discography/Current Body of Recorded Work:
December 27th, 2020; EP Release: Buckwild, produced & released by Jason Keiser & © The New Acoustic Collective.
September 20th, 2021; 1st full length Album Release: Art of Acoustics featuring special guest Wyatt Rice, produced and released by Jason Keiser & © The New Acoustic Collective.
September 3rd, 2022; 2nd full length Album Release: Amor en Ritmo featuring special guests Thomas Cassell, Melissa Garay, Jim Kerwin, & Mike Mullins, produced and released by Jason Keiser & © The New Acoustic Collective.