Czech Hammond organ player living in New York City, Ondrej Pivec (28) recently decided to record first studio album of his NY band called CPR Electrio. Expected CD release is March 2013 under Czech label Animal Music, project is backed by American fundraiser Kickstarter
The “CPR” abbreviation means Carter-Pivec-Ruzicka, which are the names of musicians playing in CPR Electrio. Russell Carter is a great American drummer who performs for example together with bass-player of James Brown; Karel Ruzicka Jr. is a brilliant tenor-saxophonist and EWI-player who lives in NYC since 1998.
The trio was formed in New York City. Pivec whom we are used to know mainly as ingenious Hammond organist plays in this band the electronic keyboard, surrounded by synthesizers. The aim of CPR project is to create an eclectic mix of funk, jazz, soul, R’n’B, hip hop, gospel and electronica with only three musicians in such a way that the band sounds there are many more people involved.
“The audience is often surprised that we are “missing” a bass-player, or that we don’t use prerecorded loops; they wonder if we are hiding another percussionist or keyboardist behind the stage!” portrays Pivec vividly.
“The album was already long time on our minds – so when our friend offered us a day in his recording studio, we knew we were just steps away from the CD. We’ve mentioned the idea to Petr Ostrouchov from Animal Music who instantly showed support, so we were good to go. We’ve practiced like crazy for a month, and then we’ve recorded everything during only one day,” illustrates Pivec the origins of his upcoming album, which is already recorded and waiting for post-production.