COPUS (Creation Of Peace Under Stars), comprising Royal Kent (poet/spoken word artist), Wendy Loomis (composer/piani
COPUS, which began in the late 1980s, presents powerful lyrics intertwined with beautiful melodies for the conscious listener. Formed by poet/spoken word artist Royal Kent (who opened major reggae concerts for Peter Tosh, Toots & the Maytals, and The Wailers) and composer/pianis
“COPUS is a musical group with some of the most talented musicians that I have yet come across…The jazz styles are very complex and the music that is created is absolutely masterful.” (Michael Allison, MusicDish.com).
–Â Kira Njinsky, daughter of the great Russian ballet star Njinksy, said: â€œRoyal Kent recites poetry the way my father danced!â€
–Â “COPUS compositions are amazing with just the music, but then you get the added pleasure of the smooth spoken word vocal styles of Royal Kent. His poetic onslaught of powerful lyrics are mind boggling, to say the least. His silky smooth voice holds a tight grip on the listener’s ear and keeps them in a state of mind numbing ecstasy.” (Michael Allison, MusicDish.com)
Singer MELISSA FINDER hails originally from Detroit and began her singing career at the age of 12.With a stylistic background that includes Jazz, R&B and Funk, she toured the US and settled in the SF Bay Area. She is equally at home on the stage and in the studio where she has recorded many original songs. Melissa has a warm, dynamic sound and a range that brings melodies and harmonies to life. Melissa joined COPUS in the fall of 2017.
Bassist PATRICK MAHON was born and raised in San Francisco. Patrick studied jazz with Tony P. Miller, but he is primarily self-taught â€“ giving him a creative facility and an eager ear for new ways of expression, including most recently using an unusual bowing technique on the electric bass. He joined COPUS in 2007, played on recordings ‘Jah Provide’, ‘Aspects’ and ‘We All Bleed Red’, and has performed with the ensemble throughout the Bay Area as well as in Atlanta, Boston, and New Orleans. His influences include Charles Mingus, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, and Les Claypool. In addition to COPUS, Patrick has performed with bands Scaramanga, The Ambassadors, Electric Color Wheel, and is currently also with The Junque Show and Miss Lightning.
And then there’s drummer LEVON WASHINGTON, whose work speaks for itself.
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