THE PROJEC Jeff Bujak generates heavily organized piano progressions, twists and winds them amid constantly evolving poly-rhythmic electronic beats and constructs a sound that is not only unique, but extremely fresh to the underground music scene. Bujak...
THE PROJEC Jeff Bujak generates heavily organized piano progressions, twists and winds them amid constantly evolving poly-rhythmic electronic beats and constructs a sound that is not only unique, but extremely fresh to the underground music scene. Bujak is a solo performer that uses computers, keyboards, effects, samplers and vocals to create a ‘progressive-piano groove.’ He creates a sound that unites keyboard influences of Peter Gabriel, Album Leaf and Bruce Hornsby with the hard driving rhythms of Prodigy and DJ Shadow
“It's an ethereal blend of many diverse colors and tonalities. Bujak’s music conjures up images of grand piano sidemen of the past, yet looks into the future, harnessing technology to work for the music.” - Josh Taylor, State of Mind Magazin
“Taking complex musical melodies and rhythms, he makes it all seem very simple with an honest and seemingly fathomless talent for composition and improvisation.” - Dave Terpeny, Kynd Musi
By mixing fully-original, pre-sequenced percussion loops and intricately layering track upon track of live keyboard and piano-bass progressions, Jeff Bujak produces a distinctive and novel new look at live music production. With the many types of jazz, ambient and classical piano textures throughout each song, his music falls into too many categories to be left in just one. Call it progressive-piano. Listen to it like no other music
“Jeff Bujak is a natural musician/composer in every sense of the word. Part genius, part spiritualist - he takes the listener by the ears and sets off on a sonic peregrination of soul, rock, jazz, classical and contemporary flavors.” - Ty Marshal, Rarely Done Production
THE MUSICIA Jeff Bujak discovered piano at age 7 growing up in Syracuse, NY. After 6 years of theory and piano lessons, he began writing his own music. At 13, he self taught himself guitar and joined bands of every genre to gain experience in performing many live forms of music including hard-core heavy metal, jazz fusion, jam rock and folk. By the age of 18, he wrote and recorded over 200 original compositions with styles ranging from hard rock to classical. At 23, he joined the national touring acoustic-progressive band Somebody's Closet (more info at www.somebodyscloset.com) and started traveling the country. With his left hand taking over the low-end piano bass progressions and his right hand doing piano and organ solos, he learned quickly how to make his solo compositions come alive on stage as a one man show. He now tours and performs with many bands. For more info on all of Bujak’s music, visit www.progressivepiano.com
BUILDING: AN ARSENAL by The Run Off Groove The last I heard of Jeff Bujak, I had interpreted his music as jazz with electronic stylings. I really enjoyed it and looked forward to what he had to offer, and he now presents the world with a...
JEFF BUJAK'S BUILDING AN ARSENAL by Homegrown Music Network Jeff Bujak is gradually and carefully creating his own musical world. It's clear from the first track of his new CD, Building: An Arsenal, that there are countless ideas just zinging around in...
BUILDING: AN ARSENAL by The Run Off Groove The last I heard of Jeff Bujak, I had interpreted his music as jazz with electronic stylings. I really enjoyed it and looked forward to what he had to offer, and he now presents the world with a new effort called Building: An Arsenal (Lizardflag Recordings). For this one, the vibe here is electronic music with jazz stylings, not sure if he decided to switch his emphasis or I'm just hearing things differently, but what I like about this one is that he continues to explore with his music with a bit of minimalism involved, and trying to get through each song layer by layer, without worrying about reaching the end at a specific time.
I say this because Bujak likes to explore things in-depth, meaning that while there are brief 44 second pieces on here ("Py" and "Vy" respectively), tracks like "Vacuous" are 11:11 in length, while "Sill" is 14:00 and "Crowd" is 12:16, while the album closes with three 9 minute songs in a row. Think of The ORB if they were into jazz, and some might read that and go "oh, so Bujak sounds like The Necks?" No, but instead you have a musician who is very sure of his playing style, and chooses to do so with electronic backdrops. "Muses" could easily find its way onto any new electronic album, some of the beats sound like something from the Future Sound Of London vaults with something that sounds like an electronic Melodica. Dare I say it, but as a whole this guy could easy give Moby a run for his money in terms of arrangements, musical depth, and concepts. He can create something with an abrasive edge, or as is the case with "Crowd" it sounds a bit like new age with a beat. Some of it sounds perfect for some kind of promotioal tourist package video, but then you sit down with the music a bit and start to hear his music in different ways. But away from the textures surrounding him, the focus is his piano playing, and Bujak is great to listen to. Not sure if he plans to tour for this one, but to be able to have a group of musicians who could duplicate this live would be a trip to listen and view. Job well done.
JEFF BUJAK'S BUILDING AN ARSENAL by Homegrown Music Network Jeff Bujak is gradually and carefully creating his own musical world. It's clear from the first track of his new CD, Building: An Arsenal, that there are countless ideas just zinging around in this guy's head. Here I was thinking that his last opus - 2006's Peaces of Man and Machine - was about as ambitious a solo album as I'd heard. He's bested himself with this new album, a result of the apparent war going on between his inner human and machine.
While he's heavily influenced by electronic gadgetry, the meticulous musical engineering hasn't washed away his profoundly human side, as his beat-heavy, shape-shifting creations are dotted with spacious vocals and heartfelt piano contributions. He also adds his personal touch in manipulating sounds - wringing emotional cries out of his Rhodes electric piano to create what sounds like a guitar solo on "Crowd," for instance. "Crowd" is a stellar example of Bujak's sublime construction methods, including jazzy vocal passages washed in soaring synths scrunched next to minimalist hi-hat and drum beats.
One things is for certain - this album sounds exactly like the songwriter intended. A drum machine would never let him down or have trouble with the perplexing rhythms; such fallacies are human in nature. While it's a mechanical onslaught, Bujak's in tune with the machines in the way that a virtuoso guitarist or classical pianist is in tune with their instrument - the medium ceases to be seperate and becomes an extension of the person. It's hard to imagine him wrestling with the computers and keyboards as much as convening with them.
For 76 minutes this album seamlessly moves from one song to the next interlude to the next song, and it has a svengali-like effect on the listener. The last 3 tracks blend so flawlessly as to be one 27-minute epic. Time's passing quicker than you thought. Must pay attention. Seems to me that Jeff Bujak's Arsenal is complete.
JEFF BUJAK - BUILDING: AN ARSENAL by The Healthy Hippie Magazine I'm being transported to a place where there is no time, life is light though darkness is creeping closer. In Jeff Bujak's sophomore release, he brings out the intelligent dance party, and for you electronica heads, I'm not talking "IDM," it's something beyond that, something that maybe can't be labeled. He does that all by mixing an electronic backdrop with his excellent piano and Rhodes skills. Add to that his tasteful lyricism and it's the ingredients for a great sound. Although there are many times I find myself looking for him to drop that heavy drum and bass and really take me deeper, I'm ok with the unconventional twists and turns he takes me through. Rather than slipping into the often-predictable ways of the DJ/Electronica world, he's carrying the listener through on his own terms. Somewhere between the glitchy drum and bass and an acoustic jazz album, Bujak covers life as a late twenty-something going through love and life changes and standing up for one's beliefs. Such deep thinking and playing thrown against a backdrop of electronic music is not what your used to. DIdn't think this could be done? Well, Jeff Bujak does it and he does it well. Jeff has brought me through my day via a road I may not have otherwise traveled, and for that, I thank him. With that, I say open your mind to new music, instead of putting on that old Dead show... get this CD and thank me later.