the band

Of special interest to all who appreciate improvisational music.

The Rage Out ArKesTra is a 9-piece ensemble gathered together from among the finest musicians in Texas. Creating evenings filled with improvisational journeys through world beats and truly human rhythms, The ArKesTra presents something new in every moment. 

Who are we?
ArKesTra leader Eddie Dunlap has a rich history of percussion that can be heard and felt at any gig. Beginning with his first professional gig at age 10, his life is percussion. He played with Mose Allison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, in regional and professional theatres, with West African dancer and choreographer Titus Fotso with Debbie Allen's internationally known professional dance company, and with French Tap Dancer Sarah Petronio. Eddie has played frequently in Mexico and has lived on and off in Brazil, studying and teaching traditional and culturally historic beats.

Eddie Dunlap's ArKesTra is made up of some of the finest and most well-traveled musicians in Texas. Joe Rogers on keys - Joe has a lifetime of professional gigs from jazz to rock to theatre as well, and is an acclaimed composer having been recognized in New York City this past year for his most recent original work. Parker Anderson on drum kit and percussion - Parker began drumming as a child in Eddie Dunlap's non profit program The MONDO Drummers and now has bragging rights to many bands including the award winning Animal Spirit and Dead Vinyl. Darrin Kobetich on guitar and cumbus - When he is not singing bluegrass with his Boxcar Bandits, Darrin enjoys a successful solo career and is on the road pretty much always. Canyon Kafer on 7-string bass - an incredibly successful musician, Canyon has no problem with anything from Chick Corea to Allan Holdsworth to solo experimental journeys on his 7-string bass...you read right, 7-string bass. Dave Williams on sax, flute, and clarinet - from a musical family, Dave has played his entire life. He has played jazz and pop with a variety of artists including Aretha Franklin, Wayne Newton, and Natalie Cole. His first recording as a leader was nominated for jazz album of the year in the Village Voice critics poll. Chris White on flute, trumpet, and bass - Chris "was born a poor street child, then heard his first Montovani album and said 'these are my people.'" But seriously, Chris started playing trumpet in the 6th grade, attended Drury College in Springfield, MO, and has worked as a school teacher and professional musician for over 40 years.  Dieudonne Samudio, another performer who grew up under Eddie's tutelage at MONDO Drummers, plays Djun Djuns and percussion. And Jerry Smith brings us Native American flute and didgeridoo.

Please contact us for booking and information.

Check our Facebook and also here for information on new show line ups. 

Keep your eyes on the schedule at Buttons Fort Worth as we can occasionally be found at Sunday Jazz Brunch.

 

Live Recording at the ol' Live Oak

Live Recording at the ol' Live Oak