From: CA, United States
Genre: Alternative/Alt. Rock, Orchestral, Folk
Chapa, an LA-based musical collective, represents the fusion of intelligent and individualistic talents into a collective that explores the less-worn paths of music, discovering new sounds and aural ideas for the public's consumption.
Chapa's music has been called a "beautifully blended mixture of classical instrumentation, modern grooves, and timeless stories" and is, according to member Russell Chapa, most succinctly summed up as "orchestral folk."
"Music is something that makes you feel jovial, warm, sad, hopeful, vibrant, understood and loved all at once," Chapa says, describing his passion for creating evocative, fresh sounds that defy convention. In regard to the group's experimentation, he offers this thought: "Play the music that you love to play." It's a simple secret, he believes, to creating music that sets itself apart and offers something exciting for a jaded listening community. And to keep things fun, he shares this advice: "Treat life with a smile."
At the end of 2008, Chapa released its second full-length effort, A Look to the West. Previous releases include the Believing EP from 2006 and 2004’s debut full-length, A Buyer's Ride. The project was formed by Russ Chapa in late 2003.
“The music of Chapa is its own best definition. If you are blessed with the talent of listening, this combination of half spoken poetry, orchestral themes, thematic development and masterful percussion will clear away the dust in some unoccupied corridor you have probably neglected. That half sung dying fall in the voice, and woodwind song, the bliss of gliss, and the smile of a cello will take you to the garden where poetry grows.”