Kevin Bowers will celebrate the release of his latest album Nova with a show at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 11 at Off Broadway.
Though Bowers is best known for playing with rock groups such as The Feed, Street Fighting Band, and others, Nova is influenced heavily by Brazilian music, and is described as "a mélange of Brazilian samba, psychedelic rock, romantic compositions, and impressionistic lyrics" in a press release that also name-checks Gilberto Gil, Sergio Mendes, and Gal Costa.
In addition to writing all the songs for the album (pictured) and playing drums and guitar, Bowers also played a variety of percussion instruments, sometimes overdubbing himself into a one-man percussion ensemble. He also got help from more than a dozen St. Louis musicians, including members of the Funky Butt Brass Band, Sleepy Kitty's Paige Brubeck, bassist Zeb Briskovich, keyboardist Dave Grelle, guitarist Jimmy Griffin, and others.
“Brazilian music is something I’ve always had a passion for,” said Bowers in the press release. “I studied Brazilian drumming at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. I even had the privilege of traveling to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil with some close friends to soak up its culture."
You can hear two of the tracks from Nova, "Two Vagabond Lovers" and "Ground Motion" on Bowers' SoundCloud page. The album will be available for download via Bandcamp on Tuesday, August 9.