-Collage of i Music . (1985-2005) As Singer/Song writer and Keyboardist Joyce Founded original music group who has performed with a diversity of acts such as The Neville Brothers,Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Steel Pulse, David Grisman, Michelle Shocked, Country Joe MacDonald, Booker T. and the MG's, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Concrete Blonde, the Caribbean All-stars, Zulu Spear, Zero and many others. favorites. The groups guests have included Don Cherry, Micheal Carabello, Peter Apfelbaum,Suru Ekeh(Olatunji,Mickey Hart) John Phishman of PHISH. Joyce Performed on keyboards at Reggae On the River 2000 with Joan Baez,Gabe Harris and Senegalese Music and Dance Group "Kouyate Djeli Diabate". The group featuring long time Collage of i Guitarist Rich Nelson headlined Fairfax Festival 2000 and 2003 both with special guest Guitarist Jose Neto. Joyce performed with "Bautista" featuring percussionist Lane Hiers at Santana's Concord Pavilion Concert July 2003.Joyce has also recorded with Jorge Santana and played live with Ras Midas, The Specials, U-roy and Soul Syndicate.
Joyce and His groups have opened for Santana 4 times , and have been recognized by Bill Graham, Members of the Grateful Dead, The Neville Brothers, and have been attributed as being the first "World Fusion" Band.
"Progressive rock orchestration collides with reggae roots and jazz for a freestyle exhibition of fun, rhythm virtuosity, and social consciousness. The feeling of the music is the best part of it; there's a pureness of intention and emotion that really comes through their live performance." --Loretta Millazzo, News Chronicle, Thousand Oaks, L.A.--
"Collage of i played lots of intricate rhythms and socially concious lyrics and have become popular with a divergent group of people, from reggae fans to Deadheads to lovers of jazz."
--Russ Spensor, News Press, Santa Barbara--
"...it is almost as if "The Force" is really with them as one minute you are calmly wading through a soft reggae texture only to come through and find yourself in Brazil or South Africa...Collage of i will remain forever young, forever present, and forever above the "FAULT LINE!" --Eugene Pidgeon KRQR FM--
GUY'S FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
"Collage of i -- Closed out the whole Deal. Special Guests Jerry Hannan and Jose Neto. Massive happiness... Darryl leader of the band asked me how was it afterwords? It was almost hard to say ... except sensational. What was all that noise that everyone was dancing to so joyfully? I don't really know it could have been great music. It all came and went bringing a ton of smiles."
-Guy Meyer- excerpt from LifesignsPhoto.com
"Collage of i owes much of its influence to YES and Peter Gabriel as it does to the music of Youssou N. Dour and Fela Kuti." --Eugene Pidgeon KRQR FM--
Throughout the 80's and 90's: Collage of i's eclectic band has performed hundreds of shows throughout The West Coast. The group featuring DarrylJoyce, has been a collaboration of some of the West Coast's best music performers who come together to form new versions of the Collage of i band.
Originaly Collage of i was an unusual 4 piece group with Joyce on keyborards ,Adam Steinberg on Chapman Stick,Stan" Stosh" Glowacki on drums, and Ted Morrow on percussion. The group rapidly reached the top of the Santa Barbara music scene in the mid-eighties after hundreds of college parties followed by several key appearences with National acts at the Graduate, U.C.S.B. and Downtown in the growing S.B. Music scene. In 1989 the band faced a serious set-back when one of thier prominate members, percussionist Ted Morrow, was tragically killed in a house that caught fire in the U.C.S.B Collage town, Isla Vista. With the faithful support of the local community the group continued on,and was joined by one of the greatest drummers of this generation "Bucket" Baker who at had point had never played with an unsighned group, but at 22 years old ,had performed with Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls,and SammynDavis Jr. Later he would go on to Tour with Kenny Loggins,Boz Skaggs, Erika Badu and many othersincluding much work on several John Carpenter films.
Needless to say this incredible drummer put the band back on the map after the the loss of Ted Morrow.s unmatched talent and personality.
In 1992 after joining forces with the Bay area band Gahundza, featuring Monroe Grisman on Guitar, and Creek Hart on drums. Collage of i recorded thier first EP under the direction of engineer Dave "db" Dennison who is known for recording and mixing all of the David Grisman/Jerry Garcia albums on Acoustic Disk Records.
After re-locating to San Francisco, Collage of i changed once again with a new line up featuring Joyce,Monroe Grisman, Paul Ezekial on drums, and Gabe Harris on percussion.
After meeting at the a Lord Buckely Festival in 1990 Joyce and Gabriel Harris set out to create a whole new Collage of i in the Bay area. It was new venture where the band would have to break into a new scene with a new line-up. San Francisco and Towns like Mill Valley,San Rafael, and Fairfax are premier night spots north of S.F. Clubs like the The Sweetwater, 19 Broadway, Fourth Street Tavern,New Georges,and Peri's were still kicken from the old days, and getting better by the month', and somehow Collage of i wedged itself into a new local identity where they have been based ever since while traveling throughout California, Colorado. and the North West.
Collage of i played many shows and watched a few clubs shutdown, change their owners, or, just got bigger and better. The band followed suit,
In 1994 the group overhauled once again with Reggae Great Rich Nelson on Guitar, and reknowned bay are bassist Shelby Snow. Once Again the group broke back into the scene and brought the group past the 10m year mark since its eightees beginnings and was soon known as a "90's" band. But it wasn't until 2000 when Joyce re-wrote and recorded the band's theme song, "Fault Line", for the internet.Now, the band would get international exposure and recogintion for a sound which has lasted nearly 2 decades. After an early version of Fault Line reached #53 on Gargageband.com a New and improved cut reached #1 for 4 months here on Soundclick.com and continues to draw fans after all these years.
In 2001 the band is re-inventing itself once again
with more new music to come.
Collage of i returns to Fairfax Festival 2003!
Hey all C of i friends Hope to see you this Sunday June 8th at 1:30 we will be on the mainstage. The Line-up will feature old and new collage of i friends including Darryl Joyce on Keys, Rich Nelson on guitar Gabe Harris on percussion, Pete Hopkins Drums and Kalian Godden Bass (Red I rhythm section), Lane Hiers (from Bautista) on Latin Percussion .The set wil be about 45 min, so we are going to pull out a few of the old favoritesWe are getting pumped up for the return of Collage of i. Stay tuned for updates.
The ever-evolving i continues since 1985...
Collage of i, mixes a wide variety of Alternative Rock-Reggae-Funk-and Folk music. The term "World Fusion" (Telluride Times Journal) was used to describe this "eclectic rock", "a blend of dance rhythms and themes from around the world." Joyce and his groups has performed hundreds of shows throughout California, the Northwest and Colorado.
Collage of i line-up features;
Keyboards,Vocalist Darryl Joyce, Founded group in 1986 Played with numereous So. Cal Reggae groups throughout early 80's,played at the 1st Moab Roots Festival with members of The Wailers, Soul Syndicate and U-Roy.Toured internationaly as Vocalist for the Schubertians Ensemble,and has written Soundtracks for various Short features and theater presentations.
Guitarist R.L. Nelson grew up in the South Bay playing guitar with many reggae groups and greats such as; Queen Ida and the Escovedo Family.
Collage of i incorporates great local artists regularly including:
Percussionist Gabe Harris plays with several African Drum and Dance groups around the Bay Area and has studied and played with Babatunde Olatunji and Suru Ekeh. He has also been an on stage guest for Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls.
Other artists join the group frequently.
The recordings included on Soundclick also feature: Gabe Harris on Percussion & David Clouse on Drums.
The Live track "Hudafunkedit" includes Phil Cardello(Olatunji) on Guitar and Barry Lowenthal(Steel Breeze, Tasmanian Devils) on Drums.
Highlights over the years...
Fairfax Festival 2003 once agin brought together collage of i members old and new
Darryl and Rich were joined by Gabe Harris on percussion,Pete Hopkins on Drums, Kalian Godden on Bass,Jason Stokes on Rythm Guitar,Lane Hiers on Latin Percussion, And Special guest Jose Neto once again on Guitar.
Reggae on the River 2000 prooved to be the best reggae festival anywhere. Highlights included Rankin'Roger,Femi-Kuti,Jimmy Cliff, Bunny Wailer,Jesus Diez,and Anthony B. Gabe and Darryl of Collage of i performed with The Ballet Kouyate(Twins from Senegal also featuring Bajali on Kora). Joan Baez also joined the group with vocal acrobatics,dancing and great vibrations as always
Collage of i brought together a big group of Bay area Talent(On and Off Stage) to close the FAIRFAX FESTIVAL on June 11th. Great Performances were had by all. Joining the band that day was world-class guitarist Jose Neto(Known for his work with Airto Moriera and Flora Purim,George Harrison,Steve Winwood and his own excellent albums)Also featured that day was Jerry Hannan and Derek Smith of the Mad Hannans, Percussionists Gabe Harris,and Qi Que Ross and Vocalist Denise Smith joined in on "Fault Line".
But it was audience member Joan Baez who really made the show simply by being such a great dancer down in front. Photos of this event will appear on various websights like LIFESIGNSPHOTO.Com.
To see bands home page w/ Collage of i Alumni on this page under CONTACT click on "website")
Darryl Joyce can now be scene as keyboardist for Red I Reggae, Contact email@example.com
The Collage of i 2000 Band Headlined the Fairfax
To see more photos click on "websight " link at the side of the page.
Darryl Joyce :Key's and V's
Rich Nelson : Guitar
Shelby Snow: Bass
Terry Lee: Drums
Jose Neto: Guitar
Tom Finch: Guitar
Jerry Hannan: Guitar and Vocals
Qi Que Ross: percussion
Paul Sonnabend :Percussion
Danny Silva Percussion
**************We Love YOU Fairfax!***************
WE WON THE GRAND PRIZE !!!! Collage of i members joined forces with other local musicians to form UNCLE BAND for the Corte Madera 4th of July Parade, which had an audience up toward 30,000. The judges loved the music and the 30 or so rollerbladers skating around Mark's Hauling Truck. The handmade red white & Blue tie-dyes on 50 or so people (and a Great Dane) helped I'm sure!!*****************************************
. The group was invited back for next year so stay tuned.
Collage of i featuring Darryl Joyce,Shelby Snow, Rich Nelson and Lee Bittner(also of Garnish)Kicked off Fairfax Jazz Festival weekend down at Cafe Amsterdamn on Friday September 22. It was great to see you down there for the first day of Autumn!
AT 2000' Sesquitennial Celabration at the Capital Building in Sacremento, Darryl Joyce Joined Joli Valente son of QuickSilver's Dino Valente for renditions of the late Dino's Classic Tunes "Get Together, Hey Joe, and Fresh Air, also joining the group was Darryl's Brother,Kevin Joyce on guitar.
Phish, The Grateful Dead, King Crimson, James Taylor, Joan Armatrading, Van Morrisson, Carlos Santana, Chicago, Babatunde Olatunji, John Lee Hooker, Camel, Joan Baez, Genesis, Steely Dan, Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, Carol King, The Neville Brothers, Miles Davis, The Police, Blues Traveler, Bobby McFerrin, String Cheese Incident, and many others!
KEYBOARDS; Acoustic Piano, Alesis Quadrasynth Piano Plus, Korg DW-8000, Roland Piano, Casio Modules, MAC SE w/ Master Tracks
BASS; Martin Acoustic, custom Electric Fretless, Mesa Boogie Amps.
GUITARS; Mesa Boogie Amps, Fender Strat, Various custom guitars
DRUMS; Acoustic varieties, Roland Octapads in live performance.
PERCUSSION; Acoustic and Midi
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