Cosmic music from Salt Lake |

Cosmic music from Salt Lake

Krista Stellavato

With a fusion of musical genres, from acoustic to electronic, Salt Lake City-based band Cosm, is not your grandparents’ jazz.Daniel Day founded Cosm in 1997 as an avant-garde jazz group. A drummer with a strong jazz background, Day found his inspiration in late period John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, David Ware, and other free jazz musicians.Day met vocalist Wendy Jernigan at the Zephyr, a Salt Lake City club they were both playing on the same night. The two made an immediate connection and began to play together.Soon after, Greg Bower was added on programming and keyboards, and the three formed the foundation of the group.In 2001 the band was completed with the addition of a fourth member, Collin McIntire, on turntables.With the addition of each band member, Cosm’s sound evolved. The band continues to emphasize diversity and experimentation.While Day’s style is strongly influenced by the “drum ‘n’ bass” genre, he said, “Each of the band members would name different influences in their music style, and that’s what makes the band so unique. We have influences ranging from jungle beat to jazz to pop.”Cosm’s music harmonizes organic and electronic elements. This unique combination culminates in a high energy fusion of live drums, guitar and ethereal vocals with samples, turntables and synthesizers. The collaborative effort of musicians and electronic music producers creates an original music which Day describes as “electronic dance music with natural energy and human soul.”Cosm recently re-released its first self-titled EP and has just released a second EP. The newest release, “Fast Way to Go,” features a bossa drum beat combined with a distinctive jungle beat.With its second EP complete, Cosm is ready to move beyond its dedicated fan base in Salt Lake City and is currently on tour in the western United States, looking to extend its fan base to the East Coast this spring.Cosm plays on Friday at Sherpa & Yeti’s in Breckenridge and Saturday at Barkley’s West in Frisco.- Krista Stellavato/Special to the Daily

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