The Funk Ark
Full Moon Party
Labor Day Weekend
"A strong frontrunner in the resurgence of the Afrobeat genre." - Revivalist/OkayPlayer
"Nothing like following up an auspicious debut with a new set that defies sophomore slump. Mixing up a rocket fuel of Afrobeat and funk, this is a killer, uncut dose of pure bomb." - Midwest Record
"Bringing it and taking listeners on a global funk journey that will have you melting into the dancefloor." - Giant Step
"Funky swagger and soul that is as unforgettable as it is unique." - Inside World Music
After a highly praised debut, Washington DC’s The Funk Ark is back with an even tighter follow up album. Less than a year has passed since the release of "From The Rooftops" on ESL Music and the world funk ensemble has established itself as a frontrunner in the world music scene both in the studio and through high-octane live performances. "High Noon," The Funk Ark’s sophomore release, was recorded and produced by Adrián Quesada of the Grammy award winning group, Grupo Fantasma. The album immediately received strong reviews and coverage from national outlets and tastemakers like KCRW, NPR, Billboard, AllMusic, NPR Alt.Latino, OkayPlayer, Performer Magazine, Giant Step, FlavorPill, Paris DJ's, Brightest Young Things, plus print and radio in major markets nationwide.
The Funk Ark is the creation of Will Rast, the band’s composer, pianist, and spokesperson, fulfilling his lifelong desire of turning his soul over to The Funk. “I decided to become a musician in high school,” he recalls. “I played my first gigs when I was 15, in bars and jazz clubs around Washington, DC.” Rast worked as a freelance jazz session player and made a name for himself as a stylistically versatile sideman with various R&B and world music artists. With The Funk Ark, he gets to play an amalgamation of all the sounds he loves with some of the best musicians in the DC area. “To me, funk is the universal connection linking all music - people like James Brown and the JBs, The Meters, Santana, Fela Kuti, Medeski, Martin and Wood and The Fania Allstars. The Funk Ark is my shot at making the music that I love to listen to.”
The Funk Ark has toured nationally over the past year, sharing the stage with Grammy winners Rebirth Brass Band and Grupo Fantasma, as well as Thievery Corporation, Trombone Shorty, Chuck Brown, Keller Williams, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and many more. Upcoming shows will see The Funk Ark share the stage with STS9, Santigold, Major Lazer, Girl Talk, Steve Aoki, Ghostland Observatory, and more. The band has reached #1 at college radio in markets on both coasts and enjoyed significant success at CMJ 200 and CMJ World. The Funk Ark is on tour throughout 2012.