Fresh off the release of their sophomore album, Batch, Forq is made up of Chris McQueen on Guitar (Snarky Puppy, Foe Destroyer, etc.), Rudder founder Henry Hey on keyboards (Jeff "Tain" Watts, Joe Locke, Chris Botti, Bill Bruford, Seamus Blake, David Bowie, Empire of the Sun), Snarky Puppy founder and Grammy Award-winner Michael League on bass (Kirk Franklin, Wayne Krantz/Ari Hoenig Quartet, Lalah Hathaway), and Jason "JT" Thomas on drums (Roy Hargrove's RH Factor, Marcus Miller, D'Angelo), Forq is an all-star ensemble of sorts - but with the spirit and cohesiveness of a garage band.
Though based in New York City, the group retains a subtle Texas accent, where Michael League and Jason "JT" Thomas established a fast friendship and musical rapport through almost two years of weekly gigs in legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright's trio. Upon moving to the east coast, League teamed up with Henry Hey and Adam Rogers (who are East Village neighbors, by coincidence) to form a group rooted deep in that distinctly southern groove, but with with both the fire and inventiveness that NYC is known for. Hey and Rogers contribute all but one of the tracks on Forq's debut album, a mixture of fierce, playful, and soulful material. It's the Texas-meets-Manhattan cocktail that has a created a sound rich in both musical intelligence and undeniable pocket.
DoveDriver is a collaboration between guitarist/producer Teddy Presberg and multi-instrumentalist LeClare Stevenson. Sought after sidemen who use the group to showcase original, experimental songs that mesh funk, jazz, and electro rock. The band grooves hard like a J Dilla beat but melts minds with John Coltrane sheets of sounds via synths and shredding guitars on the top.
Presberg is an award-winning composer who writes for advertising, TV and film, but also produces for other artists he admires. He has released records stateside on Ropeadope Records (DJ Logic, Christian McBride, Snarky Puppy, Charlie Hunter and Medeski, Martin, and Wood) and also internationally with Timewarp Records.