Kokoro is the music and words of Dan Weiskopf in collaboration with some amazing montreal friends and musicians. Unfortunately the band has moved away from each other bringing Kokoro to a premature end. This album was their first and only self-produced studio creation put together in the fall of 2004 in just three short days in a Montreal studio and mastered in NYC. Dan is moving to Seattle to start a new project and will soon have a website up with his new material. That website will also contain the lyrics for the songs on this album that were promised to be posted on the kokoro website that is no longer up.
"In their short existence since being drawn together as a quartet at Montreal's McGill University, Kokoro has quickly built a foundation of inventive and original songs based on undeniably tight musical chemistry. Named after the Japanese term for heart, Kokoro displays a passion for producing creative music while being sure to give themselves plenty of room to grow.
Their debut, self-produced, album Inspiration Flow offers a distinct fusion of jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop and R&B melded into eleven original tracks. Although Kokoro's formula of keyboards, bass, drums and vocals is commonplace among the jazz/funk realm, it's their artistic songwriting and musicianship that allow them to keep listeners interested."
--Dustin Glass, (http://www.glidemagazine.com/2/reviews598.html)
Kokoro is not only a fresh band but a fresh sound. Spiraling down like a tornado upon the scattered live music scene, kokoro devours everything in its path weaving styles and sending them skyward. Brought together by Mcgill, Kokoro is a team of 4 compulsive groove-busters; Dan Weiskopf (vocals/songwriter), David Ryshpan (keyboards/melodica) Jim Bennett(bass guitar), and Kevin Warren (drums/percussion). This new quartet brews a vibe that is both chill and intense, breeding beauty by energized fun. Through poetry, Kokoro joins contagious groovescapes sautÃ©ed in vocals and smothered with improvisation. Each song is a work in itself which creates a new world, encompassing an entirely different sphere from the song played just before it-although both are recognizably produced by the same unique band.
"This new Montreal quartet is a bit more than just a classy, upscale jazz-funk jam-band deal...Whereas the vocals and lyrics in this genre are usually just icing on the cake, here they're the very heart of the matter, erudite, inventive and confident." --Rupert Bottenberg, MONTREAL MIRROR Oct 28
"You guys rock!"
-- An enthusiastic fan at Kokoro's Saint Patty's Day party at Le Swimming 2004