"It thuds the medulla square in the joint where the better, cultured you resides. If ingested correctly, it traverses the swerve of sound and space, a wicked chug of color twisting jazz and rock and hip-hop and prose and whatever sweet pieces and sonic tech hurricanes blow through the breadth of its universe. Anything can happen here. Dig it? Cool. Do not? Your loss." - Cory Frye, The Corvallis Gazette-Times Entertainer
Xenat-Ra combines elements of avant-garde jazz, progressive rock, fusion, afrobeat, dub and funk into a challenging and idiosyncratic sound, all topped by the complex and often surreal poetry of Monk Metz. Formed in 2007 around the core of saxophonist Matt Calkins, keyboardist Dave Trenkel and drummer/turntablist JD Monroe, the band has been actively playing around mid-Willamette clubs for 5 years. The current line-up adds guitarist Mark France and percussionist Joel Hirsch.
Over 2 years in the making, Science for the Soundman is available as a deluxe double 150 gram LP set, with expanded artwork, as well as CD and digital download formats. The album features eight pieces collectively written and arranged by Xenat-Ra, as well as compositions by John Zorn (Bezriel) and Sun Ra (A Call for All Demons).
Xenat-Ra features current and former members of Eleven Eyes, Orquesta Monte Calvo, Channel Zero, Future Suns, Son Melao, Balafon and many other bands. Individually, the members of Xenat-Ra have played with artists as diverse as Andrew Hill, John Zorn, Michael Penn and Thomas Mapfumo, among many others.