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Ukamusic feat Naomi Louise Warne and Jeff Oster: Bio

U-ka means "Brightness".... The Stardance light that fills the sea...

Ukamusic , The bones of rock, the flesh of blues, and soul's psychic heart. " (Gregory Slay)
 
Ukamusic is a new century world music collective founded founded by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Naomi Louise Warne. It's spontaneous and ever changing, from the band members and style of music, to its artwork and fashion. Based in Malibu. California, Ukamusic has become known for their pioneering soulful sound and renowned for their intimate and impressive live shows. With 9 albums, Ukamusic's lush tapestry of sounds, songs and moods, and has been called a "Modern 21st century Renaissance soundscape", The group includes, Naomi Louise Warne on vocals and keyboards, Her son Gabe Deibel on vocals, Jeff Oster on flugelhorn, Rami Jaffee on Hammond B3, David Raven on drums, Cedric LeMoyne on guitars, Chris Lawrence on pedal steel and the late Saxophonist Charles Neville (the Neville Brothers), her long time collaborator of 24 years until his passing in 2018. Over the last decade, Ukamusic have built an audience that extends around the world selling out shows from Australia to England, including London's ‘Borderline', the New Orleans Jazz and Blues Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Snug Harbor and many others.

Ukamusic's  2020 release "Song from M*a*s*h" pays tribute to the iconic composer and legend Johnny Mandel, a longtime friend and mentor of Naomi's. Ukamusic celebrates the genius of Johnny Mandel with this evocative remake of one of his most celebrated songs and at a time when people need healing. The song features Jeff Oster, Naomi Louise Warne, Grammy award winner Rami Jaffee, David Raven, Gabe Deibel, Cedric LeMoyne, Chris Lawrence and was produced by Warne and awardinning Grammy vocalist producer SEAY, mixed by six time Grammywinner Brian Vibberts and mastered by Bernie Grundman.
Naomi Lousie Warne's career began at an early age singing lead vocals for Australia's Young Northside Big Band. They performed at the esteemed Monterey Jazz Festival where Naomi caught the eye of Jazz Legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Joe Williams, and Buddy Rich. John Lewis of the ‘Modern Jazz Quartet' was so taken by her voice that he compared her to the "Late, great Julie London."  Rob Hirst from Australia's iconic band ‘Midnight Oil' called her "One of Australia's most gifted singers."

Naomi graduated from the New South Wales Music Conservatorium Australia in Jazz Studies, and holds a BA in Psychology from Sydney University. She spent her 20's making a mark in the Australian music scene as the voice behind numerous movie and television theme songs, including the popular national children's show 'Wonderworld' , TV commercials, and as an in-demand session player. She acted in Sydney theatre productions and movies while her original music was featured in TV mini-series and the pick for theme song for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Her song. "Shine on Me" co-written with Nicholas Charles won over thousands of entries, including submissions by artists such as INXS. Naomi has collaborated with many musicians thrugh her career some include Falchner 0'Kelly (Sinead O'Conner, Bananarama) and Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, Bow Wow Wow), jazz & blues great  Grammy winning Charles Neville and Oscar winning Jazz Legend Johnny Mandel.  

Uka Music began in 2004, with their debut album release ‘Bermagui' featuring Naomi on vocals and Charles Neville on Saxophone (Neville Brothers) at the historic Winslow Court Studios in Los Angeles. Their pioneering project was co-produced by Craig Parker Adams. Showcasing the songwriting talents of Naomi and Charles, their debut was featured three times on MSN's front page next to artists such as Eminem and also won a variety of ‘Best of' Internet awards, culminating in Ukamusic winning ‘Indie Artist of the Year' , in addition to having two number one songs on the i-Tunes Blues charts. Ukamusic has since then released 8 albums showcasing Naomi's extraordinary smokey voice, featuring original songs, in English, French, Japanese with a love of the music of Legend Johnny Mandel alongside beautiful soundscapes, legendary drumming, and some of Jazz music's finest. Some of the guest musicians have included: Charles Neville, James Singleton, Herb Taylor, Larry Sieberth, Jim Lassen, Kristen Gaitenby, Gregory Boyd, Cedric Le Moyne (Remy Zero, Alanis Morrisette,Gnarls Barkley), Bones Hillman (Midnight Oil, Russel Crowe's band -The Ordinary Fear of God), Mark Simms – Bass; (Ben Harper), Jeffrey Cain (Remy Zero, Beck), Takeshi (Ziggy Marley), Kevin Longden – Guitars; (John Fogerty), Rami (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, Keith Urban), Jeff Young (Sting, Alanis Morrisette, Bruce Springsteen) and Christian Scott, 

 

Ukamusic feat Naomi Louise Warne and Jeff Oster

Song From MASH - A Tribute To Johnny Mandel

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"Naomi didn't just study the music - she got to the insides of everything. She probably thought a lot like I did - like why did certain things sound a certain way' And what made them sound that way' It's very earnest work...to get to the inside of that kind of music...It's a hard way to express it, but this lady did it. There's a great deal of depth in what you do, and I respect that a lot."  Johnny Mandell

Ukamusic is a new century world music collective created by Naomi Louise Warne that is spontaneous & ever changing - from the band members, style of music, artwork & fashion. The latest project "The Songs Of Johnny Mandel" features Grammy winner Charles Neville on saxophone. This was their final collaboration before Charles passed in 2018.

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