Like Jazz, but not. Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces is an award-winning collective of musicians who are known for their genre-bending performances - World Beat one minute, Rock the next, a touch of Jam Band and back to the core of Jazz. Blending forward thinking arrangements with a core groove that listeners can tap their toe to, their music has an undeniable allure that has propelled them all the way to the top of the Jazz radio charts.
Key points of interest
- Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces has placed 4 albums in the top 10 of both the Roots Music and CMJ Jazz radio charts, with their album "Red" going all the way to #1.
- Fundamental Forces recently received a Golden Ear award for best "Alternative Jazz Group" by Earshot Jazz, and Rik Wright was awarded runner-up in Seattle Weekly's "Best of Seattle" poll for "Best Jazz Act".
- Wright’s efforts have been generously supported by funding grants from the Seattle Arts Commission, The Seattle Public Library’s PlayBack program, and the Jack Straw Foundation.
- Group leader Rik Wright has been awarded placement on both the 4Culture Touring Arts and Arts Northwest on Tour rosters, becoming a mainstay on the summer festival circuit, having performed at Bumbershoot, Northwest Folklife, Bite of Seattle, West Seattle Jazz Festival, Anacortes Jazz Festival, Jackson Street Jazz Walk, Freeway Park Blues and Cool Jazz concerts, etc.
Selected Press Quotes
“Wright’s music is innovative, paving a path of his own making through the Jazz kaleidoscope. Eclectic sounding with a flair for the exotic, Fundamental Forces is artistically imaginative and ventures into synthesizing a breed of Blues, Bebop, and Rock that expands the public’s perception of Jazz.” - AXS.com
“The sweet sound of a walk through life’s landscapes, seascapes and dreamscapes… exquisite displays of precise melody, lush harmony and lockstep rhythm.” – Jazz Times
“Wright can fool you into thinking World one minute, Rock the next, a touch of New Age and back to the core of Jazz… Nicely done.” – Midwest Record Review
“Here we have a rare intersection of very accessible and very original Jazz. Melodic, a bit funky, often beautiful.” – KFJC 89.7 FM
“Rik Wright takes classic Jazz and heaps on piles of influences from across the musical spectrum, helping to perk up the ears of those tired of the same old swing.” – The Oregonian