Brightshine was born in the recording studio during the sessions for their debut album, Shadows in the Sky. During the recording process the band created an expansive and expressive sound that is uniquely their own, seamlessly combining 70’s rock, old school funk, Brazilian, and late 60’s Jazz with deep, evocative lyrics. Inspired by such greats as Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead and Dire Straits as well as 21st century artists My Morning Jacket and Snarky Puppy, Brightshine brings a dazzling presence to their live shows and music.
Producer and lead guitarist Pete Sawyer initially contacted Celso Alberti, Eric Levy, and his Echo Street bandmate Murph Murphy with the intention of laying down some tracks in a daylong session for an upcoming album. The chemistry and camaraderie was instant between the four musicians, who ended up recording the entire album together. Shadows in the Sky features Sawyers' stylistically diverse compositions, the band’s fluidly expressive interpretations of the songs, and scintillating, deeply musical improvisations.
Recorded live with minimal overdubs, and produced and mixed by Sawyer, the album is a document of the musical prowess and tone poetry of the musicians as well as the telepathic interaction the quartet built with one another during the arrangement and recording process. With vocalist extraordinaire Maria Caycedo joining during the making of Shadows In The Sky, and first-call Bay Area keyboardist Jordan Feinstein signed on for live performances, Brightshine is poised to join the growing number of innovative improvisational acts coming out of the SF Bay Area music scene.
Celso Alberti (Steve Winwood, Airto)--Drums
Maria Caycedo (Lamplighters Musical Theatre, Island City Opera, Phenix Opera)--Vocals
Eric Levy (Garaj Majal, Night Ranger)--Keyboards
Jordan Feinstein (Phil Lesh, Stu Allen, La Gente)--Keyboards, Vocals
Murph Murphy (Stu Allen, Freddy Jones Band, Echo Street)--Bass
Pete Sawyer (Seconds On End, Echo Street)--Guitar, Vocals, Songwriting