About

Bright Dog Red (BDR), an improvising collective from Albany, New York, fuses free improvisation, electronica, jazz, hip hop, psychedelia, and noise music.

“Put Albany’s Bright Dog Red on your radar as this jazzy psychedelic hip hop posse has potential for some progressive golden era goodness.” -Peck and JT, thebolg.com

“Mahavishnu Orchestra meets Digable Planets.” -Paul Schulman, indie music veteran

“Electric Ahmad.” -Don Lucoff, DL Media

“Ahead of the Game -Jordan Hill, Revolution Radio

“Playful.” –New York Music Daily

In addition to leader Joe Pignato, a drummer and composer known for his work with atom3, BDR features MCs Righteous and Cully, Electronic musician Palemen, Guitarists Zak Westbrook of Squid Parade and Mike “MK” Kemmlein of Mr. Breakdown, and Bassist Anthony “The Colonel” Berman.

BDR also features a rotating cadre of affiliated members, players that occasionally augment the core ensemble. Affiliated members include founding guitarist Russell “TGRS” Somer, keyboardists Bobby “Keys” Green and Ryan Fausette, and electronic musician Omsign, among others.

The group’s performances at once echo and respond to a wide range of influences including Miles Davis, David Bowie, Albert Ayler, King Crimson, Can, and Radiohead, as well as more recent voices such as Flying Lotus, Avishai Cohen, and the contemporary jam band scene.