BAND

SOLAR PUNCH

SOLAR PUNCH

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L to R: JAMES DEAN CONKLIN, ALAN BIGELOW, ANDREW MATTINA

Once it was clear we might need to be a full touring band, we added a drummer. Our first full time drummer was the awesome Frank Marino. During our 2014 tour cycle we worked with New York drummer and educator Bill Gerstel. For our recent tours of India and Nepal, (November and December 2015), we partnered with Tabla artist Aric Gutnick.

We've played with many great players along the way, including percussionist Matt Dow, bassist Greg Ross, drummer Kristie Lee, flutist Paul Harris, drummer Joe Mitch, drummer Eric Puente, and drummer Lou Abraham. We hired reserve players T.H. Culhane, bass player and singer, and Paul Lincoln, guitarist and singer, to help us complete our run in the 2009 Climate Solutions Road Tour in India.

You can hear Frank Marino's distinct drumming on our 1st album, Surya. Joe Mitch is the featured drummer on our 2nd album, Solutions. Our 3rd album, Saura Yatra (Solar Journey), is a departure from our usual rock thing, featuring our acoustic instruments. Andrew plays Ukelele and Shruti Box, Alan plays the Turkish-made Cümbus and flute, and james dean plays the Irish Bouzouki and tabla.