Check out this great write up from Igloo Magazine on The Kandinsky Effect & “Somnambulist”

Igloo Magazine  just released a great write up about The Kandinsky Effect, and our new album “Somnambulist.”

We’d like to thank Nocturnal Ghost for taking the time to interview us, and help tell the story of how we made this record. It was, to say the least, quite a process….

You can read the entire article by clicking on the screenshot below, or by visiting Oh, and the reason we posted this screenshot? Let’s just say it’s pretty neat to be featured on their homepage right next to the brand new Bjork record!

These guys are all about playing together as a crystallized unit that produces electricity, tension and raw, powerful magnetism; Somnambulist, The Kandinsky Effect’s new album and third overall which was released only a few days ago via the multifaceted Cuneiform imprint, demonstrates it beautifully and more clearly than ever…. The Kandinsky Effect is alive, kicking and bursting with creativity like never before, and I think every adventurous music lover out there should give this very special effect a try.
– Nocturnal Ghost, Igloo Magazine

Kandinsky Effect shares homepage with Bjork on

Hi Folks! Welcome Somnambulist!

It’s such a relief to get great feedback after releasing a project that you’ve been working on for years. It doesn’t always happen either. Lucky for us, we’re getting some of that right now with “Somnambulist,” the new record we just released through Cuneiform Records. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s the title track and a video introducing the album:

It’s only been out for a few days, but already we’re seeing signs of potential for this new album. is displaying the record on their homepage as a “New and Notable Record,” and we’ve just finished doing an interview for Igloo Magazine that should be coming out in the next week or so.

The Kandinsky Effect gets New and Notable record mention on homepage

We’re looking forward to the next few months and seeing where the momentum from this release can take us. Already we have 3 tours scheduled: US/Canada dates in March, Europe dates in April and May. Check back here regularly for the updated schedules as they become available.





Hong Kong and The Macau Cotai Jazz and Blues Festival, 2014

It’s official, The Kandinsky Effect has added Asia to its list of places in the world that we’ve been fortunate enough to travel to play music.

We started off with a gig in Hong Kong at Orange Peel, which was awesome. We’ve definitely found our venue to hit up every time we come though. Folks, look for the Orange Peel. It’s a new place, but it’s a great room and in a crazy awesome part of the city.

After Hong Kong, we spent a week in Macau, performing and competing with 12 other bands from around the world. Apparently, we were lucky enough to be selected to be in the top 12 of about 200 applicants.

This festival had a heavy “New Orleans style Jazz Carnival” vibe, including lots of dancing, parties, beads being tossed from the stage, and dixie-brass-quartets strolling around between sets. Many of the other groups were arguably rooted in funk / latin / or rhythm & blues. Some even performed mostly covers.

In traditional Kandinsky Effect style, we chose this moment to debut a lot of our new, very difficult, material…. Which in hindsight might not have been the greatest idea as we encountered some challenges and didn’t advance to the final stages of the competition. That’s jazz life for ya.

That being said, there were some fantastic musicians and bands performing, and the winning bands put on some great shows.

For us, the reward was getting to travel to Asia, meet some awesome people in Hong Kong and Macau, and connect with 12 other world-class bands… The experience was more than worth it, and we hope to hang and perform with everyone again someday!

Below are some photos and memories from the experience.

-The Kandinsky Effect



Here’s some great shots from our performance by Hong Kong based photographer, Dino Zarafonitis. If you’re ever in the area and need some band photos, look him up. He’s passionate about what he does and will take some solid photos for you. |

Click here to view more  of Dino’s Kandinsky Effect gallery



Here’s another gallery from our performance

photos by Francis Yuen 



And here’s a few more of our own candid photos


New album, Somnambulist, Jan 2015

The album is back on track and will be released in January 2015, and we have everyone that donated to our campaign to thank. (Thank you!)

Currently, we’re wrapping up the mix and post production, and it’s sounding really great. Check back here soon for updates , as we’ll be posting promo tracks and artwork as soon as it’s ready!


Help us out!

Hi folks! We need a little help finishing up our new record. We’ve put a lot of time and money into the project, and we would love to be able to release it on schedule. Unfortunately, we lost some of our expected funding, and the project is now at a standstill.
This record will eventually get finished, but without your help it might take us a while. Please donate if you can, every dollar helps and there are some great perks and prizes available!

Check out our Kickstarter campaign below:

New record

The next record! 3 days of epic rehearsals and were off to London to premier some of this music at The Vortex May 8th before we head into the studio.


Check out our show in Paris at Sunset on May 19. We’ll be fresh out of the studio at that point and ready to rock the material.










Notes from 2013 – A tour glossary

2013 brought The Kandinsky Effect to many places.

In those travels, we played music, made friends, lost luggage, ate awesome food, had terrible coffee, and started compiling the “tour glossary.”

What is the tour glossary?

When you travel a ton with a group of musicians, you start creating names for scenarios that seem to happen over and over again. Much like an internet meme…. certain actions become jokes, and then become repeating themes throughout a tour. Here are a few of those words or moments, and example context.


This one nearly describes itself.

When you are talking to someone, and you say something that provides  way too much information, that is an “overshare.” Now imagine the things that might accidentally get mentioned when traveling in a foreign country, and not knowing that the person next to you probably speaks better English than you do…. That’s good old fashioned awkward.



This is an action that one can perform to absolutely piss off another band member. Here is the process:

1. Bunch your hand into a fist, and place it within 3-4 inches of another band members face, preferably within their peripheral vision.
2. Open your hand and extend all your fingers as far as possible.
3. Say the word “Lotusssssssss”

This usually results in Gael using the phrase “don’t touch me, don’t EVER touch me.”

Performing the lotus on the person that is driving is particularly risky, and a clear indication of your ability for living life without fear of danger.



This is a term that get’s used several times a day. “Swooping” is the process when you somehow sneak your way into a more favorable position than another band member. For example, if you are riding in the backseat of a car and the person in the front seat exits the car, you swoop the front seat by simply getting out and taking their seat. Once seated, you take their belongings and throw them into the back seat.

Other examples of swooping:

1. When sharing a hotel room, you immediately take over the bathroom, leaving your other band members to wait for showers, toilets, etc

2. A band member orders a beer. You take it and drink it before they even take a sip.



The band member who performs the most swoops in a given day.



This is actually a game that was brought back to life after being performed in a previous band, but still provides a decent amount of road entertainment. It’s a game that you play while driving. Basically, you drive next to someone, and then flex your bicep at them. The severity of their response is basically how your points are judged. Whenever you can get a trucker to flex back at you… you’ve basically won.


Business Classing

When riding shotgun, push your chair all the way back and lean it as flat as it will go. Try and get the chair to go completely flat, just like a business class seat on a major airline. Extra points if you do the movement super fast, and there is another band member riding in the seat right behind you. Extra Extra points if this causes them to spill a beverage in their lap. Extra Extra Extra Extra points if that beverage is really hot.


The Kan”drink”sky Effect

This is how we describe having a hangover.


The Kan”clear-out-the-room”sky Effect

When you play a gig and nobody shows up. Bonus points if it’s a restaurant gig, and the room starts full and is empty before the set ends (usually followed up by a Kan”drink”sky Effect the next day.




I’m sure we’ll add to this list soon, but I thought this might be a funny bit of information to put in a blog to finish up the  year.