Play_Ground is an eclectic musical unit, founded by versatile New York City based multi instrumentalists, Slovenian born Jan Kus and Puerto Rican born Dan Martínez.
Meeting during their formative musical years in New York, the two immediately felt a kinship in terms of the vastness of their musical taste and common interests outside of music.
After years of playing together in many numerous musical situations, ranging from Latin Jazz to Pop to Balkan Music, Flamenco and beyond, the two musical luminaries were looking for a musical platform, a vessel, on which they can spontaneously switch between various genres, in a sort of borderless, free flowing conversation, which is in itself a reflection of the eclectic modern world we live in today.
So they formed Play_Ground. Their own musical laboratory, fusing the youthful creative spontaneous playfulness of Play, and heavy, groovy and tradition-rooted grounding of Ground.
Play_Ground, a unique musical treat, taking you on a musical journey spawning from electronic beats to Puerto Rican Bomba, Balkan music, Jazz, Funk, and Hip Hop, fusing its founders’ love for visual art, philosophy, Latin Jazz, back streets of New York, jungles of San Lorenzo, Slovenian glacial lakes, outer galaxies, and much more.
Welcome to their private “play_ground”, in which they invite you to dance with the ancestors and lose and re-discover yourself on this unique musical journey, which is nothing like what you’ve ever been on before.
Jan Kus – saxophones, keyboards
Justin Salisbury – keyboards
Dan Martinez – electric bass
Abel Tabares – drums, drum pad