The Cosmic Krewe and Barenaked Ladies’ Kevin Hearn introduce themselves to the world (and beyond) with Hello Hello (One Planet) — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
In a sonic pairing where not even the sky is a limit, Canadian Music Hall of Famer Hearn recently collaborated with singer-songwriter Laranah Phipps-Ray and trumpeter Michael Ray on a slice of jazz-funk that aims to unite the masses during World Unity Week.
“We decided to say hello in different languages — including some extra-terrestrial ones,” Hearn shares. “I added the melodic chant, and a few layers of piano/keyboards to Michael’s chord sequence and Laranah’s singing. In this time when so many are feeling distanced, disconnected, and isolated, it felt fitting to reach out with musical salutations to all.”
Having first crossed paths in 2012, Hello Hello (One Planet) is the latest extension of the trio’s collaborations together. “I met Michael Ray after seeing him perform with the Sun Ra Arkestra,” Hearn recalls. “The event was celebrating the new home of Toronto’s Regent Park School of Music, and it was one of the most inspiring musical performances I have ever seen.
“I fell in love with Michael’s musicality, his voice, his trumpet playing, and his joyful exuberance as he led the hall in singing We Travel the SpaceWays. We collaborated on a project of mine, The SuperHero Suite, and Michael became a regular guest on The Barenaked Ladies albums. The first time I met his wife Laranah, who is also jazz royalty, the three of us had an impromptu jam session in the BNL dressing room backstage in Philadelphia. And in this new instalment of our musical friendship, it was I who was invited to contribute to one of THEIR songs!”
With lyrics spanning the globe and beyond, and lines like ‘Let’s get in tune with each other for what it’s worth,’ Hello Hello (One Planet) makes a perfect anthem for World Unity Week, June 19-26. “It just makes sense,” Hearn nods. “Take care, and remember … Space Is The Place!”