Side Projects

ARAS

ARAS is Adrien Reju and Andy Stack, a duo based in the Hudson Valley. They found their musical and personal bond during a time of both loss and spiritual awakening in their lives, and saw in each other a seeker looking for purpose, truth and meaning during uncertain times. They discovered a mutual love for the deep soul wrenching heart of the blues, the raw emotional energy of rock ‘n’ roll, and the  poetic storytelling in the traditional folk songs of their Irish ancestors. Their name, the couple’s initials, also comes from the word Ara a small southern constellation in the Milky Way known as ‘the altar.’ The name is apropos to their sound, combining a variety of instruments including electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, mandola, banjo, piano and percussion, with close vocal harmonies that echo the soft unison whisper of Simon & Garfunkel and the lilting croons of Graham Parsons & Emmylou Harris. Their live shows feature threads from their individual solo work, songs they’ve written with and for each other, some select covers as well as traditional folk and Irish tunes.
AndyStack Adrien Reju Duo 2

American Soup

Andy Stack’s “American Soup” is a sonically explorative guitar trio featuring Michael Bram on 1940s calf skin drums and Jesse Murphy on a metal upright bass.  The group explores classics from the american lexicon in an improvisational and adventurous conversation.  From Robert Johnson to Duke Ellington to Elliot Smith, no rules apply.

American Soup Trio

The M3’s

The M3’s is a new take on the classic soul jazz organ trio sound of the 60s.  The group was named after the hammond M3, made famous by Booker T and the MG’s “Green Onions”.  Andy housed a chopped off Hammond M3 at Quinn’s lounge in Beacon, NY during the initial Wednesday night residency by the group which ran for several months, attracting large crowds for the music and cocktails.  

The M3’s play classics from Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, and also reinvent modern pop tunes in the organ trio setting, much like their influences did decades ago.  

The M3's

Affiliates

Adrien Reju

Jeremy Baum

Jonah Smith

Amy Helm

The Mammals