Big Blue World Biography
This roots based band from Boston, MA combines 3-part harmonies layered over rock and world beat grooves and has developed a unique sound that moves seamlessly from original reggae and psychedelic rock to West African and Cuban music. The band includes Conor O'Brien (guitar and vocals), Chris Chitouras (guitar and vocals), Keith Kirkpatrick (bass and vocals) and Frank Laurino (drums). Big Blue World just released their 2nd album available on iTunes. Some influences include Paul Simon, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Peter Gabriel, Buena Vista Social Club, Salif Kieta, Baaba Maal, Grateful Dead, Ali Farka Toure and Zani Diabate.
Chris Chitouras has been playing guitar for 30 years and has played with Babatunde Olatunji & the Drums of Passion for 12 years, and performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and headlined concerts with Bonnie Raitt & Jackson Brown, Joan Baez and Loggins & Messina. Chris has studied and performed with many world renowned African artists, mostly from Mali and Nigeria - Salif Kieta, Toumani Diabate, Habib Koite, Zani Diabate, Oumou Sangare, Djelimade Tournkara as well as some of Ali Farke Toure and King Sunny Ade's musicians.
Keith Kirkpatrick started playing his brother's ukulele when he was five years old. Over the years, he's moved on to guitar, electric and upright bass. The instruments have been getting lower, louder, and much bigger, a trend that really can't continue. Keith has played with various genre Boston area bands since 1984. He has been a bandleader, a vocalist, a composer and arranger. He is also currently a bassist with Bill Champitto and Max Klau. He recently played electric bass with Matimba y Rufemelo, a group of Boston area South Africans.
Frank Laurino is a drummer by accident. Early radio DJ gigs brought chance meetings with Bill Bruford, Louie Bellson, Mel Lewis and Bob Moses and, well, so much for the quiet life. A sucker for anything outside the mainstream, Frank has played in numerous rock, jazz and experimental music bands in Atlanta and the NH Seacoast. He is founder of poetry-jazz groups The Beat Night Band and According To My Dream, and currently plays with his industrial jazz ensemble Future Memory.
Conor O’Brien has energetically fronted rock and roots groups throughout New England for 30 years and has logged over 2000 hours in the recording studio. Conor currently teaches voice privately and has released 4 full length CD's as well as a CD with Dave Gerard (Truffle) "FIVE" which included the legendary Bill Payne (Little Feat, Doobie Brothers). Conor has studied privately with Mark Baxter, Sam Davis and Randy Armstrong and has written ~200 songs and performed over 1000 live shows including concerts in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean. More info: www.conormusic.com.