Rehearsal Sessions

Kaizen

Kaizen-Sessions are a collection of recordings that took place during private rehearsals. The Kaizen albums, First Impressions and Closer To Earth were inspired and greatly influenced by the groups rehearsal sessions. Magical Improvisation !

Kaizen-Sessions are a collection of recordings that took place during private rehearsals. The Kaizen albums, First Impressions and Closer To Earth were inspired and greatly influenced by the groups rehearsal sessions. Magical Improvisation from Guitarist Wayne Janus, Drummer David Carrillo and Bassist Shane Lannigan. Enjoy...

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Closer to Earth

Kaizen

Kaizen's second album entitled "Closer To Earth" is an epic modern ground breaking instrumental master piece. This unique album has it all, from New York Funk, Jazz, Rock, Fusion and even features a Sanskrit Chant entitled "Shivaya". A must Have!

Kaizen's second album of songs entitled "Closer to Earth" is a ground breaking master piece of sound. Canadian Guitarist Wayne Janus, Bassist Shane Lannigan and El Salvador Drummer David Carrillo, have complimented their debut album "First Impressions" with this incredible sound-scape entitled "Closer To the Earth".

The track entitled, "Shivaya", brings for a far East influence and features Alex Bovkis's haunting Sanskrit Chanting. The album's producer Christopher T. Wilson makes an appearance by adding a synthesizer track for added ambience and depth.

The track entitled, "Street Pulse" Brings the listener round the globe and lands one's ears right in the heart of big city New York Street Funk. Street Pulse is the funkiest sound-scape of New York go,go, go.

The Track entitled, "Shanti" is a sophisticated, smooth, ambient, yet dynamic instrumental that has a Vancouver high rise, city lights aura about it. Shane Lannigan’s amazing rang of sound effects from his bass really bring forth a unique identity. The track entitled, "Ojo Al Cristo" features David Carrillo's explosive combinations of musical influence. This piece of music has that Los Angeles Rock/Fusion thing going on. The guitar is on fire and the bass registers on the Richter scale.

Kaizen is an amazing band and their sound is so diverse that it could easily act as the sound track to our energies of everyday life. Once you start listening to their music, you will soon realize how much you miss it when it is not playing in your car, on your iPod, office, social events, home entertainment system etc… AND you will definitely want to see Kaizen performing live because their live performance is as amazing and captivating as their recorded performance. Enjoy!

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First Impressions

Kaizen

This amazing new album of modern instrumental music will be a favorite in your collection. Guitar, Bass and Drums display supreme musicianship in this passionate live studio recording. Highly Recommended for all occasions. Very Cool Sounding!

KAIZEN is an all original three piece instrumental/vocal group comprising of Wayne Janus on Guitar, Shane Lannigan on Bass and David Carrillo on Drums. Their debut' album entitled "First Impressions" is an appealing "mixed genre" production of music that is becoming a new favorite among a diverse listening audience.

The musicianship of KAIZEN is an infinite journey of creative exploration. "First Impressions" is a live studio recording with no over-dubs. The improvisation and flow of music is very natural and appealing to the listener. Many will comment on how Kaizen's innovative performance and energy captivates their audience.

The members of KAIZEN draw their musical influence from other inspirational musicians. This influence is not limited to a specific musical genre, nor is it limited to well known legendary icons. Their display of "openness" and "appreciation" for music bridges many cultural listening "gaps".

The Music of KAIZEN has strong identity and offers a diverse blend of electric sounds ranging from Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Rock, Dance, Rave, Latin, Blues, Euro and much more. Check out KAIZEN "Live in Concert"!

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Hell County

Hell County

High Energy Angry Biker Rock! Scorching Guitar, Bass and Drums with most unique vocal production ever. Songs about real life and hard living. Vivid story line imagery to relate to that will boost your energy and make you feel like turning it UP LOUD!

HELL COUNTY is an all original Power-Trio Rock Band that evolved from playing Tha' Blues. HELL COUNTY is... Wayne Janus (Guitar and Vocals), Robin Houston (Drums) and Tony Wachnuik (Bass). This is one of the most raw and energetic albums of all time. It was recorded as a "live" studio production to ensure that what you hear on the recording is what you will hear when you see HELL COUNTY Live! This is a "Balls to tha' Walls" recording that has the "TRUE ROCK GRIT" that stands above all industry trends. HELL COUNTY is an inspiring band that appeals to everyone. You don't have to be a "Bad Ass" to listen to their music. You just gotta have the hunger for something new with no B.S. and HELL COUNTY goes above and beyond to deliver to their massive fan base!

The song Go Go Go opens the album as the first track and is a lyrical master piece about real life for the general population who hit the swams of rush hour to make a living. A real wake up and "Spill The Coffee" kinda song. Following Go Go Go is a song entitled Dead Friends. Dead Friends boasts one of the heaviest Rock guitar intros ever. This song like all HELL COUNTY songs has a strong story line with vivid imagery. Track three is Porno Junkie. This number is the Dirtiest Rock Funk Groove backed with "slick" lyrics about the history of porn. Butterfly Tattoo is another full out Rocker! The title gives it away. AND then there is the song Hey There. Hey There is a about a story of self defense and what happend to the last man standing. Next on the HELL COUNTY album is Worse Case Blues! This one is as sharp as the horns on an angry Texas Steer! The content of this one is about party shack where they would make whiskey and party all night with the hottest girls and the hottest bands. This place still exists and HELL COUNTY still keeps the fire burning there! Muddy follows Worse Case Blues and the lyric line in the second verse... ("Muddy Waters Screamin' Guitar") is a show of respect for Blues and Blues History. Like all HELL COUNTY songs, the groove and rawness of the music cuts through and it's infectious! Broken and Bruised is second from last on the play list. Its about an "exotic dancer" and her trials and tribulations. Its an inspirering story about picking yourself up and making the right thing happen. The album closes with the ninth song entitled Hell County!

Give this band a shot! Be the first to introduce your friends to HELL COUNTY !

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September Moon

Wayne Janus

September Moon is a popular new album with a Folk/Light-Rock/jazz mixture.

Guitarist–Singer-Songwriter Wayne Janus, is a Canadian musician known for his musical diversity and originality. Over the past ten years Wayne has performed at countless venues in Canada, U.S. and Europe. In the genre of Blues his reputation placed him as the lead guitarist for the late Blues Legend, George “Wild Child “Butler. Janus has recorded numerous songs and has three complete original albums of three different genres of music under his own name.

The most recent album entitled September Moon is a testament of Wayne’s ability to break the paradigms that define genre of music with out isolating the music from commercial appeal. This unique album features songs with strong but, “easy to recite” lyricism. The listener is free to interpret and redefine the context of music with their own perception. In other words, someone will hear a “love song” from this album and it may bring to mind a meaning of love for “something they do” rather than “someone they love”. This approach to writing breaks down a lyrical bias that is so easily over looked but prevalent through out music history.

September Moon features a wide range of instrumentation with strong musicianship that is delicately produced. For example: one song will feature a classical symphony undertone with a light folk-rock theme, while another song with vocal and guitar will maintain its presence as part of the album. All songs were initially written using a guitar and vocal melody to establish the basis of a song. From that point of clarity a wide range of counter melodies prevailed.

Wayne Janus is a very inspirational person “in tune” with evolution and change. His love and awareness is not limited to his writing of music; it is in everything he does.

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All Access Blues

Wayne Janus

Real Southern Blues flavored with solid Chicago overtones.

In the early 90’s, Guitarist-Singer-Songwriter Wayne Janus began as a solo Blues performer in numerous festivals and night clubs throughout Southern Ontario, Canada. By the mid 90’s, Wayne had formed a three-piece Blues band and began recording his renditions of classic Chicago and Delta Blues songs. His drive, dedication and musicianship earned him a job with Live Earth Management as the lead guitarist for Swamp Blues Legend George “Wild Child” Butler. Butler’s impressive biography is also a document of Blues history that clearly states his collaborations with Lightning Hopkins, Roosevelt Sikes, Willie Dixon, Howling Wolf and many other Blues Legends. As “Wild Child’s” lead guitarist Janus performed at festivals and large capacity venues in the U.S., Europe and Canada.

By late 2002, Janus found the time to record an album despite a very busy touring schedule. The album entitled “Muddy,” is an original progressive Blues project. This searing, live studio recording features Wayne’s captivating lyricism and improvisational abilities.

In November of 2003, Janus and his local band where backing up “Wild Child” Butler in Switzerland at the Lucerne Blues Festival. London Blues Magazine published a revue of this major event that featured over 20 headliners and nearly a hundred sidemen. The article included a comment that described Wayne Janus as an inspiring guitarist on his way to the top. Upon returning from Europe, Janus and his band hit the studio and local Blues scene.

Janus was in Salt Lake City during the summer of 2004 backing up “Wild Child” Butler at the Snow Bird Jazz and Blues Festival. The stellar performance was nothing short of legendary. Wayne’s guitar work always complemented “Wild Child’s” vocals and harmonica playing. Numerous standing ovations throughout the show were received from the full capacity venue of approximately 5,000. Upon returning from Utah, Wayne was offered a sponsorship by a popular recording engineer Dan Jefferies. Within weeks of accepting the offer by Jefferies, Bill Costello of Busen Custom Amplifiers presented Wayne with an amplifier endorsement. The sponsorship and endorsement added more fuel to the fire. Janus and his band were burning up the circuit night after night with some of the hottest Blues ever heard north of the U.S. boarder.

March of 2005 brought about a very dark time for all that knew of George “Wild Child” Butler. George passed away while recovering from surgery. Keeping “Wild Child” close at heart, Janus carried on with the grueling tour and studio schedule with no time off.

In early 2006, Janus took a leave of absence from his band in order to complete the Album “All Access Blues”. Wayne explains; “There were over forty songs to edit through. I wanted the songs to flow from one to another like chapters in a book. This recording is a story about my Blues.”

The C.D. “All Access Blues,” was released in January of 2007. Janus hit the circuit with his band as the opening act for the Holmes Brothers and Blues guitar virtuoso Stu Heydon. More 2007 highlights include special guest appearances with established musicians like James Anthony, Bob Stroger, Ross Neilson and Mike “Shrimp Daddy” Reed.

Guitarist-Singer-Songwriter Wayne Janus is an approachable, energetic, creative musician who performs with intense passion and soul. Currently Wayne is working on a mixed genre of original songs and is networking throughout Canada, U.S. and Europe.

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