San Fermin is an infectious eight-piece baroque pop ensemble that grabs your attention with its charm, talent and storytelling abilities.
Lead by classically trained musician and Yale graduate Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the band includes vocalists Allen Tate and Charlene Kaye, trumpeter John Brandon, saxophonist Stephen Chen, violinist Rebekah Durham, guitarist Tyler McDiarmid and drummer Michael Hanf.
San Fermin’s sound could easily be part of a film score with the sweet usage of their over-the-top style for a dramatic scene. Seemingly influenced by a wide variety of music genres, the band’s gift to weave emotive stories with melodies that are appealing is a great feat. What began as a vision for Ludwig-Leone in Brooklyn in 2012 is now a full-on touring act that has opened for the National, the Arctic Monkeys and St. Vincent. Ludwig-Leone is still surprised by the octet’s success: “There were all these new possibilities and gray areas. It was a shock to the system–out in the world, barely at home, constantly in a state of semi-crisis.” San Fermin released their self-titled debut in September 2013 via Downtown Records.
Stopping by KDHX studios for a live performance of 3 tracks from their new album “Jackrabbit,” it’s hard not to be reeled in by the elaborate and vibrant arrangements of a group that is still growing, still learning and still inspiring.