Tortured Soul @ If So, What?

6-7pm DJ Sake One
7-9pm Tortured Soul

SJZ takes our Jazz Beyond programming “on the road” as we curate artists at the nexus of soul, hip-hop and jazz for the the Music Stage at If So, What? in San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. Full Day Passes and Evening Music Passes are available.

Tortured Soul is 100% live, modern, deep, soulful, house music. The band’s frontman and songwriter, John-Christian Urich, can be seen simultaneously drumming and singing with effortless mastery, while bassist, Jordan Scannella, and keyboardist, Isamu McGregor, virtuosically generate the pulsating accompaniment that has been making bodies sweat for years and continues to be what Gilles Peterson called “The future of house music.” Influenced by the classic songcraft of Prince, Heatwave and Kool & The Gang, and likened to The Roots of house music, Tortured Soul’s sound is reminiscent of neo-soul groups like Jamiroquai or Brand New Heavies, while also being deeply saturated in the contemporary freshness of house purveyors like Joey Negro, Louie Vega, Soul Clap and Disclosure.

Opening for Tortured Soul is DJ Sake One. A true veteran of the Bay Area hip hop and music scene, DJ Sake One is a born and raised renaissance man, known for doing anything from community projects to opening up for big acts such as Mos Def or Kanye West. Whether it’s soulful lounge tracks or bass-filled remixes, his talent and musical palate does not discriminate.

About the Event
If So, What? is a new immersive event celebrating art, design, music, and innovation. Taking place April 26-29, 2018 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, If So, What? will feature showrooms by an international roster of curators, exhibitions by galleries from around the world, and artists working in the field of digital media. Visitors will also be invited to attend music performances and a series of multi-disciplinary panel discussions with visionary speakers. Inspired by the creative communities in the Bay Area and internationally, the event will invite visitors to experience art and design in a new way.


Sake One, DJ

Tortured Soul
John-Christian Urich – drums, vocals
Jordan Scannella – bass, vocals
Isamu Mcgregor – keys, vocals