"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"
- Leonardo Da Vinci
This is a unique project..YES! All the elements that form this project had never been together before in one place. The music of SIMPLE establishes a new genre, a new style of música puertorriqueña that brings influences and sensibilities from all over the world effortlessly into one common place—The Groove. In an era where almost all of the music is being recorded one musician at a time, having such an amazing line up of artists playing together at STUDIO A is an extraordinary event, one that the studio interns still talk about.The main recording sessions were a 4 day lockout at Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios with a room full of incredible talent working all together, sometimes up to 15 musicians tracking at the same time! The sessions were also filmed on video by multi-award winners Kacho Lopez and Cesar Berríos and photographed by Luis R Vidal. My goal is to release a full 12 track album along with a documentary about how the music came together, about the power of unity, the musicians involved and the inspiration behind all of this project that has become a way of life to me after 3 years. Also, it is my intention to portray how we can use this principle of Simplicity as a place to be reached through constant practice, a constant search for knowledge and using SIMPLE as a way of life in general.
I am 100% confident that this will be a very important project and its impact will last for many years.
- Henry Cole, December 2017
Drummer Henry Cole transforms the music scene one beat at a time. Described as “the future of drumming,” (Bongohead) Cole leads Villa Locura with wide musical range, grace and sheer power behind the drum kit. A Puerto Rico native and a current resident of New York, he has toured throughout the globe, performing in the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Central America, Korea and Japan. He combines various musical influences - Puerto Rican folklore, funk and R&B, jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms – creating his own unique genre that bridges the traditional with the contemporary. Henry's main goal is to see music as “One World,” a space beyond styles, reaching out to audiences of all kinds with a message of determination and unity. By the end, Henry Cole will “have made you smile, made you think, surprised you, and – most of all – made you want to dance” (JamBands).