JaSkaMon (pronounced ja*ska*mon, refering to “spirit, music, and humanity”) is a pop music project based in Oregon that blends Americana with Caribbean beats. Led by singer-songwriter guitarist Barry Klusman, the band has a core of five musicians including Klusman, Rodney Turner, Jim and Pam Caldwell, and Louis Butts. Other players are added when called for. JaSkaMon’s attributes are a long list of hook-laden tunes that are rhythmically charged for dancing, tight harmony singing by all five, strong percussion, and infectious horn lines.
JaSkaMon has produced four CDs since their inception in March of 2013; “Sword & Plow”, “All The People”, and their 2015 release, “432”. 432 refers to the use of “natural tuning” which was utilized when they recorded at The Lab Studio in Portland, Or. with John Neff (see David Lynch, Journey, Willie Nelson, etc.) at the controls.
Their latest release titled “Spirit, Music, Humanity” (2016) breaks new ground with a more refined sound for the band. Ska and pop-reggae dominate in lively songs about our relationship to the planet as well as to each other. These newest tunes are finely crafted candy for your ears and inspiration for your soul. We know you’ll groove on them.
JaSkaMon’s music video, “Take Me Home”, released in 2014, produced by Christian Köhlert from Germany, was a nominated finalist in the 2014 Independent Music Awards. It is dedicated to drummer Marv Bauer who passed away that year.
Their current video “Save Your Land”, 2016, once again features a modern dance performance by Chenise Crockett and delves into the subject of mankind’s footprint on our precious Earth and questions our future.