Strong Sun Moon is a 5-piece ensemble from Washington state, featuring a blend of styles influenced by Latin rhythms, Americana, Blues and World music. Sultry male and female vocals intertwine in soulful harmony with ecstatic solos to set your nervous system ablaze. A genre all their own–a unique combination of complex ancient rhythms, piercing 21st century lyrics, and a blend of musical styles from three continents weave a kind of inclusive love that inspires a true sense of community. Instruments from South America, Cascadia, and Eastern Europe seamlessly form a compelling musical landscape and moving painting of verse highlighting visionary lyrics and social justice. Influenced by vastly different musical forebears, Strong Sun Moon is a musical love child from the parentage of Neil Young, Violetta Parra, Ani Difranco, Richie Havens and more, with musical elements from the Latin dance scene, and eastern European percussion.
Current Projects: The band’s second album, which will be the first to include the 5 piece musical ensemble, is scheduled to be released in early 2017, followed by an EP in late summer 2017. Strong Sun Moon actively plays at festivals, music venues, and private events throughout Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.
Instruments: North and South American instruments such as the Charango and Ronroco, (10 string south american lute-like instruments) blend with harmonica, slide guitar, banjo and world percussion, (bombo, cajón, frame drum). The ensemble creates a wide range of textures, sometimes venturing into the more etheric realms of world folk, at others diving into fiery latin rhythms paired with lush vocal harmonies.
Performing as a Duo (Camelia Jade & Mike Antone), Trio, or 5-piece ensemble.
Strong Sun Moon began as a duo with Camelia Jade and Mike Antone. These multi-instrumentalists create original pieces which draw upon their ancestry and cultural influences from the Pacific Northwest, to the Black Sea and South America.
Since 2015, the group has evolved into a 5-piece ensemble.