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Come hang with the band

We love playing summer arts festivals, but it does mean we boil our set down to just the catchiest, high-energy, most crowd-pleasing tunes. Tonight we have a chance to stretch out a bit in the opposite direction. The room is small so we’ll be playing quietly, fully exploring some of our trippier tunes & taking them wherever they go. It makes for a good night to sip a gin & tonic and let yourself be immersed in the music.

Thu. 07-21-16, 8 p.m.
Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar
1508 11th Ave
Seattle WA 98122
(206) 709-9797

Climbing the JazzWeek chart

On top of holding steady at #3 on the CMJ Jazz Radio chart, we’re climbing up the JazzWeek chart! Last week we broke the Top 100, and this week we climbed to #65.

What’s the difference? In a nutshell, CMJ is composed of mostly public and community radio stations that target a younger demographic than the JazzWeek stations do.

A heartfelt thanks to all the stations that are playing our CD!

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Jazz After Hours

JAHHoly crap! We’ve been played on Jazz After Hours 3 weeks in a row?

It’s actually been pretty freaky for me to hear myself on this broadcast as this is a program I have listened to for over 20 years. No disrespect to Jeff Hanley (who has done an incredible job with the program), but I just keep waiting for Jim Wilke’s voice.

Regardless, the program is carried by over 50 NPR stations in the U.S. So there’s that. You can stream the program online here.


Too much math!

We hit #6 this week, up 6 from last week when we were #12, which was up 11 from the week before when we were #23.

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That means lots of people outside of Seattle are hearing the new CD.

In town we’re still playing to the same 30 people we know and love… no, I’m just kidding… a little bit. I mean to say, go out and support live music!

Fundamental Forces @ The Royal Room Feb. 8th

Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces will be playing all new material as we gear up for our next recording. We have our 5th member Brad Gibson joining us on drums. We’re playing the first set at 8pm -so don’t be one of these people who shows up at 9 whining that you missed our set.


The Royal Room presents an eclectic night of an exciting blend of modern jazz, free improvisation and progressive rock. A selection of the region’s most adventurous instrumentalists, from accomplished scene veterans to head-turning emerging artists will be performing.

Sun. 02-08-15
The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 906-9920
8 pm, No cover

Guitarist Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces is an innovative collective of modern progressive players who have developed a rich library of original compositions that are hauntingly beautiful, thoughtful, and evocative. Fundamental Forces blends forward thinking arrangements with grooves that allure at every turn. That allure has propelled both of their recent albums to the top 20 of the CMJ Jazz radio charts.

One of Miles Davis’s seminal works, In A Silent Way represents the break point between Miles’ acoustic, more traditional approach and his electric period with more eclectic, free-flowing compositions. In A Silent Way is very much a product of the studio, featuring multiple edits that result in nonlinear song construction. Six longtime Seattle performers have rearranged these tunes for the stage and will give them a spin in real time.

Led by celebrated Seattle guitarist Simon Henneman, Northern Cantrips weaves a tapestry of improvisation laden original compositions and reinterpretations of bebop, modern Brazilian music, tango, hip hop, and progressive rock.

Fundamental Forces Fall Showcase


Please accept this special invitation to our fall showcase event on October 19th at Egan’s Ballard Jam House from 7 to 8:30pm.

Twice a year, I try to schedule a performance where Fundamental Forces is able to stretch out and play in some sort of intimate concert setting. The idea is to host the band in an environment where we can play whatever material we care to, and where deep listening is encouraged. The stage at Egan’s allows for easy communication for the musicians, as well as fantastic site lines for the audience – so it’s consistently a great show.


Fundamental Forces Fall Showcase
Saturday, Oct. 19th – 7pm
Egan’s Ballard Jam House
1707 NW Market St, Seattle
(206) 789-1621
Reservations recommended

This fall, Fundamental Forces is hitting on all cylinders. We’re coming off a summer in which we released our debut CD, and we’ve just started recording our next. So please mark your calendar and come join us as we celebrate why we do what we do.

Please note, I won’t be doing a birthday show this year and so this is one of the last chances to catch the band before our winter break. We hope to see you there.