A Creative Collaboration
Jerusafunk is Phoenix’s first and only Klezploitation band! Conceived in 2010 by Chris Del Favero (guitar) and Jessie Demaree (clarinet), the nine-piece ensemble creates a truly unique psychedelic world funk experience by seamlessly blending traditional Klezmer with American Funk and other world music genres such as Jazz, Thai Pop, Tropicalia, Bossa Nova, Cumbia, and Afrobeat . Phoenix New Times says, “Jerusafunk is not only one of the most original bands in town, it's one of the most fun.”
Sharing the stage with widely- known acts such as George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, Ozomatli, MarchFourth Marching Band and Har Mar Superstar, Jerusafunk is carving their own path within the national Funk, Soul, and World Music scenes. Toting a wide array of world instruments, a mystifying pedal-clad horn section, and polyglot lyricists, "One Nation Under a Groove," transcends to "One Universe Under a Groove." Be sure to check out Jerusafunk on Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Youtube.
In 2009, band leaders Jessie Demaree and Chris Del Favero first met in Flagstaff AZ and thus began their 11 year music project. Then in 2012, they traveled for 2 years through Central and South America, performing, collecting records and instruments, and learning music from every country they visited. Returning the States in 2014, they revived the full band with new sounds and scores that no other group in Arizona had heard. With a horde of 9 to 11 incredible Arizona musicians, Jerusafunk dives deep into global psychedelia, conjuring an orgiastic sound influenced by Funk, Klezmer, Brazil, Ethiopia, Southeast Asia, Jazz, Afrobeat, Turkey, Mexico, and Colombia. Since then, they have self-funded 5 tours, 2 albums, 5 videos, and have performed with: George Clinton, March Fourth Marching Band, Harmar Superstar, Calexico, Brownout, and Combo Chimbita.