Dreamroot is a quintet from Durham, North Carolina who met at their individual jazz performances, but who came together as artists as a collective seeking musical healing. Drawing from a vast number of influences, DreamRoot classifies themselves as Political Jazz and Neo-Soul, with elements drawn from the music-cultures of both Africa and Europe. DreamRoot is comprised of bassist Ittai Korman, drummer Theous Jones, saxophonist and poet Serena Wiley, keyboardist and producer Joe MacPhail, and GRAMMY nominated trumpeter Lynn Grissett.
DreamRoot uses music as an agent for healing – both for themselves and for others as they create music as a refuge from chronic illness, racism, hatred, and the struggles associated with living in the 21st century. The personnel of DreamRoot connected initially through meeting at jazz gigs in Durham, North Carolina. DreamRoot as a concept, however, began with these musicians coming together and being open in taking risks, being honest, and creating a space in which thinking about the healing power of music can exist. DreamRoot is a vehicle for creative expression and enjoyment, while also maintaining serious undertones of honoring their musical foundations and shifting collective thought to consider social and cultural realities from a different perspective.
DreamRoot's recent release, Phases, an emotional and provocative exploration of healing through personal and collective creation of genre-defying music. Phases simultaneously grooves and contemplates the reality of the modern age as it draws inspiration from those icons who have walked the lines between genres, and shines with original brilliance from the collaborative creative efforts of all members of the band.