REVIVA’S New Album
"Equanimity"


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MORE THAN JUST A BAND. A WAY OF LIFE.

REVIVA’S New Album
"Equanimity"


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We are infinitely proud of and excited to release our third full-length album, Equanimity, in the summer of 2017. Equanimity means “mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.” Our goal was to create an album that was inclusive of everyone and spoke to some of the major challenges our global society currently faces. Produced by multiple Grammy award winner and Ziggy Marley bassist Pablo Stennett. As climate change is rapidly increasing, war and poverty are on the rise, and racial and religious tensions are at a climax, Equanimity is Reviva’s musical response to these challenges. We feel that it is this calmness and evenness of temper is the only way to overcome these challenges as a human race. ________

THE BAND

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Chris “Kristoff” Brennan – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Song Writer

Kristoff is a native New Mexican. He’s a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Peace Studies program, and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and educator who spent much of his service on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua giving workshops and performing cultural exchange events through music.

Kristoff is a talented singer and songwriter who gets his inspiration from revolutionary musicians like Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, and Bob Dylan.  He is fluent in Spanish and Creole, and has years of experience in teaching guitar, organizing workshops and performances, and songwriting. He recruited Jerel Garcia and Buddha Benavidez to join him on stage for what would become the beginning of Reviva.

He also serves as a member of the Senior Management Team for a local non-profit and is on the Board of Directors for a high school in Albuquerque aimed at providing at-risk youth with a second opportunity to pursue their education.  He has a deep passion for serving the underserved and using music to inspire people to make positive change for themselves and their community.

Kristoff wrote a grant proposal and received a Fulbright scholarship for Reviva to go to Nicaragua.  This was for an exchange of music and culture, and the band members played several concerts.  They also gave music lessons to the youth and donated instruments.

Brian Shonerd – Keys

Brian Shonerd, is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in the country of Nicaragua, where he and Kristoff met during their service.

Brian is one of the most multi-talented musicians in Albuquerque, playing anything from drums to piano to lead guitar. Brian has played music professionally since he was 11 years-old within genres such as original jazz, world, reggae, and folk music along with many bands throughout New Mexico.

Brian’s formal training and passion for recording music has contributed greatly to Reviva since he joined in early 2015. The band has welcomed his unique talents and songwriting experience as they continue to create new music.

Brian holds a degree in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of New Mexico, and is a music teacher at Amy Biehl High School in Albuquerque. He is passionate about social justice, playing basketball, and sharing in collaborative musical experiences with his friends.

Jarel Garcia

Jerel Garcia – Lead Guitar & Backup Vocals

Jerel Garcia, has provided dynamic guitar riffs and licks since the inception of Reviva. Jerel has played guitar in groups since high school in Albuquerque, and teamed up with his cousin Buddha Benavidez and Kristoff to create the unique sound that is Reviva. While Kristoff went away to Peace Corps, Jerel took over the singing in his place, keeping the band on a positive trend.

Jerel took over as the main instructor for a guitar class at Van Buren Middle School, where he was a Special Education teacher, that taught over 150 students to play guitar. He is also a former swim coach at Belen High School and is on his way to becoming a Registered Nurse. He enjoys helping adolescents in our state deal with stress release through musical production and exhibitions.

Cody Jones

Cody Jones – Percussions

A native to New Mexico and key player in the local music scene. Cody has played and toured in a variety of talented bands from New Mexico. He has been playing hand drums and percussion instruments with Reviva since 2010.

Cody also works as a tradesman/contractor building native, alternative, sustainable and solar homes. He is a designer in architecture, permaculture, landscaping, water conservation, and land management. Cody is a huge advocate for alternative energy, renewable resources, organic farming, and nature conservation. His combined knowledge and experience led him to build homes for his son and parents on his mountain property.

Cody is a devoted single father, teacher, artist, and community member.  He is also an avid outdoor adventurer who enjoys hiking, biking, climbing, and snowboarding as much as possible.

Cody’s personal missions are working to raise awareness about our planet  and climate change, as well as promoting social justice through his work and music.

Glenn “Buddha” Benavidez – Bass

Buddha Benavidez is a well-traveled professional musician and DJ, who also has spent over 10 years in public education working with high-risk youth. Buddha originally made a mark in the Albuquerque music scene with the alternative rock band Stoic Frame. His time in Los Angeles with his former band provided him with significant experience as a professional musician.

Buddha is one of the original trio of Reviva members, and a contributing songwriter for the first album, Change. His heavy basslines compliment the desert reggae rock style that the band has become known for.

Buddha has also worked with the New Mexico Academy of Rock & Blues, an Albuquerque-based community-minded program aimed at helping children achieve their musical aspirations.  Buddha is a family man, a graphic designer, and is also a founding member of a poetic/musical collaborative side project with his wife, Jessica Helen Lopez, the first ever female Poet Laureate of Albuquerque NM. Buddha is also an amateur bowler, is passionate about his motorcycle and is dedicated to his family, community, and culture.

Rick Gonzalez – Keys, Melodica, Vocals

Rick Gonzalez has been an integral part of Reviva since early 2014. Rick has contributed to much of the new songwriting, singing eclectic verses and harmonies that add positive vibes to the mix.

He also plays dub style keys and incorporates melodica solos into songs, offering a unique sound and style. In the daytime Rick works with special needs children and has developed a recycling program at Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital that benefits both the children and the community as he and his companions work to clean up Albuquerque. He has also worked diligently to develop a musical program at local parks in which professional artists perform in the parks for free, promoting positive expressions through music. 

Ragon Espinoza

Ragon Espinoza – Drummer

Ragon Espinoza has a dual degree in Criminology and Music from the University of New Mexico. In addition to various musical ensembles, he has 8 years of experience playing snare on both high school and college drum-lines.

Ragon brings both leadership skills and experience in teaching drum lessons and drum circles to youth across rural New Mexico. Ragon is considered one of the most technical drummers in our state, with attention to detail and precise timing. Ragon was recently awarded Best Drummer in Albuquerque by local voters.

He also has worked in law enforcement as a probation/parole officer and is currently the Drug Court Coordinator in Valencia County, which gives people a second chance rather than sending them to prison. Ragon has done much with helping at-risk youth in Valencia County for over 5 years. Ragon also continues to play drums at Christian Faith Chapel with his father, who has been a pastor for over 20 years.

PRODUCER & SUPPORTING CAST

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Pablo Stennett – Producer

Pablo Stennett is a multiple Grammy winning musician and composer who was born and raised in Jamaica, and deeply rooted in the church where his father was a pastor. Influenced by a family background full of musicians, he began studying piano at the age of five. He ultimately added bass, upright bass and guitar to his arsenal of instruments. He tours globally with Ziggy Marley and has worked over the years with a multitude of superstar artists, including Willie Nelson, Jimmy Cliff, Chaka Khan, Pink and Raphael Saadiq, to name a few.

Pablo is an innovative producer and accomplished writer and musician who has partnered with film studios, theater organizations, media organizations, corporations and digital entertainment clients, including Sony Interactive, whose PlayStation platform is a global leader in video games.

Having composed and produced original music across multiple genres, including pop, jazz, classical, reggae and blues, Pablo has a strong sense of design and aesthetics, refined over decades of creation, composition and artistry. He is also renowned for his work with developing artists and identifying and cultivating talent, and has served as a trusted partner and liaison for high-profile stakeholders in music, entertainment and commercial fields.

Reviva’s album Equanimity was recorded and mixed at Branat Studios.

Errol Brown – Engineer

Errol Brown is a Multiple Grammy Winner for Recording and Engineering.

He is the nephew of the late Duke Reid, the pioneer of Treasure Isle recording studio. He was educated at Kingston Technical High School in Jamaica, and was trained as an audio engineer at Treasure Isle studios by Byron Smith and Duke Reid.

He left Treasure Isle in 1979, when he joined Bob Marley & The Wailers at Tuff Gong Studios. He recorded and mixed albums for Bob Marley and The Wailers, Rita Marley, Burning Spear and Third World. He also was the engineer for Bob Marley and The Wailers, Rita Marley and Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers in the studios and on the road until 2000.

In 2001 and 2002, he was Shaggy‘s live sound engineer. In 2003, he engineered Ziggy Marley’s first solo tour. He also oversaw the sound at the Roots, Rock, Reggae Festival in 2004 & 2006. As of 2014, Brown is currently on tour running sound for Rebelution.

Brown has also recorded / engineered with several other artists such as: The Sensations, Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Peter Tosh, U-Roy, Gregory Isaacs, Culture, Rebelution, Reviva and many more!

Audley “Chizzy” Chisholm – Guest Artist

Chizzy is a Jamaican born gifted musician who grew up in the church.  He’s a veteran in the music industry and an accomplished and talented musician and vocalist. He has recorded and performed with The Wailers, Shaggy, Maxi Priest, Big Mountain, Shabba Ranks, to name a few. He continues to tour globally and is an ambassador of music from the white sands of the Caribbean to the desert sands of Africa, encompassing every continent in between, spreading a positive message… One Love.

Colin Diles Hazelbaker – Studio Engineer & Artist

Diles is a professionally certified, passionately motivated audio engineer, producer and educator. He is the founder and lead architect behind Visceral View Entertainment, defined as “Conviction Arising from One’s Mental or Spiritual Being, Obtained Through Intuition Rather Than Reasoning.”

His professional and business-oriented arts collective is focused on nourishing and expanding creative community, developing young artists, and supporting them in pursuit of their dreams.

Diles also is a partner of Central Root Studios, a recording studio and artistic epicenter in Albuquerque, NM.

Diles has released over 20 albums and collaborated with artists from around the world as well as having performed in venues, guest lectured, and facilitated workshops across the country and internationally in conjunction with organizations such as The Santa Fe Opera, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Bernalillo County Parks and Recreations Program, Fulbright-Hayes Foundation, Tricklock Theatre, Little Globe and Warehouse 508, among several universities, as well as public and charter high schools across the SouthWest and US.

Reviva’s album Equanimity was recorded at Central Root Studios.

Brandon Stennett – Guest Artist

Brandon Stennett is a talented drummer and percussionist.

He recorded on the single “We Are Tomorrow” and on Reviva’s “Equanimity” Album.

Brandon is a founding member of the band “Connect” and has played numerous concerts and venues.

He was awarded Outstanding Jazz Performer at Esperanza Jazz Festival, Best Soloist at Western States Jazz Festival, and Performer of the Year at Alexander Hamilton Academy of Music and Performing Arts.

2017 Shows!

October 21st: Fundraiser for Puerto Rico at Duel Brewing in Albuquerque, NM 6pm

October 28th: Halloween Party at The Sandbar in Albuquerque, NM 9pm-Midnight

November 18th: Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, NM 10:30pm – Midnight

November 25th: Taos Mesa Brewing in El Prado, NM 8pm