METAMORPHOSE: What began as the Arron Nelson Project in 2004 has synthesized into the tightly honed hybrid audio and visual creation now known as the band Metamorphose. With the talents and collaboration of new members Richard Kleef on guitar and Cheryl Janzen on keys/vocals in addition to already existing members Steve Parish ( Drums) and Arron Nelson ( Bass and Vocals ) the Metamorphose sound has evolved and come into it's it's own. Built on a bedrock of solid bass and drums, intoxicating melodies, powerful harmonies, edgy guitar riffs and luscious keyboard arrangements - this multi-textured soundscape incorporates a strong mix of current and classic music genres with a hint of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and West African grooves making it a rhythmical delight perfect for dancers and listeners alike. With the creation of the musical genre 'message music', Metamorphoses' lyrical content is both relatable and relevant to the issues facing our world and each other as individuals today. Songs like Shed Your Skin, Possible, Borders,Interplanetary Debris and 10,000 Angels offer positive insightful lyrics and funky infectious grooves. Undoubtedly fantastic festival music, Metamorphose attracts an audience that is both multi cultural and cross generational. With influences such as Peter Gabriel, The Police,Salif Keita,The Beatles and David Bowie, this group is sure to deliver. ARRON NELSON: Arron Nelson was born into an amazing musically talented family. His parents were musicians that played Folk music concerts and coffee houses with many different artists in the 1960's. Growing up with all that music around him gave Arron an insatiable hunger for music.He inevitably quenched his thirst by picking up the electric Bass,which was a perfect fit for the family jams. With both of his brothers playing drums,and guitars respectively,and his parents playing banjo,accordion,and guitar,the family band was complete. After Arron started playing Bass he instantly knew he was destined to be a musician. Arron started playing in many different groups through out the 80's,90's,but in the new millennium Arron took his music to a higher elevation by composing his own music,and releasing an album under the name the Arron Nelson Project. Arron has taken all these experiences and has become an incredible singer-songwriter and now plays all the instruments from the family band. By using voice,bass,guitar,banjo,keyboards, drums,and percussion as his writing tools Arron's been able to create a vast range of styles that span several different genres. Arron's talent for song writing and his proficient instrument playing gives him the ability to weave beautiful melody's within the rhythmical fabric of a song. With the ability to create music comes the responsibility to send out a positive message,and Arron Nelson has a beautiful message to share. CHERYL JANZEN: It's no surprise that Cheryl chose the life path of a musician when she comes from a long line of gifted singers and players. She witnessed early on the joys that being able to sing and play an instrument could bring to one's daily life. 3 of her 4 brothers and her father play guitar and sing and the other is a drummer. At the tender age of 8, Cheryl chose the flute to be her vehicle of musical expression. She was a quick study and won many awards for her prowess. Her mother fancied her a church pianist and started her Royal Conservatory lessons at 11 years of age. Singing in her father's Baptist church choir afforded her the opportunity to learn the art of harmonies and blending her powerful voice with others. In her adult life, Cheryl has never been without a musical project on the go. She's played in a varied roster of bands from Arctic Canada to Baja Mexico learning new instruments and styles along the way including bansuri, mandolin and jaw harp. Today she is a versatile musician, singer songwriter inspired by nature and the human condition with poetic, empathic and poignant lyrics giving voice to relevant issues facing us in these tumultuous ever changing times. No matter where she finds herself on this blue planet, music is always a part of her living. At a Maceo Parker concert, Maceo was inspired to give the mic to Cheryl for a moment as she was dancing and singing her heart out right up front and he must have liked what he was hearing. At the end of the show, Corey Parker ( Maceo's son) approached Cheryl and said ,..."You've got the right stuff. Keep at it and you'll make it." STEVEN J. PARISH: Steven J. Parish began drumming at an early age. By the time he was 17 he was studying privately with jazz great Frankie Dunlop and being mentored by the legendary Les Paul. Both of these experiences continue to influence his musical ideas. Fusion with Mike Stern; Rock 'n' Roll with “Smokin' In the Boys Room” icon Cub Koda, Blues with Ellen McIllwayne, Free Improvisation with Anthony Braxton and Performance Art with the ground breaking Fluxus. Taken as a whole these experiences have helped Mr. Parish interweave a myriad of styles into a musically dynamic, distinctive and personal voice. In the words of Anthony Braxton, Steven’s playing is “Sensitive man, sensitive.” RICHARD KLEEF: Guitarist Richard Kleef learned his first d chord at the age of 5. In his early years Richard was heavily influenced by artists such as Jeff Beck, Andy Summers and Radiohead. Richard discovered Johnny Marr on a Smiths record in his older brothers record collection which proved to be a turning point in his blossoming journey towards learning guitar. The discovery of this inspirational new sound and a few stints with local bands fuelled Richards passion for playing live and the writing of original music. He joined forces with Bassist Arron Nelson in 2008 and together the two of them continued working on Nelsons new material for the follow up to The Arron Nelsons Projects first release “Anymore”. Richards smooth and sometimes haunting guitar parts added both a spice and a sweetness to the somewhat edgy material Nelson was already working on. This new guitar sound was the beginning of the movement towards a more collaborative effort and with the addition of new Members Cheryl Jansen on keys and Steve Parish on drums the band Metamorphose was born. Considered one of the founding members, Richard has also contributed some of his own material to Metamorphose and continues to write and participate in ongoing collaborations with new members.