Welcome to the colorful sounds of New York's freshest and sharpest latin / jazz and rock indie CD label! Founded in September, 2003 by New York producer and music industry veteran Joachim "Jochen" Becker, ZOHO has quickly distinguished itself as one of the most talked-about and creative voices on the U.S. indie label scene, with 1 GRAMMY and LATIN GRAMMY win each, and several additional GRAMMY and LATIN GRAMMY nominations as well.
ZOHO started with the vision of presenting a latin / jazz label with a distinctive "New York vibe" – listen to any group of ZOHO releases, and you'll hear what's presently new, fresh and happening in the New York clubs! The label has been fortunate in attracting a unique mix of major, internationally recognized, and mostly New York area based artists such as Ray Barretto, Dave Liebman, Arturo O'Farrill, and Carlos Barbosa-Lima to ZOHO. Additionally, the label is proud to present several young latin and jazz musicians from the dynamic downtown New York club scene, including 2006 Grammy nominees Edsel Gomez and Dafnis Prieto, plus releases by Pablo Aslan, the Stryker / Slagle Band, Rez Abbasi and many others.
In 2005, ZOHO saw an opportunity of expanding its artist roster and repertoire reach into the Blues, R & B and Classic / Southern Rock genres. The label has since been able to build a powerful catalog under the ZOHO ROOTS imprint, with American artists Bonnie Bramlett, Jimmy Hall, and the legendary Ike Turner. In 2006, ZOHO signed a multi-year cooperation agreement with Cote Basque Productions, a British production company specializing in British Blues, R & B and Classic Rock acts: the first three joint projects presenting Arthur Brown, the Malchicks and the Pretty Things are expected to be released in the summer of 2007.
ZOHO is mindful of the current, grim state of the recorded music industry and of the formidable challenges in running, let alone operating profitably, an indie music label. Where many fail, the most dynamic, savvy, persistent, fearless, and resourceful can and will be successful: ZOHO has been blessed with having some of the world's finest artists, distributors, photographers, designers, publicists, consultants, attorneys, and others on its team.
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