City of the Sun is an instrumental post-rock trio based in Brooklyn, NY. Formed in 2011, COS features guitarists John Pita, Avi Snow, and percussionist Zach Para. They gained their initial popularity in NYC playing the streets and subways, then graduated to selling out major New York venues. Performing at Ted talk conferences and Sofar Sounds secret shows helped to bring their worldly, “genre-bending” sound to more ears––cross-country and world-wide. Their live LP, “to the sun and all the cities in between” was released in March 2016, landing at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. Lead track “Everything” hit #2 on Spotify’s US Viral 50 and #5 on the Global Viral chart.

+ Top NYC headlines: Gramercy Theater, Brooklyn Bowl, Irving Plaza
+ Support gigs: opened for Charles Bradley, Balkan Beat Box, Matisyahu, Gregg Allman, Donna the Buffalo tour, Andrew WK, Peter Bjorn and John tour
+ Festivals: CMJ Music Marathon, CBGB Music & Arts, New Music Seminar, SXSW, Firefly
+ NY residencies: the Bowery Electric, Surf Lodge, the Montauk Beach House
+ Special sessions: Baeble Music, Balcony TV, Sofar Sounds, MTV Save the Music
+ Score: “The C Word” documentary directed by Meghan O’Hara and narrated by Morgan Freeman
+ Partnerships: Godin / Seagull Guitars national ad campaign and rebranding launch event, Ilegal Mezcal Ilegal Music Series

We don’t get much instrumental rock these days… Yeah, lyrics can make it easier to convey mood/meaning, but if you can do that with just a sonic landscape, you’re a true master of your art. And City of the Sun are shaping up to be master artisans.Baebel Music
…the all-instrumental band formed by guitarists Avi Snow and John Pita and percussionist Zach Para, achieved success by reverting to the “old fashioned” way of presenting music (lots of touring, lots of busking)—albeit with a side of social media.Gotham Magazine
It seemed as though the aggressive guitar work skated right atop post-rock chord progressions that were held down by a cajon and tambourine. The New York City band’s modern flamenco influence begged comparisons to Rodrigo Y Gabriela, showing the crowd that headbanging acoustic music exists.JamBase
Oozing exotic charm, City of the Sun is a NYC trio that plays passionate, instrumental, acoustic music that marries caliente Flamenco with brainy post rock – and, just FYI, the former has the upper hand.Paolo De Gregorio, The Deli Magazine
The band recently released a beautiful new record titled To The Sun And All The Cities In Between. It’s a collection of songs that spin the globe in a way only City of The Sun can, reflecting on the cultures of South America, Spain, North Africa, The Middle East, and more as it cycles through. In session “Dance of the Dead”, “Those Days Are Now”, and “You and I…and New York” are hypnotic and dramatic, shifting dynamics and textures as the band charges through an impassioned performance.Baeble Music |