Friday, December 4, 2009

Talented Texan Twins Shine In Alternative Rock Quartet, Morakestra!

"The Morakestra's biggest selling points on 'Witness To Connection' are the addictive guitar riffs that populate every track…Songs show both pop sensibility and a unique style that belongs solely to The Morakestra…'Witness To Connection' is a powerful effort."
~ Atlanta Music Guide ~

We have seen time and time again that musical talent can run in families, but David and Will Mora take this phenomenon to a new level. The gifted musicians are twin brothers, born and raised in El Paso, Texas. Their musical abilities were recognized at an early age, and with the help and support of local musical legends, the duo went on to form Morakestra, a melodic alternative rock quartet with a captivating and inspired sound.

It was Texan guitar legends Mario Otero and Charles Teitsworth who first pushed the Mora brothers to turn their early compositions into a polished collection of songs, and before long, the boys had a debut album, “Live from Moraq.” Released in 2007, it showcased a variety of impressive session musicians, but it was the Moras themselves who handled all of the guitar work and vocals, and ultimately produced the album. The brothers spent the following months playing gigs with an ever-changing band to back them up, and buzz grew around the talented twins, who became known as “dueling guitar players.”

With the release of its second album, “Witness to Connection,” in June 2009, Morakestra would once again gain the public’s attention—this time, not because the Mora brothers had done everything on their own, but because of the impressive names associated with the release. Jim Ward, founder of bands such as At the Drive-In, Sparta, and Sleepercar, signed on to record and produce the album with the help of partner Gabe Gonzalez, sound engineer best known for his work with acts like Girl in a Coma. It was the extensive capabilities of these two that made the recording process such a positive and ultimately successful experience. However, the sound that comes across on the album—one that is made up of energetic, driving guitars, catchy melodies, and sincere vocals, can all be attributed to the Mora brothers and their passion for and dedication to the music they love to play.

Morakestra has also released a video for their song “Tell You Something” that stars Megalyn Echikunwoke (CSI Miami) and was directed by Tao Ruspoli (director of Fix,
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Video for “Tell You Something”:

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