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Genji Siraisi is a Grammy-nominated artist and co-founder of the New York City Latin/Jazz/Hip Hop/Disco band Groove Collective. He has produced, composed, and recorded for labels such Warner Bros, Universal, Savoy, London, Pony Canyon, and has performed on world tours as a musician.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, at age 15 Genji began performing in NYC clubs such as Max's Kansas City, CBGB's, and The Peppermint Lounge. He later became the house drummer for the legendary Giant Step parties in downtown Manhattan, playing alongside some of New York's most celebrated DJs, MCs, and musicians. Over his career, Genji has performed at major jazz festivals and venues around the world, and worked in the studio with Masters at Work, Digital Underground, Chucho Valdez, Curtis Mayfield, Tom Browne, Rick Derringer, and Gary Katz, among others. On drums, he played with Tupac Shakur for MTV Live Jams (voted No. 2 live rap performance) and for the Red Hot+ series with Pharaoh Sanders, Ramsey Lewis, Digable Planets, Last Poets, Don Cherry, Tony Williams, Natalie Merchant, Lester Bowie, and Duncan Sheik. Among others, Genji has also performed live with The Sugar Hill Gang, Rahzel, Pharcyde, Branford Marsalis, Fred Wesley, Ultra Nate, Lisa Shaw, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Jody Watley, and Bernie Worrell.
Creating music across a wide range of styles from eclectic to accessible, Genji has worked on projects that call for electronic, funk, ambient, hip-hop, house, jazz, Latin, afrobeat, punk, pop, soul, and folk. His solo releases include the electronic album Censorsh!t and the ambient project Baby Winter with Barney McAll. His original compositions have been featured in full-length films such as Liberia: An Uncivil War, Comedian (Jerry Seinfeld), To Be Seen, Electric Signs, Brutal, and in national ad campaigns for American Express, Diet Pepsi, and Tylenol among others.
Genji resides in New York City's Lower East Side with his wife and two children. He is currently spearheading the creation of the Museum of Music & Entertainment in New York City (MOMENT NYC).