Singer | Songwriter | Multi Instrumentalist | Producer | Film Composer
• Winner 2018 MALE PERFORMER OF THE YEAR (New England Music Awards)
• Nominated 2019 ALBUM OF THE YEAR (New England Music Awards)
• Nominated 2019 VIDEO OF THE YEAR (New England Music Awards)
With a sound that is traditional in its inception and modern in execution, Boston based Artist/Producer/Film Composer Munk Duane’s style is born of the late 60s, early 70s singer-songwriter inspired rock and soul of Bill Withers and The Rolling Stones, filtered through a 21st century aesthetic.
Munk Duane's music has been featured in hundreds of television and film placements from The 70th Annual Tony Awards, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Hawaii Five-O, 60 Minutes, NCIS and Blue Bloods, to HBO's The Sopranos, the 2010 Super Bowl Half Time Show and NCAA March Madness. He composed the original score for the 2015 Indie Thriller "The House Across The Street" staring Eric Roberts and Ethan Embry.
Munk Duane, who also an alumni of Berklee College of Music, has been featured in major press including the Boston Globe, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard Magazine. Munk Duane endorses Reverend Guitars and became an official Reverend Artist in April 2016.
"Munk crafts his music with intelligence and panache. Can superstar status be far behind?"
- Boston Globe
ABOUT "Theory of History: Part 1 & Part 2":
Munk Duane is taking a new approach with the release strategy of his 6th and 7th albums "Theory of History", which will be delivered in the form of a two part entry over the course of 2017 and 2018. Part 1 was released digitally, and in limited CD pressing, Fall 2017 and Part 2 in June 2018.
Munk explains, "With such a tight listener focus on singles in today's market, I am essentially releasing the album in smaller batches of 'collected singles'. Given current listener habits, it's simply easier for them to engage and absorb 15 minutes of music rather than a full length album. I will always be an evangelist of the long form album format, but to ignore modern listener trends feels short-sighted to me. This strategy also has the benefit of allowing more touches with my fan base, more frequently, throughout the year. Should be a fun experiment".
The music on "Theory of History" is deeply rooted in modern interpretations of Soul, Pop and Blues, with tips of the hat to everyone from Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye to Brian Wilson and The Rolling Stones. A quasi-political thread runs through the lyrics, commenting on the contentious tenor in modern America.
The folks involved with breathing life into "Theory of History" read as a "Who's Who" of the most prominent names in the region... drummer Mike Levesque (David Bowie, Candy Butchers, Seven Mary Three), organ player Jim Gambino (Swinging Steaks) and New England Music Award Producer of the Year Sean McLaughlin on bass, who also all serve as Duane's live band. The basics for the album were recorded at McLaughlin's studio 37' Productions in Rockland MA, as well as Munk Duane's studio Bad Stella. The album was Mastered by Grammy winning engineer Mark Donahue at SoundMirror, Jamaica Plain, MA. All songs were written and produced by Munk Duane.