Kaÿn Lab is an experimental jazz-fusion band focusing on Ethiopian rhythms & modes, hence the name: Kaÿn – The Long Awaited One; Lab – Laboratory.

KAŸN LAB was formed out of a desire to have an outlet of creativity not normally found in other musical situations. Being a group of talented and diverse composers, we wanted to write music as well as play music. Our focus is more on jazz with heavy Ethiopian influences. As we continue to experiment with new sounds and especially new applications of the modes and rhythms of Ethiopia, we just hope we can create something enjoyable for our audience as well as for us. Everything being experimental we expect to have some positive and negative reactions to the music. Our aim, however, is always to be innovative in the most positive way possible. We hope you will join us on our journey!

Jonovan Cooper, Band Founder – Saxophones & Reeds

A native of Windsor, NC USA, Dr. Jonovan T. Cooper, is a 1998 graduate of North Carolina Central University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz. Cooper also obtained a Master’s of Music in Music Education from Norfolk State University, a Master’s in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from The American Conservatory.. He has also had the honor of studying privately with Frank Foster of the Count Basie Orchestra.

He has performed with some of the world’s greatest musicians including Louis Belson, Chuck Mangione, Ellis Marsalis, Alvin Batiste, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Terrell Stafford and Dick Oates to name a few and has opened for The Four Tops, Isaac Hayes, Russell Batiste and The Commodores.
Throughout the years, Cooper has become a woodwind specialist and can be seen playing the tenor, soprano and alto saxophones, clarinet, flute, bassoon or oboe at any given time. He was an assistant music professor and jazz band director at SC State University and one of the assistant band directors of the 101 Marching Band. He has performed as a member of the US Navy Band, the the 70s show Band “Right On,” on cruise ships, stage plays, musicals, his own bands, music ministries and more! Apart from studying the local music and discovering, Jonovan is an assistant professor of music at Yared Music School and a music instructor at Jazzamba School of Music.

Other band members and notable musicians include: Teferi Assefa – Drums & Percussion (also profiled in What’s Out earlier this year)
Henock Temesgen – Electric & Acoustic Bass
Abiy Woldemariam – Piano & Keyboard
Nourelislam Adam Suliman – Trumpet
Profiles of these musicians will be in forthcoming issues.
Currently, you can hear the band regularly at Fendika. However, they also periodically perform concerts in schools and cultural centers.
Contact: kayenlab@gmail.com