Genji Siraisi is a founder of the Museum of Music & Entertainment in New York City (Moment NYC). He has over twenty-five years experience in the music industry as a professional musician, composer, and music producer; and received a Grammy nomination for his work with the New York City band Groove Collective, of which he is a founding member.
As a native New Yorker, Genji received an extensive real world education observing some of the best musicians in the world perform in intimate settings. Throughout his twenty-five-plus year career, he has worked with many award-winning producers, engineers, composers, and musicians in some of New York’s top recording facilities. His original compositions, performance and production work have appeared on major label releases and in international advertising and film.
Genji has played drums professionally in New York City since the age of 15. As a touring musician he has played venues and festivals around the world and has appeared as a musician on records for major and independent label releases, television, films, and national advertisement campaigns.
In 1992, he co-founded the band, Groove Collective, which received a Grammy nomination in 2007 for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for their album People People Music Music. Groove Collective has toured extensively, appearing at many jazz festivals and venues around the world.
As a drummer, Genji has worked with a wide array of artists including: Tupac Shakur, with a live performance on MTV that was voted as the #2 Live Rap Performance; Ramsey Lewis, Don Cherry, Pharaoh Sanders, Lester Bowie, Tony Williams, Last Poets, and Digable Planet, among others for the Stolen Moments: Red Hot+Cool album and film, voted Time Out Record of the Year; Natalie Merchant and Duncan Sheik for Red Hot+Rhapsody; as well as Curtis Mayfield, Digital Underground, Ultra Nate, Lisa Shaw, Jody Watley, Carleen Anderson, Fred Wesley, Bernie Worrell, Sugar Hill Gang, Vernon Reid, Branford Marsalis, Pharoah Sanders, Ramsey Lewis, Adam Rogers, Donnie, Shock G, Mellie Mel, Money B, Ravi Coltrane, Wide Spread Panic, Mark Ribot, Topaz, Julian Velard, Kenny Mohammad, Nicodemus & Turntables On the Hudson, Carlos “Patato” Valdez, Josh Redman, Lucy Woodward, Bill Summers, Brian Jackson, Guru, Donald Byrd, and Rahzel among many other great artists and Genji was the house drummer for the famed Giant Step weekly parties throughout the 90s.
Genji’s studio credits also include work with Curtis Mayfield, Bob Power, Gary Katz, Bob Brockman, Masters At Work, Naked Music, DJ Spinna, Danny Taneglia, Rick Derringer, Chucho Valdez, Digital Underground, Jerry Seinfeld, and John Leguizamo.
Composer / Producer
Genji has composed, produced, and performed music for major motion pictures, independent films, television and commercials. He has produced records for Warner Bros/Reprise, Universal/Impulse, Giant Step, London/Payday, Savoy, Eightball, Pony Canyon, Shanachie, Moonshine, Expansion Team, Kufala and was a producer, writer, and musician for the Groove Collective album, People, People, Music, Music which received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album in 2007.
Commercial & Film Work
Beyond his solo work and Groove Collective releases, Genji Siraisi’s original compositions have been used in the documentaries and films: Electric Signs (Icarus Films), Liberia: An Uncivil War (Gabriel Films), Brutal, World’s Best Prom (OVO / Matson Films), The Big Race, To Be Seen, Little Black Dress (Moxie Films / Glamour Magazine), and Side Tracks. His music has also been used by American Public Media, NPR, American Express (Ogilvy, New York), Ovation (Eyeball, NY), A&E Biography (Eyeball, NY), McDonalds, ATT, Tylenol (Deutsch, New York), Pepsi (DDB), Boeing, Captain Morgans (Grey Worldwide, New York), TBS, Comedy Central, Time Warner, General Mills (Saatchi, NY), and Champs among others.
Museum of Music & Entertainment in New York City
In 2014, Genji founded the Museum of Music & Entertainment in New York City (Moment NYC); he created the founding board, attained a provisional museum charter from the New York State Board of Regents and 501c3 non-profit status. In the following year, he researched, designed, and delivered Moment’s first educational outreach program — a unique and dynamic NYC music history program presented at local schools. The program, a combination of lecture, live performance, and multimedia, has been very well received, with two out of three schools requesting repeat visits. His passion for this project is driven by his life-long pursuit of music and a desire to preserve and foster New York City’s rich music history. You can learn more about Moment NYC and it’s programs here.
Genji Siraisi – Censorsh!t, Expansion Team ETR101 (composer, producer, musician)
Genji Siraisi and Barney McAll – Baby Winter, Kufala KUF0129 (composer, producer, musician)
James Grant The Korvids, Nang Records – Bad Faith remix (tracking, mix, & mastering engineer)
Analog Fire – Refill remix, Audio Delicious (tracking, mix, & mastering engineer)
Groove Collective – People People Music Music, Savoy Jazz / Savoy 17596 (Nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album 2007) (composer, producer, musician)
Groove Collective – Groove Collective, Warner Bros / Reprise 9 45541-2 (composer, producer, musician)
Groove Collective (I Got No Kicks Against) Modern Jazz “She’s So Heavy” GRP GRD9827 (composer, producer, musician)
Groove Collective – We The People, Universal / Impulse / Giant Step GSRD-187 (composer, producer, musician)
Drum Nugs drum loop sample libraries: Beats & Breaks, AfroDiaspora and LatinTing – GIOIOSO (composer, producer, musician)
Groove Collective – Dance Of the Drunken Master, Shanachie 5045 (composer, producer, musician)
Groove Collective – Declassified, Shanachie 5058 (composer, producer, musician)
Groove Collective – It’s All In Your Mind, Shanachie SH5074 (composer, producer, musician)
Groove Collective – Live & Hard To Find, Archive G45902 (composer, producer, musician)
Groove Collective – PS1 Warm Up: Brooklyn, NY, July 2, 2005 (live album) Kufala Records (composer, producer, musician)
Groove Collective – Brooklyn, NY 04.20.02 (live album) Kufala Records (composer, producer, musician)
Julian Velard – The Planeteer, Virgin CDVDJ3053 (drums)
Various Artisits – Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool – DVD and CD GRP Records / Impulse (Time Out Album of the Year) (drums)
Repercussions – Earth and Heaven, Warner Bros 9 45644-2 (composer, producer, musician)
Repercussions – Charmed Life, Pony Canyon PCCY-01192 (composer, producer, musician)
Repercussions w/ Curtis Mayfield- “Let’s Do It Again” A Tribute To Curtis Mayfield, Warner Bros 9 45500-2 (composer, producer, musician)
Giant Step NYC – “Satsuki”, Eightball Records EDB 017 (composer, producer, musician)
Genji Siraisi & Ray Grapone – Double Drums, Hipbone Records HB-1107 (composer, producer, musician)
Bill Ware – Groove Thing, Eightball Records 54195-2 (drums)
Giant Steps – Volume 1, London/ Payday/ FFRR 697 124001-2 (producer, musician)
Richard Worth – Stone Monkey, Replay Records 33002-CD (drums)
Digital Underground – Who Got The Gravy?, Jake Records INTD-90261 (drum programming)
Soul Bossa Trio – In Native, Wildjumbo TKCJ-71209 (drums)
Snake Eye – Speak Easy Acid Jazz “Brotherhood”, Moonshine Records MM 80025-2 (composer, producer, musician)
Raw Stylus – Pushing Against the Flow, Geffen Records GEFD-24822 (drums)
Nastyfacts – Drive My Car, Jimboco Records (drums, vocals)
Nastyfacts – All Around the World, Lincoln Lee Records LLNF01-2 (composer, producer, drums, vocals)
Anandi – Forever Days, Lake Lady Music LLM 109-2 (drums)
Anandi – The Mirror. Lake Lady Music LLM 108-2 (drums)
Jungle Oasis – So Many Faces NEC Records (drums)
Tomiya – I Wish, Freihit FHTI-0204 (drums)
Tomiya – I Miss You, Freihit FHTI-0105 (drums)
Tomiya – Dumbo Hearts, Spyglass Music SPYG1038 (drums)