Ralph Klisiewicz - keys/guitar
Ralph Klisiewicz produces, arranges, and writes most of the music for Perpetual Process. He plays all keyboard and guitar parts on the latest Perpetual Process album, “Make it Easy”.
Ralph has been passionate about music since childhood, however he did not received any formal training until college. While in freshman year in college, he was drawn to the piano and bagan taking piano lessons. He soon was spending many hours locked in a practice room rehearsing classical pieces. He continued with private piano lessons for about 3 years, and then later supplemented his musical education with guitar lessons. However, his true passion was the synthesizer and its unparalleled ability to manipulate sounds.
Ralph's first synthesizer was the Yamaha DX7. He then purchased a few other keyboards, like the Korg Prophecy, and an EMU sampler. He began spending as much time tinkering with shaping sounds on the synthesizers and the sampler as he did practicing his piano. He began taking trips to the library to study the history and methods of digital synthesis. Eventually, Ralph joined a few college bands where he played keyboards. None of the bands made it beyond playing at college parties and bars. In addition, Ralph was getting frustrated by the limitations of the equipment available to low budget musician in the mid 90s Eventually, Ralph would abandon music all together for about 10 years.
One day, by accident, Ralph stumbled upon a YouTube video of software synthesizer/sequencer Propellerhead Reason. At the time, he was not aware of the musical plugin revolution taking place. He purchased the product thinking this would be a good creative outlet but eventually he became addicted to digital recording. He would purchase new plugins nearly every month and slowly he began shaping the sound of what would eventually become Perpetual Process. “Make it Easy” is a result of Ralph’s awakened inspiration towards music, which was fueled by the emergence of readily available digital music production tools.
Cornelius Boon - bass
Cornelius Boon moved to Chicago in 1995 and joined industrial band 13MG. The band toured nationally for the next 4 years. He also played a series of show with Final Cut, including opening dates with Pigface.
After working with some lesser know projects, he collaborated with some friends to start and run a performance space called Chicago Underground which produced a long series of public access television episodes. There he met bandmates Darren Shepherd and Sophie Senard and formed euro-folk outfit Belmondos, the first act in which he plays upright bass.
While performing with Belmondos he met singer/songwriter Tom Schraeder with whom he built a 9 member band and performed at Lollapalooza.
In 2010 he joined Zim Zum from Marilyn Manson in his band The Pop Culture Suicides. After a series of shows Zim put the project back on a shelf.
In 2011he joined old friend Ron Terman in gypsy punk outfit Bombbone.
Around the same time he started working with Ralph Klisiewicz to bring Perpetual Process from the studio to the stage.
Cornelius still performs with Bombbone, Belmondos, and, of course, Perpetual Process.
Katie Somers - Vocals
Katie Somers is a 24 year old vocalist from Ireland. She comes from a musical family. Her father is a musician and has always been a huge influence on her in her musical career.
She is currently studying music in college and is a vocal/piano teacher at Top Note Music Academy in Skokie.
She is also part of many bands that perform around the Chicago area. Including Simply Sound, East 2 West and Perpetual Process.
Kevin K Jrumz Jones - Drums
Kevin currently plays the Drums for Perpetual Process
Perpetual Process started as a simple musical experimentation. Over a decade, however, this experimentation grew into an eclectic blend of lush female vocals, exotic electronic sounds, and mix of live instruments. The project was founded by Ralph Klisiewicz, who writes and produces most of the content. The initial idea was to produce mostly electronic music. At the time inception of Perpetual Process, the computer plug-in revolution was taking place. This made the production of music possible without the need of a commercial studio. The decision was made to avoid electronic DJ like sets and instead perform Perpetual Process music in a setting of live instruments. Therefore, Ralph set out to form a band.
First member to join Perpetual Process was Cornelius Boon. Cornelius is a bass player with many years of live experience. Cornelius moved to Chicago in 1995 and joined industrial band 13MG. The band toured nationally for 4 years. He also played a series of shows with the Final Cut, including opening dates with Pigface. Given his experience, he has been essential in the transition of Perpetual Process from an electronic home studio project to a live band.
Perpetual Process rotated several singers and drummers while performing at local Chicago venues for few years. Eventually the band settled on Kevin (Jrumz) Jones who is a studio drummer working in Chicago. He developed his skills initially playing for various gospel bands. However, over the last several years he has been hired to record for artists ranging in various styles such as rock, R&B and Funk. One could say that his style is a fusion of Stewart Copeland and Carter Beauford. The addition of such a talented drummer immediately added an organic element to the Perpetual Process sound while maintaining its roots to electronics.
Katie Somers was the last musical piece added to Perpetual Process. Katie has been studying music for years. She also helped run a children's music school in Chicago’s north suburbs. Katie has a smooth jazzy-lounge style yet her voice posses a powerful emotional drive. Her voice is now an instantly recognizable component of what makes the unique sound of Perpetual Process.
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