“Refreshingly cliche-avoiding, psychedelic-frosted, jazz-rooted, easy-going, warming ray of Afrobeat sunshine "
- Slow Music Movement
The instrumental music of composer and bassist Patrick Murphy, Sitka Sun draws influence from a wide range of musical traditions, with compositions built around interwoven melodies, meditative rhythms, and psychedelic textures. Sitka Sun - at its deepest roots - is a jazz project, brimming with skilled composition & talented players, each one having a critical role in developing their distinctive, multi-dimensional sound. Murphy has been a student of music for most of his life - picking up a guitar for the first time at twelve, gigging with blues bands throughout grade school, studying jazz and classical music at Ithaca Conservatory of Music in New York, and being a part of numerous musical ensembles and bands from New York City to the Bay Area. Drawing inspiration from African and Caribbean music - filtered through the lens of an American blues, jazz, and soul upbringing - Murphy developed a wide range of styles, playing everything from jazz to afrobeat, americana to funk. After years of being a sideman, Murphy began to hone in on a new, but classic, sound, and began composing the music that would ultimately become Sitka Sun.
Sitka Sun's sophomore album "All The Way West" was released in January 2021, following the success of their debut in 2018. You can purchase the latest LP at our online store or stream their music on the following channels: