Mahogany Frog is an instrumental electronic rock band from Winnipeg. The group is currently comprised of four multi-instrumentalists: Graham Epp (guitar/keyboards/trumpet), Jesse Warkentin (guitar/keyboards), Scott Ellenberger (bass/keyboards/trumpet) and Andy Rudolph (drums/electronics). The music draws influence from ‘60s psychedelia, electronica, ‘70s progressive/kraut-rock, jazz, ‘50s “ultra” lounge and ambient/experimentalism. Using an arsenal of keyboards (Moog/ ARP/ Farfisa/ Korg/ Rhodes/ Nord), cacophonous, feedback-ridden guitars, fuzz-bass and walls of electronics, the group creates dynamic, multi-layered songs which explore tone, mood and composition.
Although Mahogany Frog’s unorthodox sounds and complex arrangements can challenge the ear, their haunting progressions and playful melodies are immediately catchy and satisfying. Onstage the band performs furiously, often connecting multiple songs together with interludes consisting of ambient noise. Over the past decade Mahogany Frog has recorded six LPs, delivered high-profile performances at Pop Montreal, Winnipeg Jazz Festival, Prog Day in Chapel Hill, NC and SESC in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and shared the stage with notable artists such as Caribou, Deerhoof, The Besnard Lakes and Eric’s Trip. With the fall 2012 release of their LP, SENNA, the group was awarded Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards.