When: Saturday, June 14, 2014 | 7:30PM Show | 7:00PM Doors
Online Presale $17 (includes $2 processing fee)
Walk-ups Day of Show $20 (Cash Only)
Featuring: Monroe Quinn (Guitars), Neil ‘NAIL’ Alexander (Piano/Synths), Danny Pagan (Drums), Brian Mooney (Bass)
Performing classic compositions from: Return to forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jan Hammer, David Sancious & Tone, Pat Metheny and more.
Piktor’s Metamorphosis takes you on a journey back to the incendiary sounds of the Jazz/Prog Rock fusion era. The boom of experimental creativity in the 70’s has since inspired fans and musicians alike to push music further to its limits. It has also proven to be a great vehicle for improvisational interaction while engaging in a rock type of atmosphere and broader audience reach. Inspired and eager to perform this music live in 2007, Brian Mooney (bassist) initially sought out the talents of Marc Stasio (Piano/Synths) and Brian Trim (drums) and the project began.
Brian Mooney studied harmony and improvisation with mentor Gerald Carboy (bassist for fusion pioneers Barry Miles and David Sancious & Tone) early on and has since performed with Rob Paparozzi, Glenn Alexander (Jan Hammer/Stretch), Gary Oleyar (Loggins and Messina), Ritchie “LaBamba” Rosenberg, and Mark Pender (Conan O’Brien show).
In 2008, Danny Pagan (drums) joined Mooney and Stasio after Trim’s brief stint and is a core member to this day. Danny studied Jazz at Rutgers and also privately with Billy Cobham and Tony Williams among others. He also performed with Eddie Palmieri, Vernon Reid, and Dave Kikoski.
Marc Stasio who has shared the stage with Vic Juris at the Blue Note last year in NYC recently got his masters from Rutgers for Jazz performance. Marc is now a professor and managing director of jazz performance studies at Rutgers Mason Gross.
The band became a quartet when Monroe Quinn (guitars) joined in 2010 opening up many more possibilities for the group with his rich jazz background and incredible musical sensitivity. Monroe studied with guitar legend Remo Palmier has performed with Billy Preston, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Neil Innes, Joey Mallond of Badfinger, and Denny Laine (Wings and The Moody Blues). Monroe is profiled in the book The Jazz Guitar-Its Evolution, Players, and Personalities Since 1900. The Hal Leonard has also published Monroe’s transcriptions of solos by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and others. He also has released two solo CDs.
Enter 2014 where Neil ‘NAIL’ Alexander (Piano/Synths) joins Piktor’s for several performances! Perhaps best known for his tenure with “The Machine” (Pink Floyd Tribute) and “The Mahavishnu Project”, he performs in a wide variety of musical situations. He is also performing with “NA3: Stellar Groove Ensemble” and “Mr. Gone”, as well as performing solo in both acoustic and electronic formats. Neil has self released more than 8 CD’s; his last, a solo piano work entitled “Darn That Dream: Solo Piano Vol. 1” is earning rave reviews and was recently named one of the 50 best Jazz CD’s of 2013 in JazzTimes.
Tammy Scheffer’s Morning Bound
The adventurous trio Morning Bound is a new collaboration between vocalist Tammy Scheffer, vocalist/bassist Panagiotis Andreou and drummer Justin Tyson. The three musicians have been an integral part of NYC’s jazz, world, and progressive-music scene and toured with their respective projects for the last decade. Scheffer has been working with producer Eyal Amir (project RnL) and keyboardist Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), as well as a leader of several jazz and folk projects. Panagiotis made a name for himself as part of international touring groups Now Vs. Now and NY Gypsy Allstars.
In 2012 these performers got together for a casual gig in Long Island City and played as a trio for the first time, and the explosive energy that followed ensured many follow-ups to that first musical meeting. Since then they’ve played several residencies in the NYC area, creating a sound that is heavily rooted in grooves and complex rhythms, makes unconventional use of vocal effects and various percussion instruments, and is topped by unpredictable playfulness. The trio lives somewhere in the realm between pop, rock, jazz, and Mediterranean soul.
In April 2012 Morning Bound recorded a video session for CongaHead.com and they’re currently working towards their debut EP.