District 97 was formed in the fall of 2006, drawing upon influences from heavy metal to avant-garde jazz. After working instrumentally for a time, the group decided to add a vocalist, and recruited Leslie Hunt. With their hard-hitting melodic sound, they’ve been thrilling audiences at festivals in both North America and Europe. The band also collaborated with John Wetton, first in the studio and then recording a live album with him in 2013 which contained classic King Crimson tracks.
No Seaprog would be complete without a dose of space rock. OK, maybe it would, but we’re glad to have skilled practitioners of the cosmic art on board. Dust Mice is a Seattle space rock band that was formed in 2016
EchoTest was formed by two bassists, Julie Slick and Marco Machera, who started working together as a duo and then expanded the project into a full band. With their extensive touring schedule, they’ve won over audiences around the world with a unique mixture of sophisticated music and clever songwriting that is simultaneously challenging and accessible.
Farmhouse Odyssey was formed in 2012 in a small farmhouse in the small town of Arcata in Northern California by a group of college students. Inspired by some of the classics of progressive rock as well as many sounds beyond that, they developed a style that blends complexity and accessibility. Seaprog is happy to be bringing this deserving and under-recognized band to our stage.
“A duet, a couple, a musical endeavor, a family. In short, a very grandiose, small, thing.”
Clearly Beloved was a highlight of the 2018 festival, with a five-piece band of creative mavericks. For the front room, we’ve got a subset spinoff called Immensity Crumb that is sure to bring the same kind of quirky entertainment in duo form.
Marbin is a progressive jazz-rock band based in Chicago, IL, with a unique story that stands out in today's music world. With a do-it-yourself approach, Marbin started touring extensively in 2011, bringing their original instrumental music to every part of the United States. Through word of mouth, Marbin has gained the attention of thousands of devoted fans all over the world, and has sold tens of thousands of albums. The band regularly plays in clubs all over the US and in jam and jazz festivals around the world.
Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn are two musicians whose names are well-known in the world of progressive and experimental music. Gunn was a member of the 90s incarnation of King Crimson, and has worked extensively as a solo artist and in collaboration with others. He has recently been touring with Security Project, interpreting the music of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush. Markus Reuter has been a member of Stick Men with Crimson alumni Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto since about 2011, and has more other collaborations and projects than can be counted, ranging from compositions for chamber orchestra and string quartets to electronic improvisations and production work. We are thrilled to be putting these two together on the Seaprog stage, and eagerly anticipating what they’ll come up with. Reuter and Gunn are two of the world’s most prominent proponents of tapping instruments, and will also be doing a seminar while in Seattle — see this Evensi page for details.
Moon Letters is a Seattle-based band with a lineup featuring members of Autumn Electric, Wah Wah Exit Wound, Panther Attack!, Bone Cave Ballet, Cumberland Big Band, Bill Green Quartet, Cantrip, Chaos and the Cosmos, Spacebag, and probably a few more that we missed. Suffice it to say these guys know what they’re doing, and they’ve come up with a style that hearkens back to the classic days of progressive rock without merely copying the sounds. Their music is a test case in how to write songs about knights and mythical creatures without sounding twee and foolish. They proved to be a big hit at Seaprog 2017, and they've got a lot of new material to share for a return engagement.
The Sheen is a band from Bellingham that has been very active lately, releasing two albums in 2018 despite having turnover in personnel. Their sound encompasses math rock, noise, improvisation, and a touch of insanity for a unique style that Seaprog fans should enjoy.
Trettioåriga Kriget ("Thirty Years War" in English) is a Swedish progressive rock band formed in 1970 in Saltsjöbaden, southeast of Stockholm while they were still teenagers. Their first album came out in 1974, and from then until they ceased activity in 1981 they were one of the most prominent bands in Swedish rock. In 2002, the members got back together for some reunion shows and to record a couple of new songs for a planned Best-Of album, but found that they had more to give. They came up with a full album of new material, and have been working ever since. Seaprog is proud to present the third US appearance of Trettioåriga Kriget, and their first on the West Coast.
Tim Root is an American composer, pianist, and conductor. Trained in composition by some of the mavericks of the avant garde, he also received piano instruction from a student of Rachmaninoff. His writing weaves together complex rhythmic constructs, slippery melodies that never seem to settle onto a pitch center, and unique harmonies that can defy understanding while sounding grounded in tradition. For his debut album, he recruited an all-star cast of musicians from around the world, many of whom will be joining him for the Seaprog performance, which will be their debut live outing.
William Wolford — Guitar, banjo, ukulele, percussion
Ahmad Yousefbeigi — Percussion, trumpet, violin
Tige DeCoster — Bass
Bill Wolford and Ahmad Yousefbeigi have been collaborating in various configurations of Yesod for more than ten years, producing spontaneous soundscapes blending sounds from around the world, both ancient and modern. Over the years, they have collaborated with a number of different musicians, but the esthetic of exploration free of the confines of jazz, rock, or any other specific genre has remained constant.
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