MFA, or Motion For Alliance, played a local show at Trilogy’s Friday, July 12 in Boulder. The 6 member band consists of Jonathan Modell on drums and synth, Chris Anton on guitar, hometown hero Ryan Goodman on guitar, Chris Newton on Bass, Jayem Cain on turntables, and Giselle Ruzany on vocals, percussion and dance. The band is part of the technorganica scene along with bands like Sound Tribe Sector 9, Particle, and The New Deal. This scene represents the re-evolution of electronica back into a group performance. MFA represents all that is right about this genre breaking sound that bridges the gap between live music and club music.

MFA brings together many different sounds from many different backgrounds into one giant sound-making machine that pushes every musical boundary. The band’s first performance was in May of 2001 at the Gothic Theatre opening for Project Logic. Since then the band has played over 85 shows from Chicago to San Diego, and has played with such acts as the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. The band recently completed its second album Body, and is primed to make big news with their new sound. The band takes pride in its live performances as well as its studio creativity.

The show on Friday brought an ever-growing crowd of fans eager to hear more and learn more about where music may be going. The band did not disappoint as they played a two-set show with Jayem running the tables at set break. The band showed extreme capability of moving between several sections in extremely challenging songs all the while maintaining the attention of the audience. The band had guest musicians join them on stage, trumpets, and STS9’s DJ came on stage to flow with the band. Overall, the band played an exhausting show that left the crowd excited but run down from dancing all night.

Overall, this band represents the very possible future of music. The concept of technorganica seems to be catching on as more and more bands use some form of house music in their shows. Bands that are focusing all of their energy on this new form are getting larger and larger followings that mix the jamband scene and the rave scene together. As this new genre begins to grow, remember MFA as a band that can bring the future to you right now!

Greg Berman
JamBase Denver Summer Correspondent
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[Published on: 7/17/02]

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