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A funky, energized blend of electric guitar, saxophone, keyboards, bass and drums. The atmosferics create a jamming journey that stretches the limits of improvisation.
The New York Metro band comprises Kevin Hildebrandt on electric guitar, Robby Seibert on tenor and alto saxophone, Alex Blitz playing bass, Don Olson on keyboards and Colin Bell on drums.
The band's musical roots stretch far and wide, drawing from a deep pool of influences that range from the sounds of classic rockers like Bob Dylan, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to the improvisational nether-regions of The Grateful Dead, Phish and Miles Davis' electric period.
Their mastery of combining such popular genres into a unique musical style has led to a growing fan base that appreciates powerful musical energy and grooves that play on and repeat in your head long after the amps have been unplugged.
Hildebrandt's passionate guitar explorations and gritty vocals, Seibert's brand of continuous variation on saxophones, Bell's masterful playing of drum kit and Blitz's relentless take on modern funk bass provide an amazing musical experience. The audiences have always commented on the psychic bond between these musicans, and they themselves explain that this is something that the band strives for. Grooving as heavily as possible in one direction, then taking spontaneous diversions in terms of harmony, meter, form and texture.
Set lists are often eclectic, comprising mostly original tunes that are draw from a number of funk styles with often introspective and off-beat lyrics. The dynamic medley “My Jubilee/Metatron,” fuses rock, funk and disco that gets the crowd dancing to a skepto-religiostic tale about faith and honesty. The eerily-grooving samba “Half Ton Man” is a testimony to our cultures simultaneous obsession with overeating and losing weight. "Gutter" may be seen as the slamminest of all of our tunes. A simple melody in the style of The Meters brings out the improvisational best in our players with its modal setting.
The Atmosferics reunites Seibert and Hildebrandt, who played together at Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. Bell and Hildebrandt also jammed together at Kean University.
The Atmosferics have opened for Stanton Moore, Oteil Burbridge, Bobby Previte and many others.
The Stone Pony, The Knitting Factory, The Bitter End, and other great clubs have hosted this wonderful group of musicians. Members have also opened for artists like Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, Rod Stewart, Levon Helm, Johnny Winter, Jon Fishman, Streetlight Manifesto, Railroad Earth and Seth Yacovone.
The group is currently recording their first album, due out this month
January 13, 2001
March 27, 2015
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Berklee College of Music, Kean University, Eastman School of Music
Playing amazing shows - reconciling the music we hear in our minds (that is; all popular Rock 'n Roll,Jazz,Funk,Classical,Bluegrass,Country,TechnoMedieval,Renaissance,Baroque,Classsical,Romantic,Modern....musics of distant lands and distant dreams) with the music we play onstage
werkin, readin, drivin,fishin
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