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A Big What? Showcase

Consider the Source

Magma Opus: A Big What? Showcase!

Genre : Prog Rock

July 18

8pm Doors //

9pm Show

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Advance Price: $10 / Day Of: $12

NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings
of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built
some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it’d probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion”,
the band’s music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional,
intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a
fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from
jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks.

Formed in 2004, Consider the Source features Gabriel Marin on fretless
double-neck guitar, bassist John Ferrara, and drummer/percussionist Jeff
Mann. Called “the guiding light for his generation of six-stringers”, Marin
channels the mystical fury of McLaughlin and Coltrane into wailing
melodies, kaleidoscopic soundscapes and boneshaking riffs. With a
background in classical musics both Eurpoean and Indian, and an instinct
for avant-jazz and destructive metal, Marin’s hypnotic fusion of styles is
ever unpredictable. Ferrara’s propulsive, percussive attack, equally suited
to simple grooves and impossible chords, can ground the music or launch it
into space. His madcap gumbo of slap bass, Indian rhythms, earthy
minimalism and complex tapping constantly pushes into strange new worlds,
whilst still dropping thick booty-clap beats. Underneath them lies Mann’s
rolling thunder; dense rhythmic architecture built from pure swagger and
bounce. Half double-bass prog-metal, half crackle-pop Buddy Rich swing,
with African and Balkan swirls, Mann’s muscular, freewheeling polyrhythms
are the engine fuel for Consider’s multiversal mischief. Even when not
improvising, Consider’s music is always a conversation, a roiling stew of
dynamic interplay. Each member of Consider the Source alternately leads and follows, spars and assists; in any single song, alliances are made and
broken, bargains struck and divorces finalized.

Touring from coast to coast, as well as Europe and the Middle East, has not
only earned the band thousands of fans, but has allowed them to perform
with a wide variety of well-known artists, including Victor Wooten, Wayne
Krantz, King Crimson Projekt, Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Wyclef Jean,
Andy Statman, Matt Darriau (Paradox Trio), Oteil Burbridge, Jacob Fred Jazz
Odyssey, Dumpstaphunk, TAUK, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Kung Fu, The Disco Biscuits, Keller Williams, George Porter, Jr., Jeff Sipe, Panzerballet
(Germany), Eatliz (Israel), Freak Kitchen (Sweden), Morglbl (France), and
many others. They have performed at numerous festivals and events,
including Burning Man, Electric Forest, Peach Fest, Gathering of the Vibes,
the NYC Fretless Guitar Festival, Catskill Chill, Sun Seekers Ball
(Canada), Aura Music & Arts Festival (Florida), Head For The Hills Festival
& SXSW (Texas), Rootwire (Ohio), and the NYC Gypsy Festival.

All sales are final. All performances are 21+ unless noted on the event page.

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