Polyrhythmics

Polyrhythmics

2015 has been a banner year for Seattle’s Polyrhythmics with the release of a critically acclaimed 7” dubbed The Killion Sessions, a series of high profile shows in New Orleans during Mardi Gras and Jazzfest, and the impending release of their third full length album Octagon. On the heels of an 18-month touring cycle behind Libra Stripes, the collective continues to evolve and mature into muscular live unit apt to painting vivid instrumental imagery using complex rhythms and a unique precision that is redefining the term “funk” for 21st century audiences.

The palette for the hard-driving modern afro-psycho-beat sound is built around the relentless rhythm of Grant Schroff and Lalo Bello, the heart thumping bass lines of Jason Gray, the intricate phrasings of Ben Bloom’s guitar, the searing avalanche of keyboard colors from Nathan Spicer and the melodic hooks and soaring solos from the horn section comprised of Scott Morning, Art Brown and Elijah Clark.

The “Occupy the Dance Floor” movement is alive and well as evidenced by the growing audiences of the 8-piece orchestra and the intensity the band is providing for them from the stage and in the studio. The release of Octagon in November 2015 promises another new chapter to the story that began just 5 years ago as they continue to grow with a singular sonic muse of progressive and dynamic stature.

MVT started out as a school project in March of 2011 for three college students whose assignment was to cut an Album. Jamie Greene, drummer and recording engineer teamed up with composer/pianist Michael Vadala and bassist Jameson Dunham to create their first album as "The Michael Vadala Trio". The album, titled Put Me In The Zoo launched the beginning of their musical endeavors, and the trio began taking gigs at weddings, cocktail hours, country clubs, and restaurants.

Later in their career, the trio began to add other elements to their music. Aaron Davis joined in on Saxophone, Eli Flynn on guitar, Matt Billings on auxiliary keyboards, and Ben Crossgrove eventually became the group's full time bassist as Jameson went off to pursue other projects. No longer a trio, the group decided to keep the initials MVT, and would eventually become the "Mike Vadala Tribe" as they are known today. The concept is a tribe or network of musicians who all know the music, and at any given show you'll see between 2 and 20 people on stage.


In 2014, MVT was asked to be a part of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, one of the most well respected jazz festivals in the world. The lineup also featured Marcus Miller, Soulive, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Buddy Guy, Gerald Clayton, and many more world renowned artists. This was the same year that MVT released their second album, "Long Drives, Late Nights" which featured a quintet. This album also featured live in studio videos which have been uploaded to the band's YouTube page and have recorded nearly 6,000 views.

Their last show of 2015 was a farewell show in their hometown of Rochester, NY. Over three hundred fans came to support the band before moving to Nashville, TN. With proceeds from the show MVT donated $2,000 to the Pluta Cancer Center Foundation in honor of Michael's first piano teacher Julie DiSanto whose battle with cancer ended in the Summer of 2015 when she passed away.

MVT presses forward in its new home, constantly pushing the boundaries of music and striving to reach a new level of expertise. The group completed its first Northeastern tour in February 2016, and will be touring the Northeast again this May. New videos will be released in the next coming months, and the band will soon be ready to record its third album.

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