Harlow's and Abstract Entertainment Present
Stick Men (Featuring members of King Crimson)
2708 "J" Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Tony Levin: Chapman Stick
Pat Mastelotto: Acoustic drums and electronic percussion
Markus Reuter: Touch Guitar
The genesis of the band came from Pat Mastelotto and Tony Levin playing together for years in the influential progressive rock band, King Crimson.
In 2007 Tony did a solo album titled Stick Man, featuring Pat on drums - and the desire to play that material live spurred a search for a second Stick player.
The job was filled admirably by Stickist Michael Bernier, and from 2008 the group wrote and toured extensively, releasing two CD's along the way.
In 2010, Michael decided the touring schedule took him away from home more than his family life could handle, so the search began for a replacement. And a short search it was: obvious from the start that Markus Reuter was the right player - he was already in a duo with Pat, called Tuner, and is very knowledgeable about the King Crimson repertoire (much of which Stick Men chooses from in their live shows.)
Markus plays his self-designed touch guitar. (The technique it's played with is similar to the Chapman Stick.) With multiple strings on both instruments, and many samples from Pat's electronic kit, the trio is able to cover a broad sonic range.
And their music also has breadth - from their powerful progressive compositions, to a rock version of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.
The band has toured in The U.S, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Japan, and the Canary Islands!
A new CD release is planned for this Summer (with, as usual with the band, a pre-release EP that will be for sale only to audiences on tour.) Their most recent release, Soup, is available through CDbaby, Amazon and iTunes, as well as on Tony's website (which also has news of upcoming tours, and road diaries from the tours.) Many of last years shows are available for download from www.aftershowmusic.com