Teddy Kumpel's Nome Sane?, Max Kutner's Reluctant Millionaires

December 6th, 2021 9pm   Stage 3

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Teddy Kumpel's Nome Sane?

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Nome Sane? Is a guitar driven, psychedelic, instrumental prog - funk brainchild of Joe Jackson’s guitarist, Teddy Kumpel. The band is Matt Miller - drums, Bob Stander - bass and Teddy - guitar, kazoo and vocals.

“Guitarist/composer Teddy Kumpel (Joe Jackson, Rickie Lee Jones) leads this trio, with Bob Stander on bass and Matt Miller on drums, on a far-reaching excursion through 12 stylistically diverse tracks. Teddy’s credo—“I strive for uniqueness that straddles melodic beauty and funky experimentation”—is front and center on tracks such as, “Cringesome,” which pivots between meters of 5/4, 9/8, and 7/4 with the effortlessness and precision of King Crimson’s Robert Fripp and Bill Bruford, while combining the sophistication of the Mahavishnu Orchestra with Tony Williams Lifetime-like grease. The inspired spontaneity at the heart of this record offers a lot for fans of rock, funk, fusion and unadulterated musical fearlessness.” Andy Aledort - Guitar World Magazine

Max Kutner's Reluctant Millionaires

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Max Kutner is a guitarist and composer originally from Las Vegas, NV. As an instrumentalist, Max's focus is on new works for the electric guitar as well the promotion of electric guitar in new performance contexts. His renowned versatility has allowed him to work alongside luminaries as diverse as prog-rock multi-instrumentalist Mike Keneally, avant-garde composers Sofia Gubaidulina and Ulrich Krieger, free improvisor Henry Kaiser, as well as the former members of Oingo Boingo, The Grandmothers of Invention (Frank Zappa alumni), Frank London, Alphonso Johnson, Lili Haydn, The Magic Band, Matt Darriau and many more. His albums and compositions have been featured on Orenda Records, Cuneiform and Silber Media and he has performed music on four continents.

As a fairly recent transplant to NYC, Kutner has wasted no time getting integrated into various music scenes around Brooklyn and Manhattan. He is active with solo performances, Trio Generale (feat Colin Hinton and Eli Asher), the Bard (feat Matt Darriau, Charlotte Greve, Brandon Terzic and Philip Mayer) and a quintet featuring Colin Hinton, Eli Asher, Michael Eaton and Kurt Kotheimer. He was awarded the City Artist Corps Grant through the New York Foundation for the Arts in July 2021 and used it to program and host the inaugural Whatever Guitar Festival featuring solo guitar performances from an eclectic group of players local to Brooklyn.

The quartet featured at tonight's show will feature Jessica Lurie on saxophones, Ari Folman-Cohen on basses and David "Pudge" Gervais on drumset. Both sets will feature original pieces by Kutner as well as reimagined covers drawing from sources including traditional Balkan folk songs, progressive rock and acid jazz. In addition, sets may include original music from members of the ensemble.