February 28th, 2020 7pm Stage 2
Celebrating Rockwood Music Hall’s 15-Year Anniversary!
w/ Special Guest Chris Morrissey (+Aaron Parks Dan Rieser Ryan Ferreira Philip Dizack)
Chris Morrissey is a Brooklyn-based bassist, singer, producer, arranger, bandleader, and songwriter who has glided between jazz, pop, country, reggae, and indie rock -- mostly as a live performance bassist, but also as a session musician, solo artist, and in roles such as music director for Sara Bareilles' Little Black Dress tour in 2014. Raised in Minnesota by two musician parents, Morrissey grew up playing the trumpet but picked up the bass in his mid-teens. After relocating to New York in his twenties, he released his debut full-length as the Chris Morrissey Quartet. A contemporary indie jazz album, The Morning World was issued on the Sunnyside label in 2009. His indie rock project, Taurus, self-released Cannon Falls Forever in 2011 and North Hero, a jazz LP under his own name, arrived in 2013, again with a four-piece and on Sunnyside. He's toured the world playing bass with acts as diverse as Andrew Bird, Roseanne Cash, the Jim Campilongo Trio, and Trixie Whitley, and recorded with, among others, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Kweller, Lucius, and Sara Bareilles on her 2013 release, The Blessed Unrest. Continuing to collaborate with Bareilles and touring extensively with a variety of other indie and jazz artists, he arranged Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" for the "in memoriam" segment of the 2014 Emmy Awards broadcast. ~ Marcy Donelson, Rovi
Beat-driven. Employing heavy elements of funk and soul, paris_monster closes a gap between synthesized sound & garage; between modern detail and old-school grit. Solid earth. Soaring soundscapes. A mass of noise. Volatility. Vocal singularity.
The Deli NYC calls paris_monster “a precise, complex and sophisticated mechanism" delivering a sound that “could be the new face of American roots rock”.
“Lamplight”, the band's first full-length album, is set to be released in early 2019. The album solidifies their dirty, glitchy, lyric-centered, groove-based sound. “Lamplight” is a milepost in their search for a focused and flexible musical approach. Elements of funk and soul join with lyrical themes of bygone eras in rural settings, characters lost, and mortality confronted. Love achieved, and denied. Americana. These themes stand in stark contrast to pounding grooves and electronic mayhem, creating depth and dimensions that could have been otherwise achieved only by dropping a modular synth in the corn fields of central New York or the woods of Connecticut.
Popmatters, the first to get their ears on a track from “Lamplight”, said, “The artiness and artfulness of ‘Moles’ suggests that paris_monster is capable of subverting our notions about popular music in the post-postmodern era.”