Will Mason Electroacoustic Quintet
March 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| $15
Greg Chudzik – Bass
Will Mason – Drums, Compositions, Electronics
Matt Mitchell – Piano
Charlotte Mundy – Voice
Miles Okazaki – Guitar
Will Mason‘s compositions are based around shimmering and otherworldly harmonies, novel formal structures, and a shifting interplay between periodic and aperiodic rhythms and grooves. In this new electroacoustic quintet, he is joined by four world-class improvisers, and will be augmenting the performers with live vocal processing and a variety of samples and backing tracks.
Will Mason is a composer, drummer, and electronic musician from Maine. He has composed and performed in an eclectic range of settings and the bulk of his compositional output has been geared toward producing albums for ensembles he leads and in which he performs. His music draws influence from both the European modernist and American jazz avant-gardes. His debut album Beams of the Huge Night was released by New Amsterdam Records in 2015. All About Jazz wrote that “Mason has an acute talent for composing very complex, extended pieces, creating an absorbing synthesis of jazz, technology, classicalism, and an organic construction that includes any or all of those components.” The Boston Globe wrote “Inspired by the landscape of his native Maine, the works on the Ensemble’s 2015 album, Beams of the Huge Night, balance improvisation and composition, and are shot through with asymmetrical melodies and grooves, grinding harmonies, and atmospheric bouts of stillness.” He also leads the noise-rock quartet Happy Place, which released its debut album in 2016 on Exit Stencil Records. The New York Times wrote that the ban “succeeds at fusing experimental rock and chamber music…The cathartic two- guitar attack has the feel of avant-rock, while the astringent harmony recall experiments by Charles Ives.” Mason is currently a visiting faculty member at Oberlin Conservatory and is completing his PhD at Columbia University.