Larkenlyre - Matt Labarge

                         

Chrys contributed several guitar tracks for Matt Labarge's Larkenlyre project in 2013, and has finished a brand-new album with Matt titled Omnia, that will be released in 2017! Omnia is almost all Chrys and Matt - it should interest fans of Through the Airlock. I'm quite pleased to have two full-lengths of original music coming out in one year! You can check out Matt's website here.

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Grand Transients - Michael Ver Steegt and Matt Covert

Michael Ver Steegt epitomizes the grand transient lifestyle while traveling around the world as live sound engineer for such acts as Groundation, Spearhead, SOJA, Dr. Dog, Sick Puppies, Trevor Hall, Debo Band, and Rising Tide. When he’s not on the road, he lives in San Francisco where he enjoys creating sound designs and producing music with artists like Michael Franti and Trevor Young of SOJA. Michael has a degree in sound design from the University of Iowa. Summer of 2017 found him touring as FOH engineer for SOJA.

 

Originally from Spokane, Washington, Matt Covert cut his teeth playing big band and small group jazz locally and in All-State and All-Northwest ensembles from 2002-2005. He attended Arizona State University, where he spent a year studying classical and jazz saxophone performance before finishing his undergraduate studies in political science and policy. While earning an MA in environmental policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Matt met Chrys, who quickly drafted him to add his instrumental prowess to the Grand Transients project and various live shows. Matt has worked for the Americana/folk group, Stompin' Radishes, plays saxophone, flute, and clarinet in Jazz Ahead, and, in true grand transient style, will be performing with the Madison College Big Band on a two-week cultural exchange trip to Germany later in 2017. Matt and his wife Alison have lived on Madison's East Side for more than seven years.

 

Chrys/MJCatalin - Catalin Pintea AKA MJCatalin

Artists and lovers will always disregard borders, and Stratagem, from American ambient producer and guitarist Chrys Bocast and Romanian percussionist and sound designer Catalin Pintea (MJCatalin), is an intriguing demonstration of the possibilities available to today's musicians willing to exploit the information revolution. Catalin initiated contact with Chrys in 2006 through iSound.com, one of many musician-oriented sites on the web, expressing interest in her solo work. After listening to Catalin's music, Chrys suggested collaborating. The results were so promising in their approach to texture and space that a professional release was deemed necessary. For the next year or two, tracks were traded back and forth from Bucharest, Romania, where Catalin lives, to the high country of Colorado, where Chrys was busy with music production work. Eventually they crafted a masterwork of sonic energy and creativity, combining ambient guitar with Euro-beats in a unique collection of compelling instrumentals. As both Chrys and Catalin are accomplished players as well as skilled recording artists, Stratagem consistently evokes an organic sensibility that can often be elusive in electronic music, and does so in a memorable and melodic way. All parts are performed by the artists, with the exception of “Detector", where guest star Dave Shul (formerly guitarist for San Francisco's Michael Franti and Spearhead, and now playing with all sorts of top acts in the San Francisco Bay Area) provides some driving guitar in his own signature style.