WING WALKER ORCHESTRA
Long in gestation but immediate in its impact, Wing Walker Orchestra's debut album, Hazel is a great introduction to one of the East Coast's liveliest ensembles led by 30-year old multi-reedist Drew Williams, who plays bass clarinet on the album. The recording, produced by GRAMMY-nominee Alan Ferber, will be released on February 15th, 2019 on ears&eyes Records. Hazel boasts serial surprises, including an adventurous suite written and arranged by Williams that is based on the popular graphic novel, Saga, and an intoxicating cover of tUnE-yArDs ' "Look Around." Hazel is a work of airy futurism with its layered effects, electronic touches and "inside" debt to such bands as Radiohead, Guillermo Klein's Los Guachos, and film composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.
As the band's name tells you, MATTERHORN has a passion for climbing heights – both musically, with an alternately soaring and stargazing sound, and literally, drawing inspiration from trumpeter-leader John Blevins' backpacking exploits in Yosemite National Park's Matterhorn Canyon.
Matterhorn's new album Uzumati, a follow-up to its acclaimed, Shane Endsley-produced debut, will be released on October 12, 2018, on ears&eyes Records. With their exuberant jazz harmonies, indie rock touches, Balkan feels and reggae grooves, Blevins and company create an intriguing aural landscape to reflect on mighty Yosemite. Most of the members also contribute synthesizer and other electronic effects that give the music a cinematic feel. There's an American heartland sensibility in the songs as well.
Doomsday, directed by Todd Kuhns, takes a comical look at a cult who fear the end of the world. I composed, recorded and mixed all of the music myself. It features acoustic guitar, bass clarinet, and effect pedals.
The Wing Walker Music Podcast showcases innovative music defying labels. Drew Williams sits down with some of the most interesting established and emerging musicians to talk about their creative process. By highlighting similar threads in different types of music, he exposes common ground between musicians and listeners to better reflect the way people actually listen to music.