Mark Gasper presents Progressive rock legends STICK MEN, featuring King Crimson members Tony Levin (Chapman stick) and Pat Mastelotto (drums, percussion, electronics), together with Markus Reuter (touch guitar). These musical legends and pioneers will be performing in Indianapolis on Thursday, August 31st as part of their PROG NOIR CHAPTER 4 TOUR.
STICK MEN - Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto, the powerhouse bass and drums of the group King Crimson for the past several decades, bring that Progressive Rock tradition to all their playing. Joining them on Touch Guitar is Markus Reuter.
Levin plays the Chapman Stick, from which the band takes its name. Having bass and guitar strings, the Chapman Stick functions at times like two instruments. Markus Reuter plays his self-designed touch-style guitar, which likewise enables him to cover much more ground than a guitar or a bass. And Mastelotto's drumming encompasses not just the acoustic kit, but also a unique electronic setup, allowing him to add loops, samples, percussion, and more.
Combined, the three members of STICK MEN take musical exploration to a new plateau, a new dialog, a new language.
The band's latest studio album, Prog Noir, was released in October 2016, and the band is touring the USA and Canada in August/September 2017 to promote the album and bring their new musical language to fans, new and old.
TONY LEVIN - Born in Boston, Tony Levin started out in classical music, playing bass in the Rochester Philharmonic. Then moving into jazz and rock, he has had a notable career, recording and touring with John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Yes, Alice Cooper, Gary Burton, Buddy Rich and many more. He has also released 5 solo CDs and three books. In addition to touring with STICK MEN, he is currently a member of King Crimson and the Peter Gabriel Band (performing with Gabriel on all studio and live recordings, and tours, since he left Genesis 4 decades ago). Tony also plays in the jazz bands Levin Brothers and LâImage. His popular website, tonylevin.com, features one of the web's first blogs, and has received over 4 million visits.
PAT MASTELOTTO - Very rarely does a drummer go on to forge the most successful career on the demise of their former hit band. Phil Collins and Dave Grohl have managed it, so too has Pat Mastelotto, a self-taught drummer from Northern California, who has also been involved with pushing the envelope of electronic drumming. Pat has spent a lifetime jumping genres from pop, to progressive, to electronica to world music with such bands and artists as Mr. Mister, XTC, David Sylvian, The Rembrandts, Kimmo Pohjonen, and for the last 20 years with King Crimson.
MARKUS REUTER - Markus is a composer, guitarist, and producer. Initially trained as a pianist, he subsequently studied at Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft courses. Markus later learned to play the Chapman Stick, later moving onto the U8 Touch Guitar. Reuter has released several solo recordings and worked extensively with other musicians. He is one of the core members of the experimental band Centrozoon, is half of the duo Tuner (with Pat Mastelotto) and was also a member of Europa String Choir. Reuter has collaborated with Ian Boddy, Robert Rich, No-Man singer Tim Bowness, and many others.
Join us for an evening of musical exploration and energetic wizardry, seldom seen in Indianapolis. You need to see and hear STICK MEN in person to believe that rock music can challenge your brain while simultaneously move your feet to a new groove.
CD's FOR SALE AT THE CONCERT
The band will be selling a wide range of their Compact Discs at the show. Your purchase of one or more CDs helps with their livelihood, and their travel. Plus, you'll be able to enjoy their music wherever you go! We encourage you to purchase the CDs before the concert begins, so that you will save time when waiting to have them autographed AFTER the concert!
FREE AUTOGRAPHS AFTER THE CONCERT!
Bring your STICK MEN CDs that you purchased before the show, or when the concert is over, to the Autograph table after the show. The band will sign for you -- at no charge!