“Putting a finger on a band like Kneebody is a bit like raising it to the wind. At any given moment, the group’s artistic inclinations can whip in an unpredictable direction.” – Wall Street Journal
“…the band has always had the same lineup, honing its vision into something that hovers in the worlds of jazz and rock while tossing in other genre elements, as well.” – Spinner
Since 2001 when Kneebody burst onto the American music scene, critics have struggled to adequately describe their eclectic jazz-rock fusion sound.
In 2013 The New York Times summed up the difficulty in pigeon-holing this genre-defying band: “There isn’t a handy term or genre for the music that Kneebody creates. It’s a band thoroughly acquainted with 1960s free-bop, 1970s jazz rock, 1990s hip-hop and postmillennial indie rock; along with classical postminimalism. Whatever the terminology, this group has an audience…the crowd has been vocal in its enthusiasm.”
This Los Angeles-based musical quintet has pushed against the limitations of jazz to forge an instrumental approach distinguished by no-holds-barred improvisation and an explosive ensemble attack. Kneebody’s ability to fuse many styles of jazz and all else is built on the talented compositional contributions of its five members.
Kneebody is made up of keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood, all are highly sought session musicians, collaborating with some of the biggest names in pop, rock and urban music. Bassist, Kaveh Rasteger also performs regularly with Cee-Lo Green, Bruno Mars, De La Soul, Sia, Laura Pausini, The Ditty Bops, Colin Hay, Jesca Hoop, Nels Cline, Sam Sparro, The Calling, Dave Fiuczynski, Carla Bozulich and Wayne Horvitz. He is currently the bass player for John Legend. Drummer, Nate Wood is a highly skilled multi-instrumentalist who has played bass, drums, guitar and saxophone for a veritable whose who of international music artists including George Harrison, Chaka Khan, Sting, Wayne Krantz, Donny McCaslin, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders and the Ed Fry Band.
These five musicians have known each other since their late teens when they met while at The Eastman School of Music and Cal Arts. Since then, each band member has amassed an impressive list of credits and accomplishments over the years, These collaborations include work with musicians in multiple genres such as Wayne Krantz, Daedelus, and Busdriver, all while the band has continued to thrive and grow in reputation, solidifying a fan base around the world.
Kneebody will perform with WAAPA’s Jazz students under the musical direction of Chris Tarr at Hale School in Wembley Downs on Thursday 11 May at 7.30pm and the following night at Perth College in Mount Lawley on Friday 12 May. Both schools boast concert venues with superb acoustics and seating.
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to enjoy a rarity of musical experience as this truly original band continue to demonstrate their desire to push the boundaries and forge a new musical path.
Tickets $36 / $28 Concession and Friends
Performed by: Kneebody with WAAPA Jazz students
Music Director: Chris Tarr
Thursday 11 May at 7.30pm – John Inverarity Music and Drama Centre, Hale School, Unwin Avenue, Wembley Downs.
Friday 12 May at 7.30pm – Judith Cottier Theatre, Perth College, 31 Lawley Crescent, Mount Lawley.
BOOK NOW: Tel: (08) 9370 6895 or online at: waapa.ecu.edu.au/boxoffice