Klaxon Mutant Allstars

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 The music of the Klaxon Mutant Allstars is a product of a new generation of eclectic-minded jazz musicians living in the technology-obsessed, genre-twisting, and multi-cultural mix that is the San Francisco Bay Area. With inspiration drawn from 1980s hip hop, to underdog baseball heroes, to the writings of David Sedaris, California politics, to covering local indie rock bands like Deerhoof, the Klaxons create music that is multi-pronged in its influences, vital in its relevance, and boldly points towards the future. 

The band consists of Henry Hung on trumpet and efx,  Eric Garland on drums, Kasey Knudsen on sax and efx, Colin Hogan on keyboards and melodica, and  Dr. Georges Ban-Weiss or Sam Bevan on bass.  

Henry Hung - Trumpet, EFX, compositions, Off-world Liason

Henry Hung is a Grammy award winning multi-instrumentalist, arranger,  and composer who has toured internationally and throughout the US, performing music that spans a spectrum of styles, including jazz with Stanley Clarke, Jimmy Cobb, to pop music with David Byrne, the Decemberists, Thao Nguyen, Guard, and TV on the Radio, to hip hop with Deltron 3030 and Souls of Mischief, to world music with the GRAMMY winning  Pacific Mambo Orchestra.  Locally he can be found performing with many creative Bay Area groups, most notably his own group co led with drummer Eric Garland, the Klaxon Mutant Allstars.  Henry has composed and arranged music for the documentary Lids and the short films, Look Both Ways, Seduction, and Pick Me Up, and has premiered new work with Hope Mohr Dance at ODC.   Henry is also an active teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is currently teaches music at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts,  San Francisco State University,  the Piedmont School District,  and the Head Royce School in Oakland.

www.henryhungmusic.com

Eric Garland - Drums, Compositions, Starship Captain

ERIC GARLAND  drum set. BA, Popstyles/Jazz Performance, SFSU. Performed with Dave Leibman, Bobby McFerrin (with Brass Monkey Brass Band), Spencer Day, Will Bernard, and many more. Currently playing/writing with Garlando Nonet, Jazz Mafia Symphony, Mads Tolling Quartet, Michael Abraham, Markstep Trio, Karina Denike, Realistic Orchestra, Low End Theory, Brass Monkey Brass Band, and toured with, among others, late 60′s icon Donovan

http://www.myspace.com/ericgarland

Kasey Knudsen - Alto Sax, Ultra bicyclist, Death Ray Gunner, Chief Intelligence Officer

Kasey Knudsen is a San Francisco based saxophonist, composer & educator. She earned her BA in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in 2001. Since relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, Knudsen has been commissioned by the Jazzschool's Emerging Artist Series to write and perform new work as well as Intersection For The Arts and the De Young Museum. She leads her own trio and sextet and co leads The Schimscheimer Family Trio along with bay area drummer Jon Arkin & pianist Michael Coleman as well as The Holly Martins with vocalist Lorin Benedict and guitarist Eric Vogler.

Knudsen can be seen performing with a number of ensembles and bandleaders including Evan Francis, Ben Goldberg, the Ian Carey sextet, The Montclair Women's Big Band, Jaz Sawyer, Graham Connah's No-Porkestra, Adam Shulman, Nathan Clevenger, Aaron Novik, Michael Coleman, the Bay Area Composer's Collective Orchestra, New York pianist Jarrett Cherner, guitarist Q Morrow, Rob Ewing's Disappear Incompletely and more. Knudsen has toured the world with Tune-Yards including a number of performances at South By South West; she has played with Fred Frith's world premiere of Gravity Live, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Realistic Orchestra, The Slip, Joe Bagale, The Industrial Jazz Group, Brass Bows & Beats, Terrence Brewer, Rova Saxophone Quartet's Sax Cloud, & many others. Knudsen has performed at Yoshi's, Pearl's, The Palace of Fine Arts, The Great American Music Hall, Cafe Du Nord, Anna's Jazz Island, The Independent, The Fillmore, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Red Poppy Art House, Intersection for the Arts, Kuumbwa, The Jazzschool, SFJazz Fest, San Jose Jazz Fest, North Beach Jazz Fest and New York venues Local 269, Barbes, The Music Hall of Williamsburg, Roulette and Cafe Vivaldi. Knudsen is currently a faculty member of Sonoma State University, The Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Jazz Workshop and the Jazzschool in Berkeley, CA.

http://www.kaseyknudsen.com/bio.html

Colin Hogan - Piano, Keys, Accordion, Melodica, Master Juggler, One of THE Hogan Bros, Chief Engine Room Officer

Colin has performed on five continents playing everything from jazz, funk, salsa, and hip-hop to tango and Balinese gamelan. He has performed with many legendary jazz musicians including James Moody, Peter Erskine, Bob Brookmeyer, Roy Ayers, and Maria Schneider.  In 2004 he performed with electric bass revolutionary Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone at the California Music Awards which was nationally televised. Colin is currently involved in many projects including hip-hop/r+b group Dynamic, local jazz/groove/experimental collective the Jazz Mafia, international cafe music group Trio Zincalo and jazz/funk/fusion band The Hogan Bros. with brothers Steve and Julian. He currently is on the faculty of California State University (East Bay) and SFJazz.   He currently lives in Oakland, CA.

http://www.myspace.com/thehoganbrothers

Sam Bevan - Bass, Recovering Ex-Francophile, Chief Security Officer

Since moving to San Francisco in 1999, Sam Bevan has established himself as one of the most versatile and creative bassists in the Bay Area. Bevan is able to canvas a large musical landscape where jazz, funk, r&b, folk and Afro-Cuban disciplines joyously intermingle. His sound is in response to the history of modern jazz, yet it’s his composer’s ear which informs his overall concept. Bevan explains, “Since I began my musical life as a pianist, including experiences composing and arranging for pop/rock, jazz and salsa bands, I have gained a much broader sense of the role of the bass. I am very content providing support and feel as a part of the rhythm section, as well as listening for appropriate moments to push the music into new territory. My goal is to introduce interpretations of the music which are interesting and creative without compromising the lead melodic instrument.”

The foundation was laid for Bevan’s career where he began classical piano lessons at the age of four. Sam's adoption of the electric and acoustic bass followed periods playing jazz and classical piano, singing professionally and getting a BA in French. After attending college in Salt Lake City, he now resides a few miles from where he was born in Oakland, California.

Throughout his professional life, Sam has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of artists including: David Grisman, Roswell Rudd, Joshua Redman, Kenny Washington, Stacey Kent, Jim Kweskin, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Joe Craven, Houston Person, Zigaboo Modeliste, Joe Locke, Jackie Ryan, Jacqui Naylor, Jesus Diaz, Fito Reinoso, Louie Romero, Karl Perazzo, Carlos Caro, Jackie Rago, The VNote Ensemble, Marco Granados, Matt Flinner, Scott Nygaard, Roberta Donnay, Meklit Hadero, Lisa Engelken, Industrial Jazz Group, Mamadou Sidibe, Mads Tolling Quartet, Monk's Music Trio, the Kin, Stevie Coyle, Calaveras, Telepathy, Mercury Falls, Mestiza, Nathan Clevenger Group, New Pickle Family Circus, Chelle & Friends, Bjorkestra, Fil Lorenz Orchestra and the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.

www.sambevan.com

Dr. George (Georges) Ban-Weiss - (Semi-retired) Bass, Professor, Engineer, Ship Scientist

Dr. Georges Ban Weiss is a professor as USC by day and jazz bassist at night.  Ph.D.,  Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley.  Currently is assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California.    George has had the opportunity to play at many high profile venues ranging from Yoshi’s Jazz Club, Herbst Theater, The Warfield Theater, The Great American Music Hall, and The Palace of Fine Arts on the west coast, to the 55-bar and Small’s in New York City.  George also works as a freelance session musician. His credits include recording upright bass for Sony Playstation games (along with members of grammy winners Turtle Island String Quartet and drummer Brian “Brain” Mantia), and recording electric and upright bass on albums by John Vanderslice and Amplive.

http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~banweiss/Home.html

http://www.georgebanweiss.com/GeorgeBanWeiss/Welcome.html