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.
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
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.
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.