Above, Kneebody performs ‘Lowell’ last fall at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles.
The jazz, funk, rock and electronic-influenced band, Kneebody, performs on Saturday (July 12) at SubCulture in New York City. The Grammy-nominated, five-piece ensemble has played together for 13 years, and includes two CalArts alums: drummer Nate Wood (Music BFA 01) and keyboardist Adam Benjamin (Music BFA 00).
A 2013 New York Times performance review aptly describes their sound:
There isn’t a handy term of 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. (I’m leaving something out, I’m sure.) Whatever the terminology, this group has an audience: it’s set at Culture Project theater is packed beyond capacity, and the crowd has been vocal in its enthusiasm.
Kneebody collaborated with celebrated vocalist and composer Theo Bleckman for its 2009 album Twelve Songs by Charles Ives, which was nominated for a Grammy. Last year, its fourth studio album, The Line, was released on Concord Records.
Benjamin was listed among the keyboard greats on the 2013 Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll. Below, he discusses his roots at CalArts in a 2013 “choose your own adventure” video:
Wood was featured in Modern Drummer this spring. Below, he discusses his love of tacos:
Kneebody at SubCulture
July 12, doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
45 Bleecker St, New York