Tonight, there is unique concert happen in East Village in New York. The band, Edensong is a progressive rock quintet from New York City that Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson has described as “a great example of the contemporary face of progressive rock.” Edensong’s history as a band is just as long, epic, and unpredictable as its music. The 2018 lineup includes long-time members like viking-bearded singer/guitarist James Schoen, second singer and bass playing hobbit/spider-demon TD Towers, and hypnotizing “dancing muppet” flute player Barry Seroff. They are joined by the virtuosic koto player and composer Kento Iwasaki, and drummer Nicholas DiGregorio, whose improvisational skill, jazz background, and hallowed status as a longtime friend of the band (largely responsible for turning the founding members onto prog in the first place!) makes him the perfect addition to the lineup.
Edensong gains inspiration from many styles and eras of music, whether it be from the millennium-long history of Western classical music or the past half-century of rock. With influences ranging from grunge to Gregorian chants, Edensong forges its own path through the droves of homogeneous sound-alike acts. Edensong, along with other new convention-breaking bands, such as Thank You Scientist, Bent Knee, 3, and The Tea Club, attempts to creatively revitalize rock music toward artist-driven freedom in a movement away from the both corporately-constructed “mainstream” and “sound-alike” prog bands.
Date & Time: April 19th 9pm-12pm
Venue: DROM (85 Avenue A, New York, New York 10009)
Voice & Guitar: James Schoen
Flute: Barry Seroff
Koto player and composer: Kento Iwasaki,
Jazz Drum: Nicholas DiGregorio