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KUNG FU & TWIDDLE
Thursday, April 2, 2015 8:00 PM
The Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NY
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  • Ticket Price: $20.00
  • Door Time: 7:00 PM
  • Show Type: Jam Band
All ages admitted.
Kung Fu:
Proud to be firmly installed in the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements.  Making fusion music "cool" again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters and Weather Report, and merges those ideas with a contemporary EDM informed sensibility.  Imagine 70's funk-fusion meets a modern dance party!
 
Although the ensemble cast enjoys a seasoned pedigree that reads like a late-night summer festival all-star jam, this fledgling "nu-sion" project is growing a unique and rabid following by commanding audiences at theaters, clubs, and major national festivals since 2012. 
 
The powerhouse quintet's live show has been described by critics and fans alike as "lethal funk", "explosive", "jaw dropping", and "musically mesmerizing".  For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: just sit back and enjoy the ride!

Kung Fu Features: 
Tim Palmieri (guitar & vocals)
Robert Somerville (tenor sax & vocals)
Beau Sasser (keyboards & vocals)
Chris DeAngelis (bass guitar & vocals)
Adrian Tramontano (drums/percussion)
Twiddle: Twiddle, a Vermont based quartet, spins tall tales over an intricate soundscape of hi-def shred. Their fresh multi-genre approach conjures up jazz, classical, and bluegrass, but above all, masterfully blends reggae and funk. Obliterating laws of improvisation, their complex arrangements never fail to leave crowds lusting for more. With sage songwriting and unmatched variety, Twiddle's thrilling infancy will surely exceed all expectation. 

After whimsically jamming in the fall of 2004, the founding members of Twiddle immediately recognized chemistry and a common seriousness. By the second semester at Castleton State, Mihali Savoulidis and Ryan Dempsey were already intertwining harmony and fantasy, birthing Twiddle staples like 'Frankenfoote' and 'Gatsby the Great'. Brook Jordan, and Billy Comstock, Twiddle's original bassist, complemented these melodies with a densely layered, and exciting funk rhythm This young foursome had taken Castleton by storm, toured the northeast, and composed an impressive catalog of original tunes before becoming upper-classmen. 

2007 manifested Twiddle's debut release, 'The Natural Evolution of Consciousness'. This breakout album immediately showcased the band's eclectic inspirations, imaginative lyrical abilities, and superb instrumentation. Twiddle's sophomore production, 2011's 'Somewhere on the Mountain,' is a reflection of more introspective moods, offering message oriented, uplifting songs. Anchored by the group's new bass virtuoso Zdenek Gubb, this album delves into the human spirit, speaking to our ambition, grief, and love.

Currently Twiddle is climbing the rows on festival billings, inspiring each other, and often dismantling preconceived notions of the jam band culture. Their live experience genuinely segues from bluegrass to electronica, melts jazz-fusion into rockabilly, and enhances reggae with funk. New fans should expect an immensely fun, and highly dynamic show. Tenured fans know to expect the unexpected. Put simply, Twiddle's hi-def shred is going to melt faces.

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