Tune in to birnCORE on Saturday, September 8 at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live broadcast from the Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring The Mattson 2 and Astronauts, etc..
The Mattson 2, a duo composed of identical twins, has reinterpreted John Coltrane’s classic album A Love Supreme into a 21st century context. Coltrane’s 1965 magnum opus is one of the most revered and influential recordings in the history of jazz, widely regarded as the iconic saxophonist’s masterpiece.
It might seem audacious to undertake a new interpretation of such a foundational album, but twin brothers Jared and Jonathan Mattson are nothing if not sonic risk-takers. In addition to playing it live, they are working on releasing this new interpretation as an album through Spiritual Pajamas. This new version translates the Coltrane Quartet’s acoustic jazz explorations into a modern language swathed in a haze of analog synths, ecstatic guitars, transcendent grooves, and enveloping atmospherics.
Astronauts, etc. is one of the names under which songwriter Anthony Ferraro releases his music. In the summer of 2010, early onset arthritis closed the door on Ferraro’s scholarship to a competitive piano program. He dropped out of school, moved home, and withdrew from the world for a while. During this time, Ferraro recorded EPs in his bedroom, innocent forays into songwriting that netted an online following and offers from local promoters.
Around that time, he befriended Chaz Bear (Toro y Moi). Eager to see what he could do in a studio, Ferraro began writing his first LP with live instrumentation and full band arrangements in mind. Between stints on the road as Toro y Moi’s keyboardist, he fleshed out demos that would become 2015’s Mind Out Wandering. Its production was precise and nakedly clean, showcasing the musicianship of his band and earning comparisons to early Bee Gees records and Philly soul. He has since released Living in Symbol, produced by Bear, delivering cryptic messages pitched far below the falsetto that had come to characterize his sound.
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