'Tis a bitter sweet time as the Agar Us tour comes to an end. The ride was delightful and we were very happy to see your faces old and new. Thank you. Much agape to you all... Here is the RSVP info for the Goleta show
In some cases the island that jazz finds itself on is isolated and self deprecating due to its alienating of outside influences. Jazz that embraced and reinterpreted forms alien to its own (I.e. Miles Davis + psychedelic rock, Dave Bruebeck + Hungarian Folk, John Coltrane + Indian Raga, Grant Green + funk-R&B, etc.) distinguished itself as legendary. Our own history as Mattson 2 follows this model of embracement. In our compositions, the love of one form effects the love of the other. Disparate sounds work to create an identity. Jazz is the inspiration behind Jazzilla. With multiple genres and mediums in tow, the experience is realized.
On every third Wednesday of the month the Mattson 2 along with The Spare Room, Hollywood take on a collaborative experience dubbed "Jazzilla." It is a night curated by Mattson 2 that is rooted in jazz that encompasses many different genres past, present, and future. Jazzilla mission is not to just recycle old jazz tunes or showcase a tradition in the fashion of a museum piece. That is why each month will be honed and curated via a chosen theme and a highlighted artist whose aesthetics extend into our world. It is not a night to prove one's virtuosity or demonstrate an expansive knowledge of Jazz repertoire. The theme will extended into the night, showcasing and influencing a Mattson 2 performance, a DJ set, drink creations, guest performers, visuals, and more. It's everything WE would want from a jazz night . . . we hope you dig.
Mattson 2's Jazzilla #1
October 15: Eddie Harris and his Electric Space
Featured Artist: Eddie Harris (b:1934-d:1996)
Featured tunes: Listen Here and Essence of Matter (arranged and performed by Mattson 2)
DJ set by Ako and Atiba Jefferson (also identical twins)
About our featured artist: Eddie-freakout-tronics! Captain of the spacious echo in jazz. Mastered the perfect blend between known and unknown, worldly and other-worldly, acoustic and electric, humor and beauty. Embracer of many forms. A multi-instrumentalist pushing jazz beyond the confines of a tradition. Eddie who? Eddie Harris.
Be prepared to get you minds blown by a special Jazz Vinyl Dj set by identical twin brothers Ako and Atiba Jefferson…Channeling the masterful electric sounds of Mr. Eddie Harris and other Jazz greats.
Tonight in the Cleve!
+ Chicago Wednesday night!
St. Augustine, FL – Shanghai Nobby’s
w/Early Disclaimers + Visuals by Dustin and Drew Miller
September 20, 2014
$5, 9pm, 21+ ...
Columbia, SC - Bluetile
w/ Dear Blanca, Danny Joe Machado
September 21, 2014
$5 (includes free beer), 8pm, All Ages ...
We are happy to announce that Agar premiers via Impose Magazine. Rad. Hop on board and stream the single here::: http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/new-music/mattson-2-dif-juz-mp3 ... for media inquiries write to email@example.com
Y'all super stoked to be playing this part of the country. Hope you locals can make it.
Salt Lake City UTAH...
w/ Birthquake & Selma
Tuesday Sep 9, 2014
8$, 7pm, all ages
Friday at midnight...
We had a lovely time in surf central Santa Cruz . . . Between the magical, inimitable, perfect grub from Paul at Duende, and the local peeps Oakland was smashing . . . Got some Capital City love from family and friends and John Cardiel lased out the vintage Reggae jams! Looking forward to OLYMPIA WASHINGTON and PORTLAND OREGON!!!!
Lovely to see the Laguna and SF love last weekend! Happy to announce we'll be back at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz! We'll be at Duende in Oakland (get there early for some insane food - Paul the punk rock head chef creates extremely magical dishes)! Then we got Sacramento at the groovy Shady Lady Saloon w/ DJ set by John Cardiel- See bellow for info
Ok ladies and gents . . . the tour has kicked off wonderfully and the Twin and I have been stoked with the connections we've had with You. Please join us where you can this week. Tons of radness happening in So Cal. [VIEW WHOLE US TOUR SCHEDULE HERE]
Hollywood with Ray Barbee and groovy jazz DJ Dennis Owens + Laguna Beach takeover with help from our homies at Thalia Surf + San Francisco afternoon shred session with Tommy Guerrero and Ray Barbee for the 20th street blockparty!
4 years since their record "Feeling Hands," The Mattson 2 are due to release their fourth album "Agar" on CD, Digital Download September 16, and Vinyl mid October 2014. In order to create the stunning musical journey of Agar, the Mattson 2 recorded the album completely live in the studio at Earth Star Creation Center in Venice Beach CA. The live approach further added to the exciting layers of improvisation and perfectly composed chaos via their inimitable drums, guitar, and loop based sound. The droning, raga ("agar" backwards) influenced vistas of Agar are as technically liberating as they are hauntingly avant-garde. And it shows the twins more telepathically connected than ever because all songs were recorded totally live in the same room.
A recording of a live happening is not just a mere documentation; yes, it captures the vibe of the artist at a current state in his or her career, but it's much more than a timepiece. In those old Eddie Harris or Chet Baker or Billy Holiday recordings you could feel the soul of the individual. That is because the record instantaneously became a living-breathing thing as the artist metaphysically transplanted her or his soul into the recording. In all the great records, many genius souls got together and, transcending verbal communication, their instruments became extensions of themselves that projected unquantifiable emotion, transmitting things that traditional language or vocality could never capture.
A similar form of consciousness inspired AGAR. On February 5, 2014, twin Jonathan Mattson, producer and long time friend Thomas “T-moe” Campbell, lapsteelist Farmer Dave Scher, engineer John X Volaitis, and myself arrived at Earthstar Creation Center in Venice Beach California. While M2 and Farmer set up, tuned up, vibed up, T-moe went to his station, sitting in the perfect sweet-spot of the room where he could hear all the sounds. John X was at the board tweaking knobs and gettin' tones (of course, while tuning the room balance, he was smiling and bobbing his head to the jams. I imagined what he might have looked like when he recorded the Rolling Stones, with his bright green hair, leather pants, and a leopard print vest. Or was it the vest that was leather?). We started cooking. The sound was captured and put into a mason jar with holes on top so it could continue to breathe, move, and survive. It was a collective experience that became protoplasmic and gelatinous. The sound produced was a result of two twin minds and three equally important non-twin minds amplifying, stoking, and vibing simultaneously.
Prior to the release of "Agar" The Mattson 2 will be touring extensively throughout the United States August 8th through October 8th and will be selling exclusive pre-release copies of the album at each of their tour stops, before it's released. So take advantage of getting the record early…Also here are some other M2 Merchandise items hot off the press that you'll be able to pick up at the shows….
These items will be available on The Mattson 2 online store soon. In the meantime, you can purchase this stuff at any Mattson 2 shows along their tour. Thanks for your interest and support!
Tonight (8/8/14) will be the opening night of Mattson 2's Agar US tour. The official release date for Agar is September 16 on CD and Digital Download, Mid October is the Vinyl release. If your at any of the stops on the tour before September 16, those in attendance will have an opportunity to get the record before it officially lands in stores. After September 16, you can get it at our shows, our online store, iTunes, or in record stores near you!
In order to create the stunning musical journey of Agar, the Mattson 2 recorded the album completely live in the studio, further adding to the exciting layers of improvisation and perfectly composed chaos via their inimitable drums, guitar, and loop based sound. The droning, raga influenced vistas of Agar are as technically liberating as they are hauntingly avant-garde. And it shows the twins more telepathically connected than ever because all songs were recorded totally live in the same room (this is the first record that takes this approach).
At tonights show in Encinitas, At UNIV on coast hwy 101, there will be a limited supply of numbered Screen printed posters (specifically designed for the Encinitas Show), designed by Dustin Ortiz and screen printed by Forward Screen Printing. Also available will be Agar Us Tour T-shirts, buttons, and previous m2 recordings. Spread the love.
TIckets: 10$ (at door)
All Ages Welcome
Event ends at 9pm
Tour schedule :
Encinitas, CA - UNIV Workshop
August 8, 2014
8pm-9pm, $10 All Ages
Venice, CA – Del Monte Speakeasy
w/ Farmer Dave Scher
August 9, 2014
9:00-10:15, Ages 21+
Long Beach, CA – 4th Street Vine
w/ Ray Barbee / Greater California / Exploding Flowers
August 10, 2014
Visalia, CA – Cellar Door
w/ Taco Wagon
August 15, 2014
9:30pm-11:30pm, Ages 21+
Hollywood, CA – The Spare Room
August 21, 2014
Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place
August 28, 2014
9:00pm, $8 All Ages
Oakland, CA – Duende
August 29, 2014
Sacramento, CA – Shady Lady Saloon
w/ John Cardiel (aka DJ Juan Love)
August 30, 2014
9:00pm-11:00pm, Ages 21+
Olympia, WA – The Capitol Theater
Special screening of Cuatros Suenos Pequenos
By Thomas Campbell
September 4, 2014
Portland, OR – Alberta St. Pub
w/ Satin Chap & Fen Wik Ren
September 5, 2014
Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
September 9, 2014
Sarasota, FL – Perq
w/ Los Demolirs
September 18, 2014
September 19, 2014
St. Augustine, FL – Shanghai Nobby’s
September 20, 2014
Wilmington, NC – NOW Theatre
(Home of Hope Event)
September 24, 2014
Boston, MA – Casablanc
Venue TBA day of show
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in
September 26, 2014
New York, NY – TBA
October 2 & 3, 2014
Yorklyn, DE – House Industries
October 4, 2014
Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog
October 7, 2014
Chicago, IL – TBA
October 8, 2014
Goleta, CA – The Mercury Lounge
October 18, 2014
Costa Mesa, CA – Casa
w/ Ray Barbee
October 24, 2014
We are stoked to announce that Mattson 2 will be joined by LA legend Ryan Porter... From Kenny Burrell to Snoop Dog he's shredded his magical trombone... We are really looking forward to playing some original tunes with him. Don't miss this show... It'll be too good. We will start promptly at 9:00. XOXO Special Jazz DJ set by Alvin Piranhas.
Stoked for tonight to bring in the West Coast Wednesday vibes...
9:00= M2 MUZAK (AKA Playlist by M2)
9:30-10:00= Apetixing set by Mattson 2 opening
10:15-??= Ray Barbee and The Mattson 2 set featuring Fredo Ortiz on Percussion