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Stick Men featuring David Cross: Panamerica: Live in Latin America

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When Stick Men—Chapman Stick player Tony Levin, drummer Pat Mastelotto (both past and current King Crimson members) and Touch Guitarist Markus Reuter—embarked on a Latin American tour with guest electric violinist/keyboardist David Cross (best known for his time with King Crimson) they recorded all of the shows, intending to release a series of digital live albums. An earlier, shorter Japanese tour with Cross was documented on the double-disc album Midori (MoonJune Records, 2016). But when the multi-track files were reviewed ...

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Stick Men at the Beachland Ballroom

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Stick Men, CuDa Sheif & CuDaBeachland Ballroom Cleveland Ohio August 4, 2019 The audience at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland on August 4 witnessed the Stick Men develop a new canon for a new breed of instruments. Markus Reuter and Tony Levin both play instruments that are less than fifty years old, Levin uses the chapman stick, an instrument he helped popularize as a solo artist and with Peter Gabriel and King ...

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Stick Men featuring Mel Collins: Roppongi

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Stick Men is a long standing offshoot group from the iconic progressive rock band King Crimson. Founded in 2007 by drummer Pat Mastelotto and Chapman Stick players Tony Levin and Michael Bernier, it took its name from the unusual instrumentation of two Stick players. Mastelotto recently joked that if they knew it would go on so long, they would have thought of a better name. Since touch guitarist Markus Reuter replaced Bernier they have continued to compose new material, also ...

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Stick Men at Havana

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Stick Men Havana New Hope, PA August 15, 2017 Stick Men look like a secondary project or side endeavor on the surface--probably inevitable since the members are most known in the progressive music world for being part of the King Crimson family--but there's a real difference between being a side endeavor and being a band. This trio has always stood as an entity all its own. Their mostly-instrumental variety of electronic space-jazz-rock does overlap ...

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Stick Men: Prog Noir

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Following up Stick Men's exhilarating recent 2-CD live set Midori (Moonjune, 2016) featuring legendary King Crimson violinist David Cross, the trio now supplements its monstrous attack with vocals, and tinted with a noir (dark) panorama via the lower tonal registers. Moreover, the King Crimson connection is in-place with current members, Tony Levin (Stick & voice) and Pat Mastelotto (drums) fusing their talents with Markus Reuter (Touch Guitars) who recorded with the The Crimson ProjeKCt. Respectively, the musicians reside ...

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Stick Men featuring David Cross: Stick Men + David Cross: Midori

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It was a short-lived but perfect pairing. Stick Men is an inventive rock trio, progressive in the truest sense of the word, including current King Crimson members Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto and rounded out by the always-mercurial Markus Reuter. David Cross had served as Crimson's violinist in their early '70s jazzy-avant-proto-metal phase (though his tenure in the band never overlapped with the others'). When scheduling allowed them to come together for four Japan shows in April 2015, it proved ...

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Stick Men: Deep

Read "Deep" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Interestingly enough, this production was funded by fans through the Pledge Music website. The positive outcome should instill delight and a sense of fulfillment for the band's patrons, perhaps one of the densest incarnations of a progressive-rock trio imaginable. Tony Levin's (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel) Chapman Stick work, coupled with Markus Reuter's (Tuner, Europa String Choir) Touch Guitar articulations communicate an intimidating presence. Otherwise, first-call session drummer Pat Mastelotto toured and recorded with Levin during their stints with latter-day King ...


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