with Corey King performing “Lashes”
Sat April 15th, 2017
Minimum Age: 21+
Doors Open: 8:00PM
Show Time: 8:30PM
Event Ticket: $15
**This is a general admission event at Nublu: 62 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009 (please note that this event has been relocated from 151 Avenue C to Nublu’s 62 Avenue C location)**
Virtuosic, shape-shifting guitarist and composer Matthew Stevens will release his second album as a bandleader, ‘Preverbal,’ March 24 on Ropeadope and in Canada on Crystal Math Music Group (Metric, Grimes). ‘Preverbal’ is a visceral statement, a kinetic exploration of harmony and rhythm driven by Stevens’ masterful playing and singular melding of elements of experimental, jazz and rock. The album blooms and disintegrates over 8 original songs that are immersive and muscular, dark and joyous. ‘Preverbal’ was recorded with Stevens’ core band of Eric Doob on drums and Vicente Archer bass, plus synthesizer and deft touches of sound manipulation and studio craft. It also features a soaring guest vocal appearance from Esperanza Spalding on album closer “Our Reunion.”
Album opener “Picture Window” was recently unveiled via a glowing write-up from critic Nate Chinen at NPR/WBGO. He says the music “advances the ideals of modern jazz even when, sonically speaking, it gestures in other directions.” He continues, “Stevens is not the sort of improviser to show you all of his cards, or even reveal his intentions: he prefers an air of alluring intrigue, down to the way the track ends, like a set of blinds snapping shut.”
Stevens’ sophomore album as bandleader comes on the heels of a big 2016: He played an integral role in the direction and sound of Esperanza Spalding’s ‘Emily’s D+Evolution’ – one of the best albums of the year – and toured the globe as part of her power trio. He’s also collaborated extensively with Christian Scott, acting as his musical director, performing on all of his recordings and composing music. ‘Preverbal’ is the fully realized vision of this in-demand collaborator and band mate, the culmination of a decade spent lending an important voice to his many projects and as a bandleader.
‘Preverbal’ finds Stevens deeply exploring the electric guitar while his solo debut, 2015’s lauded ‘Woodwork,’ was mainly an exploration of acoustic textures. At the onset of making this new album, Stevens introduced and rehearsed the songs with his band completely by ear without any notated music. The approach brought him full circle, to his days rehearsing with his garage band as a teenager, and led to a synchronized ensemble with ample headroom to explore and improvise during the recording.
‘Preverbal’ was produced by Stevens along with bandmate Eric Doob, and recorded at Revolution Recording in Toronto, Ontario. It was engineered by Kyle Hoffman. Matthew and his band will tour in 2017.
Corey King performing “Lashes”
Since moving to New York in 2004, Corey King has focused on being adaptable in many musical environments without sacrificing his musical integrity. He is highly respected by his peers for his creativity and versatility, which are heavily influenced by numerous styles within the music realm. King is a graduate of the Grammy Award-winning High School For The Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), which has produced an immense amount of talent over the years, such as Robert Glasper and Beyonce Knowles. After moving to New York, King received a scholarship to study at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, majoring in Jazz Performance.
Since Corey has been in New York, he has had the opportunities to perform/record with notable artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Glen Hansard, Chris Dave, Stokley of Mint Condition, Mos Def, Gil-Scott Heron, Takuya Kuroda, D.J. Premiere, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Pharoahe Monch, Phonte (Little Brother), Nicholas Payton, José James, Bilal, Wyclef Jean, Mary J. Blige, Ledisi, Hercules and Love Affair, Mark Ronson, Maria Daulne (Zap Mama), Lauryn Hill and Ludacris.