Separate Waves Festival
Geekd is the psychedelic garage rock project of Christian Moreno. Though the live act features a full band, the recordings and song writing is all Moreno’s own work. Geekd is influenced by the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins and The Dandy Warhols. Geekd’s latest release, the single L.S.D., follows their 2020 EP The Fairytale Starlight.
Whüzy is a whimsical and groovy rock outfit from the northwest Chicago suburbs. The five-piece band includes Brian Shull, Christen Hansen, Maarty Metzelaar, Anthony Friedli, and Raul Castillo. Their musical influences include Tame Impala, Crumb, and, The Mild High Club. Their dreamy sound is captured by a mix of keys, strong bass lines, and mesmerizing vocals. Their 2019 debut EP Jellyfish will soon be followed by the release of a split EP with the band Midcoast.
mjae is contemporary pop music with feeling and the latest outfit of Chicago singer and music-maker Matt Garvin. The mjae sound is built on house, funk and disco-inspired rhythms and vocal phrasings that function simultaneously as both a foreground and background element in the mix. While recorded media is of course important, the north star of mjae’s rhythm project is the live performance, with particular attention paid to Robert Moog’s observation that with live performance “you form a community, right there on the spot”.
Caleb Reeves describes his music as wavy and nonchalant. His sound is influenced by James Blake, Bob Marley, and Bon Iver—a mix that is both soulful and mellow. His most recent release is A Side, a short album that follows the release of several singles including “Curiosity,” “Vibe,” and “Current Fear.” In addition to music, Caleb enjoys hiking, collecting rocks, looking at cool bugs in the garden, and taking in the sunshine.
Chicago-based pianist and composer Jake Victor has been crafting his musical voice since the age of 4, plunking songs out by ear on an electric Yamaha keyboard. Victor’s interests and influences range far and wide, from Bach, Steve Reich, and South Indian Konnakol music to Ambrose Akinmusire, The Bad Plus, Robert Glasper, and Kendrick Lamar. He creates music incorporating kaleidoscopic influences into something immediately recognizable and accessible, but with deep substance. In 2018 Victor won a Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award “Best Undergraduate College Small Jazz Combo” for his debut album “Twisted Heads”, written and recorded in Amsterdam with the Jake Victor 5tet. Now living in Chicago, he is continuing this momentum with the Chicago-based Jake Victor Quartet, while maintaining a busy schedule of hip-hop/R+B keyboard gigs and studio work.
Separate Waves II will feature a fully improvised solo drum performance by Andy Danstrom. Andy began working on solo drumset performances as a way to work through grief from losing a friend. In addition to playing drums, Andy also teaches both piano and drum lessons. He also has an electronic project which can be found by following the link below.
Press Snooze is a jazzy trio comprised of Jared Narter-Slezak, Isaiah Sanderman, and Austin Guth. Their sound is influenced by Vulfpeck, The Velvet Underground, and Woody & Jeremy Goss. Separate Waves II will be their first performance as a three-piece group.