Maria Kelley Productions

Wednesday January 18, 2006
Historic Ashland Armory

As a collective of musicians and artists, STS9 creates and expresses a unique musical style. They have as much affection for samplers and computers as they do pianos, drums, bass, and guitars. They have taken their passion for playing live instruments and married it to a love for intricate composition and sound exploration. Their music blends layered sonic landscapes, developed melodic movements, and deep groove sensibilities. It is simultaneously progressive and retrospective, drawing from core creative values of the jazz greats and the funk-soul innovators while utilizing modern advancements in music production. STS9 has de?ed a songwriting style that approaches composition through sound sculpture. Through this process, they have found a welcome balance and structure to complement their unique approach to live performance and improvisation. STS9 remain untethered by musical labels, genres, or stereotypes, and choose, instead, to release and perform music that is inspiring to them as artists. In speaking of his work with the band during performances earlier this year, Perry Farrell stated that STS9 “speaks in the future tense.”

STS9 has a loyal and musically open-minded fan base around the world that has helped them become one of the few groups to find success as independent, instrumental artists. Their performances include Japan, Fuji Rock Festival, Coachella, Bonaroo, Red Rocks, and Austin City Limits. They have also shared the stage with artists such as James Brown, Perry Ferrell, Tortoise, LTJ Bukhem, the Roots, Blackalicious, and Ozomatli.

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