Katharsis - A Psychedelic Funk Experience feat. Dave Watts (The Motet), Chuck Jones (Dopapod), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine)

Katharsis - A Psychedelic Funk Experience feat. Dave Watts (The Motet), Chuck Jones (Dopapod), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine)

Sun, March 11, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

Hodi's Half Note

Fort Collins, CO

$5 Advance / $10 Day Of Show

This event is 16 and over

Katharsis
Katharsis
Earlier in 2017, a new supergroup side project was born in Denver, Colorado. Katharsis—consisting of Dave Watts of The Motet on drums, Chuck Jones of Dopapod on bass, Todd Stoops of RAQ on keys, and Marcus Rezak of Digital Tape Machine on guitar—made its formal debut back in early May, with the four lauded musicians coming together to create funk-rooted, psychedelic jams. With a focus on improvisation and innovation, the longtime friends formed Katharsis as a way to tap into their shared musical sensibilities while using their special blend of psychedelic funk to expose the cathartic experience of seeing music live and in person.

As Dave Watts noted to Live For Live Music earlier in the year, “I’ve been wanting to start a project with Todd and Marcus for a long time. When I found out that Chuck was moving to Denver, it seemed inevitable that we would put something together. These are three of my favorite guys to hang with, and they all happen to also be absolute monsters on their instruments.” He continued, “Katharsis is the ancient spelling of a word that means the act of releasing a strong emotion through artistic expression. That emotion is the pure joy we feel when get to play together!”

After their formal debut earlier in the year, more good news is on the way from the Katharsis camp, especially for those who were unable to catch the group in action in Colorado. In July of this year, the band spent three intensive sixteen-hour days writing, recording, and improvising at Mountain Star Studios in Rollinsville, Colorado. Katharsis has given Live For Live Music the privilege of getting a sneak-peek of what to expect from these sessions and the subsequent album that is due out later in the year.

“Diabolical” off Katharsis’ upcoming album was written and produced by Watts and engineered by Andrew Lundsford and perfectly encapsulates the vibe of this new act. With the powerful rhythm section propelling the song forward from its onset, the song presents a darker side of funk, all the while remaining deeply danceable. As the song progresses, the song embarks on an improvisational journey, becoming explicitly more psychedelic as it unfolds, complete with trippy ornamentations from the guitar and keys. You can check out Katharsis’s “Diabolical” below, and stay tuned for more information about the group’s upcoming release. You can also catch Katharsis live in September during their three-night run across Colorado.
Dave Watts
Dave Watts
A graduate of Berklee College of Music in 1990, Dave Watts was one of the founding members of the pioneering jam-band, Shockra who toured nationally for 4 years and created a large grassroots following. He moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 1994 and has since shared the stage or recorded with such names as George Porter, Stanley Jordan, Bill Evans, Charlie Hunter, Steve Kimock, Oteil Burbage, Jeff Coffin, Kyle Hollingsworth, Keller Williams, Jeff Pevar and Robert Walter.
In 1998 Watts started The Motet, a progressive improv groove band with roots in funk, jazz, world, electronic music. Since that time, The Motet has toured coast to coast, building a national following from Alaska to Mexico to Boston. This past summer, The Motet performed before a crowd of seven thousand to kick off the festivities at the Bonnarroo Music Festival. In addition, the band has played such venues as Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Fillmore West, The Fillmore in Denver, Freihoffer’s Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, and countless other prominent summer music festivals. As the creative force behind The Motet, Watts produced, engineered, mixed, recorded, as well as composed most of the material on the band’s latest album, “Instrumental Dissent,”. The album is getting regular airplay on radio stations across the country as well as on Sirius Satellite Radio, and has received glowing critical reviews in such publications as The Denver Post and Glide Magazine.
Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
Bassist of Dopapod
Todd Stoops
Todd Stoops
Keyboard player from RAQ
Marcus Rezak
Marcus Rezak
Guitarist performing with many groups including FrankenZaps Monster featuring members of Frank Zappa's original band including Arthur Barrow, Chad Wackerman, and Robert Martin. Recently performing with Bill Evans ( sax), Hadrian Feraud (bass), and Kris Myers ( drums ) in a new project called KWËKO. Lead guitarist and original member of Chicago based electronic supergroup Digital Tape Machine ft. members of Umphreys McGee. Marcus Rezak’s diversity in musical styles lands him many live and studio sessions across the globe which sets him apart from other guitarists. Known as a master of jazz improvisation and the art of the sit-in, Marcus is a frequent call amongst bands and musicians carving out his unqiue niche in the performance world. As a lead guitarist, Marcus carves out a distinguished style in the world of Guitar with several well-known cutting edge groups including Katharsis, Shred is Dead, FrankenZaps Monster, Digital Tape Machine, Stratosphere All-Stars, and as artist at large. He has performed at some of the most elite music festivals across the globe in various genres. Having a commanding stage presence, Marcus takes the euphoric freedom of live music and directs its path into a unique approach, as if every jam is a live recording session. By keeping exceptionally comprehensive mental notes on what works, what doesn’t, and how to improve is what has led Marcus to respect in the music world and to such integral heights. In 2008, The Hue, Marcus’ original progressive rock band from Chicago, IL released two albums entitled, “Unscene” and “Beyond Words” and peaked at a performance with the Aristocrats at Martyrs in Chicago. In 2011, Digital Tape Machine, which featured Joel Cummins and Kris Myers of Umphreys McGee released 2 albums entitled, “Be Here Now” and “Face Behind The Face”. The group rose to new heights playing such music festivals including Electric Forest, Summer Camp, North Coast, All Good, Somerset, and more. In 2014, The Stratosphere All-Stars began keeping Marcus busier than before with rotating members within the jamband scene including Steve Molitz (Particle / Phil Lesh and Friends), Michael Greenfield (Lotus), David Murphy ( STS9 ), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Hayley Jane, and many more. Having performed at late night set at the Catskill Chill Music Festival and Brooklyn Comes Alive in New York, amongst tours across the Eastern seaboard, they quickly gained attention across the nation. Currently, Marcus is working on a Colorado based project called Katharsis which features Dave Watts ( The Motet), Todd Stoops (RAQ, Electric Beethoven), and Charles Jones (Dopapod) performing funk-rooted psychedelic jams and improvisation. The band just released an album including the title track " Diabolical " now available for streaming, in addition to tours and performances across the country. As a session guitarist and live performer Marcus has collaborated with a vast array of musicians from members of Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Umphreys Mcgee, Jerry Garcia Band, Melvin Seals, The Motet, Dopapod, Primus, Ratdog, The Disco Biscuits, SCI, Lotus, STS9, Lettuce, Garaj Mahal, Robert Walters 20th Congress, Circles Around The Sun, The Aristocrats, Steve Vai, Megadeth, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and many more. In addition to live performances, Marcus focuses heavily on remote and live studio guitar tracking, editing, and mixing sessions working with a variety of artists, composers, and producers such as David Bowies pianist of 20 years Mr. Mike Garson. As a guitar instructor, he built his own freelance clientele, teaching primarily Jazz students, but also having no limitations to this as well. Marcus Rezak has a B.M. from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and a M.M. degree in Jazz Composition from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

"The story of Marcus Rezak is not one for those who don’t believe in fated occurrences or natural affinity. It is not for those who don’t believe that passion should forcefully direct the flow of one’s life. It is, however, a tale for seekers ready to leave misgivings at the door and allow music’s sway to settle in their minds like a rich fog. In music, we find truth. Within music’s truth, we find the sounds of Marcus Rezak."
Venue Information:
Hodi's Half Note
167 N College Ave
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
http://www.hodishalfnote.com/