Tag Archives: improvisational music

Review: Mosey Beat Soars to Exciting Heights with ‘Flight’

Artist: Mosey Beat
Album: Flight
Released: 2017
Genre: Jam/Funk/Progressive

Back in August, we saw funky Lehigh Valley jam band Mosey Beat perform on a beautiful Tuesday night at the Provident Bank Main Street stage at Musikfest. It was there that bassist Dave Abraham estimated that approximately 75% of their live performances are improvised.

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Five-Point Preview: Allentown JazzFest

Tonight, Lehigh Valley Underground will be back in the Queen City to kick off Allentown JazzFest 2017. Our partners at Performing Arts Live! Inc. have been working tirelessly for months to bring a diverse, intriguing programming lineup that keeps with the improvisational spirit of jazz.

There are many things to look forward to over the course of the next five days. We’ve picked a few that you’ll definitely want to check out.

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PHOTOS: Soundscapes with Shawn Cav and Dan DeChellis at Pearly Baker’s

Thursday night brought me to Easton, where I would visit Pearly Baker’s for the first time. It was a nice first visit to Pearly’s; a mellow evening, accented wonderfully by the musical efforts of Shawn Cav and Dan DeChellis.

Each artist had a chance to showcase his mastery to the Pearly Baker’s crowd. Cav’s work on guitar and bass impressively defied genre, while DeChellis’ captivating work on keys filled the room with a plethora of sounds. Together, the duo created lush atmospheric, improvisational grooves to keep music lovers engaged and guessing what might come next.

This laid back evening of great talent and tunes made me want to return to Pearly Baker’s. Fortunately, I’ll have that chance on Saturday for another Shawn Cav band, the Acoustic Bite Trio.

Until then, enjoy a few photos courtesy of LVU!


PHOTOS: A Night of Improvisation with The Now

Improvisational musicianship always impresses me, whether it is found in jazz or showcased through a number of other genres. On Thursday, The Now brought its one-of-a-kind improvisational act to the stage at Rivals Easton, ensuring an impressive night to remember for all.

The way The Now moved so seamlessly from idea to idea speaks to each member’s individual ability, as well as the cohesion of the band as a unit. The foursome, comprised of Dan DeChellis, John SanFillipo, Shawn Cav, and Carter Lansing, utilized their music to put the arts on full display, inviting interpretive dancers to accompany them. In addition, a video loop played on screens throughout the venue to add a visual component to the performance.

Now, we add our “visual component.” Enjoy our photos from this intriguing night.


VIDEO: Music Can Happen Anywhere

Sometimes, it happens on a beach.

The scene is Siesta Key, Florida. This island off of Sarasota boasts a beach previously declared the #1 Beach in America. It also hosts the Siesta Key Drum Circle, every Sunday at sunset on the beach.

What you’re seeing here is people getting together just for the sake of making music. It’s completely improvisational; folks from the area — and visitors from beyond — simply bring their instruments to the beach every week and make music happen. It’s also a big deal around here, as you can see by all of the spectators.

We just thought this would be worth sharing to our local audience in the Lehigh Valley. Surely, a region with so much musical talent can find inspiration from this weekly institution more than 1,000 miles away.

Watch the video below.