The Bowery Presents
Break Science Live Band

Brooklyn Bowl and Live for Live Music Present

Break Science Live Band

Jaw Gems, Chris Karns

Sat, December 17, 2016

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn, NY

This event is 21 and over

Break Science Live Band
Break Science Live Band
Raised and influenced by the rhythm and culture of New York City, Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee fuse generations of the city’s rich musical legacy with their own deep-rooted connection to hip-hop heritage. Merging their production styles seamlessly, the duo creates a refreshingly original take on electronic music. The live show transcends expectations with Lee’s seasoned trip-hop/dub/jazz vibes on keyboards and Ableton Live and Deitch’s thunderous breakbeat style on drums.

This past summer, Break Science electrified the festival circuit with packed dates across the country, including huge plays at Spring Awakening, Detroit Movement, BUKU, and Summer Camp. Lee and Deitch also brought their captivating style to Electric Forest, Bounce, Camp Bisco, Hornings Hideout, Electric Zoo, Summer Meltdown, and KahBang festivals, as well as joining Lotus at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.

On October 2nd, the duo released their much-anticipated new album, Seven Bridges. The first single, “Who Got It”, features a collaboration with hip-hop legend REDMAN and meshes the classic sounds of hip-hop with cutting edge electronic production.
Jaw Gems
Jaw Gems, an electronic outfit from Portland, Maine, is a collective of young, experimental producers bringing beat-music – traditionally programmed and played on samplers – to a live band setting. The mesmerizing result is a harmonic convergence.

Combine legendary beat-makers like J Dilla and Flying Lotus with indie rock and electronic icons like Deerhunter and Washed Out, then add Radiohead’s dreamy ambience and you begin to approach the sound of Jaw Gems.

“Dilla is the common thread for how we all met and began playing together,” says keyboardist Hassan Muhammad. “Not many people in Portland knew about him seven years ago, so through various friends we were all pointed out to each other and we were blessed with the opportunity to hold a weekly residency at a bar, playing all the stuff we liked and getting increasingly weird.”

Since their start in 2009, the band has been exploring sonic and rhythmic ideas that emphasize interlaced melodies and heavy grooves. First outfitted solely with dueling vintage synthesizers, a drummer, and an electric bassist, Jaw Gems have now incorporated a Roland sp404 and the Juno 106 analog synth, going on to employ the beat- repeating, sample-warping technologies of the present to help create their wall of sound. Armed with new gear, Jaw Gems were able to evolve their beats, trigger intricate samples, and alter sounds in an increasingly advanced way. “You can do so much with these devices, and we all have our own ways of using them,” says bassist Andrew Scherzer.

This August, Jaw Gems will release their second album, HEATWEAVER, via STS9’s

1320 Records. The 14-tracks create a thickly layered transcendental auditory world – a meticulously crafted collection grounded in a modern electronic aesthetic. HEATWEAVER melds neck-breaking, hip-hop synthesizers and nostalgic atmospheres, while simultaneously touching on elements of psychedelic funk, neo-soul, and punk rock.

Jaw Gems likes to keep their recording process relaxed to allow for creative diversity.

Setting up shop in a makeshift home studio, the band hunkers down and lets their songs come to life. “We like to make a retreat out if it,” says drummer DJ Moore, noting that all of the musicians have been involved in other projects. “Making music is how we chill, and the album naturally unfolded once we were all committed to being in the same place together for some time.” The title itself came from thinking of the album visually. “We thought about what images the music evoked throughout the whole process, and when someone said “heat weaver,” we all felt it embodied our sound,” he says.

Put four beatmakers in a room together for a week, and the outpouring of ideas could be endless. “As we develop as individual musicians each of our sounds morph and evolve in different ways, so when we come together to record we all bring something new to build upon,” Moore says. “Our creative process is never the same,” says keyboardist and sampler Tyler Quist. “We tend to refine our ideas in rehearsal, figuring out how to play them as a band, but most of our ideas start off as a beat one of us made. On HEATWEAVER, we let some of our beats stay in a more bedroom beat format, and others we revamped to sound a lot more live.” In this case, Jaw Gems was left with a solid compilation attesting to their evolution as tenacious genre-bending producers. “Jaw Gems have done the magic trick of delivering a thoroughly listenable instrumental album that you can also sing along to,” says electronic musician Daedelus.

Perhaps it’s this uninhibited sound that has also attracted the likes of other notable musicians. T3 of J Dilla’s Slum Village calls HEATWEAVER “mad fresh.” Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch says, “The swing that J Dilla made famous on an MPC beat machine in the late ‘90s is embedded in Jaw Gems’ musical DNA, just as much as soul and funk. They have created a psychedelic, jazz-rooted, West African feeling.”

Lyle Divinsky of Colorado’s The Motet has declared them his “new favorite band” and describes their sound as “a completely unique brew of hip-hop, jazz, funk, avant-garde, and classical music, steeped in originality and psychedelia.”

Since the release of their debut album, Blades Plural, Jaw Gems has gone on to share stages with icons such as STS9, Lettuce, and Daedelus. The band also emphasizes matching their work with video. Some examples include Akai Floss, which reached over 7,000 views independent of any label or premiere. Stay tuned for a full tour announcement coming soon.
Chris Karns
Few artists who identify as a producer and DJ have as impressive a resume as Chris Karns. Trusted by some of the biggest names in music to set the stage on fire with his blazing turntable skills, Karns is following up a World DMC Championship title with a starring role on VH1's "Master of the Mix" and a packed schedule of party rocking. Karns has enjoyed an undeniable reputation long-sealed by his on stage and in studio work with some industry heavyweights like Yelawolf, Bun B., Kid Rock, Paul Wall, Bassnectar and Travis Barker. This is not a man who gets on iTunes, downloads a few hits and calls it a day, but rather an accomplished master of his craft.

At a time when the word “DJ” no longer carries with it the weight of a once vibrant vinyl culture, it’s a relief there are passionateand talented artists like Chris. Since his early days inspired by his musician father and learning to scratch on a $20 belt-driveturntable, he’s rocked countless overseas and American tours, and has played everywhere from Los Angeles to New York, London to Tokyo, and everywhere in between. Since being honored with the highest possible battle title and becoming DMC World Champion, Karns is now known as one of the fastest scratchers and beat jugglers in the game, incorporating drum machines and other components into sets stacked with raw energy. When he's in front of insatiable crowds weaving together a versatile set of hip-hop, house, trap and more, Karns obviously a natural entertainer who’s set the bar high for himself and his contemporaries.

“I’m proud that I am able to achieve the goals I set for myself, whether it be shining in the biggest DJ competitions in the world, or rocking at huge festivals,” Karns surmises. “I know good things will continue to happen if I keep working hard for the love of this art form we call music".
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
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