Aron Magner, best known as the keyboardist for leading Jamtronica band The Disco Biscuits, recently announced the formation of a music new side project, a jazz trio dubbed SPAGA. The project features two prominent jazz artists from Magner’s home city of Philadelphia, Jason Fraticelli on bass and Matt Scarano on drums.
What’s more, the trio has also announced that a debut album, which will be self-titled, is set for release on July 19. From that forthcoming album, the band premiered their first single, titled “Creed,” via Relix yesterday. As of today, “Creed” is available on all streaming platforms, and can also be streamed here below at the bottom of this article.
This excerpt from the band’s press release delves into detail about Magner’s inspiration for SPAGA and the material coming ahead:
The Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner unplugs his formidable stack of keyboard gadgetry to introduce his new band SPAGA, and in doing so, takes his 20-plus year musical journey back to where it all began—the piano. The keyboardist, who is best known for trailblazing a fusion of jam-rock and electronica with his Disco Biscuits‘ bandmates, has come full circle by returning to his jazz upbringing. A “mostly acoustic” trio, SPAGA is a showcase for Magner’s grand piano stylings, supported by the immediacy and interplay of upright bass and drums.
SPAGA‘s six original compositions are often impressionistic and dreamlike. A lively and engaging conversation between three distinct, eclectic musicians, these fresh tracks leave the door wide open for improvisation, spontaneous interpretation and musical/spiritual interrelation. “When we first began recording, I was having fun exploring songs with no preconceptions of what the music actually was yet or, for that matter, who we were as a trio, and that provided for unexpected and welcoming results,” says Magner.
A concept record of sorts that explores themes of origins, it was important for Magner to keep the project, and all involved with it, a reflection of the idea of “roots.” He chose local Philadelphia musicians, a local studio, and brought in people from his friends and family circle. The evolution was organic. “I’d been meditating on the idea of origins and kept coming back to a creed we should all subscribe to: ‘Think Globally, Act Locally,'” continues Magner. “The concept reigns true for SPAGA and really helped to inform the genesis of the band.”
SPAGA has just a handful of live dates listed so far, two of which are scheduled for the beginning of next week at JazzFest in New Orleans. On Sunday, April 28 and Monday, April 29, they will perform at Three Keys at Ace Hotel. The rest of the live dates are listed here below. Underneath that, stream their new single, “Creed.”
4/28 – New Orleans, LA – Three Keys at Ace Hotel
4/29 – New Orleans, LA – Three Keys at Ace Hotel
6/12 – Washington, DC – City Winery
6/28 – Rochester, NY – Rochester International Jazz Festival
6/29 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival
8/10 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Jazz Festival
8/10 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House