Evil Genius


ORENDA 0022Bitter Human | Evil Genius

"One enters the world of Evil Genius without much expectation, yet their curious soundscape offers many an interesting thing." —ALEŠ ROJC, Radio Student, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Evil Genius (Los Angeles/Portland) is a forward-marching experimental jazz trio formed in 2012. The band is made up of Max Kutner on guitars (Grandmothers of Invention, Magic Band, Alphonso Johnson), Stefan Kac on tuba (Milo Fine, Jon Armstong, Hammerstein) and Michael "Bonepocket" Lockwood on drums and percussion (Atomic Ape, Deradoorian, Matt Kivel). The band's unique sound has drawn comparisons to groups as wide-ranging as the Minutemen, This Heat and Captain Beefheart to jazz figures like John McLaughlin, Steve Lacy, Henry Threadgill and many more.

They have received acclaim from the New York City Jazz Record, Bad Alchemy, Los Angeles Jazz Station, Downtown Music Gallery, El Intruso and more. In the words of Larry Koonse, "this band can do it all--whether its in your face rock, free wheeling open improvisation, 20th century classical music, or jazz--they can pull it off and upend all of your expectations."

Their debut album, "Bitter Human," was released in October 2015. Their second album, "Experiments on Human Subjects," will be released on May 25, 2018. Both discs are on the Los Angeles-based label, Orenda Records.



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