THE HEROES
 


ARAD EVANS--Guitar/vocals--(Glenn Branca/Rhys Chatham's Merry Band/Ben Neill's Mainspring/John Myers' Blastula/SEM Ensemble/New Music Consort/Virgil Moorefield Ensemble)  NYC-based, new music guitarist since the 80's.  Has been heard on series such as BAM's Next Wave, Bang on a Can, San Fran. Symphonies New and Unusual Music, Lincoln Center's Serious Fun. "Soaring guitar"  N.Y. Times.

JOHN SPECK--Trombone--(Ola Fresca)--a Latin Grammy nominee, John is one of the busiest trombone sidemen inthe New York area, particularly in the latin music world.  His influences were collected in Cuba and during and extended residence in Miami.  John has toured internationally with a wide variety of artists, including: Paige McConnell, Medesky, Martin & Wood, Ricky Martin, Jorge Ben Jor, Larry Harlow, Bacilos, and Javier Barcia.  John plays regularly with the Cuban salsa group Ola Fresca.

JENNIFER COATES--Fiddle/vocals--Jennifer Coates is an artist, writer and violinist living in New York City. When Jennifer is not playing with Heroes of Toolik, she is an old-time fiddle specialist heard frequently around the City with her band Jenny Get Around.

MOPPA ELLIOTT--Bass--When he is not playing with Heroes of Toolik, Moppa Elliott is working with a prodigious number of other New York new music and jazz projects, most particularly his own Mostly Other People Do the Killing.  "Historically aware and virtuosic, the wily Mostly Other People Do the Killing is an ensemble to watch."  (Tony Collins, allaboutjazz.com).
MICHAEL EVANS--Percussion--Michael is an improvising drummer/percussionist/thereminist/composer whose work investigates the collision of sound and theatrics.  While his primary instrument is trap set, his work with unusual sound sources includes found objects, homemade instruments, the theremin and various digital and homemade analog electronics.  Over decades, Michael has played with too many innovative and important musicians to list, but that include Carla Bley, James Chance, Combustible Edison, Roger Ely (Devil's Chaueffeur), Fast Forward, Michael Gira (Swans, Angels of Light, God is My Co-Pilot, and Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten) to name only a few.  


  BILLY FICCA--Drums--(Television, Nona Hendryx, Gary Lucas, Washington Squares, New York Blues Project, The Waitresses, The Neon Boys,  Uncle Bob NYC)  Billy is a founding member of the foundational CB's band Television and still appears regularly with them.  His wide ranging musical interests and prodigious chops have led him to play with a wide range of musicians and styles.  Modern Drummer describes his playing as  "unique--a solid yet spacious style equally informed by jazz greats like Elvin Jones and rock icons like John Bonham . . ."  It is difficult to overstate Billy's influence on underground art rock.


  ERNIE BROOKS--Bass--(The Modern Lovers/David Johansen/Elliott Murphy/Arthur Russell/Gary Lucas/Rhys Chatham)  Ernie was a member of the seminal proto-punk The Modern Lovers and has been an influential force in underground rock music since.  Brooks has played with Elliott Murphy, appearing on the majority of Murphy's releases in the last 3 decades. Ernie contributed to David Johansen's  Here Comes the Night (1982) and played and recorded with Arthur Russell.  Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) is a long-time collaborator and Ernie was in Harrison's band for Walk on Water.  Ernie is currently a member of Captain Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas' Gods and Monsters and Robert Longo's Ex-patseys. 

 

Photos by Kevin Bud Jones