Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 1: MASZER

Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Local Music
05/11/2017
Matthew Howland
all photos by Morgan Schuler (view set)

KEXP's broadcast from Pioneer Square as part of Upstream Music Fest + Summit continues with Seattle-based group MASZER, who brought a expansive, droning set to our stage at Little London Plane. Built on the propulsive dual percussion of Joseph Braley and Emilio Muniz, resonant guitar from Tomer-David Rapaport (aka STITCX), and vocal power of Kate Blackstock, MASZER easily transcended the slightly rainy Seattle weather which acted as backdrop to their music.

MASZER formed as the collaboration between longtime friends Rapaport (a musical transplant from Tel Aviv, Israel) and Blackstock, who joined with percussionist Braley (Rapaport's co-collaborator in Mother's Anger). The three combine musical perspectives, as evidenced by the multi-toned and evolving MASZER sound. Aided by Muniz's live drums for their live set, the band's performance combined various tracks from their back catalog. By the final track, "Ma Nia," Blackstock joined in on a drum to create a cacophony of percussion offset against STITCX's guitar and vocal stylings. At the song's close, the singer rose a hand to the audience, singing in Hebrew amidst the wave of sound.

Catch MASZER tonight playing at J&M Cafe closing out the Tractor Tavern-curated showcase at 10:45PM, as part of the Upstream Music Fest + Summit. The band also released the MASZER Live at KEXP EP earlier this year, which is available in local record shops in Seattle.

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