MazzMuse: The Band
The four-piece rock band that is known as MazzMuse…
A Short Band Biography
MazzMuse, The Band, was assembled in 2012 to realize in band format the music Mazz had been performing in her solo project “Solo MazzMuse”.
This music, born of a self described “recovering christian” bisexual woman who as a person of color explored and expressed freely her love of classical music while secretly nurturing a love of rock, metal, punk, pop and electronica, this music is a sonic contradiction – a cognitive dissonance that by the pure fact of its existence, compels a cathartic experience for its performers and audience alike. It is the freedom of Rock and the depth of Soul, brought together with the precision of a classical sensibility.
Mazz, on her 6-string electric violin and singing, belts out her songs of love, devotion, frustration, confusion and victory through self-empowerment. Her music is fortified by the people you could call her band mates, but who she calls her allies:
Where it all began…
The MazzMuse project came about during an interesting time: Mazz had just disbanded Brazz Tree and had also just acquired a looping pedal. Looking for a way to create music on her own terms, she turned to the looper for creative fodder. At the same time, she was living with her then boyfriend (now ex husband), was deeply in love, deeply committed, but was also deeply (and at the time, unconsciously) troubled. The relationship’s weak point was communication but they shared a very – can we use this word yet again? – deep connection and she found herself writing songs that it took her years to understand the meaning of.
But the meaning was there and as she began to perform these songs as a solo artist, they (the songs) began to demand more full expression. The looper can only take one so far. The band was formed in 2012. In December 2013, after running a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the project, MazzMuse, The Band went into the studio (with Vernon Reid of Living Colour at the helm as producer) to fully realize these songs. This eponymous debut is the result of that journey.
A semi-acoustic trio featuring:
Mazz Swift – Violin/Vocals
Alex Nolan – Acoustic Guitar
LaFrae Sci – Cajon and Percussion
The MazzMuse Breakdown
The semi-electronic, experimental duo comprised of Mazz Swift and LaFrae Sci in which the members explore collaboratively created schematics for improvisation, along with music taken from the MazzMuse and 13th Amendment? lexicons and expressed in freeform.