The Disco Biscuits keyboardist Aron Magner‘s new stripped-down acoustic project SPAGA has announced their self-titled debut album, due out on July 19th via Magner’s own AM Records.
The trio features Jason Fraticelli on bass and Matt Scarano on drums, two prominent Philadelphia-based jazz musicians, and sees Magner getting back to his roots as a pianist. 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. Sticking close to his roots, Magner chose local Philadelphia musicians, a local studio, and brought in people from his friends and family circle to create the new six-song composition.
Magner shared some thoughts on his latest project. He explains,
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.
The evolution of the project and recording session was organic. Magner continues,
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.” The concept reigns true for SPAGA and really helped to inform the genesis of the band.
Ahead of SPAGA’s forthcoming debut album release, the trio has premiered the album’s lead single “Creed” via Relix, which you can listen to below:
SPAGA – “Creed”
SPAGA is gearing up to play their first shows outside of Philadelphia, with a two-night run at New Orleans, LA’s Three Keys at Ace on April 28th and 29th. See below for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates. For ticketing and more information, head to SPAGA’s website.
SPAGA 2019 Tour Dates:
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