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The Mast perform their debut piece ‘Figure Eights’ at The Magnetic Field on March 27. ‘Figure Eights’ explores one woman’s quest to steer the cavalry of her own imagination through songs, electronic soundscapes & monologues


“Haale’s warm, supple voice unfurled like a curlicue of smoke”-New York Times
“Brilliantly produced rhythms”- Popmatters
www.TheMastMusic.com

Asheville, NC- The Mast is the latest project by the Brooklyn-based vocalist/poet Haale and percussionist/producer Matt Kilmer. Described as, “One of the most expansive duos out there, The Mast has to be experienced live,” by the BeaconPass.com. They are set to debut their performance piece Figure Eights at the Magnetic Field in Asheville, NC on Sunday, March 27, 2011. The performance is $15 and starts at 8pm.

“An extraordinarily powerful vocalist. The emotions expressed in Haale’s songs are as warm and inviting as the sounds…” exclaims Jim Derogatis with the Chicago Sun Times. Through songs, electronic soundscapes, and monologues, Figure Eights explores one woman’s quest to steer the cavalry of her own imagination from a preoccupation with doom and disaster, to something brighter, the golden nectar, tucked inside the crimson bell of a flower, for instance. Existence and the spectrum of possibility! Where are we putting our attention? Within a world soaked with images of violence, there still exists the hummingbird, flapping its wings 80 times per second in the shape of figure eights, hovering at the mouth of a flower to energize itself off the sweet elixir. Master attendant to and perpetuator of beauty–a creature, she decides, worth emulating. The piece is a series of snapshots, starting with her childhood spent swimming in seas of anxiety, and following her through a fascinating transformation. A celebration of alchemy and the mind’s triumphant malleability.

Before they launched The Mast in 2010, Haale and Matt Kilmer were writing, performing, and touring together for 3 years under Haale’s name. Starting in 2007, upon the release of the EPs, ‘Paratrooper’ and ‘Morning,’ they toured across the country, in Canada, and Europe playing such venues as the Bonnaroo festival, the David Byrne-curated series at Carnegie Hall, the Hillside Festival, Celebrate Brooklyn, Mimi Festival in France, and Preservation Hall in New Orleans. In March 2008, they released the full-length album ‘No Ceiling’ which the Boston Globe called ‘one of the year’s most memorable releases.’

The Mast will release their debut album, Wild Poppies, in the spring of 2011. Music can be heard on www.TheMastMusic.com and  www.haale.com.

Recording ‘Wild Poppies’ from upcoming album to be released spring 2011:

In Persian, Mast means “intoxicated with existence, in a blissful state of wonder and awe,” which is exactly how Figure Eights will leave you feeling in this not-to-be-missed performance.

Show Details at a Glance:

The Mast perform their debut piece “Figure Eights”
Magnetic Field Theater

Sunday, March 27, 2011

8pm, $15
(828) 257-4003
372 Depot St., Suite 50
Asheville, NC 28801
www.themagneticfield.com
Tickets available: www.eventbrite.com/event/1392327489

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watch a video interview with Wood about the Kickstarter campaign

Aaron “Woody” Wood has a musical background that is as diverse as it can get. His earliest memories are of making the rounds in the bluegrass circuit with his father A.L. Wood, often sitting on stage with Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers. He’s dabbled in every genre from folk to rock to blues and was a pivotal member of the Blue Rags, a band signed to Sub Pop in the 90s. He’s had the opportunity to share the stage with R.L. Burnside to Leon Russel to Sara Evans to Carlos Santana as well as a slew of New Orleans finest. He’s currently embarking on a new venture, funding a solo project on his own.

Recently Aaron finished a 5 song EP at Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC. Using the site www.kickstarter.com he is asking people to work with him to finish the album. Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors. It is powered by a unique all or nothing approach where projects must be fully funded or no money changes hands. Aaron has funded the first half of his album himself, and has about 60 days to raise $9000 to finish. The risk is all on him.

Project creators inspire people to open their wallets by offering smart, fun, tangible rewards, i.e. products, benefits, or experiences.

Here’s an idea of some of the incentives that will be offered through the site: The $1 to $5 dollar range will get you downloads of the songs he’s already finished that you can listen to right now. Other levels will offer, hand made screen printed CDs, Posters, Vinyl, and T-shirts. There will be other levels that offer an opportunity to be apart of the recording experience, have Aaron record a mutually agreed upon cover, or have him play a private show for you and your friends.

A special tier will be offered for local and regional fans, that will get you a copy of the full album as well as an invite to a house show/pool party featuring Aaron Wood, Jason Krekel and a few more musicians. Food, drink, pool, yard games and 40 ft slip and slide will be provided. Space is limited for this tier so sign up early.

To hear the first 5 songs of the album, please check out www.aaronwoodmusic.com Be sure to check www.kickstarter.com for updates and to see how you can be a part of making a great record.

Press Quotes:
“Aaron “Woody” Wood is using a unique approach – call it social networking, or crowd-sourced funding – to get a full-length album recorded and produced… I love this model for getting an album created and honestly… In this digital age of online connectedness, it’s all about creating a vibrant network that wants to be invested.” ~ Ashevegas Blog

“I’ve been a fan of Wood’s since seeing him play the first time and wondering who the hell it was that was shredding the guitar like that. I think I’m gonna pony up.” ~ Blog Asheville

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