Zen For Primates plays Lowville

Zen For Primates

LOWVILLE — Zen For Primates performs at 8 p.m. Saturday as part of the Black River Valley Concert Series in the Lewis County Historical Society, 7552 South State St.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and can be purchased at Cafe Z on South State Street or by calling Lewis County Historical Society at 376-8957. No credit cards are accepted.

This 10th act of the series benefits the society.

Zen For Primates was founded in 1987 by guitarist Mike Krisukas and vocalist T. Roth (Another Pretty Face). They have continuously toured the country playing such landmark venues as The Bottom Line in New York City, The China Club in New York and Los Angeles, and The Tin Angel in Philadelphia. Bummertent Records has released five Zen cds including a Christmas and Live cd.

"The group sounds like the Kronos Quartet meet Led Zepplin in a Berlin Cabaret where Marlene Detrich is a barmaid and Gene Pitney is the proprietor," society officials said.

Hollow Ear is quoted as saying "The key to Zen for Primates, if there is one, is the band’s wealth of contradictions. Highly rhythmic, the band has no overt percussion. Affecting a studied ennui, it can be passionate and its languid precision offers yet another internal contrast. The music, both the original numbers and the idiosyncratic arrangements of covers is full of that which Robert Fripp says music must create and sustain, releasing it only when the musicians choose to release it - tension.

As legend has it, when lead singer, T. Roth saw guitarist Mike Krisukas perform in a club in 1987 in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, they quickly became friends and formed an eight-piece rock band, called ‘The Incredible Baby Eddie," which combined T. Roth’s love of music and theater.

"Zen For Primates is a collaboration of the most amazing group of musicians I have ever seen. They don’t follow the main stream core of the music business, which in this day and age settles for artists which are clones of other acts." -- Ed Stasium, Grammy-winning producer (The Ramones, Talking Heads, Mick Jagger, Rev Horton Heat)

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