Dragons of Zynth

PopGun Presents

Dragons of Zynth

Ava Luna, The Mast, Viva Chocolatina Ruiz (The Crystal Ark, Escandalo) DJ

Dec 20

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Dragons of Zynth
Dragons of Zynth
Unusual to say the least, Dragons of Zynth somehow cut and paste together a dizzying fusion of jazz, punk, dub, funk, soul, and hard rock, a sound that's been referred to as "Afrotek." The band has earned a reputation for its performances, which the band itself calls "audio-physio-psychic."
Ava Luna
Ava Luna
With the release of the critically lauded Services EP in early 2010
and a near-constant stream of shows and short tours over the
successive months, NYC natives Ava Luna have built a reputation for
noisy, manic basement soul music in the form of stark, earthy
synth-driven beats coupled with tight, prismatic vocal harmonies,
which Christopher Weingarten has described as “beautiful, infectious,
and damn-near indescribable.”

In a church basement in Brooklyn’s deep south, they hone an eclectic
mashup of girl group harmonies, growling synth-funk, shimmering
distortion, soul stylings set to post-punk snobbery, complex
compositions in the guise of quirky pop songs; Al Green singing with
Wire, Depeche Mode backing Jamie Lidell. The band has drawn
comparisons to TV on the Radio, Dirty Projectors, Prince, Arab on
Radar, Phillip Glass, James Chance, Aphex Twin....
The Mast
The Mast
The Brooklyn-based duo The Mast is vocalist and instrumentalist Haleh Gafori and percussionist and beat maker Matt Kilmer. Influenced by early IDM, post dubstep, and experimental beat music as well as acts like Mount Kimbie, Massive Attack, and Bonobo, the band creates a warm and inviting sound that propels the body to dance and soaks the mind in a bath of endorphins. In their live shows, The Mast creates a full-spectrum sonic experience incorporating live electronics, percussion, and vocal improvisation within and between songs enabling the spontaneity they were accustomed to as instrumentalists.

Haleh and Matt have also taken charge of creating the visual element of The Mast, directing, editing, and occasionally filming the videos themselves. Their most recent video “So Right” premiered in Interview Magazine, was featured in the Huffington Post and USA Today, and was chosen as Tubefilter’s must-see video alongside Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife.” Their video “UpUpUp” which features a pop and lock dancer in butoh-esque body paint and beat-synced projections screened at Bumbershoot, was featured on Pitchfork, and has gotten over 350,000 views on Youtube.

Before they became The Mast Haleh and Matt toured all over the US as well as in Europe and Canada, playing venues and festivals such as Bonnaroo, the Mimi Fest in Marseilles, the David Byrne-curated series at Carnegie Hall, Preservation Hall in New Orleans, and the Hillside Festival in Canada. Upon returning, they settled back in Brooklyn, built a studio, and began concocting a new sound. The first incarnation of their new band led to the 2011 release Wild Poppies which featured them on percussion and electric guitars.

While on tour, they began incorporating some of the electronic songs they had been making in their studio and eventually the infinite sonic palette that electronic music afforded was too seductive to let go of. Their exploration culminated in the new album Pleasure Island which was released on Jan 28, 2014 on Channel A Records.
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249