The Mast

PopGun Presents...

The Mast

Greg Barris, Mathias Kunzli, Oddlogic, + Special Guest!

Aug 28

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

Glasslands Gallery

Brooklyn, NY


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

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.
Greg Barris
Greg Barris
Greg Barris' conspiracy theories and heady hilarity can leave even a critic laughing so hard, they're nearly speechless. Hailed as simply 'Excellent!' by The New Yorker. Barris is the raucous ringleader of the long-running East Village comedy show Heart of Darkness--one of the most prolific comedy shows in New York City.
Mathias Kunzli
Hailing from Switzerland, multi-disciplined drummer/percussionist Mathias Kunzli has become ubiquitous in the New York City music scene. He can be found most every night of the week in some of Manhattan and Brooklyn’s finest concert venues, performing in a variety of styles, with artists and bands of many genres.

Music has guided Kunzli’s career trajectory for over two decades now. Born in Switzerland in 1975, Mathias started to play drums at age thirteen and soon he got involved with several European rock, pop and folk groups. He attended the Dante Agostini Drum School in Olten, Switzerland, where he won numerous diplomas and awards for his outstanding performances. He also became the drummer for the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra, a national group that toured Switzerland and Italy, for five consecutive years. In 1995, Kunzli received two scholarships from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music and moved to the States.

He graduated in December 1998 and has made New York City his residence ever since. Mathias is grateful for having had the privilege of studying with a great and diverse roster of teachers including Jamey Haddad, Zohar Fresco, Joe Hunt, Ian Froman, Giovanni Hidalgo, Adam Nussbaum, Danny Gottlieb, Tommy Campbell, Hal Crook, Greg Hopkins, Marco Kaeppeli and Fritz Renold.

His desire and ability to adapt to a wide range of musical styles have enabled him to tour extensively in countries such as Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, England, Poland, Monte-Negro, Croatia, Slovenia, USA, Canada, Aruba, Mexico, South Africa, Hungary, Holland, Czeck Republic, Macedonia. Kunzli has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, arenas, and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and many more.

As a drummer and percussionist he has had the chance to collaborate with artists as varied as Regina Spektor, Moby, Lauryn Hill, Yo-Yo Ma Silk Road Project, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Vieux Farka Toure, Oscar Castro-Neves, Gary Brown, Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Marc Ribot, John Zorn’s Electric Masada, Alessandra Belloni, Bobby Watson, Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Crook, George Garzone, Jamey Haddad, Mark Soskin, Herb Pomeroy, Bill Pierce, Cecil Bridgewater,John Lockwood, Lenny Hochmann, Yanka Roupkina, Theodosii Spassov, Bakithi Kumalo, Tony Cedras, Oscar Stagnaro, Savina Yannatou, Dave Samuels, The Paul Winter Consort, Mike Richmond, Donny McCaslin, Eugene Friesen, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Matt Dariau, Frank London, Gary Burton, Makoto Ozone, Gina Gershon, Keyhan Kalhor, Mikael Burishnikov, Mark Gould, Mary Wilson, Steve Gorn, Howard Johnson.
Oddlogic aptly describes his music as “being made out of strange noises.” If his DJ set assumes the amorphous, haunting quality of his production or the delicious severity of his beats, there will indeed be glory to behold.
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249