Balancing inventive composition with exploratory improvisation, Moraine has delighted audiences ranging from progressive rock partisans to jazz aficionados to metalheads. The Seattle-based unit has performed in major U.S. cities on both coasts, in Mexico, Siberia, and Tuva, and at notable festivals including NEARfest and Baja Prog. Moraine's releases on NYC-based MoonJune Records – manifest deNsity, Metamorphic Rock, and Groundswell (the latter co-produced and mixed by legendary Pacific Northwest producer Steve Fisk) – have garnered hundreds of enthusiastic reviews worldwide. Moraine has also collaborated with such globally significant artists as trombone virtuoso Stuart Dempster, Mexican "avant folk" phenomenon Cabezas de Cera, traditional Korean master musician Young Sub Lee, and imaginative Swiss vocal duo Eclecta Forever.
Dennis Rea (guitar) • Alicia DeJoie (violin) • James DeJoie (woodwinds) • Kevin Millard (bass) • Brian Oppel (drums)
Management: MoonJune Records & Management
"Russian Moraine" live at Ustuu Huree Festival, Tuva 7.24.15
Moraine at Seaprog
Moraine makes a return appearance at Seaprog to celebrate the festival's fifth anniversary.
Moraine / Looloningen & TFEE (Tokyo) / Fraktal Phantom
Moraine shares a toothsome bill with Tokyo math-prog juggernaut Loolowningen & TFEE and our pals Fraktal Phantom.
Moraine / Michael Trew album release / Niagara Moon
Northwest progressive music treasure Michael Trew (Moon Letters, Autumn Electric) performs his new album, "Waiting in the Wings" with a five-piece band augmented by string and woodwind players. Moraine opens the proceedings with a set including ample new material, followed by Niagara Moon - quite an evening of sonic curiosities!
Doors 7pm - $8 Adv/$10dos - 21+
The Michael Trew Band featuring: Mark Ellis - Drums/ Mike Murphy - Bass, Vocals, Glockenspiel/ Julie Baldridge - Violin/ Lauren Trew - Vocals, Bass Clarinet / John Allday - Keyboards / Joe Stormer - Vocals / Michael Trew - Guitars, Keyboards, Flute, Vocals. + Special Guests TBA
Moraine w/ Consider the Source (NYC)
Moraine shares a bill with NYC visitors Consider the Source: "Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole ... CTS has been dubbed Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion" - sounds like a great pairing! http://considerthesourcemusic.com/
Moraine / Paleons / Nosretep
Moraine and the fabulous Nosretep share a bill with Eugene-based Paleons, purveyors of "instrumental post rock, noise, krautrock, and psychedelia."
Moraine on KEXP Sonarchy Radio
Prerecorded 60-minute live performance for KEXP's Sonarchy Radio, engineered by Doug Haire.
Moraine / Ibex / Fang Chia
A Salish Sea progressive-rock summit with Seattle, Bellingham, and Tacoma's finest.
Moraine joins forces with the mighty Trimtab at this super-fine venue on scenic Bainbridge Island.
Moraine / Fundamental Forces / Diminished Men
Moraine shares the stage with Rik Wright's Fundamental Forces and the celebrated Diminished Men for the former's latest CD release extravaganza.
Moraine appears alongside our friends, the astounding Spanish band October Equus, plus other heavies from Chile (Crisalida) and Mexico (Delta Red) at this exemplary avant-rock festival in beautiful central Mexico.
Moraine makes an infrequent Seattle appearance on a bill with psych-rockers Lark vs Owl and Rory OK. Expect new tunes and sounds.
The latest edition of Moraine, with new drummer extraordinaire Brian Oppel, makes its debut at the finale of Monktail Creative Music Concern's 15th anniversary festivities.
Moraine Groundswell CD Release with Autumn Electric & The Glacial Drift
Kick off your winter holiday season with a bang at this theater concert featuring three of Seattle's most distinctive progressive-and-beyond bands. Moraine is delighted to share the lovely Columbia City Theater stage with two of the most striking bands we've encountered over the past year, Autumn Electric and The Glacial Drift, for what's sure to be a musical highlight of 2014.
MORAINE Moraine celebrates the release of Groundswell, the band's third album for MoonJune Records, with a set featuring tracks from the record plus brand-new material. Co-produced by Pacific Northwest legend Steve Fisk, Groundswell marks a major advance for Moraine and is already eliciting dozens of glowing reviews worldwide. http://moraineband.com/
AUTUMN ELECTRIC Seattle's Autumn Electric have been making waves of late with their ravishing take on progressive psychedelia, as evidenced in their brilliant performance at Seaprog 2014 earlier this year. With Chris Barrios (drums), Naomi Smith (keyboards, vocals), Michael Trew (lead vocals, flute, guitar), Johnny Unicorn (bass, vocals) http://www.autumn-electric.com/
THE GLACIAL DRIFT Formed in 2009 by Hilde Clark-Snustad (Montana) and Xavier Alejandro Reyes-Ochoa (Ecuador), The Glacial Drift is a Seattle-based conceptual art band that mixes elements of progressive rock, experimental, psychedelic, South American, and world music into a heady and distinctive blend. http://theglacialdrift.com/
$8 advance / $10 day of show Age limit: 21+
Moraine at Gigantic Bicycle Festival
Moraine is honored to be the Friday-night headliner at this weekend-long celebration of bicycle culture. http://giganticbicyclefestival2014.sched.org/event/a47aef26d75822bdaca22c54c187edcd#.U6HaQPldUjU
Moraine w/ Jaggery & Bone Cave Ballet
Moraine is thrilled to be teaming up again with the fabulous Boston-based Jaggery, plus one of our favorite Seattle bands, Bone Cave Ballet, for what's sure to be a memorable evening.
- "Russian Moraine" at Ustuu Huree Festival, Tuva
- Moraine at Chrome Hearts, Los Angeles: Skein
- Moraine at Chrome Hearts, Los Angeles: Uncle Tang's Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
- Moraine plays Bowie & Eno's "Warszawa" 1.28.16
- Moraine at NEARfest
- "Russian Moraine" with Eclecta Forever, Cheryomushki, Russia 7.21.15
- "Russian Moraine" in Berdsk, Russia 7.14.15
- Moraine at LUCID, Seattle 6.12.11
- Moraine at Local 269, NYC 4.28.11
- Moraine at Jewel Box Theater, Seattle 10.22.09
- Audio recording of Moraine's 7.13.12 Cafe Racer benefit concert
Dennis Rea Alicia DeJoie James DeJoie Kevin Millard Brian Oppel
All photos except Brian Oppel (c) Joe del Tufo / Studio M
Dennis Rea's adventurous guitar playing blends modern jazz, creative rock, experimental music, and world musical traditions into his own unique approach, marked by haunting lyricism, enigmatic textures, agile improvisation, and the raw dynamism of rock. Over the years Dennis has led or been a key contributor to such innovative groups as Moraine, LAND, Iron Kim Style, Stackpole, Savant, Earthstar, Identity Crisis, and Flame Tree. He has performed and/or recorded with many prominent international creative musicians including acclaimed French composer Hector Zazou, Dutch jazz legend Han Bennink, trombone avatar Stuart Dempster, godfather of Chinese rock Cui Jian, and Hawkwind founder Nik Turner, as well as members of King Crimson, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Santana, Ministry, and the Sun Ra Arkestra. Based in Seattle, he has performed in New York City, Beijing, Moscow, Tuva, Mexico City, England, Munich, Hong Kong, Taipei, Siberia, Los Angeles, Macau, Chengdu, and Philadelphia, at events including the MuzEnergo Tour of Russia, NEARfest, WOMAD, Beijing International Jazz Festival, Baja Prog, Ustuu Huree Festival, Voice of Nomads Festival, Sonic Rock Solstice, FestivAlterNativo, Bumbershoot, Columbia Gorge Amphitheater, Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle Art Museum, and Seattle Asian Art Museum.
He has collaborated with many of the most important figures in contemporary Chinese music and was one of the first Western musicians to record an album for the state-owned China Record Company. He has appeared on more than 40 recordings to date and is also an accomplished author whose book Live at the Forbidden City: Musical Encounters in China and Taiwan was reissued in an updated edition by Blue Ear Books in 2015. For more information, see the Dennis Rea website.
Born in Nashville, East Coast native Alicia DeJoie moved to Seattle in 1994 and soon began playing electric guitar and violin in local bands Big Sister and X-tra Virgin. She has recorded and toured the country with Jeremy Enigk, performing works from his solo album, Return of the Frog Queen. In addition to Moraine, she often plays violin with singer-songwriter Eric Apoe, and is a member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra tribute band Being John McLaughlin. Alicia and her husband, James (also in Moraine), co-lead the alternative rock band Dr. Fleek and the Army of Experimental Children, in which she sings and plays banjo. In 2013, Alicia had the honor of participating with Seattle’s legendary trombonist Stuart Dempster in a performance for Doug Aitken's art exhibition opening, MIRROR, at the Seattle Art Museum, which included an outdoor performance of Steve Reich’s “Clapping Music,” as well as performing in Terry Riley’s minimalist piece “In C.” In 2015, Alicia performed at Seattle’s esteemed Seaprog festival with Nik Turner, original saxophonist and vocalist of British space-rock band Hawkwind.
James DeJoie hails from Seattle and revels in bringing together diverse musical genres in distinctive combinations. Through his use of electronics and world-influenced rhythms, James writes and performs music that broadens the scope of what may be defined as “jazz.” He is equally fluent on baritone and alto saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, and percussion. In addition to playing in and composing for his wide-ranging musical groups including his newest group joiephonic, James is also a regular contributor to such top-flight Seattle based ensembles as Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb’s Washington Composers Orchestra, Tom Varner’s Nonet, Daniel Barry’s Walk All Ways, and the world-renowned Jim Knapp Orchestra. He is also active performing classical music and was recently the featured soloist in a Baritone Saxophone Concerto written for him by composer David Gaines, which he recorded with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava in 2008.
From early roots playing improvised music in the upper Midwest with players including cellist and Moraine cofounder Ruth Davidson, bassist and "baliset" player Kevin Millard went on to play experimental music in Seattle bands such as dot.communists and his own avant-groove band Panopticon throughout the 1990s. He then paid his musical dues in a long string of rock, pop, and country bands including Thornton Creek, the Jeunes, and The Melody Unit before returning to his avant-garde roots with Moraine.
As a product of rural America, Brian Oppel was raised on AM gold, FM rock radio, and his family's copious record collection. Devoted listening led to music fandom, and the urge for a creative outlet was spawned. Clearly only the drums would do. Beginning with school band, then proceeding on to backwoods bar bands, then through classical and world percussion studies at the University of Montana, Brian became the drummer of choice for a slew of rock, folk, punk, and jazz groups in his formative years. A move from Missoula to Seattle in 1999 proved to be fruitful in his quest for musical and artistic diversity. Clearly unable to decide on any particular musical style, he has happily been enlisted in a plethora of original music projects. Currently, these include Trimtab, Kled, Resets, and The Plaid Perspective. As the band's newest member, Brian is looking forward to sinking his teeth into the giant geological prog biscuit of Moraine.