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Led by Amsterdam-based guitarist and bassist Jasper Stadhouders, the PolyBand is an ever-expanding collective of musicians and performers whose primary goal is to induce mesmerizing and transcendental musical experiences. With a rotating core of guitars, drums and bass, the PolyBand use densely-layered polyrhythmic cycles and complex polytonal environments to craft an intricate and deeply hypnotic collage of sound that plays with the expectations, desires and memories of both performers and audience.

The PolyBand, led by Jasper Stadhouders since April 2015, is built around an ever expanding pool of musicians and performers. The use of complex, multi-layered polyrhythmic cycles and polytonal environments creates a multifaceted and intricate picture that plays with the expectations, desires and memories of both the performers and audience. Relatively small, subtle changes in movement and sound are precisely timed to create great impact. Duration and repetition are two key elements.

The composition is set up in a way that it can be played by any number of performers. Each performer has a specific freedom within the composition. Various cues are assigned to all players which leads to unexpected shifts and changes. The goal of this is to attempt a social music where each member is equal and which defies ego and individualism. The PolyBand is set up in a symmetrical way, often all instruments are either doubled or tripled, to achieve an acoustic stereo sensation. The PolyBand searches for a music which seems timeless and instantly recognisable while simultaneously expressing the urgency and uniqueness of the here and now.

Marta Warelis: keyboards
Onno Govaert: drums
Miguel Petruccelli: bass
Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti: movement
Philipp Moser: drums
Jasper Stadhouders: guitar and composition

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