Hazmat Modine (Blues jazz roots crossover)

Hazmat Modine draws from the rich soil of American music of the 20’s and 30’s through to the 50’s and early 60’s, blending elements of early Blues, Hokum Jugband, Swing, New Orleans R & B, and Jamaican Rocksteady. The band is fronted by Wade Schuman’s harmonica and singing and includes sousaphone, guitars, and percussion, saxophon, trumpet, trombone, banjitar, banjo and Hawaiian steel guitar. The band’s sound reflects musical influences ranging from Jazz to Rockabilly and Western Swing to Middle-Eastern, African, and Hawaiian musical styles. They have collaborated with Natalie Merchant, Tuva’s Huun Huur Tu, the Kronos Quartet and Benin’s Gangbe Brass Band.

Since their debut album "Bahamut" (2007), Hazmat Modine performed about two hundredfifty concerts in 20 European countries, playing well-known festivals like Jazzfest Vienna, Copenhagen Jazzfestival, Berlin Jazzfest, Stockholm Jazz Festival and many others. . As well the band appeared on festivals in the US, Canada, Russia, Borneo, Brasil, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

Their album, Cicada (2011), reached number one on the European World Music Chart, WMCE. Cicada was also nominated for a BBC award and received the Charles Cros Grand Prize in France for the Best Blues Album in 2011. In addition, Hazmat Modine has the song „Bahamut“ from their first album featured in the Oscar-nominated movie "Pina" by Wim Wenders (2011), and they created and performed the soundtrack for the award-winning documentary “Windfall” (2012). Their new CD Extra-Deluxe-Supreme (2015) was released in Europe (Jaro) and in the U.S.

In 2016 Hazmat Modine celebrated their 10th anniversary year of performances in Europe.

In cooperation with Jaro Medien

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