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The Alchemists - Back To The Lab
The Lilypad
Cambridge, MA
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The Alchemists - Back To The Lab
Collectively improvised, melody-driven, inventively original compositions. A spicy concoction of avant-garde jazz, Latin rhythms, Indian beats, chamber music, wild outbursts of multilayered sound and other far-flung styles. All spontaneously woven together by The Alchemists, a Boston-based free jazz band of genre-crossing musicians. Whether we begin with a discernible tempo or tune - or no set patterns at all - we always let the music go where it wants to go.

"Each of The Alchemists improvs on Journey To The East [our second release] is like a circus act of music, teasing the listener with suspense about what kind of feat will come next. But an hour spent with this band leaves an impression thats satisfying and sound; this is much more than just hearing great musicians being clever." - Steve Elman, online critic for The Arts Fuse

Band Members:

Matt Langley - Saxophones
Matt teaches at Shaker Road School (Concord, NH) and is on the faculties of the Portsmouth (NH) Music and Arts Center and the Concord (NH) Community Music School. He performs widely around Boston and the Maine-NH seacoast in such bands as In Ears n Eyes, Sojoy, Mother Superior and the Sliding Royales and Ourbigband and has recorded with the Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet and the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet, among others.

Jerry Leake - Percussion
Associate Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music and faculty member at the New England Conservatory. Jerry is a founding member of the world-music ensemble Natraj and Club dElf and has authored eight widely used texts on North and South Indian, West African, Latin American percussion, and rhythm theory.

Dennis Livingston - Flute, Recorders

As a composer/lyricist of cabaret and jazz songs, Dennis work has appeared in four ASCAP-MAC Songwriter Showcases in New York, while revues of his songs have been presented in Boston, Washington, DC, and New York. As a performer, Dennis has been an improvising jazz flutist for many years.

Bob Nieske - Bass

Professor of the Practice in Jazz at Brandeis University and on the faculty of New England Conservatory. Bobs compositions have been performed around the world by his own groups, The Either Orchestra, Matt Wilson and Jimmy Giuffre 4. He has performed with with Charlie Byrd, Eartha Kitt, Dakota Stanton and John Blake and recorded with Alan Dawson, Dave Grisman, Stephane Grapelli and George Russell, among others.

Randy Roos - Guitar

Associate Professor of Guitar and Music Systems at Berklee College of Music, following 14 years in the New England Conservatory jazz department, Randy has participated in many recordings from Photogenic Memory (Agharta, Japan), George Jinda and World News (JVC) and the Narada label, among others, and has composed music for hundreds of television shows, including the PBS NOVA series.

Our two CDs - Potions (a CD Baby Editors Pick) and Journey To The East - may be purchased at the show or at


The Lilypad (View)
1353 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > Experimental
Music > Global
Music > Jazz
Music > World

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


Owner: The Alchemists
On BPT Since: Mar 09, 2016
Dennis Livingston
(617) 277-8104

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