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NYC-Based cello rock band break of reality gives benefit concert at green valley high school on april 30 as part of their country-wide music education tour
Published on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 (11:22 a.m.)NYC-Based cello rock band break of reality gives benefit concert at green valley high school on april 30 as part of their country-wide music education tour
Band Aims To Raise Over $50,000 For Music Education With Tour, Hitting 10 Schools, Reaching Thousands Of Music Students – All In One Month
TEN, The Band’s New Album, Is Set For Release On March 25
Break Of Reality Gets Over 20 Million Annual Plays On Pandora Radio
“Game of Thrones Theme” Video Nets More Than 2.5 Million Views
Break of Reality’s Music Education Tour will bring the band around the country to visit ten school districts, giving educational workshops and a performance for the public at each school. These visits will be completely free for the schools, as the tour has been successfully funded by the band’s fans through Kickstarter.com. While the evening school performances are free to the public, a $5 donation is suggested. 100% of these donation proceeds will benefit the schools’ music programs, enabling them to buy and repair instruments and invest in technology. Break of Reality aims to raise over fifty thousand dollars for music education over the course of the one-month tour. In addition to visiting schools on the tour, the band will also give weekend performances at some of the country’s top clubs, including Hotel Café in Los Angeles, and Lincoln Hall in Chicago. See below for full itinerary.
“We learned to play our instruments through public school music programs. If it weren’t for these music programs, I don’t think Break of Reality would exist today,” says Ivan Trevino, a founding member of Break of Reality.
On Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 7 PM, the band will present a concert at Green Valley High School, located at 460 Arroyo Grande Blvd, Henderson, NV. For more details or to RSVP for free tickets to the show, visit http://breakofreality.com/tour/.
“Break of Reality puts the classical in classic rock, with its heavy, exotic original compositions and instrumental arrangements of hard-rock standards,” said Time Out New York, adding: “If you’re one of the many commuters who’s seen this group in the Times Square subway station, you already know its secret weapon: It plays with genuine technique and solid intonation, but rocks out like it means it.” “Songs go from 0 to 60 in a split second, turning on a dime to take you from a quiet chamber recital to a thundering arena rock concert: Fans of both Nine Inch Nails and Kronos Quartet will be pleased,” observed New York Press.
TEN, Break of Reality’s third collection of original songs, will be released on March 25. It follows 2006’s The Sound Between EP (2006) and Spectrum of the Sky (2009). 2012’s Covers highlighted the band’s arrangements of tunes by J. S. Bach, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails and System of a Down. The quartet has more than 20 million plays a year on Pandora Radio and a video of Break of Reality performing the theme of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” prompted The Huffington Post to marvel, “This electrifying rendition…blows any other version of the GoT tune clear out of the water.” The clip, which has more than 2.5 million views, can be seen HERE.
The new album features 10 original compositions written by Patrick Laird (cello) and Ivan Trevino (drums/percussion), who founded the band in 2004 when they were students at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Cellists Laura Metcalf and Adrian Daurov, current members of the band, contributed to the recording, as did cellists Brook Speltz and Meta Weiss. Marnie Laird played piano on several tracks.
“Helix” opens with a pulsating wave of cellos before Trevino enters to add his complex prog-rock drumming. Repeating clusters of lower register notes on the cellos supply the simple, ominous bass line that propels Laird’s melody. The evocative first single “Star,” which features Marnie Laird on piano, is uplifting and anthemic while Trevino’s djembe adds a percussive edge to “Storm’s End,” a slow sinister groove full of swooping, clashing cello lines. The tune closes quietly with the cellos playing pizzicato figures that suggest flamenco guitars.
“We’re really excited to be playing the songs on TEN for the first time live and to show students that they can play any kind of music, not just classical, and encourage them to think outside of the box,” says Trevino.
In the past 10 years, Break of Reality has visited hundreds of public schools around the country, receiving rave reviews from music educators, including these:
“Many artists have performed for my students, but none have had the impact that Break of Reality has imprinted on us. Their love for music ignited my kids like never before and their passion for sharing music spread to my students like wildfire. Break of Reality is the only group that I look forward to bringing back regularly - they are my go to group for giving us a recharge.”
Bingiee Shiu | Director of Music | Memorial High School | Houston, TX
“Our program with Break of Reality was absolutely fantastic. They gave our students so many different tools and strategies to take away for creating and playing their own music. Break of Reality was one of the best guest artist workshops we've ever done. You CAN NOT miss these guys!”
Timothy Nowak | Director of Music | Victor Central School District | Victor, NY
“Break of Reality has the unique ability to transpose their musical passion through an enthusiastic and engaging collaboration with students. I have worked with all the greats in my 37-year career in this field. Personally, ‘Break’ engages and helps students discover their musical passion more effectively than anyone out there.”
Sheldon J. Fisher | Director of Orchestras | Alpharetta High School | Alpharetta, GA
Break of Reality – Upcoming Tour Dates
For more information and tickets to shows, visit www.BreakofReality.com.
3/14 – New York, NY @ SubCulture (Record release party) SOLD OUT
3/15 – New York, NY @ SubCulture
4/19 – Victoria, TX @ Jamfest*
4/22 – Austin, TX @ McCallum High School*
4/23 – Edmond, OK @ Edmond North High School*
4/25 – Denver, CO @ Martin Luther King Jr. Early College*
4/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
4/28 – Gilbert, AZ @ Mesquite High School*
4/30 – Henderson, NV @ Green Valley High School*
5/2 – San Diego, CA @ Mira Mesa High School*
5/3 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café
5/6 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
5/7 – Davis, CA @ Davis Senior High School*
5/9 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
5/10 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
5/12 – Bozeman, MT @ Live from the Divide
5/13 – Bismarck, ND @ Century High School*
5/14 – Burnsville, MN @ Burnsville Performing Arts Center
5/15 – Coon Rapids, MN @ Coon Rapids High School*
5/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shorewood/Homestead High School*
5/17 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
7/19 – Tinmouth, VT @ Solarfest
10/25 – Rock Island, IL @ Quad City Arts
* Free show ($5 suggested donation)
Additional dates to be announced.
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For more information on BREAK OF REALITY, contact:
Judi Kerr, Judi Kerr Public Relations