Live At The Opera House

Jamie Breiwick, trumpet, electronics
Klassik, keyboards, vocals, electronics
John Christensen, upright bass
Jordan Lee, turntables, electronics

Recorded Live at the Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton, WI
on Sunday, June 6, 2021

Engineered by Andrew LaValley and Greg White
Mixed and Mastered by Jordan Lee
Photography by Jamie Breiwick
Design by Jamie Breiwick

Seasons

"The intersection of Jazz and Hip Hop, KASE is approaching these two separate but deeply connected genres/cultures in a way that prohibits the audience from separating them anymore. Their process prevents the audience from being able to recognize where one style ends and the other begins.

Ultimately, this record works because it has a DEEP and authentic love and respect for its roots."

-Dwellephant

Pop Art

“On Pop Art, the experiment quickly takes on a remarkable fluidity. While exploring the decades-long affinity between jazz and hip-hop, everyone in KASE stretches into territory that sounds like neither.”

-Scott Gordon, for Tone Madison

“…it’s with this experience KASE would find their flexibility and dexterity as a collective in electronic-infused jazz.”

Ben Slowey, for Breaking and Entering

Alive

“This is one of the best hip-hop-jazz collaborations I’ve ever heard.”

“Nearly as impressive, these highly appealing tunes are improvised from start to finish, revealing jazzers with deep vocabularies responsive to whatever the moment demands.”


-Shepherd Express, Kevin Lynch

“More than just “Alive,” these four tracks exemplify live music in its most liberating and adventurous form, from the alien ambience of “The Beholder” to Breiwick’s dizzying trumpet improvisations and knowsthetimes’ pulse-quickening turntable skills on “Heatwave”, with magnetic verses from rapper CRASHprez throughout the EP.”

-Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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About

Unlike the Classical player, the jazz artist must achieve a technique that uncovers the self, that answers the question that Ellison says is the question of American art: Who am I?

We are musically restless. Sometimes we feel unsettled, unprepared, uneasy – maybe a sense of searching is a more appropriate (positive?) way of putting it. There are times when we think this is a good thing, other times – maybe not.

Many of our favorite musicians possess this quality of searching and evolution in their music. We are fascinated by musicians who started out playing a certain way, but evolved their style, sound, vocabulary, and musical identities. Keep pushing, keep moving, keep creating.

Merch

Press & Media

“This is one of the best hip-hop-jazz collaborations I’ve ever heard.”

“Nearly as impressive, these highly appealing tunes are improvised from start to finish, revealing jazzers with deep vocabularies responsive to whatever the moment demands.”

-Shepherd Express, Kevin Lynch

“More than just “Alive,” these four tracks exemplify live music in its most liberating and adventurous form, from the alien ambience of “The Beholder” to Breiwick’s dizzying trumpet improvisations and knowsthetimes’ pulse-quickening turntable skills on “Heatwave”, with magnetic verses from rapper CRASHprez throughout the EP.”

-Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Rife with spontaneity and elegance, this KASE record is a perfect foot to start on with the New Year.”

“Classics meet the ahead-of-its-time as conventional jazz elements mesh seamlessly with modern electronica.”

-Breaking and Entering

“…the album crackles with the spontaneity unique to a live jazz set — you can sense the musicians playing off each other, reading each other, clearing out space for each other at times and claiming it for themselves at others.”

-Evan Rytlewski, Radio Milwaukee