Corey Lynn Tucker Photography
By John Fitts
Dan O’Brien, Mike Suddes, Silvain Castellano and George Mastrogiannis, collectively known as The Painters, certainly draw from a diverse palette.
Several of these gentlemen could actually paint your home and do it quite nicely but it’s on the musical stage where their art really shines. The band is making a name for itself with mostly original material that is heavily steeped in jazz but cultivates other influences, such as funk, rock and even classical.
Like many jazz artists who love to freely improvise, the group is always carefully straddling that line between traditional and contemporary genres.
“It sort of treads that (free improvisational) territory but it also treads traditionalism in some ways,” said O’Brien, a 2008 Canton High School graduate. “What I think we’re trying to do is find these middle ground areas. It deals with jazz, it deals with improvisation, it deals with rock, it deals a lot of different things at the same time, at varying levels.”
And over the past two years, the band members have really begun to find their stride, equally adept in free-form jazz or slightly more conventional realm. In addition to a steady selection of originals the band loves to put a new spin on popular music.
“I like how we kind of straddle this line between the open free and the straight ahead and we try to meet in the middle,” added Mastrogiannis, a Canton resident who is the band’s drummer. … Continue Reading