Posts Tagged ‘Imperial Triumphant’

2018, Brand X, New(ish) Beginnings

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Greetings (if there ever was one!),

As always, hoping that you are all well and that this finds you in good spirits. It’s been quite sometime since the site has been up and thankfully for good reason! There are changes coming, good ones, that will expand upon what this site has been thus far. When the time is right, we’ll go further into those details. In the meantime, this update has been long overdue so let’s get to it.

As many of you may be aware of, I have recently joined legendary Fusion/Prog innovators, Brand X. For a fairly in-depth interview talking about joining the band and taking over for the incomparable Kenwood Dennard, check out this link from my interview with NewEARS Prog Show. Personally, it is something that I would have never imagined coming to pass, but somehow it has. It is awe-inspiring how life works sometimes. That being said, we will be hitting the road again this Spring for the ‘Locked and Loaded’ tour, once again taking on the east coast of the US– for now. There are plans for this year and next that will take us further across the globe, the Fates willing. For more info on the tour, check out either the itinerary or head over to the Official Brand X page on Facebook to keep tabs on the band.

Continuing in the spirit of new/upcoming releases, John Zorn’s latest offering, Masada: The Book Beriah, is officially out and they are now for all sorts of varieties orders, from digi-paks to Select Vinyls to signed box sets! It is not only a massive honor to be part of this box set, but let alone with two groups that have been both incredibly impactful on my career and hugely instrumental in the more recent musical growth periods, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz’ ‘Abraxas’, and Trey Spruance’s Secret Chiefs 3. SC3 will be performing this music soon, along side Zion80 and Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of Spirits at the Symphony Space! Check the link for more info on this epic release. Also on the way this year will be the first recording with a new Zorn band that will be called, ‘Insurrection’, which features both Trevor Dunn and Matt Hollenberg, as well as guitar virtuoso Julian Lage, in a more funk and rocked-out version of what we had cultivated on the various Simulacrum records, which should be released via Tzadik later this year, just in time for us to record the second album later this year. Imperial Triumphant will also be releasing its awaited new full length, ‘Vile Luxuries’, later this year as well and it is a record that we cannot wait to unleash upon the world. Let’s just say, we had an incredibly fun time making this music. We will perform some of the new material at our upcoming show with Krallice and Zevious  at the Mercury Lounge on April 6th.

Thank you for checking in and speak/see you all real soon. Will also be updating the Faceboook page and YouTube page with some video clips from the past Artificial Brain show- will join those dudes one more time for a show coming up at Brooklyn Bazaar along side Crowbar!- that took place at Obnoxious Noise, so stay tuned for that!

Until then, take care,



Dapp Theory Hits The Road, Feb 9th-19th

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017


It’s been quite some time since the last update and for those of you who follow the Facebook page or any other of the social media pages I use, you already know about most of what’s been going on. For those who do not, a quick recap.

Imperial Triumphant is currently halfway through writing a new full length record. Demos are currently being recorded and edited to be sent out to business world for their approval. John Zorn’s Simulacrum has recorded album #6, once again being joined by bassist Trevor Dunn. The newest album, entitled ‘The Garden Of Earthly Delights’, inspired by the work by Hieronymus Bosch, should be out on Tzadik this month.

Andy Milne & Dapp Theory, who are about to go on tour starting this week, will also be releasing a brand new album later this year entitled ‘Seasons of Being’, a new work full work composed by Andy Milne and featuring the members of Dapp Theory, La Tanya Hall, Ralph Alessi,  Michaël Attias, Christopher Hoffman, and Ben Monder.

In the meantime, check out the itinerary for the upcoming Dapp Theory shows, and please enjoy the latest video from the youtube channel, a clip from soundcheck for the 2016 G4 Experience Camp performance by Alex Skolnick, Steve Jenkins, and myself. We are looking to continue writing/playing as trio this year, so stay tuned for more on that!


As always, be well and be good to one another.




New Videos This Week

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Greetings Everyone,

As always, I hope you are reading this in both good spirits and good health. I wanted to share with you my latest drum video, a solo that I captured while testing out a few lights in the studio and after a rather lengthy and long-overdue practice session. Initially, I wanted to share this video this past Friday, but some of the recent events both abroad and domestically, as well as the subsequent public reactions, weighed heavily on my conscious and I felt it best to let what took place be, choosing instead to take time to reflect. Some of my writings can be found on my personal Facebook account, while the other writings shall remain in my journal. For now though, please enjoy this video as it does truly come from the heart, and if anything, be good to one another.




PS: There will be a bigger update soon!

A Taste of Imperial Triumphant In Spring

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Greetings All,

I will keep today’s posting both short and sweet. Below are a few videos captured of Imperial Triumphant while we were on tour with Witchaven and Uada, as well as our return show at NYC’s Saint Vitus Bar, where we once again had the honor of sharing the stage with Absu, as well as Bastard Sapling. Please enjoy these videos and expect another update very soon concerning the upcoming Andy Milne & Dapp Theory shows, the release of Rez Abbasi & Junction’s debut full length, as well as  Misha Piatigorsky’s Sketchy Orkestra debut at Le Poisson Rouge, and finally the upcoming Abraxas: BoA19 EU Spring tour!

With all that being said, on to the videos!


John Zorn’s ‘The Painted Bird’ & The Devoid of Light Tour

Thursday, March 31st, 2016


As always, it is my hope that this message finds you well and in good spirits. I quickly wanted to brief you all on the goings-on over in this neck of the woods pertaining to John Zorn’s Simulacrum band and Imperial Triumphant.

The Painted Bird,’ the most recent offering of John Zorn & Simulacrum, is available now via Tzadik Records and to my knowledge, is currently ranked #15 out of 100 for Contemporary Jazz Album and #50 out of 100 for Top Jazz Album. This came as a bit of a shock to all of us since the majority of the list is comprised of some of the most popular names in Jazz today, who more often than not create music that is significantly easier on the ear (as well as the eye, most likely) and palette, so to be ranked among them is quite a treat. Perhaps the Jazz audience is a bit more adventurous of things most would deem frightening than I’ve always assumed but none the less, we are all proud of this release and can’t wait for you all to hear what’s in store for the trio. We already have a fifth record “in the can”, and we may have some touring news for you all very soon. If you want to hear what it would sound like if Moonchild and Nova Express had a love child, look no further than this album. Now, speaking of touring…

Imperial Triumphant will heading to the west coast starting next week in support of Uada & Witchaven in the Devoid of Light Tour, but we will not do so empty handed. We will also be sharing our latest offering, an EP we call ‘Inceste‘, so for those of you on the west coast, you will be some of the first to receive our latest physical release. Official release date will be April 15th via Redefining Darkness Records. I’m proud to say that not only does this release feature my drumming, but also some of my choral arranging and song writing as well, with “Oblivion in Morsels” being an original composition of mine that we thought could fit well with the dynamic of the EP, as well as the choir in the beginning of “Breath of Innocence” being an original row of mine composed for the release. A bit of personal trivia: This release also marks my first foray into working with my wife, writer, make up artist, and vocalist Julie Castro, who along with multi-instrumentalist Aaron Kruziki of Dapp Theory and vocalist Sarai Chrzanowski  performed the Choir parts in both “Breath of Innocence” and “Oblivion In Morsels”.


Lastly, I will leave you with my latest video, documenting our last rehearsal for the upcoming IT tour. Thanks for checking in and I will hopefully see you soon. Until then, be well and remember that the Future is Now.




New Year, New Music

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Greetings and Happy New Year!

I hope this message finds you all well and and at ease. Now that January is in full swing and my schedule has lightened, I will come back to updating this site and keeping you all abreast as to what is going on. As it is, I do have some rather happy news to tell you, so on with the info.

Earl Maneein-violinist and founder of the bands Resolution 15 & Seven)Suns– and I have been working on a new project together that we call, “Black Heart Sutra”, a group that exists well within the bounds of Metal, but is a place where Earl and I can explore our writing and improvisatory impulses, a medium for us to keep composing together. As of this week, we begun reworking one of the first songs that we wrote together under the new moniker titled, “The Transitioning”. I made a quick behind the scenes video of our session earlier this week documenting our new ideas for the song and making plenty of adolescent jokes.


Imperial Triumphant’s ‘Abyssal Gods’

Thursday, February 19th, 2015


I wanted to quickly write you all to let you know that some reviews have been coming in for the upcoming album of avant black metallers, Imperial Triumphant. Here is a link for the No Clean Singing and for The Metal Observer reviews. I will let their words speak for themselves…

Here are a couple of places where you can hear two tracks that I’ve recorded for the album, entitled Dead Heaven, premiered by Decibel Magazine and Krokodil, premiered by No Clean Singing. These are two tracks that I’m rather proud of, so give them a listen and if you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it, spread the word. This was from the flagship full length recording of Solitude Studios and since then we’ve made vast improvements, with the thanks of a few wonderful friends. I have to say that it’s been an honor making music with these guys as well as incredibly and wonderfully cathartic. Perhaps I have many issues in life that I need to work out, but all in all it has been a wonderful experience sharing the drum chair with my good friend and studio mate, Alex Cohen, who has been doing a great job with Malignancy and Pyrrhon, as well as IT. If you can join us, we will be performing this Friday at The Acheron as both Alex and I will be splitting the set, keeping the songs that we’ve each recorded on the record. The new record will be out on March 10th via Aural Music/Code666.

I hope this message finds you in fine spirits and Inwill aim to have some more vids and other news coming up soon. As a little extra and for those of you who may have missed it, here’s my latest video from YouTube entitled, “Practicing Quintuplets With Kenny Grohowski“. (I’ve started you at the “drumfoolery solo in 7”).

Stay tuned,


2015: Beginnings Continued

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Greetings Everyone!

I hope all of you have been doing well in this new year, despite some of the craziness that has been taking place in the world. While I am here waiting for some videos that I just shot to upload for editing, I figured now would be a good time to Finally update this page! I’ve added a couple of dates for upcoming shows.

So far, this year has been a bit strange but still rather kind. The NAMM Show was a blast. Seeing old friends, making new ones, checking out some really nice instruments and gear, and it was both nerve-wracking and exhilarating to perform with Felix and the guys in Social Experiment at the 2015 Bass Bash, opening for Victor Wooten. Serious nerves but also tons of fun ensued. For your enjoyment, here are some vids from the gig:

A great way to start the year for sure, but I’m also happy to announce that Imperial Triumphant will be releasing a new album this year, quite soon in fact, via Code666 and Aural Music entitled ‘Abyssal Gods’. You can hear a stream of one of the songs I tracked for the album, “Dead Heaven”  at

Also to be released soon, the first of the new John Zornwho has taken over The Village Vanguard, so get there and check out those shows!– records that myself, guitarist Matt Hollenberg of the band Cleric, and John Medeski have been working on since December of 2014 entitled ‘Simulacrum‘, will be released this March through Tzadik! It makes me incredibly excited and proud that these records will start to make their way into the world. A lot of hard work went into the creation of this particular album, but it was done so with joy and excitement. We did all the tracking in a couple of days and every minute of that time was spent creating and exploring and having a blast! I’m not sure when the second record is slated to be released, but I assure that both of the records will be something you’ll love to listen to. Rarely do I say that I’m actually proud of my playing on anything I’ve done, but between the latest Dapp Theory Album, ‘Forward In All Directions‘, ‘Abyssal Gods’, and now ‘Simulacrum’, I can safely say that this is a good start ;). There will also be some added merch for Simulacrum, so stay tuned for that announcement as well.

Well, it looks like the videos are all uploaded, so it is now time for me to work on those, so hopefully they will be ready by tonight or tomorrow! I think and hope you guys enjoy it ;). Till next time, stay warm if you’re in the northern hemisphere and I will hopefully have a bit more to write about soon. Actually, there will be more to write about very soon, but until the news is broken I shall remain silent.

Have a great weekend and see you very soon!




The New Year

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Greetings and happy new year to all of you!

I hope everyone has been enjoying their acclimation into the year of Back to the Future Part II, where on my birthday Marty and Doc Brown will discover self-lacing shoes, self-drying clothes, hover boards and hover cars, as well as a crazy resurgence of futuristic 80’s fashion. So far, one of those things has come to pass…

Anyhow, It’s been a while since i’ve written, but there’s a quite a bit to talk about now, so I’ll just keep it as brief as i possibly can. (You all know that I can’t keep anything brief).

As though of you who follow my personal account of FB know, i’ve recently undergone surgery to remove two problematic wisdom teeth. Despite the fact that my teeth evidently hook at the roots, making it rather difficult to extract them, I am recovering well with not too much pain, just a dull throb and wooziness from the medication. I’ve been taking this time off to prepare for next week’s recording session as we head back into EastSide Sound with Marc Urselli at the helm, to work on the follow up to John Zorn’s upcoming release, ‘Simulacra’, an Organ Rock trio featuring Matt Hollenberg of Cleric, John Medeski and myself. For this next installment, we will be joined by Marc Ribot and Trevor Dunn. This record will pick up where Simulacra left off, and take it into an even crazier direction. I’m getting carpal tunnel just thinking about it! As that develops I will upload pics and what not, but in the meantime, look for Simulacra to be released in February through Tzadik Label.

Around the same time, the new IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT full length will be available through Code666! This album features both myself and Alex Cohen of Pyrrhon and MALIGNANCY, my first time recording on a Black Metal record. We had a ton of fun making it and also destroying the sound all at once and believe me when i say that this record in parts makes me uncomfortable. Seriously uncomfortable.

Coming up this month as well, Dapp Theory will be participating in this years CMA and APAP conferences, performing the music off of our newest release, Forward In All Directions, available now through Whirlwind Recordings Ltd. Though initially recorded in 2011 with Jimmy Haslip at Tedesco Studios by the man himself, Tom Tedesco, it was released this last September and oddly enough, has been met with great approval over in the UK. If you haven’t grabbed a copy you should. If your a fan of my work, or a curious newcomer, this is easily one of the records that I am more proud of. I rarely say this, but in this case it is true. Dapp Theory was one of favorite bands while at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and once I found out that Andy Milne taught there, I immediately signed up to audition. Growing up as a child primarily addicted to Prog-Rock, Fusion, Latin Jazz, and then later on the rest of the wide umbrella of Jazz, I found Dapp Theory to be something that spoke to me instantaneously. Andy has been a dear friend and mentor ever since.

Lastly, I’m happy to announce that I will be performing with Felix Pastorius at this year’s Bass Bash taken place during the 2015 NAMM Show over. I’m already nervous but totally thrilled. We will play trio with saxophonist and long time cohort, Christopher Joseph Ward.

Thank you for taking the time to read all this and I will see you all very soon! I’ll have a few more show announcements for this month and a few other musical endeavors as well, but for now, be well and thanks for checking in!



Videos From My Music Masterclass

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Here’s a link to a series of webisodes I did for Here, you will get a chance to see how I work on and develop groove ideas in a more Jazz/Fusion setting, as well as how I approach the various techniques and means for playing metal with such bands as Resolution 15, Hung, Alekhine’s Gun, Imperial Triumphant, and more! Check out the previews below and if you enjoy the snippets, then below each video is a link to where you can either stream or download the videos. I hope they are useful and helpful!

My Music Masterclass Video 1, Groove Building and Improvisation

My Music Masterclass Video 2, Technique and Approach to Blast Beats