Friday
Jul272012

Greg Fundis debuts in South America w Fareed Haque & Paquito D'Rivera + Full Court Press 3: Chi-Town All-Star Jam + 56 Hope Road Chicago Appearance 

Hello there fans of drummer Greg Fundis!

July 2012 was an amazing month as it marked Greg Fundis' debut in South America including perfomances and epic jams with Fareed Haque's Flat Earth Ensemble, Paquito D'Rivera and Melissa Aldana.  The premier International Festival of Jazz in Patagonia took place July 18-21, 2012 at the spectacular Teatro Del Lago in Frutillar, Chile.   Prior to the fest, Fareed Haque's trio feat. Greg Fundis on drums and Alex Austin on Bass made an impromptu appearance at Club Parenthesis; Santiago, Chile's newest live jazz club before making the trip down to beautiful Chilean Patagonia for the festival.  At the festival, the Flat Earth Ensemble (with Shivalik Ghoshal on tablas and Alex Brown on piano) and special guest Paquito D'Rivera, sax and Diego Urcola, trumpet & ewi, played a headlining performance on Friday night to a full house and the trio (Fareed, Alex and Greg) performed as the jam session house band each night bringing all the musicians and locals together for a super-jam after party.  Here's a pic of a few of the drummers at the fest Mark Walker (Paquito D'Rivera Orquestra), Andy Baeza (Melissa Aldana trio), Greg Fundis (Fareed Haque's Flat Earth Ensemble) and Edu Ribeiro (Trio Corrientes).

Come check out this Lollapalooza pre-party throwdown feat. Greg Fundis on drums and percussion. . . Full Court Press 3; A Chicago All-Star Jam at Abbey Pub Thursday Aug. 3.  This month's jam features members of Umphrey's McGee, Ray White (Zappa), Digital Tape Machine, Math Games, Twin Cats, Cosby Sweater, Hood Smoke, The Coop, Groovatron, Old Shoe, Freek Johnson, Eumatik. Last months show was sold-out so get your tickets early at the link above!

 

56 HOPE ROAD is returning to their hometown making a rare Chicago appearance Sat. Aug 11 and will feature founding members Dave Hamilton, Chad Sanders, Greg Fundis, Matt Katzfey, Anne Katzfey plus Ryan Behling (AfroZep) and Adam Lewis (Family Groove Company) performing new music and arrangements by Dave Hamilton.

 

 

Greg Fundis will be appearing throughout the month of August with Fareed Haque in three different ensembles. MathGames!, Flat Earth Ensemble and Fareed's trio are scheduled to appear at festivals and clubs throughout the midwest so check the schedule at gregfundis.com and spread the word. 

Wednesday
Jun132012

Greg Fundis in South America with Fareed Haque + Stranger Danger Fest, MathGames! at PHISH Alpine VIP club, Jazz & Summer Camp Re-cap

Greg Fundis at Summer Camp Music Festival 2012

(Copyright 2012 C-Style Photography)

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Fans can catch Greg Fundis performing with a variety of ensembles throughout the Summer of 2012 at amazing venues throughout the Midwest as well as in Patagonia, Chile!  Drummer Greg Fundis will be performing with Fareed Haque's Flat Earth Ensemble at Festival Internacional de Jazz Patagonia. This year's lineup features Paquito D'Rivera, Freddy Cole , Hilary Cole and Melissa Aldana performing at the beautiful Teatro Del Lago in Frutillar, Chile July 18-22, 2012. Click on the Festival logo below for more info.

  
Fareed Haque's Flat Earth Ensemble

STRANGER DANGER MUSIC FESTIVAL June 23, 24 ABBEY PUB CHICAGO

If you you are anywhere close to the midwest June 23, 24, Stranger Danger fest is a must-see.  The line-up features 2 nights of Chicago-based touring jam juggernaut Strange Arrangement plus all the latest, hippest Chicago bands.  You can see Greg Fundis performing with local hip-hop phenom Young General closing out the Saturday Late Night in the Green Room as well as on Sunday at 4pm appearing as a special guest drummer for the whole set with Chicago funk fusion moguls Spare Parts.

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MathGames! performs at Alpine Valley VIP Club for Phish Summer Tour 2012 Sunday July 1

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MathGames! will be performing at an exclusive "VIP ticket-holders only" pre-party and after-party at the Alpine Valley VIP Club for the PHISH show Sunday July 1, 2012.   If you already have tickets to the PHISH show and would like to attend the VIP party on the sky deck, send an email to greg@gregfundis.com, there is a limited number of wristbands available on a first come first serve basis.  Hope to see you there!

If you cant make this show, catch MathGames! with special guest DJ My Boy Elroy at Taste of Randolph, Saturday June 16th at 8pm on the East Stage.

JAZZ JAZZ JAZZ!!!!

Greg Fundis to appear with Kevin Kozol Quartet at Andy's Jazz Club in Chicago June 29 and 30, 2012. This Local All-Star group will feature Kevin Kozol and Greg Fundis along with Phil Doyle, Alex Austin and Kurt Schweiz. Here's a little taste of whats in store. . . CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO KEVIN KOZOL QUARTET

Lastly, following in the footsteps of legendary drummers Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Gene Krupa and Dave Tough, Greg Fundis will appear with the legendary Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in a big band tribute on July 27 at Rhythm and Dunes Summer Concert Series in Ludington, MI.

 

Greg Fundis' Summer Camp Re-Cap. . .

(Photo Copyright 2012 C-Style Photography)

"Summer Camp Music Festival 2012 was the best S-Camp experience I have had to date!  Every year seems to be cleaner and more organized with increasingly amazing line-ups. Besides the plethora of musicianship abounding on every stage throughout the weekend (see my list of favorite performances below), the upgrades in production on the smaller stages as well as a markedly improved green conscious cleaning and recycling efforts were definately a plus.  This was my 8th year of Summer Camp Music Festival appearances and last year the MathGames! set was rained out so this year I took full advantage of every opportunity to play with as many of my homies in the hot sun as possible throughout the weekend just in case. . . 7 sets of music w AfroZep, 1 rare Shiny Faced Monks drum parade, gangsta djembe beats and 7-6-5 combos w Brainchild, hot samba action w Jaik Willis, a long awaited EPIC set with MathGames, drum clinic get-down w Andy Farag and Nigel Felony. Topped the weekend off with topless bartending at the VIP lounge w Michael Harrison Berg, Ryan Stasik and Jaik Willis. Must not forget the the Thursday 1-3am Chitown Superjam with members of Jaik Willis, Cornmeal, Family Groove Company, Strange Arrangement, Old Shoe, Zmick and The Coop.

 What a weekend!! I already can't wait for next year!!" -Greg Fundis

Favorite acts that I saw this year at Summer Camp: Common, EOTO, Break Science, Umphrey's, Galactic w Corey Glover on vox!, Victor Wooten w DeRico Watson & JD Blair!! dayum!,Spare Parts (always!), This Must Be The Band (DJnoDJ), Jaik Willis, Chicago Farmer, Pretty Lights, Gramatik, Jane's Addiction, Cornmeal, Kids These Days, Zmick, Van Ghost, Family Groove Company, Digital Tape Machine and Twin Cats

Here's some photos and videos of me and the bands I rocked with from this awesome festival. . .

 

 Afro-Zep (photo courtesy of Grateful Web)

 Greg Fundis and Marshall Greenhouse (Photo Copyright 2012 Gaian Eye)

MathGames! at Summer Camp Music Festival 2012 (photo by Jamie Jay)

Greg Fundis and Pony from Brainchild (Photo by Patricia Funcannon)

Greg Fundis and Nigel Felony of Floodwood (Photo by Steve Moyles)Jaik Willis and Greg Fundis (photo by Joe Borbely)

Greg Fundis and Fareed Haque (photo by Sakura Abe)

(Copyright 2012 Bo Bean Photography)

 

Monday
May072012

Greg Fundis in Europe w MathGames!+Summer Camp Music Festival+April Re-cap

GREG FUNDIS at Lincoln Hall Chicago 4/18/2012 (photo by Justin Barbin www.justinbarbin.com)Greetings fans of drummer Greg Fundis!!

It's festy season and these early summer months are chocked full of festival appearances that feature Greg Fundis on drums starting off with a trip to Europe with Fareed Haque's MathGames! for Twents Gitaar Festival May 17-20th in the Netherlands just a few kilometers west of Amsterdam.

May 25-27 2012 will mark Greg Fundis' 12th year of appearances at Summer Camp Music Festival.!!!Greg Fundis will appear with MathGames! on Saturday May 26 at NOON on the StarShine Stage and a late night gorilla set on Saturday night playing djembe with AfroZep. Click here to see Summer Camp's SCHEDULE.

(MathGames! from left to right Alex Austin, Fareed Haque and Greg Fundis)

APRIL RE-CAP. . .

A quick yet huge THANK YOU to all the peeps that represented at the Abbey Pub's "Full Court Press 2" April 26 All-Star Chicago Pre-UM Bowl MVP jam featuring Greg Fundis on drums playing with members of Umphrey's McGee, Digital Tape Machine, Family Groove Company, Strange Arrangement and The Coop! That night was off the hook for sure!!  Also, love and props to sold-out standing room only crowds at both the Haque/Monaco/Fundis trio hits at the legendary Green Mill as well as the Young General and FiveSTAR hip-hop rager supporting RJD2 at Lincoln Hall.  Click on this link for some more fantastic photos from that show by Frazier and Zlatko of Soundfuse Magazine online.

 

Sunday
Apr012012

Apr & May 2012= MathGames! in Europe, Tony Monaco midwest dates, Chi All-Star Jam w Umphrey's/DTM, Young General w/ RJD2

Greetings fans of drummer Greg Fundis!! In the months of April and May 2012, you can catch Greg Fundis playing throughout the Midwest and Europe with several exciting musical projects!   After a successful collaboration at Axis Java Jazz Festival Indonesia in 2011, Greg Fundis has been picked up to play with Hammond B3 organ master TONY MONACO keeping the good vibes rolling with a string of trio tour dates at jazz clubs throughout the Midwest.  The trio will feature Tony Monaco, Fareed Haque and Greg Fundis on drums appearing April 6, 7 at Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, April 12 at NightTown in Cleveland, OH and Apr 13, 14 at the Green Mill in Chicago.

Up and coming Hip-Hop artist Young General and his band Five Star featuring Greg Fundis on drums, Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine, The Hue) on guitar, DJ My Boy Elroy (DTM, Liquid Soul) and Matt Longbons (Hello Dave) on bass will be supporting RJD2 at Lincoln Hall Wednesday Apr 18.  Young General's music has recently been featured as theme songs for both the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls.  Check out General's video for "White Sox Fitted" here.

YOUNG GENERAL and FIVE STAR

Greg Fundis to perform with members of Umphrey's McGee, Digital Tape Machine, Family Groove Company and more in Chicago All-Star Jam called "Full Court Press 2" April 26 at the Abbey Pub.

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Full Court Press 2: All Star Jam with members of Umphrey's McGee, Digital Tape Machine, Kick the Cat, Strange Arrangement, Math Games, Family Groove company, Old Shoe, The Coop, Groovatron, and more. 
Abbey Pub
3420 West Grace St. 
Chicago, Il 6615
773-478-4408
Doors 8:30 p.m.
Show 9:30 p.m.
$10 advance $12 door
21+
Last but not least, the month of May is jam packed for Fareed Haque's MathGames! featuring Greg Fundis on drums with midwest tour dates in Chicago, Madison, Indianapolis and Grand Rapids and debut performances in Europe at the Twents Guitar Festival in Enschede, Netherlands as well an appearance at Summer Camp Music Festival.

 

Wednesday
Dec212011

2012= In the Studio w MathGames! + World Tour Dates in Europe & South America

(2011 Big Dog Productions, David K. Hobby, Photographer)

In January 2012, Greg Fundis will be recording tracks at IV Lab Studios in Chicago working with engineer/producer Rollin Weary on the upcoming MathGames! debut studio album feat. Fareed Haque, Alex Austin and other special guests. Take a listen to a pre-released track "Trimodal"  recently featured in Relix Magazine. 

Just announced!!!!. . .In Summer of 2012, Greg Fundis will be touring with Fareed Haque's MathGames! and Flat Earth Ensemble as they combine forces for performances that include Twents Guitar Festival in Enshede, Netherlands and "Festival de Jazz en La Patagonia" in Chile featuring other notable musicians such as Paquito D'Rivera.   Fareed's ensemble for these tours will include music from both groups and feature tabla phenom Salar Nader and Bengali vocalist Nirmalya Roy.