Moth to Flame, an electric jazz group, has been performing their unique blend of hard bop, Latin, funk, rock, and fusion throughout the tri-state area since 2009. Influenced by the music of Shorter, Hancock, Corea, Metheny, Jarrett, Santamaria, and Zawinul, as well as Rodrigo, Saint-Saëns, and Rachmaninoff, Moth to Flame has been thrilling audiences at venues as disparate as intimate jazz clubs and expansive outdoor festivals. Their eclectic mix of jazz, rhythm and blues, progressive rock, classical, funk and world music can be heard on their first CD of original compositions, soon to be released. Whether playing their own arrangements of songs by Return to Forever or Weather Report, or performing their original tunes, this band enjoys a broad cross-section of appeal, and is a must-see on the NYC jazz circuit.
Tyson Harvey, guitar, was bitten by the music bug at an early age in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, where his father’s massive vinyl collection was on a constant rotation. Before long, Tyson borrowed a ‘pawn-shop beater’ guitar from a friend and has been a guitar addict ever since. Tyson’s roots run deep with influences ranging from Robert Johnson and Weather Report to Pat Martino and Tower of Power. He has a strong affection for jazz, funk and R&B.
Ivo Lorenz, piano and keyboards, grew up in Switzerland and moved to New York City in 2002. A classically trained pianist, his playing is a true blend of various styles, ranging from jazz and rock to funk, R&B and soul. Ivo played in numerous jazz, funk and fusion bands, both in Europe and the US. His major influences include Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Brad Mehldau, and Miles Davis.
John Krtil, fretless electric and acoustic standup bass, resides in New York City. Playing since 1973, with the occasional hiatus due to bad behavior, he has been a member of numerous jazz trios, quartets and quintets. Formally trained on standup with Milt Hinton in the 1970s, John’s influences include Jaco Pastorius, Percy Jones, Stanley Clarke, Alfonso Johnson, Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Charles Mingus, Scott LaFaro, and Marc Johnson.
Andy Weintraub, drums and percussion, began playing drums in 1979 and is a graduate of Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA. He studied privately with Tony “Thunder” Smith, Mike Clark, Arnie Lang, and other drummers. Andy is a very versatile musician who plays drum set, djembe, bongo, pandeiro, and untuned classical percussion. He has toured with Chubby Checker (“The Twist”), and worked with numerous New York City artists, bands, and orchestras.