Alfredo Colon – EWI
Edward Gavitt – Guitar
Steve Williams – Bass
Andres Valbuena – Drums
Secret Mall was formed in the summer of 2016 by four young New York based musicians looking to combine their musical upbringing in jazz with their similar senses of humor and fascination with internet culture. The collective, with Alfredo Colon on the Electric Wind Instrument, Edward Gavitt on guitar, Steve Williams on bass, and Andres Valbuena on drums has had the chance to perform in many recognized spaces such as The Jazz Gallery, The Underbrook Theater at Yale University, The New School (The New Stone/The Glassbox), Shapeshifter Lab, and Williamsburg Music Center. In July 2017, Secret Mall released their debut EP titled YeeP, with original compositions by all members combining the sounds of modern jazz, futurefunk, and vaporwave. The strong camaraderie present in Secret Mall allows the music to flow into many different places, making each presentation the band gives completely different to any previous one, but always present is the humor and silliness that united the group in the first place.
“Jazz musicians have long mined contemporary popular culture to find new avenues of expression, whether Sonny Rollins’s inveterate exploration of hidden songbook gems, Miles Davis’s psychedelic fusions, or Brad Mehldau’s rhapsodic takes on Radiohead. Secret Mall—a young collective featuring Alfredo Colón on EWI, Edward Gavitt on guitar, Steve Williams on bass, and Andres Valbuena on drums—continues this tradition through their exploration of electronic music subgenres like Vaporwave and popular music more generally.” – David Austin for Jazz Speaks
“reminded me of Chassol’s “Big Sun,” a 2015 album on which the ebbs and flows of spoken dialogue are turned into rhythms and melodies.” – Matthew Tremmell for the New Yorker