The Art of Changes
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The Art of Changes

Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE

Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE
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"Paul Wertico - Modern Drummer Magazine"

Paul is a Modern Drummer "Poll Winner" - Check out this drum solo that Paul Wertico played at the Feast for the Senses Concert this past June 4, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, Illinois.

According to Paul, “The solo is totally improvised, and yes, that is a real kitchen sink that was painted red by someone and brought in by David Cain, the gentleman I was playing with. The sink was laying on the floor in front of stage left in case I wanted to use it—such temptation, I couldn’t resist!” - Modern Drummer Magazine

"Like a painter mixing colors together to see what new shades he can discover,"

"Like a painter mixing colors together to see what new shades he can discover, David Cain is a risk taking artist with his band The Senses. On the Grammy nominated “Looking For Your Face”, the risk pays off as The Senses take cues from smooth jazz and infuse them with modern drum samples and funk bop to create their own trademark blend of a sensual jazz experience." Read more - Lore Music Group

"Somewhere between reality and the subconscious..."

"Somewhere in between reality and the subconscious.... Led by David Cain, a resident artist at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, IL, this experimental jazz group straddles the line between multiple genres including rock, funk, and soul. With his smooth yet strong voice, David Cain can at times be compared with Sting while the swells of texture and ambience are reminiscent of Pink Floyd." Read more... - Lore Music Group


Drummer Paul Wertico has won 7 Grammy's & 3 Gold Records with the Pat Metheny Group...

NEED WANT (2008 Grammy Nominated)

Looking for Your Face - (2010 Grammy Nominated)

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Feels good: That’s the phrase David Cain uses to describe his bandmates’ musical sensibilities, the attitude he seeks in himself, and the spirit of musical adventure that The Art of Changes deliver. Paul Wertico agrees.

One of the most versatile and musical drummers in music today, Paul Wertico’s playing has been compared to an “Impressionist painter” and he’s been described as “an inspired madman” and “a restless innovator”. Paul is internationally known for his playing with the Pat Metheny Group, Paul Winter, Kurt Elling, Ken Nordine, Larry Coryell, etc., as well as his own groups.

What the group have in common is a special relationship with music and audience. “Play what you feel. No stress.” Cain says. “Just play what you dig and others will dig it too – just be yourself.” Cain explains. “We could just improvise and smile 24 hours a day.” Recent shows find the group performing in and among the audience because “It just seems right.” says Cain. “We want to be in that zone of experience with our audience. It’s a change, but that’s who we are.”

“I want to be in touch with that feeling I had as a child when I listened to sound,” Cain insists. “Everything going on around you is music. When you’re in touch with that, you can play more easily – you can create music with real freedom and openness. We embrace sounds.”

Though the “free spirit,” as they like to call it, has been ever-present in their sonic voyages, The Art of Changes have won over a substantial audience that rarely responds to music without constant verse-chorus repetition. In fact, their appearances are packed with alternative-rock lovers as well as jam-band aficionados and jazz heads. “I take the blame for that,” Cain muses. “Once they feel the groove Mike’s playing, we can get in there and touch their hearts and minds much more easily – and Mike can lay it down to keep them from losing it.”

“Musically, we’re changing all the time,” Cain asserts, adding that the band’s constant impro- visation produces moments when “We look at each other like, ‘Oh my God, how in the hell did we just decide to do that?’ We look at each other with our mouths open sometimes, and smile, and that’s the beautiful thing about it.”

“This band is each of us expressing who we re- ally are,” summarizes Cain. “That’s all.” And so The Art of Changes enter the future, and it feels good.