EDMOND – New York City-based cello rock band Break of Reality will perform Wednesday at Edmond North High School as part of its Music Education Tour. The show is free and open to the public.
Break of Reality’s Music Education Tour is taking the band around the country to visit 10 school districts, giving educational workshops and a performance for the public at each school. These visits will be completely free for the schools, as the tour has been successfully funded by the band’s fans through Kickstarter.com, according to a news release.
While the evening school performances are free to the public, a $5 donation is suggested. All of the donation proceeds will benefit the schools’ music programs, enabling them to buy and repair instruments and invest in technology. Break of Reality aims to raise more than $50,000 for music education over the course of the one-month tour. In addition to visiting schools on the tour, the band will also give weekend performances at some of the country’s top clubs, including Hotel Café in Los Angeles, and Lincoln Hall in Chicago.
“We learned to play our instruments through public school music programs. If it weren’t for these music programs, I don’t think Break of Reality would exist today,” says Ivan Trevino, a founding member of Break of Reality, in the news release.
“Break of Reality puts the classical in classic rock, with its heavy, exotic original compositions and instrumental arrangements of hard-rock standards,” said Time Out New York, adding: “If you’re one of the many commuters who’s seen this group in the Times Square subway station, you already know its secret weapon: It plays with genuine technique and solid intonation, but rocks out like it means it.” “Songs go from 0 to 60 in a split second, turning on a dime to take you from a quiet chamber recital to a thundering arena rock concert: Fans of both Nine Inch Nails and Kronos Quartet will be pleased,” observed New York Press.
“Ten,” Break of Reality’s third collection of original songs was released on March 25. It follows 2006’s “The Sound Between” EP (2006) and “Spectrum of the Sky” (2009). 2012’s “Covers” highlighted the band’s arrangements of tunes by J. S. Bach, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails and System of a Down.
The quartet has more than 20 million plays a year on Pandora Radio, and a video of Break of Reality performing the theme of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” prompted The Huffington Post to marvel, “This electrifying rendition…blows any other version of the GoT tune clear out of the water.” The clip (embedded below) has earned more than 3.1 million views.
The new album features 10 original compositions written by Patrick Laird (cello) and Trevino (drums/percussion), who founded the band in 2004 when they were students at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Cellists Laura Metcalf and Adrian Daurov, current members of the band, contributed to the recording, as did cellists Brook Speltz and Meta Weiss. Marnie Laird played piano on several tracks.
“Helix” opens with a pulsating wave of cellos before Trevino enters to add his complex prog-rock drumming. Repeating clusters of lower register notes on the cellos supply the simple, ominous bass line that propels Laird’s melody. The evocative first single “Star,” which features Marnie Laird on piano, is uplifting and anthemic, while Trevino’s djembe adds a percussive edge to “Storm’s End,” a slow sinister groove full of swooping, clashing cello lines. The tune closes quietly with the cellos playing pizzicato figures that suggest flamenco guitars.
“We’re really excited to be playing the songs on ‘Ten’ for the first time live and to show students that they can play any kind of music, not just classical, and encourage them to think outside of the box,” says Trevino in the release.
In the past 10 years, Break of Reality has visited hundreds of public schools around the country, receiving rave reviews from music educators.
The band’s Oklahoma concert at Edmond North is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday. For more details or to RSVP for free tickets to the show, go to http://breakofreality.com/tour.