My River Flows
Hailing from just outside Manhattan, Izz is a talented young band that first made a name for themselves through heavy gigging and a diverse and unique debut CD, 1999's Sliver of a Sun. Living proof that progressive rock need not be stuck in the 70s, Izz's take on the style is one that marries the influences of the "classic" bands with a fearlessly modern sound. Celtic, classical, funk, fusion, jazz and Latin styles are interwoven with their accessible yet forward-thinking rock, always retaining a keen sense of melody and an overall appreciation for the song as a cohesive whole. The compositions may take the listener in unexpected directions, but the way back is always marked with a great hook or melody. The band released it's second CD, I Move, in 2002. I Move solidified Izz as a major player in the field of melodic progressive rock. In 2004 Izz released it's third offering entitled Ampersand, Volume 1, a collection of previously unreleased studio and live tracks that span virtually the band's entire career. Izz's musicians are talented multi-instrumentalists and adept at multi-part vocal harmonies. Lead vocals are shared between the Galgano brothers (Tom and John), while the percussion duties are split in a decidedly unique way: Greg DiMiceli plays an acoustic kit while Brian Coralian uses his various acoustic and electronic percussives to accent and enhance the rhythmic structure of Izz's tunes. The result is a fascinating palette of sounds and a bold statement in a genre where fans and musicians too often cringe at the thought of any kind of electronic percussion. Guitarist Paul Bremner brings his own emotional, virtuosic guitar work into the mix and along with John on bass, Tom on keyboards round out the instrumentation. The stunning voices of Anmarie Byrnes and Laura Meade on lead and backing vocals complete the unique Izz sound.