Now vs Now

New York-native keyboardist, composer and producer Jason Lindner comes to Kristiansand with his band Now Vs Now (Brandon Lewis, Andreou Panagiotis), who will release their new album "The Buffering Cocoon” on Bugge Wesseltoft’s Jazzland label. 


Now vs Now will play a special concert on Friday, August 31st, in anticipation of their upcoming release. At his seminar the following day, Lindner will talk about his musical philosophy and the various projects he has been involved in. 


In his ever-evolving career, Jason Lindner has founded several progressive musical projects. As a result, he has been sought out by similarly forward-thinking and evolving artists including Chick Corea, Meshell Ndegeocello, Lauryn Hill, Mulatu Asktatke, and most recently, David Bowie. Lindner collaborated closely with the legend on his final album "Blackstar”, which won five US Grammys and sold over 2,000,000 copies world-wide. 


On the new Now vs Now album, Chick Corea's description of Lindner as a "musical universe" is shown to be a truth, rather than mere hyperbole. Broad in scope, grand in ambition, the album takes the listener on the musical journey and experience that defies clear classification by any traditional measures. If music is about ideas expressed via the right notes in the best possible configuration using the best sounds, this is what Now vs Now delivers.


"'Jason was a godsend. We gave him some pretty far-out chords, but he brought a jazz sensibility to re-voice them… Jason's synthesizer didn't have a computer with souped-up programs like Omnisphere on it, he would just do it with guitar pedals, making all the sounds unique...’”  

– Tony Visconti for Rolling Stone, on the making of David Bowie’s "Blackstar” 


"Rhythm provides more than a heartbeat for Jason Lindner. It also seems to fuel his respiratory functions and digestive activity, and maybe his neurons...What matters to him is groove, however it comes.”

– The New York Times


"Will this alien music make you want to dance? Absolutely, but be warned: once you step into the group's intoxicating, alternate universe, you may find it hard to leave.”

– NPR Music


Photo: Deneka Peniston