The Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural Sound Edge Festival is slated to be one of today’s most exciting music and art festivals of its time. It will bring together creative talents from both the music and art industries for intense collaborations with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and across Birmingham.
The vision of ASO Music Director, Carlos Izcaray, the new 2017 Sound Edge Festival is a vibrant nine-day experience that is dedicated to breaking down music genres and goes further into the crossover connection of music and art will run from Feb 10-18, 2017.
The festival kicks off Friday, February 10th, with ASO: Amplied. The Alabama Symphony and former Chicago Symphony percussionist, Ted Atkatz, and his new band, NYCO, will perform a cutting edge collaboration at our first ever appearance at Iron City. The after party will be held at Iron City with Avondale beer specials.
NYCO (pronounced like Tyco or Geico!) was formed in Chicago in 2003 by frontman TED ATKATZ and a fellow musician in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rob Kassinger. The band played locally until Atkatz quit his job as Principal Percussionist of the Symphony to pursue the band full time. NYCO combines blue-eyed soul with jazz elements and quirky lyrics. From 2006 to 2008, the band played over 200 live shows nationwide as well as gaining international recognition at the St. Barts Music Festival. Atkatz relocated to Los Angeles in 2008 and re-formed the band with some new players, including Hubie Wang on guitar. The band made its first appearance at the South by Southwest Music Festival in 2011, and has played shows with Steve Miller, Moby, and Jason Mraz.
NYCO’s music has been featured on MTV, HGTV, VH1, and in advertising campaigns for JC Penney and Volkswagen Motors. The band has released three full-length albums: Two (2006), Realize (2008), and Future Imperfect (2012). Recently, jazz vibraphonist Nick Mancini joined the band, and they continue to build their unique momentum around Los Angeles.