Spirit and magic - what lies beyond mere intellect. The soul - the heart - the qualities that set us free ... the transformative power of music is what SCATTER THE ATOMS THAT REMAIN is all about.
Music can open our hearts. That’s the purpose of this band. Scatter's goal is to rest in that openness and let go. The music finds its strength in that. This new quartet is led by drummer-composer Franklin Kiermyer and features saxophonist Michael Troy, pianist Davis Whitfield and Otto Gardner on bass. They are each virtuosos and they are all magnetized by their singular devotion to this power of music.
In their process, commitment and - most importantly - result, STATR stands somewhat unique in today’s world of creative music. Their focus is the real feel of the music. Scatter The Atoms believes that music is not supposed to sound LIKE something. It’s supposed to DO something. Opening is what their music is for. Opening the heart is their path. Faith in fearlessness is their vehicle.
It’s about love. It’s the only thing that works. It’s about feeling that love and loving that feeling, loving the courageous heart that motivates the quest, loving the music itself and loving to share it with others. The more passionate the love, the greater the music. Love is the only thing that will destroy the doomsday machine of ignorance and confusion. The Revolution Is Now! Dig? Peace and justice comes from taking responsibility to trust your heart and think for yourself.
So ... Tune in, Turn on and Drop out of the gloom!
"A sense of shared catharsis through music that is at once majestic, ferocious, and relatable ... The words “ecstasy” and “ecstatic” appear almost predictably, but sometimes a word is just right ... Scatter The Atoms That Remain channel the kind of beautiful, disciplined intensity exemplified by late John Coltrane. This type of universal, non-denominational spirituality simply feels good." Jazz At Lincoln Center
"There may not be a quartet out there that best picks up where the Coltrane Quartet left off than drummer Franklin Kiermyer’s Scatter The Atoms That Remain." The New York City Jazz Record
Drummer, composer and bandleader Franklin Kiermyer is known mostly for his expansive style of drumming, distinct sound and the spiritual focus of his music. “Kiermyer plays and composes with an almost evangelical belief in jazz as a form of pure inspiration.” Entertainment Weekly • “Drummer Franklin Kiermyer is that rare jazzman – blessed with the ecstatic quality of his free-bop attack.” Rolling Stone Magazine • “Kiermyer supercharges spiritual modality … he plays with volcanic authority.” Down Beat
Saxophonist Michael Troy, born and raised in Buffalo, New York in 1993 and now residing in Brooklyn, is emerging as one of the most soulful, daring, and distinctive players on today‘s scene. One is immediately touched by the deep spiritual honesty of his sound. Eschewing the more common career path of jazz music journeyman for an intense inquiry into the spiritual metaphysics of music, Michael has begun to uncover the primordial building blocks of music-as-vehicle. Scatter is the perfect place for him to go further.
Pianist Davis Whitfield, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1993, grew up immersed in the music. Coming from a lauded musical family, he has accomplished a lot at a young age.While still in high school, Davis was appointed Assistant Director of the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra in New York City. Continuing his studies at Berklee, he was the recipient of their top honor, the Presidential Scholarship. Davis has toured in the United States, France, Spain, Japan and Scandinavia. Still in his early 20’s, he already has a voice of his own on the piano.
Bassist Otto Gardner came up in the heady creativity of the loft jazz scene of 1970’s New York. He cut his teeth with the legendary Arthur Rhames, with whom he had a close musical association for most of Rhames’ all too short career. Arthur held Otto in such high regard that he refused to use a bass player when Otto was not available. With his unique and daring approach, Otto has the uncanny ability to make the music feel deeply rooted and swinging at the same time as very free and open. His sound is strong, warm and heartfelt.