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Biography

  • Years Active

    1999 – 2010 (11 years)

  • Founded In

    Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, United States

  • Members

    • Adam Stacey (2004 – present)
    • Dave Murray (1999 – 2002)
    • Jason Schimmel (1999 – present)
    • John Whooley (1999 – 2004)
    • Kevin Kmetz (2004 – present)
    • Lee Smith (2004 – present)
    • Tim Smolens (1999 – present)
    • Timb Harris (1998 – 2010)

Estradasphere, formed in Santa Cruz, California in 1998, make music with an approach that blurs the lines between traditional and experimental forms with a provocative mix of composition and improvisation. The members are Timb Harris (violin/trumpet), Jason Schimmel (guitar/banjo/keyboards/vocals), Tim Smolens (upright and electric bass/vocals), Kevin Kmetz (Tsugaru Shamisen/guitar/keyboards), Adam Stacey (accordion/keyboards/clavinet), and Lee Smith (drums/percussion).
These accomplished musicians blend and contrast styles in compelling and sometimes shocking ways. Their art is not an experiment. It is passionate and alive because of their deep understanding and mastery of the individual styles of music they play. Estradasphere's music is cerebral, vibrant, and daringly playful.
The Estradasphere experience includes passion, humor, and at times, awe-inspiring brilliance. Their music is complex yet inviting, seducing the listener across time, space, and genre.
Estradasphere shows are intensely dynamic: outrageous yet introspective, tongue-in-cheek yet sincere. Every show is unique, never ceasing to stir excitement and challenge the audience's expectations.
They continue to expand their performance experience, appearing at nightclubs, festivals, universities, symphony halls, theaters, and even circuses. Currently based out of Seattle, WA.

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