Hazmat Modine2019-04-30T18:47:50+00:00

Hazmat Modine is a band in perpetual motion.To them, timelessness, innovation and inclusiveness trump the trendy and the ephemeral. The very definition of honest-to-goodness American roots music – but also considerably more global and exotic – Hazmat Modine is visually and aurally captivating, continually exploratory, and thoroughly engaging.

Formed in 1998 by Wade Schuman, who writes and sings nearly all of the band’s material and forges their creative direction, Hazmat Modine seamlessly integrates primal, guttural blues, funky, unadulterated old school R&B and myriad sounds from other cultures, absorbed during their constant touring in more than 20 different countries across the world. Schuman says: “Hazmat Modine tries to get to the core of what makes American music work, and American music is informed by the immigrant experience. There’s an organic evolution that takes place. American music is world music in essence since it is a product of the all diasporas that have come here.”

HAZMAT is an American English word for Hazardous Materials. AKA dangerous materials, you see it on the sides of trucks or special trashcans. MODINE is the brand name for an industrial forced air heater unit, the kind that hangs down in garages and artists lofts… the company is in Muncie Indiana… they are both American words, but the sound of them together is rather exotic. People often think HAZMAT is Turkish.

Hazmat Modine’s Style

Hazmat Modine draws from the rich soil of American music of the 20′s and 30′s through to the 50′s and early 60′s, blending elements of early Blues, Hokum Jug band, Swing, New Orleans R&B, and Jamaican Rocksteady. A pointer to Hazmat’s methodology can be found in the band’s configuration. Schuman’s guitar, diatonic harmonica and intensely earthy vocals set the tone. A solid battery of sounds – tuba, accordion, trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, tenor and baritone saxes, piccolo and duduk, banjo, mandocello and steel guitar – explores the textural and melodic outer limits of Hazmat’s meticulously woven compositions, while guitars and drums lock down a groove and provide sonic spicing.

Hazmat Modine’s Performances

Since their debut album – Bahamut (2007), Hazmat Modine performed about two hundredfifty concerts in 20 European countries, playing well-known festivals like Jazzfest Vienna, Copenhagen Jazzfestival, Berlin Jazzfest, Stockholm Jazz Festival and many others. Via multi-hour club and concert sets and countless festival appearances, the band has absorbed and processed all that they’ve encountered, emerging at a destination far from their embarkation point.

In 2016 they performed their 10th anniversary year of performances in Europe. As well the band appeared on festivals in Brasil, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

2018 – The band was in 2018 on a global trip from India, Europe, Mexico to China in October. They will return there in 2019 as well as to India and possibly Australia. The next European tour with 28 concerts is scheduled for early summer 2019. The boom is unbroken, the love for the band does not go out even after many years. Hazmat Modine has been coming to Europe 22 times since 2007. After the completion of the CD BOX OF BREATH has been delayed by several months for personal reasons, it will be released as CD and Vinyl in time for the tour 2019.

These are strange times in the USA, but Hazmat Modine is doing his part to improve the situation with the release of his fourth CD “Box of Breath”. They try to be the new sympathizers of America ´s .  Life and death, it’s all just a breather.

Hazmat Modine has brought American roots music to Shakespeare’s heights, songs, parables of human experience, condensed into a “TinPan Alley” song format. With Wade’s characteristic voice and harmonica, Joe Daley’s indescribable sousaphone, classical horns, various strings, percussion and shimmering vocal harmonies, “” is a “Sturm & Drang” collection from the traditional American ensemble.

“Hazmat Modine: …this wild group led by the singer and harmonica player Wade Schuman. They play Blues originals, mostly, that are the product of Schuman’s limitless imagination. His voice, for that matter, appears to be bottomless.” – The New Yorker

“A truly mysterious band about which the only sure thing to say is this: It is extremely New York. Only in that huge metropolis can collectives like this blossom and grow and could invent such an amazing combination of music based out of so many genres…” –TimeOut Moscow (Russia)

“Hazmat Modine remains a fascinating exception in the music business. The band’s sound is unmistakable and still sounds as if Tom Waits and Kurt Weill have teamed up with a marching band from New Orleans. Wade Schuman and Co. show a sympathetic picture of America, which is pushed into the background by Trump and daily politics.” – Stefan Radlmaier / Nürnberger Nachrichten 6-2018

“The band Hazmat Modine describes their music as blues. But as blues that can be heard in an Afro-American pub in New Orleans. Whereby the city should lie like an island in the Red Sea. And should be inhabited by Roma who played with Otis Redding. It is influences from all over the world that colour Hazmats Blues. And make it so driving that the listeners are already electrified after the first note.” – Landsberger Nachrichten 6-2018

“Seems like ages since harmonicas have sounded as hep as Wade Schuman’s and Randy Weinstein’s do in this hand-painted confab of rusty blues, piquant rumbas, sawdust-floor reggae, Hawaiian guitar, and—sure, why not?—Tuvan throat singing. Welcome to the old weird globalism.” The Village Voice

“The singer and harmonica player Wade Schuman’s musical vision sounds like something out of Dr. Suess. His group augments Mr. Schumans own avant-blues stylings with a contra-bass, a banjitar, tuba, flugel, trumpet, sheng and, most important, Tuvan throat singing. ” The New York Times

“One of New York’s most original bands…With their sly musical wit, expert musicianship and completely unique sound, Hazmat Modine has built a wide and devoted following, drawing crowds to shows at venues as diverse as the Knitting Factory, Terra Blues, the Fez, Satalla, Joe’s Pub, Barbes and Galapagos Art Space.” Trifecta

“[…] But the most striking was the third part of this “New York Night”, dedicated to Hazmat Modine led by a supreme harmonica virtuoso, singer, Wade Schuman…the main thing about this band was: genuine joy of every musician. Schuman himself…literally screamed from delight listening to other people’s solos. The band, supposed to play forty minutes or so, gave to a grateful audience a encore gift of an extra hour of its time, note that they came on stage at one in the morning!” Gazeta, Russia

“Hazmat Modine: …this wild group led by the singer and harmonica player Wade Schuman. They play blues originals, mostly, that are the product of Schuman’s limitless imagination. His voice, for that matter, appears to be bottomless […] The singer and harmonica player Wade Schuman’s musical vision sounds like something out of Dr. Suess. His group augments Mr. Schumans own avant-blues styling with a contra-bass, a banjitar, tuba, flugel, trumpet, sheng and, most important, Tuvan throat singing. ” The New Yorker

“They’re a calypso/alt-country/blues/gypsy band…. which is obviously what the world needs most […]” Times of London

“A truly mysterious band about which the only sure thing to say is this: It is extremely New York. Only in that huge metropolis can collectives like this blossom and grow and could invent such an amazing combination of music based out of so many genres […]” TimeOut Moscow

Date City Venue Country
Tour: “Box of Breath Tour”
26.05.2019 Mainz Frankfurter Hof Germany
Time: 20:00.
28.05.2019 Karlsruhe Tollhaus Germany
Time: 20:00. Address: Alter Schlachthof 35. Venue phone: 07 21/96 40 50.
29.05.2019 Tübingen Sudhaus Germany
Time: 20:00. Address: Hechinger Straße 203. Venue phone: +49 7071 74696.
30.05.2019 Mannheim Alte Feuerwache Germany
Time: 20:00.
01.06.2019 Freiburg Jazzhaus Germany
Time: 20:00.
02.06.2019 Erlangen E-Werk Germany
Time: 20:00.
03.06.2019 Salzburg Jazzit Austria
Time: 20:00. Address: Elisabethstr.11. Venue phone: +43 662 883264.
04.06.2019 München Ampere Germany
Time: 20:00.
05.06.2019 Vienna Porgy & Bess Austria
Time: 20:00. Address: Riemergasse 11. Venue phone: +43(0)15128811.
06.06.2019 Bleiburg Brauhaus Breznik Austria
Time: 20:00.
07.06.2019 Graz Generaldirektion Austria
Time: 20:00. Address: Grieskai 74a.
08.06.2019 St. Aegyd am Neuwalde Holzhof Herzerl Mitzi Austria
Time: 20:00. Address: Weißenbach 83.
10.06.2019 Zürich Moods Switzerland
Time: 20:00. Address: Schiffbaustrasse 6,. Venue phone: +41 44 276 80 00.
12.06.2019 Dortmund Musiktheater Piano Germany
Time: 20:30. Admission: 24/29. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Lütgendortmunder Str. 43. Venue phone: +49 231 604206. More information
13.06.2019 Aschaffenburg Colos Saal Germany
Time: 20:00. Address: Großmarkt 19. Venue phone: +49 (0) 6021 27239. Buy Tickets More information
14.06.2019 Konz Freilichtmuseum Germany
Time: 20:00. Address: Freilichtmuseum Roscheider Hof.
15.06.2019 Hannover Pavillon Germany
Time: 20:00. Address: Lister Meile 4. Venue phone: +495112355550.
16.06.2019 Wuppertal Börse Germany
Time: 20:00. Address: Wolkenburg 100. Venue phone: +49 202 243220.
18.06.2019 Münster Hot Jazz Club Germany
Time: 20:00.
19.06.2019 Groningen Oosterpoort Netherlands
Time: 20:00. Address: Trompsingel 27.
20.06.2019 Bremen Congresszentrum Germany
Time: 20:00. Address: Findorffstr. 101. Veranstaltung ist öffentlich und im Hansesaal Buy Tickets

Hazmat Modine & Gangbé Brass Band

In 2011, Hazmat Modine gigged with the West Africa’s Gangbé Brass Band on their German tour leg. The result was a spectacle of a dazzling, funky eight-piece West African brass band sharing the stage with a versatile, virtuosic American octet that seamlessly integrates early blues and jazz, several Latin and Caribbean genres, numerous indigenous European styles, and sundry other international influences. The Hazmat Modine-Gangbé collaboration represented a one-of-a-kind celebration of unprecedented musical possibilities – a truly danceable and cross-cultural feast.

On this matter, the front-man of Hazmat Modine, Wade Schuman, has shared his feelings with us: “It exceeded my expectations. There was this incredible synergy and sense of ideas going back and forth.” When referring to Gangbé band Wade said: “They’ve digested American music, and American music came out of African music. So it’s this beautiful ping-pong ball bouncing back and forth. The idiomatic language of Gangbé is pretty Western: They’ve totally swallowed the whole Latin American tradition and made it their own. You can hear it in their playing. At the same time you hear a lot of Fela, who was listening to James Brown and artists like that.”

In essence, the meet-up of the two entities, all in all 16 extremely talented musicians, takes the African music full circle. The amalgamation of Gangbé’s percussion, saxophones, trumpets, trombone and tuba with Hazmat’s array of guitars, brass and woodwinds, percussion, harmonica and other instruments– as well as the engaging, impassioned vocals of both outfits– serves to accentuate the strengths of both bands, rather than draw attention to their different backgrounds as Americans and Africans.

Below are some videos from Hazmat Modine & Gangbé Brass Band:

Wade Schuman
Wade Schumandiatonic harmonica, guitar, banjitar, lead vocals
Wade Schuman’s first career has nothing to do with music. He was awarded major scholarships and prizes incl. the Mary Post Prize for Painting. Playing the harmonica since the age of ten, Wade is an accomplished master in the early Blues and musical styles of the 1920’s and 30’s. He grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan which has long had a vital and interesting musical scene, and currently resides and works in New York City. He draws musical inspiration from among others: Desmond Dekker, Jaybird Coleman, Sidney Bechet, Taraf De Haidouks and Slim Gaillard. Recording credits include Joan Osborn’s “Relish” which was nominated for four Grammies.

To get a full picture of Wade’s artistic endeavor, please visit: www.forumgallery.com/artist/wade-schuman

Erik Della Penna
Erik Della Pennavocals, Banjo, guitar
Erik is a songwriter and guitar player living in New York City. When needed, he plays banjo and lap steel as well. He has written, recorded and toured extensively with artists such as Joan Baez, Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne and David Yazbek. Erik has written music for A&E television, The New York Historical Society, as well as music & lyrics for two stage productions produced by Walden Media. His guitar and drum duo, Kill Henry Sugar, is currently in the process of recording their seventh collection of original songs. In addition, Erik is working on two musicals now in development, one in Chicago and one in New York City.
Joseph Daley
Joseph Daleytuba
Joseph is a native of New York and perhaps this country’s most consistent and creative”Lower Brass Specialist”. Among others he has played with Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Taj Mahal, Charlie Haden, Gil Evans, Lionel Hampton, Howard Johnson, Dave Douglas, and Muhal Richard Abrams. He appears on well over a dozen recordings.In 2011, he could finally fulfill one of his deepest wishes. He composed for a large Big-Band-album, which was recorded with 25 musicians – most of them wind-players with some very extraordinary low instruments. It’s called „The Seven Deadly Sins“, inspired by paintings of bandleader Wade Schuman. It’s a kind of Jazz-Orchestra-suite in seven parts added by a piece for his brother „Ballade of the Fallen African Warrior“. It was released by JARO Medien(4292-2) and highly recommended by the critics. For more information, please visit: www.jodamusic.com.
Patrick Simard
Patrick Simarddrums & percusion
From rural Ontario, Canada, drummer Patrick Simard draws from eclectic influences; from his French-Canadian roots playing spoons and foot stomping with his grandfather, to studying Jazz Composition and Performance at Berklee College of Music on a full ride, to deep studies of Moroccan Gnaoua music, performing and studying traditional drumming in Benin, Senegal, Cuba, and the American South, to using sound and groove as a healing force. Though still in his mid twenties, Patrick has toured the world several times over, with drumming as his passport. He has performed with A.R. Rahman, Souleymane Faye, Alejandro Sanz, Lionel Loueke, Esperanza Spalding, Antonio Sanchez, Danilo Perez, and has been the drumset player for his mentor and sabar griot Lamine Touré (from Senegal) for nearly a decade.
Pam Fleming
Pam Flemingtrumpet, flugelhorn
NYC trumpet player and composer Pam Fleming is the leader of original world jazz group Fearless Dreamer. This group has released 2 CD’s, “Fearless Dreamer” and “Climb”. A unique recording of Pam’s original Halloween music, “Rise and Dance” will be released in 2014.

In addition to many years touring and recording with Hazmat Modine, Pam is also known for her work with jam band Gov’t Mule, Lilith Fair artists Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls; Reggae stars Burning Spear, Dennis Brown and Maxi Priest; Klezmer groups Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos; Frank London’s Shekhina Big Band, and Bill Lee’s Natural Spiritual Orchestra.

Pam can be heard on the recordings of many Indie Artists in the Jazz, Rock, Pop and Reggae genres. http://fearlessdreamer.com

Steve Elson
Steve Elsonbaritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet, duduk, flute
As a teenager, saxophonist Steve Elson toured with the legendary Johnny Otis Rhythm and Blues Revue, featuring Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Shuggie Otis and the Three Tons of Joy.He has gone on to play in a wide variety of settings including world tours with David Bowie, film soundtracks for Philip Glass, cooperation with the Slickaphonics and several hundred pop, jazz, klezmer, R&B and new music recordings. Elson has been a recipient of numerous compostion grants and fellowships from the NEA, NYFA and Mary Cary Flagler among others. He leads his group Steve Elson’s Lips and Fingers Ensemble. For more information, please visit: www.steveelson.com.

In addition to many years touring and recording with Hazmat Modine, Pam is also known for her work with jam band Gov’t Mule, Lilith Fair artists Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls; Reggae stars Burning Spear, Dennis Brown and Maxi Priest; Klezmer groups Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos; Frank London’s Shekhina Big Band, and Bill Lee’s Natural Spiritual Orchestra.

Pam can be heard on the recordings of many Indie Artists in the Jazz, Rock, Pop and Reggae genres. http://fearlessdreamer.com

Reut Regev
Reut Regevtrombone
Born and raised in Israel, Trombonist, composer and bandleader Reut Regev started shaping her impressive reputation on the Jazz scene at a young age. At only five years old she was introduced to the piano, and then added the trombone to her repertoire at age thirteen. While in high school, she had the opportunity to play with some of Israel’s most creatively improvisational musicians, as well as perform at Israel’s top Jazz Festivals. Reut eventually decided to concentrate on her beloved trombone, and has proven to be a remarkably inspiring innovator. After serving in Israel’s army band as first Trombnonist and soloist, Reut made her way to NYC. She performs as guest musicians with Hazmat Modine since 2008.
Charlie Burnham
Charlie Burnhamviolin
Burnham has belonged to various bands of James Blood Ulmer since 1983, first to the bassless trio Odyssey with Warren Benbow (Odyssey, 1983), which was then expanded into a quartet with Amin Ali (Live at the Caravan of Dreams 1986); he was also involved in later albums and tours of Ulmer (Forbidden Blues 1996, Bad Blood in the City: The Piety Street Sessions, 2007). From 1986 to 1991 he was a member of the String Trio of New York. Since three years he is member of Hazmat Modine.

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