Harmonic Maneuvers is Rock/Fusion/Funk quartet writing and playing mainly adult oriented original music with some unconventional covers tossed in for good measure. The band is about 4 years old, based out of the Milwaukee, WI area and consists of keys, electric/synth guitar, drums and bass. HM has 30+ original songs ready for performance and can fill a 2 hour time slot easily. The musicians have each played semi-pro for at least 20 years or longer. They play small clubs and outdoor "Jazz/Music in the Park” style gigs. Best audience fit would be adults 30+ with some jazz to medium rock or 80's prog expectations. They are compact and have a small PA and lighting system for small club or outdoor gigs. They are professionals in their daytime careers and with the music they play. Pro attitudes, approach and gear are benchmarks of the Harmonic Maneuvers philosophy. Creative and approachable writing along with interesting instrument voicing and addictive rhythms assures the audience will be compelled to take a closer listen and really enjoy the Harmonic Maneuvers experience.
Harmonic Maneuvers Member Biographies
Mike Kulik (founding member):
Mike started playing at 13. His first guitar was a Kay short scale 6 string he found in a neighbors basement. He was offered the guitar and pretty much rebuilt it. He explains that that his Luthier skills at the time were less than stellar and the strings and neck on the guitar more like a cheese grader than a guitar. Later his grandparents bought him a 76’ Fender Strat (his guitar hero at the time was Robin Trower) and a Fender Vibro Champ amp. (The Kay guitar met an untimely death in the back yard when accidentally running into a book of matches and a can of gasoline. Can you say Jimmy Hendrix?) In his quest for “More power” the family HI-FI cabinet soon became his extension cabinet. It’s all history from there. Mike has been involved in many bands and collaborations over the past 35 years. Most notable were;
Sense: a progressive rock quintet that covered bands including Genesis, UK, Gentle Giant, The Dregs and Zappa. Sense also played a few original compositions. Sense had an awesome one of a kind light and laser show and often left audiences in awe at the end of their shows.
Vienna: an intense power 3 piece playing original music influenced by The Police, Genesis, Rush, King Crimson, XTC, U2 and The Who. Pro players with a desire to write material with complicated syncopated rhythms and chord patterns.
Radio Silence: a 6 piece" party, dance, git down, rock kinda thang" that played a mix of jazz infused originals and covers ranging from Sly and the Family Stone to The Talking Heads. Radio Silence was designed and formed as a party dance band with a touch of contemporary Jazz added.
After a 12 year pause from the music world during the 90's, Mike started playing again in 2001. He has since written a lot of new music and is in the process of building Harmonic Maneuvers to revive some of the older material and bring the new music to life. Mike also enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, boating, writing music, recording and building his business, FullCircle Media Solutions, a manufacturing services brokerage specializing in CD/DVD, print and custom manufacturing.
Steve has been playing bass for over 30 years. His musical influences are a wide variety of rock, blues and jazz bands from the 60's, 70's and 80's. His bass heroes are John Entwistle, John Paul Jones, Stanley Clarke and Jaco Pastorious among others.
He’s a Harley rider and likes to work on his bikes but his passion can be found out riding whenever he gets the chance. In his spare time enjoys tending to his 6 acre hobby farm and raising chickens with his wife (eggs anyone?). Steve also plays in a Classic Rock project called Highway G. Steve enjoys the challenge and diversity that comes with playing in two different arenas.
Steve an Italian sounding drummer, born & raised in Southeast WI and is married with kids. Steve started drumming at age 7 on anything he could get his hands on. We do know Steve likes to eat! (We’re still waiting for Steve to tell us the rest of the story) You know… Drummers.
Steve's professional/semi-pro music experience includes playing Jazz, Rock and Symphonic scores with various local performance groups and bands. He also occasionally plays in a Classic Rock group that he has been a part of for 20 years.
His influences include Steely Dan, Toto, Tower of Power, Chicago, Weather Report, Chick Corea, etc. Some of Steve's favorite musicians are Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Keith Carlock, David Garibaldi, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, and of course Neil Peart
Jerry formed a musical interest in junior high school by deciding out of the blue that he wanted to play trumpet in the band. The saga begins! He played the trumpet through high school and won several awards for soloist in state competitions. Then one day discovered the school’s “ARP Odyssey” synthesizer. That, in a nutshell, was the beginning of Jerry's keyboard playing journey and when he began to look at music in a much more serious light. In the 1980’s he played with a number of great musicians in several different groups. He has played many different genres of music, but his favorite has always been jazz/funk/fusion.
The band Radio Silence was the first band that had actual potential to go pro. The band performed a myriad of “tasty and fun” covers tunes as well as many original tunes he wrote or co-wrote with Mike Kulik that were popular with the audience. The band peaked with a Summerfest gig and an offer to back up Duran Duran. (long story)
Jerry prefers the “old School” sound of electric & acoustic pianos, Hammond B3 Organ, and many different analog and digital synthesizers. His influences include George Duke, Jeff Lorber, and Eddie Jobson just to mention a few. 33 years later he is still growing as a musician and writing new material.