"Bursting with musical and spiritual energy, lush soundscapes, and riveting musicianship... The driving force is his own restless, intertwined musical and spiritual energy... with haunting vocals in the manner of early Pink Floyd and King Crimson."
- Timothy Peters (MusicDish.com)
**Recently named critic's pick for the Village Voice, "The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 5/30/14"
Will Hanza is a gigging musician, band leader, composer, engineer and music director for theater based in New York City.
In 2012 & 2013, performed in over 120 live shows all over the northeast US.
Specialties in rock, blues, bluegrass, world, celtic, jazz, raga, middle eastern music as well as incidental music, ambient sound effects, sampling and audio manipulation.
Currently, performances include solo one-man band shows that incorporate loops, acoustic&electric guitar, vocals and various soundscapes as well as full electric band shows; Guitarist for Kalen & The Sky Thieves; Guitarist for funk/rock/soul band, "Cold Flavor Repair".
Gigged at many top venues (such as Hammerstein Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Knitting Factory, etc in NYC, as well as clubs in Philadelphia, DC, Boston, and throughout the Northeast US).
Radio play: WBAI radio (99.5 in NYC), Resonance 14.4fm (London), WMIR, WTPA, WQXA, WDIY, WMVL, KERX, WAMX, WEGW, WHBR, WAQX & 60,000+ internet plays on various sites.
Previously, collaborated with Platinum songwriter Mark Mangold (Cher; Drive, She Said), Sam Endicott of The Bravery. Has been a fill-in guitarist with The Funk Ark.
Shared the bill with such artists as Suzanne Vega; Fuel; Marc Ford (Black Crowes); Donovan; The Hold Steady; Patti Griffin; Richie Cannata (with Bernie Williams); Jimmy's Chicken Shack
Featured as #1 "Horse Boy" on Huffingtonpost.com... for video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9toevjXHgU
Featured as an "On the Rise" artist with Relix Magazine;
Honorable Mention for the song "Trust" for the 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. "Trust" also added to the Millennium Music Conference XIII compilation CD.The song "Trust" was also given Honorable Mention for best rock song at the 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.
Sonicbids "Spotlight Artist"
Garageband.com "Song of the Day" January 20th, 2008 (for the song "Ambiosynthesis")
Unsunghero.com "Artist of the Day" December 20th, 2007 (for the song "Trust")
Front page of gothamist.com for playing at the NYC Marathon in November.
Named "Featured Artist" by The Deli Magazine (Feb-Mar. 2007)