With a unique blend of instruments, electronics, and original compositions, the Bryan McCune Band creates organic and adventurous music with elements of jazz, folk, rock, world, and avant-garde. Formed in 2011, the Raleigh-based group features Matt Vooris on drums and electravibes, Mietek Glinkowski on vitar (electric violin), Rick Lassiter on double bass, and Bryan McCune on cornet.
Cornetist/composer Bryan McCune, originally from Nebraska, has performed over the years in groups based in Lincoln and Omaha NE, Washington-Baltimore area, and the Triangle. He has also scored and performed live for a number of modern dance works performed at Washington DC’s Dance Place and Kennedy Center, and venues in Maryland, Virginia, Raleigh and Durham. McCune became intrigued with electronically-effected brass years ago, and incorporates an ever evolving effects rig as part of his sonic signature, never completely abandoning the natural sound of the cornet (well, almost never). He is at home playing hotel lounge jazz to no-holds-barred-avant-garde, and everything in between. His compositions and recordings draw from a wide stylistic palette, including blues, rock, folk, western, eastern, and beyond. Bryan is also in the band Children of the Horn, and has made recent appearances with Brenda Linton & the Kinglets, and the John Shearer Band.
Rick Lassiter loaded up his VW rabbit with his bass and all worldly belongings and braved the New Jersey Turnpike, planting himself in beautiful Paterson, NJ to study music in the late 80’s. After finishing school he stayed in New York for few years and played with singer Lisa Loeb (80’s cat woman glasses pop star) and then with the NY band Ida. Returning home to Raleigh after seven years he eventually joined musical forces with Bryan McCune to play in The Zonerangers and to create music for Even Exchange Dance Theater. Later, Rick played bass and recorded with saxophonist/composer Mahlon Hoard and pianist/composer Tyson Rogers. Rick currently plays bass with the band ‘The Kinglets’ and co-leads the acoustic folk art band ‘The Goodnight Graces’ with Joyce Bowden which features the music of composer/cellist Arthur Russell. He also runs his own studio, Circle Sound, where he has recently recorded musicians Brenda Linton, Joyce Bowden, Milton, and the band Recent Memory.
Mietek Glinkowski has played violin and vitar for over 20 years internationally in jazz and a variety of other genres. Between 2002 and 2005, Mietek spent most of his time in Northern Italy and was a frequent guest of the Italian music group The Birds of Fire and performed with such notable musicians as Fabio Rigamonti (bass), Paolo Frigerio (drums), and Nicola Fassi (guitar). Currently, Mietek plays in duet to quintet settings at a number of popular local venues. Recent projects include Trio Slicnaton, Rick Keena Trio, Tony Galiani Quartet, and the Bryan McCune Band. He has three CDs in his portfolio which can be found on cdbaby.com.
Percussionist and educator Matt Vooris has been working in the Triangle since 2004. After coming off the road with pop-rock sweethearts SNMNMNM, he put some roots down and dedicated himself to the arts scene here. On drums and vibraphone for theBryan McCune Band, he also plays classical marimba and is the Principal Percussionist for the Durham Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Matt has led rhythm and percussion instruction for the non-profit KidZNotes, which provides free of charge classical music instruction in elementary schools in East Durham in order to promote social change.