Echoes is a collectivist ensemble whose music pairs futuristic electronic sounds with focused improvisations to create a sound that is uniquely their own. Inspired by 21st-century ideals of cross-pollination and experimentation, the group augments its already unorthodox instrumentation with a variety of electronic instruments, loops, and triggers to explore new sonic and rhythmic territory together. Over the course of almost four years of touring and performing, their talents have brought them to venues all across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In August 2018, the band released its first EP, “Square Two,” and conducted an extensive tour of the West Coast of the United States. In early September the band completed a residency at the renowned Avaloch Farm Music Institute and recorded their first LP to be released in 2019.
The Band Members
Max Bessesen is a performer, composer, and educator based in Chicago, IL. His skills as a saxophonist and woodwind doubler have taken him across five continents and earned him awards from organizations including Downbeat Magazine, and the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund. Max has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Dayna Stephens, Simone Shaheen, and Isaac Slade (of The Fray). He performs with a variety Chicago ensembles, leads his own group, and is one part of the collective quartet Echoes. Max holds degrees in Jazz Saxophone Performance and Law & Society from Oberlin where he studied with Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart.
To learn more about Max you can visit his website at: http://www.maxbessesen.com/
Matt was born in Wellesley, MA in 1994 and began his passion for music studying classical mallet percussion from the age of 5. In middle school he added the drum set and later transitioned to jazz vibraphone and jazz drums in high school. Matt currently attends Oberlin College & Conservatory where he pursues degrees in jazz vibraphone performance and neuroscience. Throughout his musical career, Matt has graced the stage at such venues as Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Tsai Center, and Boston’s Symphony Hall. While at Oberlin studying under pianist Dan Wall and percussionist Michael Rosen, Matt has also had the pleasure of being mentored by Suillvan Fortner, Jamie Haddad and Jay Ashby. Matt also produces electronic music under the performance name Plexus. For more on Matt's Music visit MattDiBiasemusic.com
Chase Kuesel (pronounced Key-sull) is a drummer and composer from Cos Cob, Connecticut. An accomplished and versatile performer and teacher, his musical ensembles and affiliations have taken him across the world.
Kuesel graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory in 2016 with a BM in Jazz Studies and a BA in English. He studied with Billy Hart, Jamey Haddad, Robin Eubanks, and Eddie Henderson throughout his time there. In 2017, he moved to Boston to begin his graduate studies on full scholarship at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where he studied with Danilo Pérez, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, and Joe Lovano. While in Boston, he played and performed with Jason Palmer, Noah Preminger, Billy Buss, Kenny Werner, George Garzone, Julian Shore, and many other incredible musicians. He graduated from Berklee in June 2018 with an M.M.
Kuesel continues to actively perform and compose. In September 2018, he will move to Basel, Switzerland, to participate in the internationally assembled ensemble, Focusyear.
Evan Salvacion Levine is an electric and double bassist located in Chicago, IL. He is a Filipino American that completed his master’s degree at the University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree at Oberlin Conservatory. Originally from New Jersey, Evan started his professional carrier at the age of 16. He has performed at jazz clubs such as: Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Cliff Bells, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center and has played at the Detroit Jazz Festival in 2014 and 2015. Evan has had the opportunity to perform with Benny Golson, Carl Allen, Nicholas Payton, Dave Liebman, Jamey Haddad and many others. Evan was featured as a clinician of Brazilian music at the Richard Davis Bass Conference in 2014, at Madison, Wisconsin. After completing his schooling, Evan moved to Miami, Florida and became one of the cities most in demand bass players of Jazz. He has one album of original compositions out, Unsolvable Problems, featuring Lex Korten and Kayvon Gordon. In his spare time, Evan enjoys petting other peoples’ dogs and cooking.