Grex member Karl started off the evening with a warning that the music was weird. However, I didn’t find it weird at all. Their performance at Best Video Cultural Center and Performance Space in Hamden, CT on July 14, 2018 was dynamic, rhythmic, innovative and exciting. The duo, Karl Evangelista and Rei Scampavia from Oakland, CA, were mesmerizing for the whole show and I didn’t want it to end. They drew upon a wide variety of influences, everything from sophisticated pop to free jazz. Rei on keyboards, vocals, bass drum and electronic drum pad along with Karl on guitar, vocals, effects pedals, snare drum (with foot pedal) and high hat cymbals, created music that was unique and magical. This group is definitely going places and you should catch them in a small venue while you can.
By Fredda Gordon