Category free, that’s how San Francisco-based Materialized rolls. The future-forward instrumental unit is built around the flexible core of keyboard maestro Mighty Dave Pellicciaro Shiva-limbed percussionist Dale Fanning, and bassist Carlitos Del Puerto. They are a heady mixture of top-flight improvising and savvy sound design. This band has giant antenna always scanning the airwaves for interesting new ways of combining the musical banquet of the 21st century.
“The reason we have Materialized is we want earnestly to connect with people,” says Pellicciaro. “Music serves a role in the human psyche, and society is nothing but a collection of psyches ambling about interacting with each other. Ergo, music has a changing role in society in any given moment. There’s dance music and there’s music you can dance to, or music you clean the house to, music for a candlelight dinner. It’s not the genre-defining way of looking at music. It’s the ambient way that music affects you.”
In each move Materialized makes is a desire to connect with people and to offer them a soundtrack for connecting with one another and themselves. “The sounds are handcrafted, and everything we do has a lot of manna in it and a lot of personal sincerity.