Stratic

Stratic at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco. Photo by Carly Hoopes
Stratic at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco. Photo by Carly Hoopes

Formed in 2010, Stratic creates improvised, post-rock music combining acoustic and electronic elements into three layers of sound: electronically processed saxophone, keyboard melodies/textures and drum kit/percussion. With Michael Coleman, keyboards & electronics; Aram Shelton, saxophone & processing via MSP; Alex Vittum, drums & modular synthesizer. Self-release. 2012. Download Available.

Michael Coleman, originally From Brooklyn, NY, studied jazz piano with Barry Harris, Michael Weiss, and Dan Wall. After earning his BA from Oberlin College, Michael relocated to Oakland to pursue a career in music. He has toured both Europe and the US with several bands, including Miles Kurosky, Jug Free America, Beep!, and the Attachments. Has spent time in India studying tabla. He is a highly active member of the Bay Area creative music scene,with style ranging from power pop to free jazz, playing piano, organ, synths, and clarinet.

Alex Vittum is a percussionist and composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area who combines the disciplines of percussion, electronic music and instrument building. He is a member of several groups including Stratic, For Now, Tide Tables, and performs solo electro-acoustic works as Prism. Alex has collaborated with a diverse group of musicians, composers and choreographers including Roswell Rudd, Kitty Brazleton, Ben Goldberg, Daniel Carter, Stuart Dempster, and Gina Gibney Dance. He has a BA from Bennington College, an MFA from Mills College and has studied percussion with Milford Graves and William Winant. He is a recording engineer/producer and an educator in both music and wood working. Alex is an associate instrument builder/designer with the Paul Dresher Ensemble, a technician for synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla and the percussion instructor at Oakland School for the Arts.