It is just about time for some music that you likely have never heard before.
Three amazingly talented Northwest musicians — Garey Williams, Rick White and Mike Mattingly — converge in the jazz guitar trio called Ecstasy in Numbers which will be bringing its fusion to the Island Music Guild Hall — 10598 Valley Rd. on Bainbridge — for a rare appearance in Kitsap, Saturday.
The show will get started at 8 p.m., with a ticket price of $10.
But for aspiring artists of the drum kit, May 12 holds an even greater opportunity. Earlier that day, Williams will be teaching a jazz drummers master class from 4-6 p.m. at the IMG. The cost is $25.
Participants are automatically admitted to the show, but more importantly they will also have been intimately introduced to a world-class drummer and one of the country’s leading instructors.
Under his own publication company, Williams has released two educational DVDs, two method books and an educational CD. During his 30 years of playing and more than 20 years of teaching, he has also been featured in Rhythm Magazine, Modern Drummer and Percussive Notes publications.
Especially the more modern version we perform, every member of the ensemble has a lead role,” Williams said, jumping back to the topic of EIN. “Each member of the ensemble gets a chance to improvise.”
Improvisation drives the fusion aspect of EIN’s music as the three accomplished musicians bring in the many different inspirations. As a group, their influences come from progressive stingers like Jeff Beck and Allan Holdsworth as well as groups like Rush and the Pixies, Williams said.
The music EIN creates — a hybrid of jazz, R&B, funk, reggae, Latin rock, world music and more — is the end product of many, many years of professionalism.
“It’s a feeling of arriving at a point where most musicians want to get to,” Williams said. “For years, I played in cover bands and I did casuals … you play background music and you play dance music … I got to a point where I thought, ‘When am I going to stop playing other people’s music and start doing my thing?’”
Here it is: EIN.
The group started in the late ‘80s, simply as a recording project between Williams and guitarist Mike Mattingly. But Ecstasy in Numbers began rolling again in earnest in 2001, when Rick White — director of music at Olympic College — joined on as bassist.
In addition to the low end, White has also introduced a stunning cadre of composing skills to the group.
He wrote a majority of the songs for the newest EIN record — which the group is currently working on — called “The Search.”
Some of those tunes as well as many from EIN’s first release “Spellbound” will be on stage for a rare Kitsap performance at the Island Music Guild this weekend.
“We’re just doing strictly, 100 percent what we want to do,” Williams said.