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District 97’s Hybrid Child

I’ve blogged about District 97 here at Offmic before.  If you are yet unfamiliar with this Chicago-based band, perhaps the first line from their web-bio will serve best in bringing you up-to-date: “District 97 is the only progressive rock band in the world to feature an American Idol finalist and a Chicago Symphony Orchestra virtuoso cellist.”

Does that freak you out, classical music fan?  Good.

Katinka Kleijn plays her electric cello at a District 97 show

A challenge is a good thing–as suggested by Katinka Kleijn (cellist for so many ensembles that it’s tough to keep track, including but not limited to the CSO, ICE and now, District 97) when I visited with the band in-studio as they were mixing their first full-length release, Hybrid Child, this type of crossover may be the spoonful of sugar to help the Classical Music be ingested with those lacking formal exposure to this end of the spectrum.

Hear Katinka’s Commentary

Hear Jonathan’s (the band’s songwriter/drummer) Commentary

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR A FREE DOWNLOAD OF DISTRICT 97 PLAYING DANCE OF FURY, FOR THE SEVEN TRUMPETS FROM MESSIAEN‘S QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME!

Hybrid Child is out NOW

Hybrid Child is out NOW

Hybrid Child is out NOW.  Visit the band’s official website to purchase it and to preview the tracks.

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