I got the chance to make really good friendships with those that played at Studio 99 when it was open. That music venue really brought in some damn talented, dedicated musicians to the Nashua area that wouldn't otherwise play in the area. It's a darn shame that Studio 99 isn't around any longer, and the entirety of culture in Nashua is suffering because of it.
Over the years I've developed a friendship with Michael Bellar and the boys of the AS/IS Ensemble. I've shot them a few times now. I took some images for Michael the last time they played in Nashua for their upcoming album. The album is still being prepared, but I wanted to share some of these with you all.
It's become something that everyone says about musicians they work with, but these guys are legitimately good. More than that, they are tight as a unit, and watching them perform live is simply incredible. Michael kind of just oozes into his keyboard and piano and doesn't so much play it as just ooze all over the keys; watching his head move to the rhythms he's creating, and simply just knowing when to hand things over, or reel it back, or ramp it up. They all perform music on a whole different level. It's really quite something to witness.
Michael is based out of NYC. If you are near that area, please do whatever you can to see him live. He's the real deal. His music is unique and he has a sound all his own, and the talent that he plays with is just as accomplished and awesome. I miss seeing them perform live in Nashua. I might have to move closer to NYC just so I can see them more often.