The Gazebo plans new album, gig at Howard’s in BGWritten by Mike Bauman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite having a mother who’s a chemist and a father who’s an engineer, Toledo native and Perrysburg High School grad Edward Bean has gone to the beat of his own drum.
“It started off just sort of, you know, like banging on pots and pans in the kitchen,” Bean said of his childhood musicality. “But I guess in a way that’s sort of the start to any music career and my mom let it happen, so thank God for that.”
Bean’s parents were supportive of his need to create, eventually moving him from his kitchen drum kit to piano lessons and buying a piano in their home.
Today, Bean is 19 years old and living in Manhattan, studying classical musical composition on scholarship at New York University. And though Bean is studying music, it’s not solely an academic pursuit.
Together with Ryan Williams and Henryk Kress, Bean is part of the band The Gazebo. Combining elements of experimental, new wave, art rock, pop and jazz, The Gazebo will perform Dec. 21 at Howard’s Club H in Bowling Green.
“You’ve got three different people with three different influences, but there’s a ton of overlap,” Bean said of The Gazebo’s sound. “For instance, I am definitely the more sort of progressive rock or classical-based guy. Henryk takes more of the jazz side of things, and then Ryan enjoys more of the modern alternative rock scene.
“So it’s three different approaches, but it always somehow does blend and it sort of functions [well].”
The Gazebo’s roots go back to Bean’s time in high school when the original trio — which included Bean and Williams — was in the Perrysburg Jazz Band together. The Gazebo got started during the summer of 2008, with Kress joining in 2010.
The band’s latest lineup is a studious bunch. Kress is studying both classical and jazz guitar at University of Toledo, while Williams is studying music education at BGSU and is also active within the percussion department, according to Bean. Together, the trio released the full-length “Lawn Structures” in 2010 and “(T)here” EP in 2012.
“We’re all multi-instrumentalists,” Bean said. “So on our recordings, you hear, like, 12-20 instruments, but most of them are being performed by one of the three of us.”
Though its core is Bean on vocals, Williams on drums and Kress on guitar, The Gazebo does not have a stripped-down sound.
On the band’s recordings thus far, Bean has also tackled bass, keys, ukulele, trombone and piano.
Kress, meanwhile, has played electric and acoustic guitar, cello, trumpet, mandolin, pedal effects and done vocals. Williams has done vocals and played the drums, marimba, cymbals, tubular bells, timpani and gong.
“He plays it like it’s an actual classical instrument, which is — I think — fantastic,” Bean said of Williams’ drumming style. “It gives us a looser sound, and that’s been a critique we’ve often had, is that it’s not really like [a] driving rock kind of sound.
“But at the same time, we enjoy the music we make. And since we all have either classical or jazz training, it sort of brings a nuance to our approach.”
Because all its members are in school, The Gazebo also has a unique recording approach. The band exchanges ideas and music online while at school, then splits the actual recording of its music between a couple of different spots in Northwest Ohio when all the members are together.
Lately, The Gazebo has been busy working on its forthcoming double album, a concept record that started with the song “Flight to Babylon” off “Lawn Structures.”
The storyline for the double-album, “The Living Sun,” is about a character who starts in California, moves through Joshua Tree Forest and makes his way east.
The concept is inspired by the band members’ respective travels and primarily is about moving forward in life.
“Obviously, we write from our perspectives and experiences, but it is supposed to be a universal message, which is one of just sort of ‘Who am I?’” Bean said. “It’s about identity and just moving to new places.”
The first part of “The Living Sun,” “The Warming Sun,” is scheduled to be released in January.
Until then, The Gazebo is eager to get back together in Northwest Ohio to finish recording and perform at Howard’s.
“We’re playing [with] a six-person set,” Bean said of the show. “It should be a lot of fun and really good.”
On Dec. 21, The Gazebo will perform at Howard’s, 210 N. Main St. in Bowling Green. The Gazebo’s performance will also include Connor Leupp (vocals, keyboard, percussion), Vince Chiaverini (bass) and Tyler Fowler (tenor saxophone).
For more information, visit howardsclubh.com or call (419) 352-3195.