Saturday: Treologic sticks with jazz-infused hip-hop
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Lance Loiselle exposes music to kids for a living but is far from finished exploring the art himself.
“I’m studying hip-hop the same way I studied jazz,” said Loiselle, who holds a jazz studies degree from DePaul. “It’s kind of a musical evolution for me.”
Being a music teacher is more than a steady day job for Loiselle, it’s access to a nearly unlimited supply of extra voices whenever Treologic needs them.
On “Dusty Roads,” from the instrumental hip-hop band’s latest, “Thank You, Lenny,” Loiselle’s children’s choir at Chicago’s Portage Park backs up the sextet. The recording session took place at school after Treologic treated the student body to a performance at Loiselle’s annual talent show.
“It’s obviously a little different than what they’re used to hearing on the radio,” said Loiselle, who sings, plays bass and keys in Treologic. “They know what’s good. They really liked it a lot. The little kids, they went nuts for it.”
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Loiselle is joined by Justin Boyd on drums, DJ Savage, MC Billa Camp on vocals, Eric Koppa on sax, flute and percussion and Anthony Massaro on guitar and vocals.
The band plays the South Park Music Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday on Front Street.
The band has rotated through more than 25 musicians, with each incarnation, Loiselle said, going in a different direction. He believes this lineup and niche in hip-hop is solid.
“We’ve gone from one extreme to the next,” he said. “We’ve gone from jam with hip-hop to hip-hop with jazz. (This band) has a hunger unlike any group that I’ve been in.”
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