Over the weekend, during The Disco Biscuits’ Saturday performance at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, keyboardist Aron Magner treated the band’s fans to a setbreak video of his new jazz-trio project SPAGA, who made their debut earlier this month at a special culinary and musical event at Hill Girt Farm in Chadds Ford, PA, in collaboration with Philadelphia chef Yehuda Sichel.
“I’ve been wanting to do a solo project for a few years now and get back to playing piano again,” Magner tells Jambands.com while describing how the new project came to fruition. “It’s such a unique instrument that, ironically, I don’t really get to play outside of home. I began to write solo piano at home and then tapped into two prominent local Philadelphia jazz performers, educators and composers: Matt Scarano and Jason Fratecelli. As can be expected, the songs began to evolve, and we are continuing to work toward the completion of an album, but I was getting anxious and wanted to debut the material in a unique setting. There were a few synergistic events that led me to bring a piano to a farm 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia and pair with a notable Philadelphia chef, and there were common themes of how the production of the album was a ‘farm to table’ production. It was a unique experience for all to tap into that energy while eating produce grown from there and then prepared for you by Chef Sichel. I have a strong admiration for his skills and what he represents as one of city’s prominent young chefs. But, most of all, it was just a fucking cool thing to do, to bring fans, friends and family into a beautiful and unique environment, feed them well and debut new music with a brand-new project.”
Watch video from SPAGA’s debut event below, including the trio’s tunes “Colors” and “Track 2.”