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Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista ranks among a new wave of creative musicians grounded in jazz, 20th century experimentalism, and popular song, exploring the place of multiculturalism and ethnic co-existence in an increasingly post-cultural, trans-idiomatic cultural space. Evangelista’s music has been called “essential current-and-future listening,” a “near-seamless blend of modern jazz, contemporary structuralist composition, indie rock, and blues rock” (Tiny Mix Tapes). This complex, powerful aesthetic fosters an “otherworldly experience” that is “completely original” (Eugene Weekly).




Karl Evangelista and Grex reunite with longtime drummer Robert Lopez, cellist Crystal Pascucci, and saxophonist Kasey Knudsen for a special evening of Filipino-American folk songs and wily abstraction. Then: the Grex duo embark on a short run of special WC dates! Look out for all-new, never-before-heard music, some startling new sounds, and--this summer, at long last--the release of Grex's Electric Ghost Parade LP!!!

March 18, 7:30pm, Karl Evangelista: Exploring the Filipino-American Avant-Garde @ Red Poppy Art House (San Francisco, CA)

April 1, 7pm, Grex at Open Gate Series w/Trevor Anderies's Three Finger Jack @ Eagle Rock Center for the Arts (Los Angeles, CA)

April 10, 7pm, Grex & Brimstone and Glory (silent film screening) @ The Uptown (Oakland, CA)

Bells for the New Year

Grex shifts into February with two special hits in the East Bay (including the band's first show in Alameda (!). Look out for all-new, never-before-heard music, some startling new sounds, and--this summer, at long last--the release of the Electric Ghost Parade LP!!!

February 16, 9pm, Grex w/Spencer Owen Timeshare, Chris Peck @ Fireside Lounge (Alameda, CA)

February 24, 7pm, Grex w/Inner Ear Brigade, Two Crows Fighting (Portland) @ Octopus Salon (Oakland, CA)


Grex is very proud to announce a special short run anniversary tour, celebrating 10 (!) years of partnership. For this special occasion, the group will debut a new version of its two-man-band configuration, showcasing a slew of never-before-heard original songs. This new music is warped--a combination of lilting vocal melodies, dark, loping beats, and a fair bit of impressionistic noise. It's virgin territory for the band--like nothing you've ever heard before!

June 21, 10pm, Los Angeles, Hyperion Tavern
June 22, 8pm, Long Beach, DiPiazza's
June 23, 8pm, Pasadena, Battery Books
June 25, San Diego, The Bancroft
June 27, 6-10pm, Olympia, Le Voyeur
June 28, 9pm, Seattle, Substation
June 29, 8pm, Portland, Turn Turn Turn
July 1, 8pm, Placerville, The Band Room
July 2, 7pm, Oakland, Studio Grand
July 8, 8:30pm, Sacramento, Old Ironsides

The Story Continues...

2017 blazes on with a special one weekend run of Grex Plays A Love Supreme, the band's drastic, multi-genre reworking of John Coltrane's classic suite. LA trumpeter Dan Clucas features. Also--this June, the Grex duo embarks on a special summer tour of the West Coast. Details TBA...

May 27, 8pm, Grex Plays ALS w/Karl Evangelista's Song & Dance Trio @ California Jazz Conservatory (Berkeley, CA)

May 28, 7:30m, Grex Plays ALS w/Byron Colborn @ Gold Lion Arts (Sacramento, CA)


In Summer 2016, Grex will bring music from its forthcoming album Electric Ghost Parade to venues across the West Coast, debuting a striking "two man band" configuration that recalls the dizzying duo histrionics of The White Stripes, Skeleton Crew, and Mal Waldron/Steve Lacy. This one is history in the making--taking Grex back to its inventive, garage-y roots while pointing toward the epic psychedelic soundscapes of the future.

June 4, 7pm, Joshua Tree, CA @ Beatnik Salon
June 5, 9pm, Long Beach, CA @ Que Sera
June 6, 8pm, Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint
June 8, 11pm, Los Angeles, CA @ Hyperion Tavern
June 9, San Diego, CA @ The Merrow
June 10, 8pm, Pasadena, CA @ Battery Books
June 11, 8pm, Long Beach, CA @ Rebel Bite
June 14, 9pm, Eugene, OR @ Old Nick's
June 16, 9:30pm, Portland, OR @ Kenton Club
June 17, 7:30pm, Seattle, WA @ Good Shepherd Center (part of Wayward Music Series)
June 18, 8:30pm, Portland, OR @ Turn Turn Turn
June 20, 7:30pm, Seattle, WA @ The Royal Room (part of Father/Daughter)
June 23, Quincy, CA @ Main Street Sports Bar
June 24, Sacramento, CA @ Gold Lion Arts (part of Gold Lion Festival)
June 25, Berkeley, CA @ The Starry Plough

AHOY 2016!!!

2016 marches on! Grex makes a mid-April jaunt to Sacramento's Luna's Cafe, debuting a brand new set of duo music. Later, the full band returns to the dynamic environs of San Francisco to play first Mondays at the Make-Out Room, joined by world fusion ensemble DaMaDa and chamber jazz all-stars Two Aerials!

April 18, 7:30pm, Nebraska Mondays: Grex w/Peter Martin @ Luna's Cafe (1414 16th Street, Sacramento, CA)

May 2, 8pm, The Monday Make-Out: Grex w/DaMaDa + Two Aerials @ The Make-Out Room (Oakland, CA)



Grex debuts a battery of material from its upcoming album ELECTRIC GHOST PARADE in front of a breathless East Coast audience. Expect fireworks both literal and figurative, handcrafted for fans of Hendrix, Deerhoof, and Sonny Sharrock.


September 24, 8pm, Fire Museum Presents w/Superlith & George Korein & The Spleen @ Aux Space (Philadelphia, PA)

September 25, 7:30pm (doors)/8:30pm (show), w/Plums & Chester Hawkins @ Velvet Lounge (Washington, DC)

September 27, 9pm, w/Lost Civilizations Experimental Music Project @ Galaxy Hut (Arlington, VA)

September 29, 9pm, w/PA Angelo, Ghypsee and the Wichts, The Living Strange, Whoopass Goldberg @ Meatlocker (Montclair, NJ)

September 30, 7:30pm, w/Kenne Highland (of the Gizmos), Fable Grazer @ Lilypad (Cambridge, MA)

October 1, 9pm, w/Weasel Walter/Chris Pitsiokos Duo, Andrew Barker Trio, Max Jaffe @ Muchmore's (NYC, NY)

October 2, 9:30pm, w/Young Nudist, Aaron Novik's Abebbe, Marc Edwards and Slipstream Time Travel @ Pine Box Rock Shop (Brooklyn, NY)

October 3, 8pm, Brooklyn Experimental Song Carnival w/Naked Roots Conducive, Laurie Amat, etc. @ Panoply (Brooklyn, NY)


New 10 track album by Karl's trio GREX - available on LP, CD, & digital download

The DEBUT album of Grex's trio configuration and the first release on BRUX Records - Cutting-edge Art Rock/Free Jazz


Monster Music is Grex's debut trio album and the group's first release in a dual digital/LP format. This incomparably creative, dynamic document is the first to capture the band's current brand of free jazz-inflected pop/rock.

Track Listing: Toy Time, Christmas Song, Romancing Stone, Mole Cricket, Love Song, Hurdles, Up Popped the Snake, Guinea (Don Cherry), Friday, Little Wicka Big Feet