WNMF 4: Animals As Leaders

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 7:30PM
Centennial Concert Hall

“The sound is many things at once, a Rubik’s Cube of rhythms, complex yet colorful… This is their thing: To make prog palatable, easy to digest, even if their playing is intimidatingly virtuosic. You don’t have to have trained ears to dig these dudes — any old ears will do, really, as long as they can withstand a thorough battering. “

– Las Vegas Review Journal

Instrumental progressive metal – not a musical style that typically makes it onto the Billboard charts (three albums in a row), and even less something you’d expect to find at a contemporary classical music festival. American progressive metal giants Animals As Leaders return to Winnipeg to present their satisfyingly disorienting, virtuosic music in an intimate chamber concert setting.

Formed in Washington, D.C. in 2007, the group took the prog and metal world by storm with its eclectic and nuanced sound, blending progressive and heavier elements with classical, jazz, and diverse other influences into a cohesive, kaleidoscopic texture. WNMF is proud to present the band to classical and prog audiences alike, who will surely recognize their music as a refreshing and uniquely 21st-century evolution of advanced chamber music.

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  • The music of Animals As Leaders


Animals As Leaders
Tosin Abasi, guitar; Javier Reyes, guitar; Matt Garstka, drums


From Chamber to Metal

6:45PM | Piano Nobile

An exploration of the guises chamber music has worn throughout the ages.

David Moroz, Winnipeg Chamber Music Society
Harry Strub, Virtuosi Concerts
Animals As Leaders
Daniel Raiskin, music director
Harry Stafylakis, host


Piano Nobile

Tosin Abasi, guitar
Javier Reyes, guitar
Matt Garstka, drums
Harry Stafylakis, host


Piano Nobile 
DJ Tony Neu