Dave Wayne, All About Jazz

Bad Luck is a 10-year collaboration between Seattle-based musicians Chris Icasiano on drums and Neil Welch on saxophone/electronics. With four albums under their belt, Bad Luck has created an incredibly diverse array of music — no small feat in the heavily trodden world of drum/saxophone duos. Their melodies, improvisations and compositions are constructed from the ground up, creating a band sound much larger than the sum of its parts. Icasiano and Welch began their collaboration as students at the University of Washington.

Bad Luck formed out of late night drum and saxophone marathon sessions exploring Coltrane/Rashied Ali style duos and jazz standards. It was after adding live electronics that the unique sound profile of Bad Luck began to take shape. They were named the “Outside Jazz Group of 2011” by Earshot Jazz Magazine, and their album Two was named “Album of the Year 2012” by the New York Jazz Review.


They are Table & Chairs Music recording artists with 4 albums to their credit: Bad Luck (2009), Two (2010) the Bloodroot EP (2012), and Three (2014).

Welch and Icasiano are founding members of the famed Racer Sessions avant-garde performance series which takes place each week in Seattle. They are also founding members of the cutting-edge record label Table & Chairs Music, which operates as a not-for-profit record label that gives 100% of its proceed to artists.

Bad Luck tours extensively, having shared the stage with local bands throughout the US as well as major figures in improvised music such as the saxophone legend Roscoe Mitchell, and performers Cuong Vu, Andrew D’Angelo, Wayne Horvitz, Dave King (The Bad Plus) and Chris Speed.

Bad Luck (2009)

Two (2011)

Bloodroot EP (2012)



Tour was a blast! Thanks to all of you who made it happen! We have a few more show coming up!

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 - 8:00pm
Icasiano. Welch. // Interstellar Space // The Royal Room, Seattle
With very special guests Evil Genius (LA)!
RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Bad Luck pays homage to the landmark recording Interstellar Space by the legendary John Coltrane and Rashied Ali.


Thursday, December 17th, 2015 @ The Chapel
Nineteen Crimes|Bad Luck|All Region Player

Nineteen Crimes is Gilleran’s latest manifestation of all the images and sounds that swirl in her head and in her garage. Joined by Rob Price, gtr; Sean Lane, bike; Joe Malcomb, modulator; Erica Carlson, percussion. Following Nineteen Crimes will be Chris Icasiano and Neil Welch’s badass duo  and ending the evening will be special guests from NYC – All Region Player, headed by the extraordinary talent of Rob Price on guitar with Ben Gallina, bass and Andy O’Neill, drums. Not to be missed!

A colorful world…evolving, surprising and shading off into new directions…the impressive range of feeling here is what makes Bad Luck a promising debut.

Phillip McNally, Cadence Magazine

Powerful and virtuosic, cutting-edge music…a fast twenty minutes worth of raw spontaneity.

Dave Wayne, All About Jazz

This music seems rich with certainty.

Jazzrymit Magazine, Finland

Hard-edged and audacious.

Ken Waxman, New York Jazz Record

A firery fusillade of spirals…a welter of sounds in ramped-up intensity.

Jerry D’Souza, All About Jazz.  

One of the finest Seattle jazz recordings in years—fresh, assured, mature. 

Peter Monaghan, Earshot Jazz

In tandem the pair range from post-Ayler skronk to rocky grooves by way of ambient textural loops.  They’ve developed a strong group conception.

John Sharpe, All About Jazz New York

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