Dave Wayne, All About Jazz

 Bad Luck chop up time and space into jagged, unpredictable shapes, but sometimes they hit upon a quasi-funk groove that sounds like an asymmetrical avalanche. Most of the time, you have no idea where they're going, but they impel you to follow closely, no matter what.” –Dave Segal, The Stranger

For over a decade the Seattle based duo Bad Luck (Neil Welch, saxophone/electronics and Chris Icasiano, drums) have pushed the boundaries of what it means to perform, create and move forward in the genre of modern jazz. 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. They have developed a unique performative language together, sculpting compositions that use complex mnemonic techniques, and create "fearless, raw improvisations" (Seattle Times).

Bad Luck formed out of late night drum and saxophone marathon sessions exploring John Coltrane & Rashied Ali style duos and jazz standards while students together at the University of Washington.  Since then they have come to embody a wide range of styles with incredible artistic growth as a band. They gained recognition early on, being named “Outside Jazz Group of 2011” by Earshot Jazz Magazine, with their album Two was named “Album of the Year 2012” by the New York Jazz Review. The duo has emerged as one of Seattle's most lauded experimental projects of late, with genre-melting collaborations with dancers and visual artists in genres far and beyond the realm of jazz music. 

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 arts organization Table & Chairs, which produces music events and facilitates educational programs. 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 and Chris Speed. Bad Luck are currently Table & Chairs Music recording artists with four albums to their credit: Bad Luck (2009), Two (2010), Bloodroot EP (2012) and Three (2014). They recently recorded their fourth full-length album Four, due to be released sometime in late 2017.

Bad Luck (2009)

Two (2011)

Bloodroot EP (2012)






Spring/SUMMer 2018

5/10 - Seattle, WA @ LoFi
Mind Beams /Bad Luck /Beyond Captain Orca! with Amy Denio

5/20 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Yonatan Gat, Darto, Bad Luck, Geist & Sacred Ens.

5/30 - Seattle, WA @ Southgate Roller Rink
Wed Experiments: Zen Mother, Drama Bahama, Baby Gramps, Bad Luck

6/17 - Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge
Bad Luck / Tough Customer (BC) / The Carols / Clarko

6/27 - Seattle, WA @ Gainsbourg

7/7 - Portland, OR @ Improvisation Summit of Portland

7/19 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

9/28 - Seattle WA @ Columbia City Theater - BAD LUCK 'FOUR' Record Release Show

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

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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