Damn Tall Buildings
Damn Tall Buildings
“The Carter Family for the millennial generation...The band coined the term ‘guerrilla roots’ to describe its sound, which draws on early-20th-century Americana/bluegrass music, ‘repurposed for a modern audience.’” (The Boston Globe)
Damn Tall Buildings was born in January of 2013, busking on Newbury Street in Boston, MA. Through street performing, this dynamic quartet formed the foundation for the fully-immersive and truly electrifying performance for which they are known today. Priding themselves on their robust tour schedule, DTB has performed at numerous venues and festivals across the continental U.S. – most recently including GreyFox Bluegrass Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Podunk Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass On The Bogs, Vinegrass, and FreshGrass Festival (where they were awarded 2nd place in the 2016 band competition). During the span of these tours, they've shared the stage with artists such as The California Honeydrops, The Dustbowl Revival, Sierra Hull, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Gangstagrass, and many more.
The band has recorded and released two studio recordings since its inception. Their latest release, Damn Tall Buildings (2015) explores more modern production while staying true to their soulful storytelling and foot-stomping grooves. Released July ‘15 to a sold-out crowd at the legendary Club Passim, the self-titled EP quickly bolstered the band’s success on a national level. Their first release, Cure-All (2014) successfully captures unparalleled energy created in a live setting. In the 11 track album, DTB “rambles from ‘Portland to Richmond’ as they try to leave the ‘Wichita Blues’ back in the hotel room and a Celtic air offers a foundation for the flying notes that rise like the oncoming water in the ‘Ballad of Nigel Williams’...Damn Tall Buildings have a way of making old songs feel modern.” (The Alternate Root)
Although born and raised in southern New Hampshire, Max Capistran was brought up with the sounds of the Mississippi Delta. Having heard the music of Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters at a young age, it didn’t take long for him to completely immerse himself in playing the music from his childhood. Throughout middle school and high school, he studied blues and jazz guitar along with the history of the music he loved so much. Max eventually began teaching at a music school in Bedford, NH, and stumbled upon his other passions: teaching and music therapy. Through the school that he taught at, Bedford Youth Performing Company, he was allowed the opportunities to work as a music therapist at other facilities in conjunction with BYPC, such as Easter Seals and 21st Century Teacher and Learning. While working as a music therapist, Max discovered the power of music, which led to him applying and getting accepted into Boston’s Berklee College of Music.
Max began studying at Berklee in January of 2012, and from there was introduced to bluegrass, swing and old time music. Always loving the thrill of performing, Max began spending all of his free time busking on Newbury Street in Boston with the then nameless, Damn Tall Buildings. In January of 2013, Damn Tall Buildings officially formed, and since then they have been performing, writing, and recording nonstop. Max is currently set to graduate Berklee in May of 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Songwriting, and is planning to continue playing with Damn Tall Buildings and to pursue a Master’s Degree in International Relations. An avid studier of world events and issues, Max hopes to one day bring his love for music and helping people to an international level.
A Portland, OR native, Jordan Alleman began playing banjo at the age of thirteen and
hasn’t looked back. Initially beginning banjo as a bluegrass player, his music has
evolved beyond that of bluegrass with influences of pop, classical, folk, blues, and
rock. Thanks in part to a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Jordan has been
privileged to study under a growing list of such banjo luminaries as Peter
Schwimmer, Mark Pettys, Wes Corbett, Lauck Benson, Tony Trischka, Chris Pandolfi,
Ryan Cavanaugh, Alison Brown, and many more! He currently plays and tours the New England area
with Damn Tall Buildings and High Rock Mountain.
Hailing from the city of brotherly love, Sasha Dubyk was raised right outside of Philadelphia with music always being the center of her life. At an early age, her father introduced her to the sounds of Motown, and it wasn't long before Sasha fell in love with music. Coming from a musical family, she began taking piano lessons at the age of 7, singing in her fathers band, and in various choirs (church, classical, broadway, and her favorite gospel). As she grew and developed musically, her musical taste did as well ranging from funk, soul, and blues, to show tunes and jazz. The performance that kicked things into gear for her was her performance at the Apollo Theater in Harlem New York.
After this, Sasha spent most of middle and high school involved in intense musical theater productions leading up to her admittance to Muhlenberg College's theater and dance programs. After a year and a half of studying, she realized that she not only wanted to primarily study music, but she also wanted to find a career that would help benefit others; specifically children. Subsequently, she discovered Berklee College of Music's Music Therapy program. At that time, she did not know what music therapy was, but she knew that it made sense, and that it was a way to unharness music in service to others. Sasha had always known the empowerment of music and its ability to heal, uplift, and speak to all. Now an almost graduate of Berklee, she has not only personally experienced music's power, but has also been able to share it. Through working with children from 1 week old to 10 years old at Boston Children's Hospital, with special needs children at the Kennedy Day School in Brighton Massachusetts, or with elderly Alzheimer's and Dementia patients at various assisted living facilities, Sasha has witnessed the power of music.
Sasha believes that there is no higher use of musical talents than the opportunity to reach somebody across the bridge of pathology; to reach an Alzheimer's patient, to shape the life of a person with autism, or to reach somebody who is afraid or in pain. Furthermore, Sasha has a passion for performing. In the last three years she has had the opportunity of performing with her dads European folk band, The Klezmeranians, as she traveled and performed in Rosario, Argentina, Mexico City, Mexico, and Kiev, Ukraine. Along with this, she has been singing and playing the upright bass with Damn Tall Buildings all over New England. As she graduates this May with a Bachelor's of Music in Music Therapy, Sasha hopes to integrate all that she has learned, and to use the power of music to benefit humanity.
Born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, Avery discovered his love and connection to music at an early age. From his constant singing and plinking away the piano to his mom waking him up in the morning by blasting the likes of Jethro Tull and Uriah Heep, music quickly became a staple in his life. At the age of 9, Avery picked up his first fiddle and hasn’t put it down since. Growing up, he was immersed in the world of classical chamber music and played in a string quartet for 5 years.
In 2009, Avery attended Montana State University where he studied classical violin with Angella Ahn, and composition from Eric Funk while working in the Music Technology major. Spring of 2012 marked his transfer to Berklee College of Music to study Film Scoring. Since moving to Boston, he has had the privilege of studying and playing with Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, Tony Trischka, and many more incredible musicians. This is also where Avery met and started playing with Max on the streets of Boston, and another project with Jordan, beginning the journey towards what is now Damn Tall Buildings.
With a consistently full plate, and an ever optimistic vision for things to come, Avery works hard to keep his playing and songwriting steeped in growth and honesty. He has found that one of the best ways to do this is to work with others and teach what he knows. His love for humanity is second only to his desire to help better the world with the music he loves.