From the creators of MACHINE MAKES MAN (winner of the 2013 Gold Prize for BEST INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE, Fringe Amsterdam) Odysseus Finn presents DISTRACTION IS THE DEVIL. The band is a collaborative ritual-rock project between Michael McQuilken (Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra) and David Van Witt (Sidewalk Dave). Utilizing a ten movement score corresponding with reactive projections and lights designed by STUDIO INDEFINIT (an NYC-based technology creation team who have worked with MOMA and Red Bull), ODYSSEUS FINN composes a raft to transport your consciousness from malignant noise toward a harmonic home. While their last show at Fringe Amsterdam was sold out, near their hometown of Brooklyn, NY, The New Haven Independent describes the show as "a magnetizing force... Van Witt and McQuilken brought the audience under their blessedly dark and harmonic spell with their delicious brand of musical storytelling."
ODYSSEUS FINN is a vessel that has been carefully composed over the past two years by Michael McQuilken and David Van Witt to employ an epic mythos in its musical storytelling of transformational ideas. If fire could blaze in the cold dark of space, their vocal harmonies would signal out like ceremonial smoke. Their words are alluring and hopeful; generational apathy is displaced by intention. Creation is beautiful when it flashes quick and bright, but a bigger bang is more likely when it burns slow-fanned, and like a steady strum, is hypnotic, its ember sustaining god-sized gaze until the tension of attention bursts them both. A grander merging occurs in the event decay. This band is an easily misunderstood spiritual supernova – if Star Wars were a record label, Odysseus Finn would be Darth Vader’s band.
A modern day renaissance man- a director, inventor, writer, and musician. McQuilken played drums for, and art-directed the Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra world tour, and has released several albums as The Few Moments. He lives in Brooklyn, NY where he directs music videos, and has recently been commissioned to score two new musicals by The Foundry Theatre and ARS NOVA.
David Van Witt:
Born in Brussels, Belgium to a German/American mother and a Dutch father, Van Witt moved through three countries and ten cities before making the road his home as Sidewalk Dave in 2009. After touring North America for five years, releasing four albums, starring and directing two short films, producing all his own music videos, and gaining a stalwart following, he finally paused to build a state-of-the-art recording studio with David Groener Jr in Brooklyn, NY.