DJ Masonic curates large, hybrid musical events in clubs, warehouses, and warehouses across the country. A dynamic electronica artist informed by his activities as a symphonic composer, he has worked in a range of venues — from big commercial venues such as San Francisco’s Mezzanine and Chicago’s Metro, to institutional spaces such as SFMOMA and Miami’s New World Symphony. DJ Masonic’s diverse sets range from jazzy trip-hop to techno, often incorporating live musicians from jazz and classical music.
Central to his activities as a DJ is Mercury Soul, a cross-genre project that drops thrilling performances of classical music into an evening of DJing and live electronica. Created in collaboration with Maestro Benjamin Shwartz and designer Anne Patterson, this innovative event has brought a new vision of the concert experience to thousand-person crowds in extraordinary spaces. New World Symphony invited Mercury Soul to create four sold-out events for its Frank Gehry-designed concert hall in Miami, including during the famed Winter Music Conference. With ongoing collaborations with the Chicago Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony, and debuting last season in a sold-out show with the Pittsburgh Symphony at Static, Mercury Soul has become an important game-changer in both club culture and the leading “alt classical” audience development project within the symphonic world.
Around San Francisco, Masonic has been heard at a variety of spaces, ranging from large clubs (Temple and Mezzanine) to lounges (Eve, Sugar, Fuse) to art spaces (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 111 Minna). Often joining him on upright bass is the extraordinary David Arend, who has performed on their monthly residency at John Colins lounge in SF’s SOMA district, as well as trumpeters Adam Luftman and Aaron Kahn.