A composer and multi-instrumentalist, Egan is a fifteen year veteran of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul music scene. He works in a variety of genres, including Irish traditional music, folk, rock, blues, classical music, and free improvisation; and performs on clarinet, saxophone, tin whistle, piano, and percussion.
Jagged Spiral is...difficult to define. Three people in the Upper Midwest of North America, creating music together that defies traditional descriptions. Angry. Progressive. Conceptual. Epic. Brazen. Dark. Metallic. Since no other genres suffice, they have decided to declare a new genre of music: 'Northern Rock'. Rough as a serrated edge. Cold and slick as black ice. The harsh brutality of Gothic Hard Rock merged with ambience, depth, and groove, then left out in the rain to corrode into something completely unique. Like I said, Jagged Spiral is difficult to define. Far easier to listen for yourself, and come up with your own description.
Military Special was forged in the fires of the Summer of 2007. They played their first show at a keg party in a Minneapolis basement shortly thereafter.
Founding members Peter Blomgren, Joe Schweigert, and Jake Hartnett—of Afternoon Records alums Look Down—hooked up with James Shaff (of Viceburgh), and Jake’s brother Joe Hartnett to form the original lineup of Military Special. Those five recorded a quick demo before the departure of the Hartnett Brothers in September of 2007.
Winning tracks from each contest are selected by panelists from within the music industry. Each week a three-song playlist from the winning submissions will be featured on the mnartists.org and Summit Brewery web sites. Quarterly listening parties at area venues will take place and a compilation CD of music from the yearlong contest will be produced.
Submission Specifications and Entry Process Any and all types of music accepted; only three tracks per musician will be reviewed for possible inclusion on the CD. Tracks can be uploaded to artist pages on mnartists.org, and a URL of the page can then be e-mailed to [email protected]. Submissions must come from mnartists.org members. To sign up for membership, visit www.mnartists.org/join.do?action=join. For assistance with registration or with uploading music tracks, please e-mail [email protected] or call 612.375.7611.