BIO

The literal definition of Escaper is "one who breaks free from confinement".  The band strives for a sound without limits while keeping the dance grooves going.

The band released their 3rd album on Ropeadope Records in June 2020 which was met with critical acclaim including being named a JamBase “Release Day Pick”. Named “On the Verge” by Relix Magazine (full page in print edition).

The band has shared the stage with members of the Disco Biscuits, Brazilian Girls, Thievery Corporation, Rubblebucket, Cabinet, Turkuaz and more. They have also shared bills at venues such as Brooklyn Bowl and Irving Plaza with Jon Fishman (Phish), Karl Denson, Start Making Sense, Aqueous, Electric Beethoven, The DAB Sessions (ft. Aron Magner & Felix Pastorius). They have been seen at festivals such as Elements:Lakewood, DiscJam, Grateful Getdown, Rock n Roll Resort and Mazzstock. Featured on radio such as WEQX and WFOX.

MEET THE BAND

WILL HANZA

// guitar, vocals

Will has been a proud Ropeadope recording artist since 2014. Endorsed by Eastman Guitars & Mandolins. Has been a contributor for Guitar World Magazine and has been featured on WXPN, PBS, Relix Magazine, The Village Voice, Time Out NY, Live for Live Music and more.


Will has performed on stage with musicians such as Jimmy Vivino (Basic Cable Band/Conan O'Brien), Aron Magner & Marc Brownstein (the Disco Biscuits), Joe Russo (Further, JRAD), Aaron Johnston & Jesse Murphy (Brazilian Girls), Andy Hess (Govt. Mule), Jason Lindner (David Bowie, Now vs Now), Avi Bortnick, as well as members from bands such as Thievery Corporation, Rusted Root, Turkuaz, Dopapod, TAUK, Rubblebucket, Kung Fu, Fab Faux, Perpetual Groove, Goose, Cabinet, lespecial and more.

 

He as performed at venues such as Irving Plaza, Brooklyn Bowl, Hammerstein Ballroom, World Cafe Live and festivals/events such as Catskill Chill Music Festival, Elements:Lakewood, Disc Jam, Grateful Getdown, Mazzstock, Philadelphia Folk Festival, SXSW, NAMM and more. 

JAY GIACOMAZZO

// bass

Jay is originally from the Bronx, NY and has had a diverse musical upbringing. He began playing at his local church and ended up touring rock clubs across the country by age 18. He went on to study music at Purchase College.

 

A founding member of Escaper, he has been writing and touring extensively with the band since its inception. 

Endorsed by Lakland Bass Guitars.

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PHIL KADET

// keyboards, vocals

Phil Kadet is a multi-talented musician based in New York City. He is an entertainer, composer, arranger, music director, producer, conductor, and accompanist, working in many diverse genres of music, from rock and roll to opera. He is a regular fixture as a solo musician, band leader, and collaborator in cabarets and night clubs, state-wide and internationally, including frequent club dates in Los Angeles and New York, international ocean liners, as well as a residency in Paris, France.

 

Since 2013, he has been a collaborative pianist and guest artist with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, a world class training and performance program on the Big Island of Hawaii. This past August, he became a collaborative pianist and music director for Cantos Para Hermanar al Mundo, a series of classical concerts presented in the city of Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico. He is also a staff accompanist for the voice program at NYU Steinhardt. Accomplished in the world of musical theater, music director credits include The Last Five Years, Grease, Thirteen, Spring Awakening, and recently, orchestra conductor and music director for West Side Story at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea, HI. This past year marks his debut as a solo recording artist, releasing two albums, First Takes and Kadet Christmas. While in performance chiefly a pianist and singer, he also enjoys playing guitar. And riding a bicycle. At the same time. 

                               

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RICKY PETRAGLIA

// drums

A seasoned creative and working musician, Ricky was born in Pittsburgh and began studying jazz at Duquesne University in his teens. He received his BA for Music Performance at Berklee College of Music (2008-2012), studying with Ian Froman, Kenwood Dennard, and Terri Lynn Carrington.

 

Ricky has performed at NRG Stadium for the Howdy Modi summit, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, End of the Road festival, recorded with multi-Grammy nominated producers, and has extensively toured EU/UK.