According to Wikipedia, “Math rock is a rhythmically complex, often guitar-based, style of experimental rock and indie rock[1] music that emerged in the late 1990s, influenced by progressive rock bands like King Crimson and 20th century minimalist composers such as Steve Reich. It is characterized by complex, atypical rhythmic structures (including irregular stopping and starting), counterpoint, odd time signatures, angular melodies, and extended, often dissonant, chords.”

I first heard about this new category of music when I was living in New York City in the early 2000’s and was able to attend a handful of live shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn to check out what was a completely new genre to me. I found that I really enjoy a musical sound dominated by guitars and drums, with complex rythms woven into each piece. When researching more about the genre, I found that early influences stemmed from musicians who emerged in the 1960s and ’70s such as The Beatles, Frank Zappa, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, Yes, Rush, King Crimson, Gong, and The Police (which happens to be my all-time favorite band EVER!)

*VIDEO: Take a listen by checking out this YouTube compilation of All-Time Favorite Math Rock Songs

*SWAG: Here is an awesome tshirt you can sport to show off this awesome genre of music as well! Consider sporting it during Rochester International Jazz Fest! It was designed by , who has some other really cool designs available as well!

From Wikipedia, “Whereas most rock music uses a basic 4/4 meter (however accented or syncopated), math rock frequently uses asymmetrical time signatures such as 7/8, 11/8, or 13/8, or features constantly changing meters based on various groupings of 2 and 3. This rhythmic complexity, seen as “mathematical” in character by many listeners and critics, is what gives the genre its name.”

It’s such an interesting connection between math and music, and during this June 21-29th Rochester International Jazz Fest week, I along with my colleagues at Freed Maxick CPAs highly recommend your checking out more about math rock, if you’d like to hear something new!

In addition, we hope that those in and around the Western New York area get a chance to enjoy all that the week of music festivities brings to Rochester, NY. Freed Maxick is getting involved as well, joining WXXI and the Little Theater celebrate the 2013 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival with special events and programming throughout the week of June 21st-29th!

Freed Maxick Jazz Tent
Check out the “Freed Maxick Jazz Tent” tent behind The Little Theatre during the Festival. Anyone is invited to stop by for live music, food, and a cash bar. Keep in mind that the Little is also a club venue for the Festival, so there will be ticketed events inside all week as well.


  • Fri., June 21, 5:30-7:30: Josh Netsky l 8:30-10:30: GRR Band
  • Sat., June 22, 5:30-7:30: Connie Deming l 8:30-10:30:  Annie Wells
  • Sun., June 23, 5:30-7:30: Stoney Lonesome Band l 8:30-10:30: Harmonica Lewinsky
  • Mon., June 24, 5:30-7:30: Maria Gillard l 8:30-10:30: The Jane Mutiny
  • Tues., June 25, 5:30-7:30: Steve Grills and The Roadmasters l 8:30-10:30: Significant Other
  • Wed., June 26, 5:30-7:30: The Russell Fielder Trio l 8:30-10:30: Margaret Explosion
  • Thur., June 27, (PRIVATE EVENT ONLY) l 8:30-10:30: The Pickpockets
  • Fri., June 28, 5:30-7:30: Josh Netsky l 8:30-10:30: GRR Band
  • Sat., June 29, 5:30-7:30: Michalea Davis l 8:30-10:30: Annie Wells

Browse their blog below to learn all that is planned, or visit the WXXI booth on Jazz Street (aka Gibbs Street) during the fest for complete details.

WXXI/Little Jazz site:

We hope you enjoy this week’s festivities and enjoy some amazing music. Here are some great resources below to help you navigate through all the events and connect on social media.



Program Listings Guide (June issue):