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GRiZ gets busy at North Shore

Although Grant Kwiecinski is a classically trained alto saxophone and piano player, the Michigan native, better known as “GRiZ,” will bring an electronic sound to the Tahoe Biltmore next week.

GRiZ plays bass-infused, hip-hop, electro soul and future funk, according to a biography posted at His sets are often accompanied by live performances and recordings of his alto saxophone, as well as the use of an array of vinyl samples, according to the biography.

GRiZ released his first full-length album, “Mad Liberation,” in September 2012. The full album was quickly downloaded tens of thousand of times and is available for free on

“I don’t have fancy recording equipment, amazing speakers, crazy keyboards, complicated sample packs, proper studio time, cutting edge midi controllers, or outboard mixing gear,” Kwiecinski wrote on his website. “What I do have is an endless imagination of the future/now, unrelenting will, constant fascination, and a heart that has no capacity to stop loving and trying.”

GRiZ is expected to release his sophomore album, “Rebel Era,” soon. The Rebel Era tour that the Biltmore show is apart of was originally scheduled to include Two Fresh and Russian performer Anvil Smith. In a Tuesday Facebook post, Kwiecinski said Smith will no longer join the tour because of the government shutdown. Marvel Years will fill in, according to the post.

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Sierra Sun Updated Oct 9, 2013 01:23PM Published Oct 9, 2013 01:35PM Copyright 2013 Sierra Sun. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.