Break Of Reality to perform Monday

3 cellists and a percussionist play "cello rock"
Break of Reality

What happens when a classically trained cellist with a passion for Metallica and Tool decides to start his own band? Something pretty interesting.

Break of Reality, a four-person group made up of three cellists -- Patrick Laird, Martin Torch-Ishii and Laura Metcalf -- and a percussionist — Ivan Trevino — is the result of this unlikely pairing of musical influences. It was formed by Laird at the Eastman School of Music in 2003. The band’s sound combines aspects of a chamber recital with those of a rock concert, sometimes through original works. The New York Press said of the group, “fans of both Nine Inch Nails and Kronos Quartet will be pleased.”

Break of Reality will perform at Centennial Hall on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 pm, the latest installment in the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s current concert series.

In addition to giving hundreds of performances across the country, the group has written music for dance, film, and television, including an Emmy award-winning episode of AIR: America’s Investigative Reports on PBS. They’ve also released three albums: “The Sound Between” (2006), “Spectrum of the Sky” (2009), and “Covers” (2012), which have sold more than 40,000 copies worldwide.

Monday’s performance is an all ages event, with a beer garden provided by the Rendezvous.

Tickets are available at the JACC, Hearthside Books, and online at

To hear clips of the band or view a video of a previous performance, visit their website at


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