Capital Zen's members draw on their influences in funk, reggae, rock, punk, and jazz, bonding them at the molecular level to create a truly explosive sound that can only be described as Capital Zen. Live Zen is all about getting people up and moving. With Ryzuk's funky bass lines, Scoville's tight guitar licks, Hannay's color and harmony, and Wylie's drums as the anchor, Zen rocks every crowd they come across.
Conceived late in the summer of 2004 in Lake George NY, Zen originally played under the name 'Tree' with current members Scoville, Wylie, Ryzuk, and fourth member Jon McDowell, who was the lead singer and percussionist. Tree gained notoriety in Upstate New York for their ambient jams and psychedelic sound. When McDowell left the area in '06 the band shifted gears. The trio took the name "Capital Zen" and their music to the next level ever since. After a couple magical shows in the early months of '09 with Scott Hannay (who has also played onstage with jam-rock masters Umphrey's McGee) on keyboards the group knew the chemistry was complete.
Capital Zen has played a number of great venues all around the North East including Nectars, Revolution Hall, The Electric Company, Red Square, Northern Lights, Copperfields, The Monopole, Savannahs, The Black Oak, and General Clinton's. Capital Zen has also been thrilled to share the stage with many great acts, including Rustic Overtones, Beduin Soundclash, Into the Presence (feat. Tim Alexander from Primus), Positive Mental Trip, Consider the Source, Method of Productive Means, Citizen Red, Evil TV, and Lucid. Capital Zen hosted an Umphreys McGee after party in Boston and also spent this New Year's Eve playing with Lynch, which features members of Conehead Buddha and Moe. With the release of their second album coming this summer, Capital Zen is looking forward to continuing to spread their music to new audiences in '09.