Not On Mars is the culmination of years of evolutionary change, tectonic plate shifts deep within the crust of the Great Divide that has kept Jazz and Rock at relatively safe distances from one another. Not On Mars dares to be among those intrepid explorers that made venture into that Great Wilderness.
At least that's what we are trying to do ...
Not On Mars is a five piece Madison based band that blends rock, blues, jazz, and funk in an improvisational setting. Thus far, Not On Mars is an instrumental band. Balancing structure and free improvisation, Not On Mars weaves a sonic tapestry of rhythmic groove and melodic coolness.
The band is:
Dylan Heckman: Keys. Since relocating to Madison in 2001, Dylan has been involved in a wide variety of projects, including a three year stint in The Spirit Plane through their transition from surf and instrumental rock to a lyrically driven cinematic rock multimedia project, and recording work with Tyvek and Sons (led by Andrew Yonda of Arena Venus and Buffali fame) and State Street's infamous troubador UFO Jim (aka Reverend Jim). He also really loves extra-sharp cheddar cheese.
Jed Heckman: Bass. Jed is Dylan's younger brother. Jed has played in several bands around Madison, including the band, Hue, and The Spirit Plane, as well as on a few tracks of UFO Jim's 2003 release, 'Dancing With Aliens'.
Chris Marr: Drums. Chris has been in many bands in Colorado. He says he can get us some great gigs out that way. Boy, I can't wait! I think that would be a lot of fun. We'll let you all know as things develop.
Aaron Hanusa: Guitar. Aaron played guitar in the Madison, WI, band, The Sugar, and currently plays Logarhythm.