SodaCan = Stephen Chopek
"I find individual elements most interesting when taken out of their original context and re-interpreted through a fresh perspective."
-- Stephen Chopek
Stephen Chopek (aka SodaCan) lives and works as a musician and artist in Jersey City, NJ. He is a multi-instrumentalist and self-taught artist. His work explores the connections that exist in the process of creating music and visual art.
Chopek's music is the sum of many parts – what he terms audio collage. Individual elements are both created by the artist and sampled from previously existing sources. They are then gathered, categorized, arranged, dissected, deconstructed, sliced, diced, manipulated, repeated, rearranged, recycled, reused, and molded into original compositions.
He also applies the collage technique to visual art and poetry. Chopek's mixed media works take readily accessible materials and found objects out of their original contexts and reshapes them into new compositions.
Chopek began studying drum set and classical percussion at a young age. While performing with William Paterson University's percussion ensemble, he pursued his interest in composers such as Steve Reich, John Cage, and Edgar Varèse. Later, Chopek furthered his studies with drummer Billy Martin of Medeski Martin and Wood and percussionist Leon Parker.
As a drummer, Stephen has toured the world and recorded with Charlie Hunter, John Mayer, Marc Broussard, Jesse Malin, The Alternate Routes, and many others. He maintains a busy performing and recording schedule while spreading the word about SodaCan to new audiences.
Choose one of the following categories for a list of Stephen Chopek's past performances.