About the 442s
What happens when you combine two outstanding members of the world-class St. Louis Symphony with two of the city’s finest jazz musicians? You get The 442s, a genre-defying acoustic quartet named for the modern standard tuning of 442 Hz! Brought together by the innovative and inspired compositions of Adam Maness, who plays piano, guitar, accordion, melodica and glockenspiel in the group, The 442s features Shawn Weil on violin, Bjorn Ranheim on cello and Sydney Rodway on bass. This unique collaboration, formed in the Spring of 2012, combines outstanding musicianship, group singing and inventive improvisation, all while breaking down barriers between jazz, classical, folk and pop music. The 442s were born of a common musical inquisitiveness and a search for new and exciting musical possibilities and collaborations. This search has taken them to venues and concert series throughout the Midwest, including Powell Symphony Hall and Jazz at the Bistro. The 442s self-titled debut album was released in 2014 and has been featured on over 100 radio stations across the country. Their next album will be recorded at Powell Symphony Hall for release in 2016.
Meet the 442s
Composer, Guitarist, Keyboardist
Adam Maness is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and composer. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maness has performed around the globe with award winning artists from a plethora of musical genres. His songs and compositions have been featured on several national and international recordings, television shows, and films. Adam Maness resides in St. Louis with his wife and two children.
A native of Chicago, Shawn Weil is a dynamic and sought-after violinist and musician. Upon completing undergraduate and graduate work at Indiana University, he accepted a fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Weil has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe in chamber music and orchestral settings. He is a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho and is on faculty at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. Weil has been a member of the Saint Louis Symphony since 2003, and is a founding member of genre-bending chamber group, The 442s.
Cellist, Bjorn Ranheim, is a passionate and versatile performer. A member of the St. Louis Symphony since 2005, Ranheim also holds the principal chair of the Colorado Music Festival and is a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Ranheim has performed and toured with many American orchestras and frequently collaborates with world-class musicians from across the musical spectrum as a chamber musician, recording artist and soloist.
Sydney Rodway took a rather unusual path to the double bass. He spent the majority of his professional career as a jazz saxophone player. Trained at the University of Kansas, he spent over 15 years playing and touring with a variety of national artists. In 2004, at the age of 34, he decided to purchase and learn to play the upright bass in hopes of accompanying his wife, vocalist Erin Bode. It was a good match, and within a couple of weeks he was playing gigs with her trio. Since then they have recorded five studio albums and traveled extensively, performing in some of the best jazz clubs and concert halls in North America, Europe and Japan. Primarily self-taught, Sydney has seized numerous performance opportunities in the jazz and classical worlds and is a full-time member of the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis. Influenced mainly be the likes of Edgar Meyer and Larry Grenadier, He is very excited to continue this journey toward bass excellence.