String Theorie — guitarist Joel Weik, bassist Karl Messerschmidt and percussionist Jordan Critchley — are a Hartford-area trio known for progressive, ambient instrumentals, propulsive grooves and eye-popping musicianship. But for Weik, the group's principal songwriter, virtuosity is never an end in itself. "When we are working on songs together," he said, "our approach is, 'How can we make this a great song, what's the vibe and how can we enhance that vibe?' We are never thinking, 'How can we make it more progressive or add more virtuosity?' It's always about what's going to enhance the song."
String Theorie was named the "Best Folk/Traditional Band" in Connecticut in the Advocate/Weekly's Grand Band Slam 2012. See their winner page on CT.com.