The Alchemystics

Northampton, MA

Fueled by their passion to explore beyond the edges of traditional musical boundaries and their diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds, the Alchemystics blend reggae, politically infused hip-hop, gritty soul, hard-driving rock, and pulsing Jamaican, Cuban and Trinidadian rhythms into an utterly unique and distinctively original new sound. The result is modern-day roots music with global appeal – an alchemy of ancient musical traditions; intricate, intelligent wordplay; elementally raw soul; irresistible hooks; deep, driving rhythms; and old-school vocal harmonies – fired by the Alchemystics’ unique blend of intensity, passion, and sheer artistic chemistry into a powerful, contemporary, and unmistakable sound.

Formed by producers and rhythmic earth shakers Demse Zullo (drums & percussion) & Garrett Sawyer (bass) in early 2003, the Alchemystics under their musical direction have grown into an eclectic lineup of talented musicians. They combine the inspired, masterful vocals of Ilana Morris and Ian-I, the smooth and socially conscious lyricism of Force, the Afro-Caribbean infused percussion of Matthew King and Freddy McCondichie, booming bass of Chris Ball, and the cosmic keyboards of John Corda. Together, The Alchemystics have catalyzed into an original, unstoppable musical force. Their high-energy, fiercely danceable live shows have gained the band a passionately loyal multi-cultural, multi-generational following throughout New England and beyond.

The Alchemystics have shared stages with a global array of music luminaries such as Stephen Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Clipse, Damian Marley, The Abyssinians, Sister Carol, The Coup, Inner circle, Busta Rhymes, Yellow Man, Burning Spear, Gil Scott Heron, Culture, Steel Pulse, Angelique Kidjo, Mighty Sparrow, The Brazilian Girls, Israel Vibrations, The English Beat, Midnite, King Sunny Ade and Taj Mahal among many others.

The Alchemystics firmly embrace the philosophy that music and art are tools for propelling social change in our communities, and that the future of music and the planet necessitates bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to create conscious community. Individually and collectively, the members of the Alchemystics prioritize giving back to their local community, working closely with local youth groups and lending their musical talents when called upon. In November 2017, members of the Alchemystics performed a benefit for hurricane relief for Puerto Rico, called Puerto Rico Se Levanta! With other local musicians, the Alchemystics helped raise thousands of dollars to help Puerto Ricans in need. Individually and as a group, Alchemystics members regularly guest lecture, teach, and perform at schools and colleges throughout the Northeast.

The Alchemystics have made their mark on the festival circuit, performing at major music events throughout the Northeast like Ziontific, StrangeCreek, Wormtown, Wild Woods, MOVE!, Meraki Roots Music Festival, Green River Festival, Matrix, Bella Terra, Cosmic Alignment, and Open Road Music and Arts, just to name a few.

In May 2011 The Alchemystics released their fourth album Spread Hope, a 17-track studio album that follows up their E.P. and a full length live recording in 2008. They continue to play throughout the Northeast year-round.

In the News

Upcoming Shows

  • 08/18/18 Charlemont, MA at Charlemont Reggae Festival
  • 09/01/18 Wanakena, NY at Summer Arts Series
  • 09/02/18 Rowayton, CT at Bayley Beach Park
  • 09/09/18 Rochester, NH at Governor’s Inn
  • 09/13/18 Canton, NY at Java Barn
  • 09/16/18 Greenfield, MA at Wormtown Music Festival
  • 10/20/18 Norwich, CT at Strange Brew Pub


Camp Creek (ME)
Nateva Festival (ME)
Strange Creek Music Festival (MA)
Bella Terra Festival (NY)
Rock N Roll Resort (NY)
Wormtown Music Festival (MA)
WeBeJammin (ME)
Charlemont Reggae Fest (MA)
Extravaganja (MA)
Mt Snow Reggae Fest (VT)
Boston Greenfest (MA)
Sound Sessions Street Festival (RI)
Norwalk Reggae & Blues Festival (CT)
Open Road Music & Arts Festival (MA)
LimboFest (MA)
Terpstock (MD)
Lowell Winter Fest (MA)
Turners Falls River Culture Fest (MA)
Greenfield RockFest (MA)
Trade Roots Reggae Festival (MA)
Moondance Festival (VT)
Drums Around the World (MA)
Underground Music Festival (NY)
Blaster Monkey Festival (MA)
EvolveFest (NJ)
Wormtown Winter Carnival (MA)
Catskill Chill (NY)
Heads in Harmony (ME)
Backwoods Pond Fest (NY)
Last Green Fest (CT)
Green Love Festival (ME)
Mt Sugarloaf Reggae Festival (ME)
Rock n Roll Resort (NY)
Cosmic Alignment (NY)
Hop Jam (VT)
Otter Creek Brew Fest (VT)
UCONN Reggae Festival (CT)
Disc Jams
Strange Creek
Ziontific Summer Solstice Festival


University of Massachusetts
WPI Rasta Party (MA)
Colby Sawyer College (NH)
College of the Atlantic (ME)
MCLA, UMOJA Reggae Fest (MA)
Wheaton College (MA)
Salem State (MA)
University of Vermont
Dartmouth College (NH)
Proctor Academy (NH)
Bowdoin College (ME)
University of Maryland
Clark University (MA)
Plymouth State College (NH)
St Lawrence University (NY)

Ski Resorts

Ascutney Ski Resort (VT)
Red Fox Inn (VT)
Three Peaks (VT)
Mt Snow Reggae Fest (VT)
Wachusett Mountain (MA)
Whaleback Mountain (NH)
Wobbly Barn (VT)
Loon Mountain (NH)
Stratton (VT)
Jackson Gore Summer Music Series (VT)

Selected Venues Played

Beatnik's, Worcester, MA
Black Eyed Sally's, Hartford, CT
Lucky Dog Music Hall, Worcester, MA
Main Pub, Manchester, CT
Ocean Mist, S Kingston, RI
Opus Underground, Salem , MA
Palace Theater, Stafford Springs, CT
Pearl Street, Northampton, MA
Spotlight Tavern, Beverly, MA
Tammany Hall, Worcester, MA
The Spot Underground , Providence, RI
Triumph Brewing Company, New Hope, PA


Stage Plot


Phil Simon
(978) 544-5110

Road Contact
Garrick Perry
(301) 237-2730