saxophonist | improvisor | bandleader
In 2015, Pleninger met drummer, healer and polymath Milford Graves after attending his solo performance at Brandeis University in Boston. Their meeting led to teaching and mentor ship from Graves and his community of (music and martial arts) students, as well as “The Heartbeat Lesson”, in which Graves recorded Pleninger’s heart sound and EKG on home-lab equipment. Graves spurred Peyton on a lifelong quest to explore music from a medical/healing perspective and realize the relationship of vibration on the human organism.
Later that year, driven by the rhythmic and esoteric musical languages built by Graves, Pleninger formed the first iteration of his band Biotonic. In its infancy, Biotonic explored the relationship of sound on the human experience and physiology through original compositions, and has evolved to explore moment music by juggling spontaneous and predetermined material. Biotonic has performed throughout NYC at such venues as The 55 Bar, The Jazz Gallery and Seeds Brooklyn; has released 2 EP’s: “intro::extro” and “Heartbeat Music”; and has released a full length album: "alive."
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"Low-key, purposeful, pastorally-inclined saxophonist" -New York Music Daily
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