Heart of the Ghost is an improvisational unit from the Baltimore/Washington area. Comprised of Jarrett Gilgore (alto saxophone), Luke Stewart (bass) and Ian McColm (drums), this group is the culmination of years of encircling orbits. Collectively encompassing a massive variety of interests and collaborators-- including Dave Rempis, Tashi Dorji, Dave Ballou, Jaimie Branch-- and themselves known players in the circles of improvised music, these three find common ground within their individual vocabularies: an aim to deconstruct and reshape canonized creative tropes into a new & stunning language.
Bill Baird is an Oakland, CA-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and multimedia artist. An incredibly prolific musician, he has released an enornmous volume of work under several different monikers over the past 20 years. Bill will be touring in support of his newest work, Owl. . . Under the name Gardener, Richmond, VA-based Dash Lewis uses a modular synthesizer, effects pedals, and his own voice to create intricately layered, rhythmically complex slabs of trance-inducing psychedelia, weaving looped vocal passages into thick, textured drones. . .
AHRKH is the solo project of A P Macarte, current multi-instrumentalist member of Salford's critically acclaimed noise experimentalists GNOD (Rocket Recordings/NoNotFun).
Using modular synthesiser, field recordings and voice, AHRKH aims to create moments of presence and calm, enouraging deep listening and meditation. . .
André Roligheten: Saxophone
Thomas Johansson: Trumpet
Oscar Grnöberg: Piano
Jon Rune Strøm: Double Bass
Tollef Østvang: Drums
The Norwegian/Swedish Quintet Friends & Neighbors was founded in 2009 in Trondheim, Norway. Since their first record, "No Beat Policy" in 2011, they have not just released three more powerful albums, but also established themselves as a force to be reckoned with on the Scandinavian jazz scene. The band is clearly defined by the five members strong individual voices, both as players and composers, and their long experience of playing together gives the music a clear and distinct sound. Stretching from melodic ballads to hard swinging free-bop or powerful free jazz they keep their collective sound intact, showing influences from a wide spectra of jazz history. The band has been touring frantically through the years, including concerts Europe, USA, Japan, New Zealand and Australia…
Mars Williams: Reeds
Kent Kessler: Double Bass
Paal Nilssen-Love: Drums
Boneshaker was established some 7 years ago when the three met for a handful of concerts and recording sessions around the Chicago area in early January 2011. The three musicians knew each well through various bands like Hal Russel´s NRG ensemble, Peter Brötzmann´s Chicago tentet, Territory band and had since 2002 wanted to do something together. Boneshaker’s music remains free improvised, but with clear roots to the American tradition of free jazz. Although all three members are influenced by European improvised music as defined by the English, Dutch and German players of the mid-sixties, the three share broad interests in music traditions from all over the world and appreciate when influences are let loose.
Amirtha Kidambi: vocals, harmonium, synthesizer, compositions
Matt Nelson: soprano saxophone
Nick Dunston: bass
Max Jaffe: drums and electronic sensory percussion
The forthcoming release From Untruth builds upon the bedrock foundation of Amirtha Kidambi's previous compositional and conceptual work with Elder Ones, while forging uncharted territory. After a journey into wordless abstraction on Holy Science, Kidambi felt the urgency of the political moment required a direct and verbal call to action. The lyric fragments in "Eat the Rich", "Decolonize the Mind", "Dance of the Subaltern" and "From Untruth" critique power structures of capitalism, racism, colonialism and fascism, distilling heavy post-colonial theory into concentrated visceral battle cries.
Daniel Levin: “one of the instrument’s most brilliant contemporary practitioners” (The Wire).
He was born in Burlington, Vermont, and began playing the cello at the age of six. In 2001, he graduated with a degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music and arrived on the New York City jazz scene shortly thereafter… A. Eithne Hamilton: is a performing artist based in Western North Carolina. Her original choreography and film work has been performed and shown in the US and South America …
Bill Nace is an artist and musician based in Western Massachusetts. He has collaborated with an extraordinary range of musicians, including Michael Morley, Mats Gustafsson, Joe McPhee… Chris Corsano is a drummer who has been working at the intersections of collective improvisation, free jazz, avant-rock, and noise music since the late 1990's. Corsano's dedication to collective improvisation has led to collaborations with all sorts of kindred spirits and his appearance on over 150 records and 1000 live performances… Crazy Doberman is an offshoot of the Doberman project that is open, collaborative, and improvisational. While Doberman existed as an Indiana quartet rooted primarily in the industrial and experimental-electronic musical traditions…
The Chicago-based improvising trio Hatcher/Maunu/Kirshner, Gerrit Hatcher (tenor saxophone), Peter Maunu (guitar, violin, mandolin), and Julian Kirshner (drums, percussion), is a union of some of its members' most meaningful longstanding collaborations…
… Tongue Depressor is the duo of Zach Rowden and Henry Birdsey - two quietly prolific artists working in New Haven, CT - who’ve incorporated Trevor Saint’s dynamic approach to glockenspiel to the project. The newly minted trio will expand on experiments delving into long bouts of trance inducing microtonal drone, utilizing strings (primarily violin) and glockenspiel. The trio’s creates a vibrant, sustained tension delicately balanced along discordant, iconoclastic visions of a vacant world…
The FG trio's music is free improvised and has its roots in the free-jazz tradition. The trio enjoys a high level of energy but with strong dynamics and rapid contrasts. The trio has developed a sound of it ́s own and has it ́s strength from many years of experience as a working group…
- "CLEBS is the beats-manipulating electronics/voice duo project of Brooklyn-via-Switzerland vocalist Emilie Weibel and avant-jazz drummer/producer Jason Nazary. It’s, I’m Here, is interstellar electro-jazz club music designed to fry minds. Glitch-heavy rhythmic madness and belching, blipping and bleating knob turning and twiddling intersect with warped speak-sing as CLEBS transmit its alien techno from some other universe." -The Brooklyn Rail
David Dominique Ensemble delivers manic surrealist swing-inflected exuberance. Flugabone/Composition: David Dominique Cornet: Victor Haskins Tenor/Soprano Sax: Nathanael Clark Flute/Clarinet/Alto and Bari Sax: Jasper Dütz Electric Bass: Matt Engle Drums: Ian McColm
Rural Tourniquet Drew Davis, Kyle Flanagan, JK on mouth, brass, violin, electronics, and tapes
Door 730pm | Show 8pm | $10
Daniel Levin (Vc), Tony Malaby (tsax), Randy Peterson (dr)
Levin/Malaby/Peterson are a trio of improvisors who can be both daring and extra subtle. Levin leads improvisation workshops for string players and he's been keen to push toward a more egoless place of exploration, where musical invention can happen uninhibited by one's sense of style, rules or tradition. Arizona-raised Malaby is a big guy with a big-sounding horn, but he's been taking interesting approaches to blending in and fading back in ensemble settings while cultivating a specific worked-out vocabulary on the saxophone. Drummer Peterson does an impressive job of allowing time to breathe, without actively destabilizing the flow. The interplay between the three should be nuanced and melodic, with plenty of textural complexity to keep one alert. . . . (view event for full description)