Archive for December 21, 2012

Lost Civilizations Show in DC

Posted: December 21, 2012 by Mike in Performances

Lost Civilizations is coming to 9thandbeats:

December 28: Lost Civilizations experimental music project + Kallmeyer, Busher & Chimiak at 9th & Beats
Friday December 28, 2012 at 9:00pm
9th & Beats (http://9thandbeats.com/)
1219 9th St NW
Washington, DC

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (http://www.soundclick.com/lostcivilizations) is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and bass clarinet) (http://www.alkem.org/mikesebastian/; http://www.myspace.com/mikesebastian) and T. A. Zook (basscello, lap steel guitar; misc. instruments) (http://modisti.com/12/members/zook/profile/; http://www.soundclick.com/tazook), which began in 2008. Its performances have often featured guests such as Larry Gomez (Tabla, Cymbals, Misc. percussion), Louie Rozier (Flute; Percussion), Jerry Busher (percussion), Aaron Martin (Alto Sax, Soprano Sax), Emre Kartari (Percussion), Doug Kallmeyer (bass), Sam Lohman (percussion), Emily Chimaik (vocals and violin) and Angela Morrish (vocals).

The December 28 performance by the Lost Civilizations experimental music project will be joined by Doug Kallmeyer on contrabass and electronics, Jerry Busher on percussion and Emily Chimiak on vocals and violin.

Performances by the Lost Civilizations experimental music project are totally unscored, unrehearsed and extemporaneously improvised on the spot. It has been described as:

“Combining atmospheric strings with Ayler-esque expression, this group provides a fundamentally different approach to improvisation, with a focus on mood, landscape, and intensity.”

Mike Sebastian has been playing reed instruments for decades. His passion to play grew when he first heard the spirituality of John Coltrane’s music. Mike plays improvised experimental, jazz, rock, gospel, and any other types of music that encourages creativity. His experience includes playing in a gospel orchestra, as well as with various local improvisers. Mike played improvised music for dance with Jon Matis and Mark Merella at the DC Improv Festival. Highlights of his career have ranged from live performances with Greg Osby and Peter Kowald to Joe Lally. Sebastian’s current projects are the DC Improvisers Collective and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project.

T. A. Zook is primarily a nylon-string guitarist; however, in live performances he plays basscello and lap steel guitar through digital signal processors; at studio sessions, he also plays a variety of digitally-processed, non-traditional analog instruments such as bowls, rainsticks, slidewhistle, whistle-flutes, oceanharp, etc. He began his study of the guitar in Chile and Uruguay (the latter under the guidance of Luis Acosta), and continued upon his return to the U.S. in the early 1960s under Sophocles Papas (classical) and Frank Mullen (jazz). During 1999 – 2012, he studied improvisation under 2010 Grammy winner David Darling (http://www.daviddarling.com); in 2011 he was conferred a “Honorary Graduate” certificate from David Darling’s Music for People organization.

Musician Doug Kallmeyer spends much of his time on the road mixing bands which have included Blonde Redhead, School of Seven Bells, and most recently Phantogram. Add to that list more live work with notable artists including Shellac, Sunny Day Real Estate and Rancid. Both local to the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and on the road, a career which has numbered live shows in the thousands, and continues. His last release, 2005′s “Even Calls” (EM:T, 2005, 302acid) was a group foray into ambient textures which received rave reviews in publications like the UK’s WIRE magazine, and resulted in tours throughout the US and Europe. His most current project, Dubpixels (http://dubpixels.bandcamp.com/) expands upon modern and classic aesthetics in dubwise music production to include audio and video, with a vinyl l.p. release slated for fall 2012. Kallmeyer currently resides in Baltimore city. (http://www.facebook.com/Dubpixels; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/302_Acid; http://sesshinnofi.wordpress.com/; http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mantis/125299140867441)

Jerry Busher has been a fixture of the DC music scene for over 20 years. He toured for 8 years with Fugazi playing 2nd drums/percussion as well as on recordings “The Argument” and “Furniture”. He appears on albums by Fidelity Jones, The Spinanes, French Toast, Allscars, Alfonso Velez and John Frusciante. In 2007, he was the “Foley Artist” for Mabou Mines production “Peter and Wendy” at Arena Stage. Jerry worked on the music for the “Winchester” series featured in the 2000 Whitney Biennial, the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Weather Underground”, and is the composer for the film “Frontrunner” (The story of a female presidential candidate in Afghanistan). Recently Jerry has been touring/recording with ESL artist Federico Aubele and working on the “Fugazi Live” series.

Violinist/vocalist Emily Chimiak (http://soundcloud.com/chimiak-and-zook-1/2012l02-chimiak-zook-h2 ; http://soundcloud.com/zoinkers/ ; http://redivider.bandcamp.com/ ) has lent her varied talents to many projects in DC and Chicago in recent years; she and T. A. Zook have recently begun a new project, Chimiak & Zook (http://on.fb.me/VaBz12), to put some of the poetic musings of her French great-grandmother to song, in French, together with some more contemporaneous work.


Guillermo Gregorio & Paul Giallorenzo: Multiverse [PM17]

Clarinetist Guillermo Gregorio and pianist Paul Giallorenzo’s Multiverse reads like an extended eight-movement, free-ranging sonata for clarinet and piano. The eight tracks, with their fluid, spontaneous harmonies, cohere into a narrative whole marked by shifting colors of mood and dynamics.

Overall, the recording sounds like an improvised chamber composition rooted in a flexible pantonality. The harmonies don’t follow a cyclical progression or any other kind of predictable scheme but instead come into and go out of existence as well-prepared chance meetings of the two instruments.

Multiverse opens with the aptly named Out the Gate, a brief, energetic mutual chase. Allegro is followed by adagio as the CD continues with the reflective Omniverse, notable for the clarinet’s jagged leaps of register. Mountain Scale features a call-and-response with the piano echoing the clarinet’s phrasing, the phrases gradually growing shorter and more frenetic until winding down at the end. Stomps, which has Giallorenzo playing prepared piano, pairs staccato, metallic-tinged piano parts with long clarinet tones. Sub Serial begins with plaintive clarinet over sparse piano; this is followed by the contrast of the title track’s rapid pointillism. The slowly-unfolding Spartan Prep provides further contrast, after which the CD closes with To and Fro, a subtly rhythmic, evenly-pulsed piece that makes engaging allusions to swing.

This is chamber improvisation at its best, intelligently played and crisply recorded.

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Music and More Reviews

Posted: December 21, 2012 by Mike in Reviews

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From Music and More:

Eric Revis 11:11 – Parallax (Clean Feed, 2012)
Jacob Garchik – The Heavens: The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album (Yestereve, 2012)


From NYTimes.com:

American Modern Ensemble and Talujon (Friday) These two first-rate new-music groups join forces for a concert titled “The End of the World,” featuring music by composers including Hannah Lash, Eric Nathan and George Rochberg. Complimentary wine will accompany the performance. At 8 p.m., DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan, americanmodernensemble.com; $10 in advance, $25 day of show. (Vivien Schweitzer)

The Crossing (Sunday) In front of the Metropolitan Museum’s Christmas tree, this innovative choir, which devotes itself to new and recent music, performs David Lang’s acclaimed “Little Match Girl Passion” as well as works by James MacMillan, Gabriel Jackson, Bo Holten, Kenneth Leighton, Jonathan Dove, Andrew Gant and Robert Convery. At 6:30 p.m., Metropolitan Museum of Art, (212) 570-3949, metmuseum.org; $60. (Zachary Woolfe)

Make Music New York (Friday) This adventurous organization, which entices music lovers with a wide range of al fresco performances each June, returns for its second winter celebration. Twelve fun parades are on the lineup in neighborhoods in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Events include a bell ringing parade in the East Village; a High Line Soundwalk; Phil Kline’s popular “Unsilent Night” in Fort Greene; and Bach on the G train — during which string players will step in and out of train cars to create a tag-team rendition of the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1. More details, including times, can be found at makemusicny.org; free. (Schweitzer)

SO Percussion (Friday and Saturday) An exercise in collaboration and structured improvisation, “Where (We) Live” pairs this searching ensemble with other artists — including a painter on Friday and a woodworker and furniture maker on Saturday — to explore the nature of the spaces we call home. At 7:30 p.m., Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (718) 636-4100, bam.org; $16 to $40. (Woolfe)