Avant Improv in Brooklyn

From Brooklyn’s MonkeyTown:

Lou Rossi/Carlos’ Red Shoes/Glass Bees/Frogwell

July 14th
58 N3rd Street (Between Whyte and Kent)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, $5 cover.

This four-band bill celebrates Bastille Day with electric ambience and organic improv providing a diverse sonic feast. Featuring everthing from crystaline guitar trails to laptop bubblebaths, sineous tuba melodes and the iPhone-as-instrument to tickle your ears.


Lou Rossi
Lou Rossi creates ambient & textural sounds via baritone guitar, stick, pedals & loops. He credits his love of expressionism in the development of this style. Rossi received a degree in Film Scoring from Berklee & studied Microtonal Theory at NEC with Joe Maneri. Recent work includes the film ‘hyroplane’ by Frank Ferraro & the Urb Alt Festival live at BAM.


Carlos’ Red Shoes
CRS are Christopher Hamilton, Dan Jones, Christopher Meeder and Dave Wnorowski. The group’s instant compositions mix post-punk and krautrock rhythms with 60s free jazz motifs, a soupcon of guitar feedback and big tuba melodies. They are inspired by the fantastic footwear designs of Carlos Santana.


Glass Bees
The Glass Bees are Chris Williams, Jason Das, and Andrea Williams. Using electronics, guitar, keyboards, acoustic percussion, computer processed field recordings, and found objects, the Glass Bees assemble delicate soundscapes from colliding abstract loops, ambient noise, and sudden inspirations. Started as an improvisational studio and web project in 2006, the Glass Bees have posted over 50 tracks as an ongoing podcast on their website, In 2008, they released their first CD, titled Tops Crops Snaps Hots, which sequenced highlights from this series into a continuous 63-minute mix.

The Glass Bees have performed as part of the EyeWash video-audio series at Monkeytown and the Optosonic Tea series at the Diapason Gallery. In March they collaborated with instrument builder Ranjit Bhatnagar in a performance at Barbes, utilizing instruments he built from detritus salvaged near his apartment in Park Slope. The event was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. Most recently, they shared a bill with electronic artist Blevin Blectum at the Envoy Enterprises gallery. Their music has also been featured in short documentaries by filmmaker Nerina Penzhorn on artists Chico McMurtrie and Mary Lynch.

Frogwell are an experimental improvising unit of composers and multi-instrumentalists. Their sound could be described as early Popol Vuh meets John Cage. Or it could be described as Flipper reincarnated as a Korean folk ensemble. The band’s lineup is: Robert Hardin, Richard Kamerman, Bob Lukomski, Jeremy Slater and Tamara Yadao. They are all equally comfortable in the water as well as out of the water.


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