Wednesday, May 8: Xavier Charles, Frédéric Blondy and Guylaine Cosseron
This trio features some the best French experimental musicians, who have a very international body of work.
Frederic Blondy is an outstanding pianist who works in various degrees of improvising and experimental composition. At his last performance in our series, he nearly blew the roof off with cellist Audrey Chen at the BoHouse. He’s also worked with Mats Gustafsson (of Norway’s The Thing), Le Quan Ninh, Paul Lovens and last weeks visitor, saxophonist Michel Doneda.
Clarinetist Xavier Charles has worked in improvised music, sound art, noisey rock and experimental chamber music. He has collaborated with Dutch avant-rock group The Ex, British improvising saxophonist John Butcher and Otomo Yoshihide.
Guylaine Cosseron began her career as a traditional jazz vocalist with some ethnic folkloric skills. After meeting several improvisers (including noted improvising vocalist Phil Minton, whom she still works with) she dedicated her art more and more to spontaneous music making- going exclusively in that direction since 2005.
Doors at 7:30, show at 8 pm. $6-10 suggested donation.
Saturday, May 11: Ulan Bator, Martin Bisi, Nathalie Forget
Ulan Bator is a French No-Wave band closely associated with, and occasionally supplying members to, the krautrock band Faust. It’s been called, “One of the best French bands in 300 years,” by Michael Gira of Swans. Ulan Bator’s first three records were recorded in an abandoned chalk mine; its followed up with six more releases over the past couple decades.
Martin Bisi is the famous New York based producer of Sonic Youth, Africa Bambaataa, Swans, Material and much more. He’ll be forming his own material with his group.
Nathalie Forget of Radio Head will create a sound installation in Trinosophes and perform on the Ondes Martenot, the early electric keyboard that was contemporary with the Theremin and a favorite of composer Oliver Messiaen.
Doors at 9 pm; $7-10 suggested.
May 17: Minerva
May 19: Corktown Cinema presents a program of short films curated by Christy Le Master
May 25: Human Eye
May 31: Wasabi Dream, Wildcatting, Sun Seeds