From Detroit’s Trinospheres:
Monday, Dec. 2: Suzuki Junzo , Kohoutek
Japanese guitarist Suzuki Junzo began the evolution of his solo sets with something he calls “broken blues.” Mixing a droning electric guitar with American folk idioms and hints of guitar experimenters like Derek Bailey and Jandek, Junzo’s music is never literally a “blues”, but an impressionist take on the idea of the blues. At times minimalist, at others psychedelic, his music has continued to evolve; besides the solo pieces, his new record Sings II features some heavy-weights of experimental Japanese rock: Acid Mothers Temple‘s Kawabata Makoto and Fushitsusha drummer Takahashi Ikuro.
Philadelphia’s Kohoutek perform sludgy psyche-rock with nods to both The Melvins and Ornette Coleman. A free improvising collective, the members also work simpler, textural passages and electronics into the mix, with an anything-goes sense of freedom. It’s been about 5 years since they’ve been to Detroit, which makes this a rare appearance for both acts.
Doors at 8 pm; $5 min donation.
Saturday, Dec. 7: Nakatani Gong Orchestra with Tatsuya Nakatani, Dave Shettler, Marko Novachcoff, Jay Rowe, Joel Peterson, Josh Ferrel, Clara Hardie, James Baljo, Clem Fortuna and others
Every time Tatsuya comes to town it’s an event, but this time the virtuoso percussionist has put together his most ambitious ensemble yet. The first time he assembled his Nakatani Gong Orchestra, we were instructed to provide non-musicians mostly- “teacher, baker, artist, scientist- all are good” was the request. This time out he has expanded the size of NGO and is using a full line-up of musicians with backgrounds in bowing things- strings or otherwise.
As a performer, Tatsuya has radically pushed the limits of solo percussion as a concert experience. His extended-technique drumming sets a standard that players around the world have been influenced by and his bowed gong work is without peer. With about a dozen Detroit musicians supporting him, this will be a definite sonic treat not to be missed.
Doors at 8 pm; $10 suggested.
Sunday, Dec. 8: Dave Bixby with Matthew Smith, Dave Shettler, Greg Beyer, Bill Corrigan
Having grown-up outside Grand Rapids, Dave Bixby first became involved in music around the 60’s Michigan folk and garage-rock scenes. By the end of the decade, he had a religious conversion and began making acoustic concept records that were religious in theme, but incongruently dark and lonesome sounding. His late 60‘s/early 70‘s releases, Ode to Quetzcoatl and Harbinger’s Second Coming, were originally used as promotional vehicles for The Group- a cult that Bixby had joined. Forced to go underground with The Group, he disappeared into obscurity in the mid 70’s. His records have been rediscovered in recent years and reissued on new labels- leading to Bixby performing live for the first time in decades. For this evening, he will be joined by an all Detroit backing group.