Detroit’s rocked-out improvising quartet gets in shape for spring record release tour with a weekly residency at Trinosophes. Come one, come all, come no one- they’ll be performing full-tilt, extended sets throughout the night, regardless of what happens! We even gave them the keys to the place!
Doors at 9 pm; $5.
Tuesday, Jan 20: Joseph Keckler, Bridget Michael
An impromptu and intimate multimedia set from Joseph Keckler, singer and monologuist, who translates experiences and imaginings into strange and sometimes humorous torch songs, stories, and operatic arias. Also premiering – a new performance by Bridget Michael entitled Mortal Resonance: One physical body on its journey to the beginning of the end of its worldly existence.
Doors at 8 pm; $6 minimum donation.
NEW DATE! Friday Jan, 23: Baljo/Murphy/Peterson/Shelton Quartet and James Cornish with guests
A night of new groups in Detroit improvised music. First up is the debut of this particular combination:
James Baljo- tapes, mixer etc.
Shelby Murphy- voice, percussion, piano
Joel Peterson- guitar, percussion Skeeter Shelton– winds
Brasswind improviser James Cornish has been busier than ever this past year, with projects of all kinds springing up- dance, multi-media, curation and more. This time out he’s joined by:
John Raleeh- trombone
Ben Willis- bass
Curtis Glatter- percussion
Sarah Grosky- vocals
Doors at 9 pm; $5.
Jan 31: Dawn of MIDI (presented by UMS)
February 2: Mind Over Mirrors, Shettler/Peterson
February 5-7: Over the Pavement: A Festival of Art Music
Introducing our inaugural year of this three-day, creative music extravaganza featuring legendary greats and top local talent. Just a couple more acts to be added!
Thursday Feb 5
Battle Trance (compositions for Avant garde sax quartet)
KBD (Electro-acoustic duo from Toledo)
Frank Pahl solo (Wyandotte/Ann Arbor-based internationally influential composer/musician/builder)
Victor Ghannam (local Arabic music virtuoso on oud and qanun) Thollem McDonas (concert pianist turned improvisor, currently encamped in Santa Fe, NM)
Friday Feb 6 Susan Alcorn (experimental/ambient pedal-steel guitar from Baltimore) LaDonna Smith (Birmingham, Alabama’s trailblazing improvisor on violin and viola)
Jaribu Shahid Ensemble’s tribute to the AACM (Detroit avant-jazz great)
Clem Fortuna/Jennie Knaggs Duo (lovely songs in microtonal tunings from this Detroit duo)
Kenn Thomas, Jamie Rodriguez Matos, Kurt Prisbe, CGin DetMi (Afro-futurist jazz-funk from Ypsilanti/Detroit collective)
Saturday Feb 7
Marshall Allen and Danny Ray Thompson with Jaribu Shahid (senior members of the Sun Ra Arkestra, from Saturn)
Stirrup (Longberg-Holm, Rumback, Macri) (avant-folk instrumentals from Chicago)
Hasan Abdur Razzaq/Ryan Jewell Duo (High energy free-jazz duo from Columbus, OH)
James Cornish and guests (Hamtramck’s busiest improvisor and recruiter of emerging talent)
Molly Jones and Kristin Carey (next generation of local improvisers)
On January 24, 2015, The Lost Civilizations experimental music project will appear with drummer Jerry Busher and bassist Doug Kallmeyer on a Sonic Circuits bill hosted by Silver Spring’s Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. The bill will also include Battle Trance and PraxisCat .
Battle Trance had an auspicious inception. One morning,
Travis Laplante (Little Women and a trio with bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Ches Smith) literally awoke with the crystal clear vision that he needed to start an ensemble with three specific individuals Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner. Laplante was actually unfamiliar with their work as musicians and had only a minimal relationship with them as individuals. He was also aware that a band of four tenor saxophones could be the worst idea ever. In spite of this, Laplante followed through and contacted Nelson, Viner, and Breiner. He gave them very little information beyond his morning experience. But no one hesitated – the ensemble formed that evening.
Playing modular synthesizers, as well as guitar, Christine Paluch (PraxisCat) improvises deconstructed atmospheres and loops interlaced with both beauty and anxiety.
Lost Civilizations experimental music project
The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello) that began performing in 2008. Although it is essentially a duo and performs most frequently as such, it often features guest performers. When complex schedules permit, it now performs with Doug Kallmeyer on bass and electronics, Jerry Busher on percussion and electronics, Emily Chimiak on vocals and violin, and Patrick Whitehead on Flügelhorn and Trumpet. On January 24, Jerry Busher (drums) and Doug Kallmeyer (bass) will be performing with the Lost Civilizations experimental music project
The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of AACM, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather than confining the individual, actually made room for individual freedom of expression.
Cory Strandý/Crown Of Bone – The Thing: A Tribute
Stephen Cornford – Music For Earbuds
Helm – The Hollow Organ
The Incredible String Band – U
Alex Ogg, Winston Smith (Illustrator), R – Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables,
Shivers – Shivers
From The Guardian, a link to a free preview stream of Ms. Roberts’ next album:
Most artists end up looking cautious and blinkered when put next to Matana Roberts and her utterly epic 12-album project Coin Coin, which has now reached its third chapter. She’s jokingly described it as “my Ring Cycle”, and it’s just as weighty. It’s an exploration of black history, femininity and American identity, reaching back into the horrors – and moments of glorious emancipation – of the antebellum era and the civil rights struggle.
In Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres, she used a jazz orchestra, contracting to a smaller ensemble for Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile. In chapter three, subtitled river run thee, Roberts strikes out solo, threading her saxophone, improvised song and spoken word through multiple layers of field recordings, in a gorgeously dense journey to the past.
For our second to last episode, I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Zeena Parkins onto the show. She is a legend of the downtown scene, a brilliant composer/performer who has quite literally reinvented the language of her instrument. An absolute delight.