On Monday, November 23, Loop 2.4.3 and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project return to Arlington’s iconic Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia 22201). The performance begins at 9 pm.
Loop 2.4.3 offers a “refreshing combination of rigor, complexity, and force” mixed with “emotionally rich expression” (George Grella, The Big City), in original music that’s built around percussion, steel drum, vocals, and electronics. Founder Thomas Kozumplik (also of indie-classical quartet Clogs), multi-instrumentalist Lorne Watson, and guests, create works and give performances described as “visceral and satisfying,” with “brand-new yet iconic sounds that create a riveting aura, a genuine time warp.” (Gramophone) Their “energetic performances” (New York Times) and “stunning improvisational sense” (Time Out Chicago) are featured at music festivals, arts centers, universities, experimental venues, and jazz and rock clubs internationally. They are also often asked to provide educational and community outreach programs. Embracing heritage while pursuing their own path, “Kozumplik and Watson never sound like makers of arbitrary music…it all sounds like part of a well-though-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now.” (Fresh Air, NPR)
Loop 2.4.3 is founded on the work of Kozumplik and Watson as the New York Percussion Duo. After the release of Batterie, their first album, they expanded their writing to include electronics, voices, and strings. Loop 2.4.3 has toured internationally as the New York Percussion Duo and in expanded formation in collaborations with Clogs, Newband (Harry Partch Ensemble), Dafnis Prieto, Belle Orchestre, the Books, Evan Ziporyn, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond, the Decemberists), their late mentor Robert Hohner, dancer/choreographer Alan Good, and director John Jeserun. They have soloed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the BAM Opera House, and performed at Times Square in a collaboration with Robert Indiana, Michael McKenzie and Teresa Smith Dance. They have performed for radio, theater, and television, including The Learning Channel and MTV, and have appeared at the Sydney Festival, the London Jazz Festival, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Japan Society (NYC) among others.
The group has held residencies or has been guest artists at CalArts, Michigan State University, Ithaca College, Cornell University, University at Buffalo, St. Cloud University, UC San Bernardino, CNMAT at UC Berkeley, Stony Brook University, New York University, Oklahoma City University, Central Washington University, and Eastern Oregon University, among others. They have been featured artists at Percussive Arts Society festivals in New York, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota, and are active within the Brooklyn Arts Council in NYC.
The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello and Misc. Instruments). 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, Sam Lohman on drums, Jerry Busher on percussion and electronics, Larry Gomez on percussion, Patrick Whitehead on horns and Emily Chimiak on vocals and violin. This project began performing in 2008. It has been described thusly:
“Combining atmospheric strings with Ayler-esque expression, this group provides a fundamentally different approach to improvisation, with a focus on mood, landscape, and intensity.”
“Veteran performers/composers T.A. Zook and Mike Sebastian create immediately enjoyable, yet endlessly complex soundscapes that seem to conjure a hyper-advanced, yet ancient parallel dimension. The duo regularly feature top improvisers in the greater DC area to compliment their electric strings, saxophone, and various loopers and effects.”
At this performance, Sam Lohman (drums) and Patrick Whitehead (flügelhorn and trumpet) will be accompanying the Lost Civilizations experimental music project.
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