From Ted Zook:
Grex is an art rock band based out of Oakland, California. In biological terms, “grex” refers to the aggregation of a multitude of tiny, amoeba-like creatures combining to create a superorganism. Grex (the band) works the same way: two musicians who can function as one, the whole greater than the sum of its parts. The band is a collaboration between guitarist/vocalist Karl Evangelista, a Los Angeles native, and keyboardist/vocalist Rei Scampavia, originally from Arlington, Virginia. The band’s mission: to explore the meeting point between fun, delightfully strange songcraft and the dark outer reaches of experimental music. The group has been called “an otherworldly experience” (Eugene Weekly) and “true genre warping music” (KFJC), recalling the explosive energy of Jimi Hendrix, the dark power of the Pixies, and the whimsical weirdness of Deerhoof.Grex’s most recent album, entitled Electric Ghost Parade, is its magnum opus—an exhilarating, incendiary, and unpredictable paean to the epic psychedelic albums of the 1960’s, traversing the cutting edge of modern indie rock, noise, and free jazz.
Grex’s August 1 performance is part of its 10th Tenth Anniversary Tour across the US.
Sonic Eddy is psychedelic freak folk with a twang in its step, the new full band project from longtime Virginia music maker Maya Renfro (The OSYX, This Could Go Boom!, Pagan Reagan). Renfro is often backed by experimental shredder Evan O’Neal and the rhythmic crashes of Mitchell Bass.Fanoplane is an experimental music project led by Ted Zook (NS Design Omnibass strung as a basscello) and Bob Boilen (ARP synthesizer), host of NPR’s All Songs Considered. The project is named for the finite projective plane as defined by Italian mathematician Gino Fano. In this musical context, Fanoplane is an improvisational project focused on projecting the infinite gifts of the Muse; all performances are unscored, unrehearsed, and improvised extemporaneously on the spot.This partnership was realized after Bob appeared with Ted as the Boilen/Zook Duo and as a guest musician with Ted’s earlier projects, including Heterodyne and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project. The group’s debut at Washington’s prestigious Corcoran Gallery in March included guest musicians Jerry Busher (percussion), Doug Kallmeyer (bass; electronics), Maggie Gilmore (vocalizations; flute) and Sonia Maria Herrero (violin); free download: https://bit.ly/2U91oFr. Guest musicians join as schedules allow. Most recently, Fanoplane performed at RhizomeDC; free downloads: http://bit.ly/2Nr3Sfz (binaural); http://bit.ly/2J05YPg (stereo).