RIP Michael Evans 

Source: The Wire.

It’s not polite to speak ill of the recently departed, but in the case of drummer/percussionist Michael Evans – whose sudden death of an apparent heart attack on 13 August stunned the New York City experimental music community – this unspoken rule probably won’t need to be enforced. It’s hard to recall anyone ever uttering a negative word about Evans, a veteran of the NYC scene. In my conversations with acquaintances of his, and in the deluge of Facebook posts mourning his passing, several adjectives came up again and again: “sweet”, “warm”, “loving”, “gentle”, “generous”, “kind”. In the words of WFMU DJ Fabio Roberti, one of Evans’s closest friends and the proprietor of Brooklyn record shop Earwax, where Evans worked on and off for 20 years: “I can’t think of a single person who ever met Michael who didn’t like him.