Sex Mob Meets Medeski Out on Thirsty Ear

From Thirsty Ear:

Sexmob Meets Medeski – Live In Willisau
Release Date: April 21st, 2009 CD

Sexmob was formed in October 1995 to play the “late nite hang” at the Knitting Factory, the now legendary mecca of downtown music. The band ,(consisting of Steven Bernstein – slide trumpet; Briggan Krauss- alto sax; Tony Scherr– bass ; and Kenny Wollesen – drums), starting off playing original compositions, but was soon drawing crowds to their all night partys with their inspired and unpredictable covers. Their first release “Din of Inequity” was released thru Columbia records and featured John Medeski on the organ. This led to years of touring in the US and Europe and the creation of a singular and unique musical language, and a powerhouse live band…combining the power of the Who with the subtelety of Ellington and a modern groove all their own.

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Stalker at RUCMA

From New York’s RUCMA:

Start: 02/04/2009 – 8:00pm
End: 02/04/2009 – 9:30pm
Timezone: Etc/GMT-4

James Keepnews’ Stalker
Wednesday, February 4 @ 8:00 pm
Yippie Café: 9 Bleecker Street, near Bowery
General Admission: $10
Students and Seniors: $7

James Keepnews, guitar
Todd Nicholson bass
Mike Golub drums

A guitar trio for the 21st century, Stalker draws on elements from free jazz, electro-acoustic improvisation, progressive rock and freakout improv, utilizing digital processing and real-time sampling to expand ensemble dynamics and orchestration to more than one breaking point. Original compositions and improvisations are featured along with pieces from the fire music tradition.

James Keepnews is a musician, writer and multimedia artist, often blurring each of these roles in his work. He has performed with dozens of bands and performing artists over the course of two decades, including Daniel Carter, George Lewis, Holland Hopson, Joe Giardullo, Linda Montano, Damian Catera and many others. He collaborated with pioneering interactive improviser — and Macarthur Foundation “genius grant” awardee — George Lewis on a software-based computer video sampler for Lewis’ performance, Following the Northstar Bugaloo.

Bassist and composer Todd Nicholson is a mainstay of the downtown New York hardjazz scene. He has performed with Billy Bang, Roy Campbell, Eddie Gale, Frank Lowe, William Parker, James Spaulding, and Steve Swell, among others. His work with the legendary violinist, Mr. Bang, is especially notable for its longevity: Nicholson has been a core member of Bang’s ensembles for the past seven years. Recent recorded appearances include “Long Hidden: The Olmec Series” by William Parker (AUM Fidelity), “First, Keep Quiet” by the Gauci Trio (CIMP Records), and a live recording by the Billy Bang Quintet entitled “Above and Beyond” (Justin Time).

Michael Golub is a drummer, guitarist, socialist, devoted husband and father of two very musical girls. He has composed music for the classic upstate ny ensemble, Kuru, who were briefly signed to Knitting Factory records, and for his current band, The Red Hook Project.

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