Another ESP-Disk’ Show in New York

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From ESP-Disk’:

Tuesday, January 19th
ESP-Disk’ LIVE @ The Bowery Poetry Club

Paul Flaherty – alto and tenor sax
Chris Corsano – drums
Daniel Carter – woodwinds and trumpet


Joe Morris Trio (ESP 4056)
Joe Morris – guitar
Steve Lantner – piano
Luther Gray – drums

The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery New York, NY 10012
Between Houston and Bleecker
F train to 2nd Ave or 6 train to Bleecker

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Now Now Fest 2010

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From the NOW now, an organization that puts on improv music in Australia:

Our 9th festival is happening JAN Friday 22- Sunday 24 2010 in the Blue Mountains.

starring…THE SPLINTER ORCHESTRA, Mark Boar (damaged guitar, tapes); Kirsty Stegwazi (violin cello, etc), STREIFENJUNKO (NOR), Somaya Langley (electronics) & Jon Hunter (guitar, electronics), Kris Wanders (sax), Adam Sussman (guitar), Rory Brown (bass) & Mani Neumeier (drums), Rizili (vox, guitar); Martin Ng (tuntables, electronics);Borce Markovski (vocals); Mike Majkowski (vox), PEKING: Clare Cooper (bass guitar); Brendan Walls (guitar); Stu Olsen (drums), Ensemble playing various microtonal instruments of Kraig Grady, Kraig Grady, Terumi Narushima, Alex Masso, Fin Ryan, Laura Altman (clarinet); Rory Brown (double bass); Aemon Webb (electronics); Kim Myhr (guitar); Espen Reinertsen (tenor sax & flute), SIMS PROJECT: Claire Herbert (laptop/MAXMSP); Fred Rodrigues (laptop); Abel Cross (bass guitar, pedals); Adrian Klumpes (keys); Hirofumi Uchino (electronics); Tony Osbourne (vocals), QUINTET EXPERIMENTA (ARG): Adriana de los Santos (prepared piano, objects); Grod Morel (sampler, laptop); Claudio Calmens (electric guitar, wind instruments); Zypce (electric percussion, tuntable, CD); Claudio Koremblit (visuals, prepared electric guitar), POTATO MASTA: Hayato Yoshinari (electronics, vox), CHRONOX, Jon Rose (fence), Neill Duncan (sax,); Alex Masso (percussion, drums); Sam Pettigrew (double bass); Sam Dobson (double bass); Alister Spence (piano), ZEIT KUNST 6, Michel Doneda (sax); Kim Myhr (guitar, objects); Matthias Muche (trombone); Clayton Thomas (bugle, kazoo, etc); Sven Hahne (computer), Clare Cooper (Guzheng), NHOMEAS, JOEY AND THE CALYPSOES, Interactive Netball, facilitated by Jon Rose and lots more

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times


IM BERNE AND LOS TOTOPOS (Wednesday) Mr. Berne, an alto saxophonist and composer with a taste for coarsely layered frictions, presents a newly minted ensemble here, with Matt Mitchell on piano and electronics, Oscar Noriega on clarinets and Ches Smith on percussion. The band focuses not only on sharp and convoluted new music by Mr. Berne, but also on some rather obscure material written more than 30 years ago by his former mentor, the saxophonist and composer Julius Hemphill. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

GERALD CLEAVER (Saturday) Dealing less in rhythm than in pulse, Mr. Cleaver’s drumming perfectly suits the fluid requirements of jazz’s post-everything avant-garde. Here he leads Violet Hour, which features a front line with two tenor saxophonists (Wayne Escoffery and Andrew Bishop) and a smart rhythm section (the pianist Ben Waltzer, the bassist Chris Lightcap). At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

GARAGE À TROIS (Saturday) This ruggedly groove-oriented collective — Skerik on saxophones, Mike Dillon on vibes, Marco Benevento on keyboards and Stanton Moore on drums — rolls through town while touring behind a new album, “Power Patriot,” on the Brooklyn indie label Royal Potato Family. At 9 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side , (212) 533-2111,; $20. (Chinen)

KONCEPTIONS AT KORZO (Tuesday) In the first set of this weekly series, at 9:30 p.m., the saxophonist John O’Gallagher draws partly from his adventurous new trio release, “Dirty Hands” (Clean Feed). A later set, at 11, will feature a trio led by the hyper-literate guitarist Ben Monder. At Korzo Restaurant, 667 Fifth Avenue, near 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (718) 285-9425,; cover, $7. (Chinen)

TONY MALABY QUARTET (Friday and Saturday) Tony Malaby, a tenor saxophonist equally capable of focused tension and wild abandon, enlists experienced partners in this quartet: the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the bassist Drew Gress and the drummer Billy Drummond. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063,; cover, $15; $10 for members. (Chinen)

POSITIVE CATASTROPHE TRIO (Monday) Positive Catastrophe is a 10-piece band, jointly led by the cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and the percussionist Abraham Gomez-Delgado, that pursues a blend of Afro-Cuban rhythm and freewheeling improvisation. Here the group is radically pared down to three pieces: the two leaders, along with Reut Regev on trombone. At 7 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

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Interpretations in 2010

From NY’s Interpretations:

January 21 – Roy Campbell’s Akhenaten / Matana Roberts’ Illumination
Creative ensemble music from two of the downtown scene’s most distinct horn players.Trumpeter and composer Roy Campbell’s Akhenaten performs music from their recent Aum Fidelity release, Live at the Vision Festival 12, with vibraphonist Bryan Carrott, bassist Hilliard “Hill” Greene, and drummer Michael Wimberly. Saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts presents her compositional configuration Illumination, based on ongoing research related to the questions, history, and conundrums of the universal creative act of dreams. Featuring cornetist Graham Haynes, pianist Gabriel Guerrero, harpist Shelley Burgon, and drummer Damion Reid.

January 23, 9PM – BAM Café: Big Red Media and Mutable Music Present Fred Ho & The Green Monster Big Band CD Release Party
Hosted and co-sponsored by BAM Café, Fred Ho debuts the 21 member Green Monster Big Band, and their debut CD, The Celestial Green Monster, on Mutable Music. Featuring Ho’s inimitable compositions and arrangements, including an epic “In-A-Godda-Da-Vida”, Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”, and “Very, Very Baaad: The Michael Jackson Medley Tribute” (featuring Aaron Sherraden, guest bassist and arranger, and Leena Conquest, guest vocalist).

February 25 – Thomas Buckner Premieres New Works by Earl Howard, Matthias Kaul, Eckart Beinke, and Bun Ching Lam
Baritone Thomas Buckner presents an evening of new works, including Earl Howard’s Frond, for baritone, violin, bass saxophone, and live electrtonics, Bun Ching Lam’s Trois Cadeaux, for baritone, harp, and piano, and Matthias Kaul’s Zappa-esque The Mellow Quark. With French harpist Isabelle Courret, the German ensemble L’Art Pour L’Art, Mari Kimura (violin), JD Parran (bass saxophone), and Earl Howard (saxophone, live electronics and processing).

March 16 – The Paula Cooper Gallery World Premiere: Somei Satoh’s The Passion
Co-sponsored by the S.E.M. Ensemble, The Paula Cooper Gallery hosts the premiere of The Passion, by Japanese composer Somei Satoh, whose works are fragile in their clarity and simplicity, representing a sculptural minimalism infused with the lyrical sense of Romanticism. Featuring baritone Thomas Buckner and an ensemble including oboe, clarinet, two harps, percussion, violin, viola and cello, Satoh’s innovative setting of The Passion of Christ has all roles performed by one singer, with each character represented by a different vocal style, including Syomyo and Biwa song and Nagauta from Japan, along with traditional western singing and Gregorian chant.

March 25 – Sean Heim / Chinary Ung
Challenging and deeply personal contemporary solo and chamber music from a distinguished and renowned elder composer and an acclaimed former protégé. Chinary Ung is the first American composer to win the highly coveted International Grawemeyer Award (sometimes called the Nobel prize for music composition). The evening’s works include Ung’s Seven Mirrors and Heim’s In The Between (Reflections On The Six Bardos), both for solo piano. Ensemble works include Ung’s Spiral IX baritone, viola, percussion and Heim’s Holomovements, for oboe, violin, viola, double bass, and piano.

April 15 – “Blue” Gene Tyranny / Miguel Frasconi
Engaging electro-acoustic music performed on both traditional instruments and imaginative sound objects. Avant-garde composer and pianist “Blue” Gene Tyranny and Conrad Harris perform electro-acoustic works for piano and violin by Philip Krumm and George Cacioppo, including Cacioppo’s Cassiopeia and Krumm’s Four Nations, as well as world premieres by “Blue” Gene Tyranny and Paul Reller. Composer and improviser Miguel Frasconi uses glass objects, electronics, keyboards, and “de-evolved” instruments to create music from a uniquely imagined tradition.

April 29 – Joan La Barbara / Yael Acher With Irina Kalina-Goudeva
Two very different dramatic excursions into the theatrical side of contemporary music. Joan La Barbara and Ne(x)tworks will be performing excerpts from Angels, Demons and other Muses, her opera in-progress exploring inner secrets of the artistic mind. Inspired in part by the dreams of Joseph Cornell, intricate word turnings of Virginia Woolf, and psychological twists of Poe. With Kenji Bunch, Shelley Burgon, Yves Dharamraj, Cornelius Dufallo, Miguel Frasconi, Stephen Gosling, Ariana Kim, and Chris McIntyre. Flutist and composer Yael Acher and contrabassist Irina-Kalina Goudeva, whose work also incorporates voice, drama, and movement, present Two – Walk, a multimedia electro-acoustic performance.

May 25 – Yasunao Tone / Adachi Tomomi
Contemporary music from two generations of Japan’s experimental music community. Yasunao Tone became active in the Fluxus movement in the 1960s and moved to the United States in 1972. Tone will premiere his MP3 Corruption Piece, a new system for live performance, based on the real-time corruption of mp3 files to generate data that controls the playback of various audio materials. Adachi Tomomi is a performer/composer, sound poet, and installation artist living in Japan. He has performed improvised music and contemporary music with voice, computer, sensor system and self-made instruments.

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Respect Sextet and Ethan Iverson coming to Le Poisson Rouge

From NY’s Le Poisson Rouge:

FORMED IN 2001, The Respect Sextet is a powerhouse ensemble dedicated to performing a wide variety of improvisational musics. Relying on their explosive energy, rare telepathy, outstanding musicianship, and a deep friendship, Respect pieces together free improvisations, original compositions, free jazz classics, television commercial jingles, text pieces, jazz standards, game pieces and more into “a whirling collage,” shouts Exclaim! Magazine, “that ransacks and reshapes the entire jazz tradition, from New Orleans march to Misha Mengelberg, Sun Ra to Charlie Parker.” Named “one of the best and most ambitious new ensembles in jazz” by Signal to Noise.

Respect returns to LPR’s stage on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 to present a set of exciting original music. Opening the show will be the innovative pianist Ethan Iverson (of The Bad Plus), playing a set of “cocktail music” on solo piano.

Tickets: $10 (Advance tickets available at
Doors: 9:30pm Show time: 10:00pm

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Coming up at RUCMA

From New York’s Rise Up Creative Music & Arts:

December 7
7:30 PM
Shayna Dulberger Quintet
Shayna Dulberger – Bass
Jonathan Moritz – Sax / Tomas Fujiwara – Drums
Ben Gerstein – Trombone / Chris Welcome – Guitar
9:00 PM
Michael Bisio Quartet
Michael Bisio – Bass / Stephen Gauci – Tenor Saxophone
Avram Fefer – Saxes / Jay Rosen – Drums
10:30 PM
Yoni Kretzmer Group
Yoni Kretzmer – Tenor Sax
Jason Ajemian – Bass / Mike Pride – Drums

December 8
6:30 PM
The American Tribal Ensemble
Sarah James – Voice
Herb Robertson – Trumpet / Ed Schuller – Bass
8:00 PM
Pyeng Threadgill Group
Pyeng Threadgill – Voice / Tyler Wood – Keyboards
Derek Nievergelt – Bass / Evan Pazner – Drums
In Two Weeks

December 14
7:30 PM
Shot X Shot (Philly)
Matt Engle – Bass / Dan Capecchi – Drums
Bryan Rogers – Tenor Sax / Dan Scofield – Alto Sax
9:00 PM
Alexander Hawkins Quartet (UK)
Alexander Hawkins – piano / Rob Brown – Alto Sax
Mark Helias – Bass / Harris Eisenstadt – Drums
10:30 PM
Killer BOB
Johan Andersson – Saxes / Max Jaffe – Drums
Rob Lundberg – Bass / David Scanlon – Guitar

December 15
6:30 PM
JuJu Seahorse
Paul Harding – Spoken Music
Joe Ford – Saxes / Hill Greene – Bass
Karma Johnson – Vocals / TBA – Drums
8:00 PM
Mossa Bildner Group
Mossa Bildner – vocals / Brahim Fribgane – Oud
Andre Lasalle – Electric Guitar / VAL-INC – Electronic Percussions

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times


TIM BERNE AND LOS TOTOPOS (Thursday) Mr. Berne, an alto saxophonist and composer with a taste for coarsely layered frictions, presents a newly minted ensemble here, with Matt Mitchell on piano and electronics, Oscar Noriega on clarinets and Ches Smith on percussion. The band focuses not only on sharp and convoluted new music by Mr. Berne, but also on some rather obscure material written more than 30 years ago by his former mentor, the saxophonist-composer Julius Hemphill. At 9 p.m., I-Beam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn ,; suggested donation, $10. (Chinen)20091126

DECOUPAGE (Tuesday) As the name implies, this improvising chamber group presents a study in artful layers: Curtis Hasselbring’s trombone, Matt Moran’s vibraphone, Satoshi Takeishi’s percussion and Mary Halvorson’s guitar. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10. (Chinen)20091126

PETER EVANS QUINTET (Thursday) Peter Evans, probably best recognized for his role in the upstart free-bop quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing, is a trumpeter with an expressive command of timbre and tone. He’s also a bandleader of emerging promise; in this group he corrals the pianist Carlos Homs, the bassist Chris Tordini, the drummer Kassa Overall and the electronics artist Sam Pluta. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10. (Chinen)20091126

? JOHN HOLLENBECK (Monday) Mr. Hollenbeck, a percussionist-composer of broad vision and vibrant execution, presides over a triple bill in celebration of two new albums, “Eternal Interlude” (Sunnyside) and “Rainbow Jimmies” (GPE). Anchoring the evening is his Large Ensemble, a superbly cohesive big band stocked with musicians of similar temperament. Mr. Hollenbeck will also perform with Future Quest, a small-group project devoted to the music of Meredith Monk; and with a chamber trio featuring the violinist Todd Reynolds and the vibraphonist Matt Moran. At 8 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 228-4854,; $15. (Chinen)20091126

TODD SICKAFOOSE’S TINY RESISTORS (Friday) As a bassist, Mr. Sickafoose builds grooves from the ground up, but that’s no impediment to the buoyancy of his music. “Tiny Resistors” (Cryptogramophone), his most recent album, features a number of tunes in which horn parts and guitar lines swirl around a calmly asymmetrical pulse; among his partners here are the saxophonist John Ellis and the trombonist Alan Ferber. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village , (212) 929-9883,; cover, $10. (Chinen)20091126

NATE WOOLEY QUINTET (Wednesday) Nate Wooley, a perspicacious young trumpeter, leads an ensemble pointedly shaped to resemble Eric Dolphy’s band on the landmark album “Out to Lunch,” and charges it with all-new original music. The ranks will include Josh Sinton on bass clarinet, Matt Moran on vibraphone, John Hébert on bass and Harris Eisenstadt on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a $6 minimum. (Chinen)

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Upcoming Seattle Shows

From Wayward Music:

SAT. 11/21, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents Alaskan composer John Luther Adams: The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies, with percussionist Steven Schick; and Nunataks + Among Red Mountains, with pianist Cristina Valdes

Seattle Times:
The Stranger:

MON. 11/23 – Joel Palmer + Scott Ezell, guitars and electronics

TUE. 12/1 – DX ARTS presents Yutaka Makino + Stelios Manousakis + Stephanie Pan, electro-acoustic

FRI. 12/4 – James Garlick, violin & Judith Cohen, piano play Corigliano, Bach, Ives, Bartok

SAT. 12/5 – Brad Sherman, clarinet & Sarah Bassingthwaighte, flutes – contemporary chamber music

FRI. 12/11 – Seattle Phonographers Union CD release concert + Perri Lynch solo set, field recordings

SAT. 12/12 – Seattle Phongraphers Union (different line up than above) + Christopher DeLaurenti solo set, more field recordings

THU. 12/17 – Eye Music, graphic scores performed by large ensemble of all-star Seattle experimentalists

SAT. 12/19 – Vance Galloway & Rafael Irisarri, ambient/drone for guitar, piano, electronics

WED. 12/23 – Marc Smason, trombone & Perry Robinson, clarinet + friends, out jazz

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

In the Times:

DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY (Wednesday) This postmillennial big band, led by Mr. Argue, an indefatigable young composer, recently released an admirable studio debut, “Infernal Machines” (New Amsterdam). In performance the group balances airtight precision with a good measure of looseness and crackle. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street , (212) 582-2121,; $25 per set, with a $10 minimum. (Nate Chinen)20091119

TIM BERNE AND LOS TOTOPOS (Saturday) Mr. Berne, an alto saxophonist and composer with a taste for coarsely layered frictions, presents a newly minted ensemble here, with Matt Mitchell on piano and electronics, Oscar Noriega on clarinets and Ches Smith on percussion. The band focuses not only on sharp and convoluted new music by Mr. Berne, but also on some rather obscure material written more than 30 years ago by his former mentor, the saxophonist-composer Julius Hemphill. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242,; $15; $10 for students. (Chinen)20091119

ELLERY ESKELIN QUARTET (Sunday) Ellery Eskelin is a tenor saxophonist drawn to rhythmic tumult and tonal discord, though he also has his soulful side. In this ensemble he leans on a responsive, stalwart bassist, John Hébert, and two of the most dynamic newer arrivals on the experimental scene: the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a $6 minimum. (Chinen)20091119

LISA MEZZACAPPA (Sunday and Monday) Ms. Mezzacappa is a bassist and composer based in the San Francisco area and rooted in a rugged approach to experimentation. On Sunday night she leads the promising East Coast edition of a signature band, Bait & Switch, with Ellery Eskelin on tenor saxophone, Mary Halvorson on guitar and Ches Smith on drums. On Monday — appearing first in a bassist-bandleader trifecta, before groups led by John Hébert (at 9 p.m.) and Sean Conly (at 10:30 p.m.) — she presents Soft Pitch, a trio with the guitarist Chris Welcome and the drummer Mike Pride. Sunday at 8:30 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, near Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 218-6934,; no cover. Monday at 7:30 p.m. Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side , (212) 228-9874,; cover, $10 per set; $15 for the night ($7 and $12 for students.) (Chinen)20091119

? PAUL MOTIAN OCTET + 1 (Friday through Sunday) A luminous and mysterious post-bop ensemble that consists of two contrasting pairs of improvisers (the saxophonists Chris Cheek and Bill McHenry, and the guitarists Steve Cardenas and Ben Monder); a couple of welcome stabilizers (Jerome Harris and Thomas Morgan, both bassists); a pair of wild cards (the violist Mat Maneri and the pianist Jacob Sacks); and a wily mastermind (Mr. Motian, on drums). At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village , (212) 255-4037,; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)20091119

? 28 HOURS OF INNOVATIVE ART (Friday and Saturday) Organized by Arts for Art, the nonprofit behind the Vision Festival, this avant-garde marathon — scheduled to run from 6 p.m. on Friday through midnight on Saturday — will focus on performance and participation, weaving together music with movement, art and conversation. That’s the idea, anyway; participating artists include the percussionist Milford Graves, the saxophonists John Zorn and Charles Gayle, the trombonists George Lewis and Josh Roseman, and the pianists Matthew Shipp and Connie Crothers. Clemente Solo Vélez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street, at Rivington Street, Lower East Side , (212) 260-4080,; $30 per day; $20 for students; $50 for all 28 hours. (Chinen)

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Upcoming Gordon Beeferman Shows

From Gordon Beeferman:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 8pm
The Gershwin Hotel
7 East 27th Street (between Fifth and Madison Aves.)

A rare appearance of the longstanding duo of Jeff Arnal (percussion) and Gordon Beeferman (piano). The duo melds avant-garde jazz/improv and contemporary classical traditions into a unique “energized ritual of free expression…music with muscle and appeal” (Cadence Magazine). Since beginning their collaboration in 2000, Arnal and Beeferman have performed extensively on the New York creative music scene as well as across the US and Canada, and released two acclaimed albums, BODIES OF WATER and ROGUE STATES. In addition to working as a duet, they have collaborated with many other musicians and dancers, including choreographer Estelle Woodward and saxophonist Seth Misterka (as Rara Avis). Fore more info:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 8pm
MICHAEL EVANS, drums and percussion
GORDON BEEFERMAN, electric piano and synth
Two Boots Tavern
384 Grand Street, Lower East Side (at Norfolk St)
F to Delancey, JMZ to Essex, D to Grand
$5, free pizza included!

BED OF DADDLE, the improvising duo of Gordon Beeferman and Michael Evans is a futuristic and virtuosic wild ride incorporating free jazz, avant-garde and contemporary-classical music, electronics, theatrics, and junk percussion.

Beeferman combines classical technique, improvising chops and sound design to create a compelling sound-world of fractured rhythms, post-tonal harmonic progressions, and elemental melodic structures. Evans approaches his drumset with extended techniques and investigates the fluidity of rhythm and pulse with floating structures inspired by many musical and sound traditions including the blues, free jazz, world music, noise and time travel.

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