This is the website for the improvised music label Balance Point Acoustics and the double bassist Damon Smith
Damon and Steve are coming from Boston and Phoenix, so this gathering promises a wide input of different air.
$10 suggested donation, no one will be turn away from lack of funds.
His music is rooted in the tradition of "free jazz" and his live and recorded efforts focus on continuing and expanding the possibilities of the double bass and "instant composition. He studied music theory/20th century harmony with his mother Bobbie Smith (a classically trained pianist/composer). He had initial double bass lessons with Bill Douglass, next with Lisle Ellis, then classical studies with Kristin Zerneg and jazz with Michael Jones. He also had single lessons/attended workshops with Barre Phillips, Mark Dresser, Peter Kowald, William Parker, Ken Filiano, Mike Watt, David Holland, Joëlle Léandre and brass players Bobby Bradford, Butch Morris & Wadada Leo Smith and saxophonists Wolfgang Fuchs and John Butcher.
Damon has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including: Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra’s Arkestra), Henry Kaiser, Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Marco Eneidi, Wolfgang Fuchs, Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald. After many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and six great years in Houston, Texas working regularly with Alvin Fielder, Sandy Ewen, David Dove & Chris Cogburn, Damon moved to the Boston area in the fall of 2016. Damon has run Balance Point Acoustics record label since 2001, releasing music focusing on transatlantic collaborations between US and European musicians.
A University of North Texas graduate where she focused on vocal studies and electroacoustic composition. She has also studied with Meredith Monk and members of her vocal ensemble. She enjoys varied collaborations and has worked as an accompanist for a modern dance class and as a composer for a photography installation by Susan Kae Grant. She currently teaches voice, beginning piano, and performs solo, is also part of the intense Asukubus. She is also a frequent collaborator with Lily Taylor and various improvisational ensembles. Recently, one of Ms. Alexander’s electroacoustic compositions was chosen for a performance celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia at the University of North Texas. Her solo album, Words on the Wind was released April 2015 on Pour le Corps Records.
Tuba player, bassist and occasional backup vocalist for The Obscure Dignitaries, Kevin Butler has traveled the Earth since the dawn of time. He was plucked from his ancestral home in Latvia by a Gypsy caravan, sold to a carnival to become a sousaphone player before inexplicably ending up in Texas just in time to help form this monumental ensemble. In addition to bass duties with the Dignitaries, he is also an active tubist, bassist, and music teacher in the DFW area. Like every other stereotypical tuba or bass player, Kevin enjoys food, beer, and pretending his instrument is relevant. You can also hear Kevin play tuba around Dallas with groups like The Ass Brass Band and the Inner City All-Stars.
From Phoenix, Arizona, Steve Jansen an experimentalist whose musical pursuits focus on tape manipulation, alto saxophone, and electric guitar. Jansen has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Latin America, Europe, and across the States to unearth sound, and these recordings play a significant role in his unique sonic constructions. He has performed with improvisors from around the world, including Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Tim Daisy, James Fella, Damon Smith, Sandy Ewen, and Whoopi Pupi. He has also shared the stage with musical luminaries Frank Rosaly, Dave Rempis, Rob Mazurek, Henry Kaiser, Retox, Christina Carter, Richard Ramirez, and The Home of Easy Credit. Along with Chris Cogburn and Parham Daghighi he is one third of SSBT, the amazing improvisation trio.
An electroacoustic free improvisation duo consisting of Ernesto Montiel and Miguel Espinel. The group focuses on the use of amplified sounds and signal processing to create evolving soundscapes and musical forms. Both of them were born in Venezuela and have been around the experimental DFW scene for a couple of years.