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Wendy Eisenberg / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith

Where: Root Cellar 10 Fiske Ave. Greenfield, Massachusetts 01301

When: 2019-06-27, 8pm

Performers: Wendy Eisenberg - guitar
Sandy Ewen - guitar
Damon Smith - double bass

http://www.rootcellarbar.com/

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A Quintet: Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano Visiting Boston Scene

Where: Lilypad Inman 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

When: 2019-07-20, 8pm

Performers: Featured Artists: Guests Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano, + Boston’s Damon Smith & Jeb Bishop & Forbes Graham

https://www.facebook.com/events/347753232547666/

Unrestricted, unrehearsed and creative music ala Free-Jazz!


Music: Improvisational, Free-Form Jazz

When: 07/20/19 SAT, 8:00PM Where: Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA Cost: $15 (Cash at the door).$12 Students

The Creative Music Series Presents
From New England, New York, Boston

Legends already and in the making:

“The Quintet”
More unrestricted, unrehearsed and creative music ala Free-Jazz, only the likes of Paul, Chris (associated with each other for decades) + Damon + Jeb + Forbes can produce…

Paul Flaherty (saxophones) Back after more than three years absence
"…Flaherty encapsulates the history of outlaw free improvising in New England…" -David Keenan (The Wire, The Scottish Sunday Herald). "Flaherty is an absolute monster… and a deep-rooted knowledge of jazz that can't resist making its presence felt." " - Dan Warburton (Paris Transatlantic).
“Flaherty and his saxophone are a subterranean legend in the kingdom of the north. Since the ‘In the Midst of Chaos’ LP was recorded back in the mid 70’s, Paul has been a persistent roar in the distance – pervading the aura of the region’s improvisational underground whilst eschewing its spotlight”. Byron Coley
“Flaherty is the firecracker in the mix, bubbling and burbling away over the top of Corsano's alien rhythmic foundations. Together, this duo is more than capable of sheer transcendence." - Chad Oliveiri, Rochester's City Paper (May 5, 2004).

Chris Corsano (drums/percussion) Back after more than three years absence
“The music in some ways ceases to be about the drums as we normally think of them, instead being a personally expressive vehicle that can mass rhythms or present a variety of singing and scraping tones”. Clifford Allen, Tiny Mix Tapes.
“Corsano's resume stretches from free jazz legends as sax players Joe McPhee, Paul Flaherty & Akira Sakata, noise masters as Bill Nace and C Spencer Yeh to avant-pop vocalist Björk. He represents the hyperactive, ecstatic pole…” Eyal Hareuveni The Free Jazz Collective
“Corsano, despite being arguably the most riotosly energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz, does far more than merely bash his kit into submission. Playing loud does not mean abandoning subtlety, and Corsano’s sudden shifts of texture and dynamics are a wonder to behold” - The Wire
Damon Smith (upright bass) A Boston virtuoso helping to surface Free-Jazz from obscurity

Jeb Bishop (trombone) Raising the creative bar for the Boston area

Forbes Graham is a trumpet player, electronic musician, and composer living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the founder of the Rock Flint Artists Retreat, and has appeared at numerous festivals including High Zero, Full Force, and Vision.

The Creative Music Series (CMS) was established in January, 2015, to showcase the work of adventurous jazz musicians from out-of-state, presenting them in intimate venues in the Cambridge/Somerville area. My endeavor was a reaction to the apparent lack of invitations being extended to accomplished, new talent and even unknown musicians to the Boston area. CMS has now begun to zero in on Boston based musicians who are creating their own projects with these out-of-town guests, and taking these musical risks to find an expression and gain a wider appreciation.

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Bishop/Blonk/Smith/Walter Quartet 1

Where: Arts + Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI, USA

When: 2019-11-15, 8pm

Performers: Jaap Blonk - voice, electronics
Jeb Bishop - trombone
Damon Smith - double bass
Weasel Walter - percussion

https://youtu.be/hhGTdOBDCQY

https://youtu.be/l7eB_cy_uVI

https://youtu.be/hhGTdOBDCQY

https://youtu.be/5LhfyQPgV1k 

https://youtu.be/HHL6mZPvFq4

https://youtu.be/A-lD9nxN2T8

"This new quartet debuted in the spring of 2019 with a series of concerts in the Northeast.  The band features the great Dutch sound poet and improvisor Jaap Blonk, trombone virtuoso Jeb Bishop, and the versatile and powerful "rhythm section" of Damon Smith and Weasel Walter. Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and playful freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. The frenetically prolific bandleader/composer/multiinstrumentalist Weasel Walter summons myriad timbres from a (mostly) conventional drum kit, while also bringing a strong performative element to the proceedings. Jeb Bishop is an extraordinary improviser, composer, and simply one of the finest living trombonists, and has been a major voice in improvised music for more than 20 years. Tireless organizer and Balance Point Acoustics label head Damon Smith expands both the sound world of the double bass and the roles it can play in an ensemble. What happens or doesn't with this quartet is anyone's guess. The performances so far have run a gamut from delicate chamber textures to all-out electronic meltdowns."

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Bishop/Blonk/Smith/Walter Quartet 2

Where: Constellation, Chicago, IL, USA

When: 2019-11-16, 8PM

Performers: Jaap Blonk - voice, electronics
Jeb Bishop - trombone
Damon Smith - double bass
Weasel Walter - percussion

https://youtu.be/hhGTdOBDCQY

https://youtu.be/l7eB_cy_uVI

https://youtu.be/hhGTdOBDCQY

https://youtu.be/5LhfyQPgV1k 

https://youtu.be/HHL6mZPvFq4

https://youtu.be/A-lD9nxN2T8

"This new quartet debuted in the spring of 2019 with a series of concerts in the Northeast.  The band features the great Dutch sound poet and improvisor Jaap Blonk, trombone virtuoso Jeb Bishop, and the versatile and powerful "rhythm section" of Damon Smith and Weasel Walter. Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and playful freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. The frenetically prolific bandleader/composer/multiinstrumentalist Weasel Walter summons myriad timbres from a (mostly) conventional drum kit, while also bringing a strong performative element to the proceedings. Jeb Bishop is an extraordinary improviser, composer, and simply one of the finest living trombonists, and has been a major voice in improvised music for more than 20 years. Tireless organizer and Balance Point Acoustics label head Damon Smith expands both the sound world of the double bass and the roles it can play in an ensemble. What happens or doesn't with this quartet is anyone's guess. The performances so far have run a gamut from delicate chamber textures to all-out electronic meltdowns."

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Bishop/Blonk/Smith/Walter Quartet 3

Where: St. Louis, MO

When: 2019-11-18, 8Pm

Performers: Jaap Blonk - voice, electronics
Jeb Bishop - trombone
Damon Smith - double bass
Weasel Walter - percussion

https://youtu.be/hhGTdOBDCQY

https://youtu.be/l7eB_cy_uVI

https://youtu.be/hhGTdOBDCQY

https://youtu.be/5LhfyQPgV1k 

https://youtu.be/HHL6mZPvFq4

https://youtu.be/A-lD9nxN2T8

"This new quartet debuted in the spring of 2019 with a series of concerts in the Northeast.  The band features the great Dutch sound poet and improvisor Jaap Blonk, trombone virtuoso Jeb Bishop, and the versatile and powerful "rhythm section" of Damon Smith and Weasel Walter. Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and playful freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. The frenetically prolific bandleader/composer/multiinstrumentalist Weasel Walter summons myriad timbres from a (mostly) conventional drum kit, while also bringing a strong performative element to the proceedings. Jeb Bishop is an extraordinary improviser, composer, and simply one of the finest living trombonists, and has been a major voice in improvised music for more than 20 years. Tireless organizer and Balance Point Acoustics label head Damon Smith expands both the sound world of the double bass and the roles it can play in an ensemble. What happens or doesn't with this quartet is anyone's guess. The performances so far have run a gamut from delicate chamber textures to all-out electronic meltdowns."

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(Archival) Plane Crash + Ra-Kalam Bob Moses & Vinny Golia

Where: The Lillypad, Inman Sq, Cambridge, MA

When: 2018-04-14, 8pm

Performers: : Ra-Kalam Bob Moses - drums
Vinny Golia - Woodwinds
Plane Crash is:
Henry Kaiser - guitar
Damon Smith - double bass
Weasel Walter - drums

CD from this project here:

https://balancepointacoustics.bandcamp.com/album/bpa-18-astral-plane-crash

$15

A rare appearance by the long-running Plane Crash trio, featuring Henry
Kaiser (guitar), Damon Smith (bass) and Weasel Walter (drums), featuring
special guests Vinny Golia (reeds) and Ra Kalam Bob Moses (drums). Kaiser
was amongst the first wave of 1970's US free improvisers and his diverse,
endless discography is legendary. Formed in the Bay Area, the core trio
is a long-running unit, having worked together extensively in numerous
contexts and releasing "Plane Crash" (ugEXPLODE, 2009) and "Plane Crash
Two" (New Atlantis, 2015). Smith and Walter are now located in various
spots on the East Coast, making the trio collaborations a special event.
The Kaiser/Smith/Walter axis generally summons up wild, volcanic,
telepathic, loud free improvisation which takes no prisoners. The
complexity and intensity levels will undoubtedly be raised to
unprecedented new heights with the first time addition of both Los
Angeles-based workhorse mult-reedist Vinny Golia and mythic journeyman
drummer Ra Kalam Bob Moses.

(Archival) No Idea Festival 2018

Where: Austin, TX

When: 2018-02-22,

Performers: Thursday 2/22 set 3:
Birgit Ulher - trumpet, radio
Mij Yelend - flute, saxophone
Thomas Lehn - synthisizer
Damon Smith - double bass
Chris Cogburn - percussion & electronics

Friday 2/23 set 4
Akira Sakata - alto saxophone
Damon Smith - double bass
Stefan Gonzalez - drums



Feb, 22- 25

http://noideafestival.com/2018

 

Thomas Lehn analog synthesizer → vienna
Marcus Schmickler electronics → cologne
Judith Hamann cello → melbourne
Damon Smith double bass → Quincy
Bonnie Jones electronics → baltimore
Bhob Rainey soprano saxophone, computer → philadelphia
Juan García double bass → mexico city
Juanjosé Rivas electronics → mexico city
Birgit Ulher trumpet, radio, objects → hamburg
Sean O'Neill electronics, light → austin
Chris Cogburn percussion, electronics → austin / mexico city
Liz Tonne voice → dallas
- - percussion, electronics, text → vancouver

 

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(Archival) Joe McPhee/Jeb Bishop duo with Graham, Nicodemou, Smith

Where: First Parish Cambridge Unitarian Universalist 3 Church St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

When: 2017-11-02, 8pm

Performers: Joe McPhee - brass & reeds
Jeb Bishop - trombone
with
Forbes Graham - trumpet
Andria Nicodemou - vibraphone
Damon Smith - double bass

https://joemcphee.bandcamp.com/album/the-brass-city

 

Non-Event presents
in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the recording of Joe McPhee and Jeb Bishop's classic The Brass City CD
(released on Okka Disk, 1999)

JOE MCPHEE + JEB BISHOP (duo)
FORBES GRAHAM, ANDRIA NICODEMOU, DAMON SMITH
playing duo and quintet sets

FIRST PARISH IN CAMBRIDGE (Helverson Chapel)
3 Church Street, Harvard Square
8pm | $15 gen / $10 students & Non-Event members

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

"...His magical take on avant-garde sax remains one of the wonders of the scene. He still has one of the most beautiful tones on the planet, even when he’s reaching for jazz’s outer limits."

JOE MCPHEE is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician.

He began playing the trumpet at age eight, taught by his father, himself a trumpet player. He continued on that instrument through his formative school years and later in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany, at which time he was introduced to performing traditional jazz. In 1968, inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, he took up the saxophone and began an active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music.

His first recordings as leader appeared on the CJ Records label, founded in 1969 by painter Craig Johnson. These include Underground Railroad by the Joe McPhee Quartet (1969), Nation Time (1970), Trinity (1971) and Pieces of Light (1974). In 1975, Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger release Black Magic Man by McPhee, on what was to become Hat Hut Records

In 1981, he met composer, accordionist, performer, and educator Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of “deep listening” strengthened his interests in extended instrumental and electronic techniques. he also discovered Edward de Bono’s book Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, which presents concepts for solving problems by “disrupting an apparent sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle.” de Bono’s theories inspired McPhee to apply this “sideways thinking” to his own work in creative improvisation, resulting in the concept of “Po Music.” McPhee describes “Po Music” as a “process of provocation” (Po is a language indicator to show that provocation is being used) to “move from one fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones.” He concludes, “It is a Positive, Possible, Poetic Hypothesis.” The results of this application of Po principles to creative improvisation can be heard on several Hat Art recordings, including Topology, Linear B, and Oleo & a Future Retrospective.

In 1997, McPhee discovered two like-minded improvisers in bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen. The trio premiered at the Vision Jazz Festival in 1998 but the concert went unnoticed by the press. McPhee, Duval, and Rosen therefore decided that an apt title for the group would be Trio X. In 2004 he created Survival Unit III with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang to expand his musical horizons and with a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 100 recordings, he continues to tour internationally, forge new connections while reaching for music’s outer limits.

Trombonist JEB BISHOP has been active in improvised music and jazz since the early 1990s. Based in Chicago until 2012, he first gained attention as a member of groups including Flying Luttenbachers, Vandermark Five, and Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet. In addition to his own trio, he has led or co-led groups including The Engines, Lucky 7s, and Long Sidewalks, and has pursued free improvisation with dozens of collaborators from around the world, including Joe McPhee, Jaap Blonk, Han Bennink, Hamid Drake, and many others.

Bishop has been part of thousands of performances throughout North America and Europe, ranging from basement shows to major festivals, and has been recognized repeatedly in Downbeat Magazine's Critics' Polls and in the online El Intruso poll.

At the end of 2015, Bishop relocated to Boston, where he continues his ongoing working relationships with Boston-area musicians including Jorrit Dijkstra, Nate McBride, and Pandelis Karayorgis. New projects in Boston include the cooperative quintet Stereoscope and a brass trio with Forbes Graham (trumpet) and Joshua Reibstein (tuba).

FORBES GRAHAM is a trumpet player, electronic musician, composer, and visual artist living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. He has worked with a diverse array of musicians and currently is a member of Para Quintet, Rock Flint Contemporary Ensemble, Wild May, Grizzler, Construction Party, and Equal Time. He is the founder of the Rock Flint Artists Retreat, and has appeared at numerous festivals including High Zero, Full Force, and Vision.

ANDRIA NICODEMOU is a multifaceted musician from Cyprus, specializing in vibraphone and improvisation. She is a graduate from Corfu University in Classical Percussion and has received a Master's Degree from the New England Conservatory, in Contemporary Improvisation.

She has been working in diverse interdisciplinary art projects, with multi-media artists, dancers and actors in Europe and USA. She has worked with musicians such as Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, Marty Ehrlich, Ikue Morri, Tayler Ho Bynum, Tatsuya Nakatani, Ab Baars, Anne La Berge, Gianni Lenoci, Jim Hobbs, Marc Sanders, among others. She was a guest performer at the London Improvisers Orchestra (2015) and the Royal Improvisers Orchestra in Amsterdam (2014).


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(Archival) Gentle Traces of Transient Being - Performed by Ordinary Affects

Where: RISD Museum Providence, RI

When: 2017-07-23, 11am-5pm

Performers: Ordinary Affects:
Morgan Evans-Weiler, violin
Laura Cetilia, cello
James Falzone, vibes
Luke Martin, objects and electronics
Mark Cetilia, electronics
Luke Modolf, lap steel guitar
Steph Clarke, clarinet
Luke Damrosch, percussion
Damon Smith, bass

Ordinary Affects will perform Antoine Beuger's 'Gentle Traces of Transient Being' in its entirety. This 50 page score was written for the group in 2016 and the expected duration is to be about 5 hours. This will be the first full performance of the work. 

Please come and sit with us!