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Two Improv groups

Where: Ten Records 338 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75208

When: 2018-02-15, 7:30pm

Performers: Damon Smith+Sarah Ruth+Kevin Butler
Monte Espina+Steve Jansen

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.

Danny Kamins / Andrew Durham / Damon Smith

Where: Khon's 2808 Milam St, Houston, TX 77006

When: 2018-02-18, 9pm

Performers: $10 donation

Set one:
Robert Pearson - keyboard

Set two
Danny Kamins - Saxophone
Andrew Durham - bass guitar
Damon Smith - double bass

Set Three
Carol Ann Sandin - electronics
Austin Cooley - electronics

Birgit Ulher 2 300dpi
Birgit Ulher / Damon Smith / Chris Cogburn

Where: High Wire Gallery 326 W. Josephine Street San Antonio, Texas

When: 2018-02-20, 8pm

Performers: Matter Matters - solo

Birgit Ulher, trumpet, radio, speaker, objects
and trio with
Damon Smith, double bass
Chris Cogburn, perc, electronics

2018 thomas lehn
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


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


General Assembly

Where: The Outpost 186, 186 1/2 (Rear) Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139

When: 2018-03-12, 8pm

Performers: Jeb Bishop - trombone
Eliot Cardineux - piano/poetry
Andy Dow - acoustic bass guitar
Damon Smith - double bass
Gary Fieldman - drums

Mazza / Smith / Crane

Where: As220, 115 Empire St, Providence, RI 02903

When: 2018-03-20, 8pm

Performers: Phil Mazza - guitar
Damon Smith - double bass
Matt Crane - drums

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

Creative Music series presents this monumental meeting of great masters from the east and west coasts. A rare appearance in Cambridge by Harvard alum Henry Kaiser!

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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
Forbes Graham - trumpet
Andria Nicodemou - vibraphone
Damon Smith - double bass


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)

playing duo and quintet sets

3 Church Street, Harvard Square
8pm | $15 gen / $10 students & Non-Event members


"...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) Dennis Gonzalez / Aaron Gonzalez / Damon Smith

Where: Top Ten Records 338 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75208

When: 2017-09-30, 7pm


Special pop-up in store show!
Its a trumpet and two double bass duos and trio evening with Damon Smith, Dennis Gonzalez and Aaron Gonzalez!

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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!