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Ras Moshe Burnett Quintet

Where: Outpost 186 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Inman Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts

When: 2019-05-30, 8pm

Performers: rob chalfen & subcosciouscafe productions presents
nyc avant tenor monster
RAS MOSHE BURNETT
Ras Moshe Burnett – tenor sax, flute
Damon Smith – double bass
Kit Demos - double bass
Glynis Lomon – cello
Andria Nicodemou – vibes

$20 or b/o

https://www.facebook.com/events/1218343468326780/?active_tab=about

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Tashi Dorji / Mette Rasmussen w/ special guests

Where: AS220 115 Empire St, Providence, Rhode Island 02903

When: 2019-06-05, 9pm

Performers:

https://www.facebook.com/events/662536140876534/

Tashi Dorji / Mette Rasmussen

Mette’s playing has a raw tonal approach that makes one think of Eric Dolphy at his harshest. Her lines evince much of the same nimbleness as well. The effect is not unlike being hit in the face by a bunch of snakes with wings. Naturally, Tashi is playing electric in order to make himself heard, and the clots of sound he manages to coax out of his amp are worthy of comparison with such form-erupters as Keith Rowe. On the first side, there’s a real physicality to the blocks Tashi creates, as well as to the manner which Mette’s reed attacks them. It’s an incredible sound — brutal and communicative in equal measures. But as much as this may imply a musical surface akin to that of Borbetomagus, there’s a lot more open space here. Especially on the second side, the music is paced to give itself over (now and then) to crenellations that allows in as much light as they emit."

"This record is a supremely human effort and hopefully the harbinger of much more to come."

-Byron Coley, 2018


Mette Rasmussen, is a danish saxophone player, situated in Norway. Her ability to move between the often strict confines of genres and explore the elements is always on full display. In solo affairs aswell as in collaborations, she has encapsulated her own personal vision of the role of the saxophone. Embracing her audience with sonic altitude and prolific melody lines, rocketing a prosaic stem.
In the resent year she has been touring with among others Godspeed You! Black Emperor throughout France, Australia and USA, Chris Corsano troughout Europe and Japan, Sofia Jernberg throughout Australia, her own band cosisting of Torbjörn Zetterberg, Johan Berthling, Raymond Strid, Paul Lytton, and been doing an extensively amount of solo shows all over the world. And heard in bands and collaborations with among others, MoE, Craig Taborn, Barry Guy, Julien Desprez and Zeena Parkins.

Tashi Dorji grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Residing in Asheville since 2000 and soaking up a vast array of music. Along the way, Dorji developed a playing style unbound by tradition, yet with a direct line to intuitive artistry. His recordings feature improvisations that spasmodically grow along tangential, surprising paths. All references break loose during a composition, as Dorji keys into his own inner world. His compositions drag the listener into a labyrinth of warbling tones, where each sound seems to jump out and replace the eerie silence that would otherwise occupy the atmosphere. The textures remain sustained in the reverberation as the vibration of the strings dwindle and ascend. After a handful of releases on various labels since 2009, Dorji presented his debut LP on Hermit Hut, the label created by Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) in 2014. And since Tashi has released music both as a soloist, and with duo projects, notably with percussionist Tyler Damon and MANAS (w/ Thom Nguyen) on labels like Bathetic Records, Cabin Floor Esoterica, Blue Tapes, Marmara Records, Feeding Tubes, UNROCK, VDSQ, MIE, Ultra Violet Light, Family Vineyard and Astral Spirits.


Dan Clucas ( Los Angeles) & Stephen Haynes - cornets
Damon Smith - double bass
Matt Crane - drums
http://www.balancepointacoustics.com
http://balancepointacoustics.bandcamp.com"

Ryan Kowal:
For this event, Ryan Kowal (a vibraphonist/composer/improviser) has brought together some of the greatest improvisers in the area. Filling out his quartet will be Max Goldman on drums, Phil Mazza on guitar, and Mark Medeiros on guitar. After many years of playing together in various permutations and performances, this group is ready to push their abilities as well as challenge the audience's expectations. This will not be a performance to miss!

http://www.ryankowal.com/
http://www.philmazza.com/
https://maxgoldmanmusic.com/

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Ewen/Smith/Walter Trio, Overcalc, Nick Podgurski, Oma

Where: Ceremony224 224 Manhattan Ave, New York, New York 11206

When: 2019-06-06, 8PM

Performers: Sandy Ewen - guitar
Damon Smith - double bass, electric upright bass
Weasel Walter - drums

Sandy Ewen/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN_NEQw4LbQ 

& https://balancepointacoustics.bandcamp.com/album/bpaltd-808-live-in-texas

Overcalc - https://overcalc.bandcamp.com/

Nick Podgurski - https://www.facebook.com/nick.podgurski.5

Oma - https://tombedvisionsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/oma

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/2542545522641291/?active_tab=about

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Driff Fest 2019

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

When: 2019-06-08, 7:30pm

Performers: Driff Fest 2019 schedule

7:30
Andria Nicodemou Solo
Andria Nicodemou, vibraphone

8:15
Cliff Trio
Pandelis Karayorgis, piano
Damon Smith, bass
Eric Rosenthal, drums

9:00
Buzz
Jessica Roseman, dance
Jorrit Dijkstra, soprano sax

9:30
Steve Lantner Trio w/ Allan Chase and Luther Gray
Allan Chase, alto sax
Steve Lantner, piano
Luther Gray, drums

10:15
Cutout
Jorrit Dijkstra, soprano, alto sax
Jeb Bishop, trombone
Pandelis Karayorgis, piano
Nate McBride, bass
Luther Gray, drums

11:00
Jeb Bishop's Every Opportunity
Forbes Graham, trumpet
Jeb Bishop, trombone
Reginald Chapman, bass trombone
Abigale Reisman, violin
Junko Fujiwara, cello
Brittany Karlson, bass
Andria Nicodemou, vibraphone
Curt Newton, drums
Eric Rosenthal, drums

11:50
Jazz Party
Forbes Graham, trumpet
Charlie Kohlhase, saxes
Jeb Bishop, trombone
Pandelis Karayorgis, piano
Jef Charland, bass
Curt Newton, drums

more info at http://driffrecords.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/2239831246060592/

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Eliot Cardinaux Trio, Fujiwara/Bishop/Smith and Rosenthal

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

When: 2019-06-11, 7;30

Performers: 7:30 Eliot Cardinaux
'take me by the hand of darkness'
CD Release

Eliot Cardinaux - piano, poetry
Will McEvoy - bass
Max Goldman - drums

8:30 Low Lives and Improvs

Junko Fujiwara - cello
Jeb Bishop - trombone
Damon Smith - bass
Eric Rosenthal - drums

https://www.facebook.com/events/308774136699844/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1558526282168101

 

Special Event - celebrating the CD release of Eliot Cardinaux's new recording "take me by the hand of darkness"..... poetry, melodies and shadowy ambience....


'take me by the hand of darkness'
Weaving lyrics, spoken and sung through an improvisational landscape of sharp turns, hidden worlds, and shadowy ambiance, at once chidingly humorous, and nakedly vulnerable, Eliot Cardinaux, Will McEvoy, and Max Goldman’s first recorded effort as a trio, take me by the hand of darkness, is everything but conventional.



PROMISE


the lilt outside

of language other

then its own

more meanings

slowly misunder-

standing

sound dug

into around

the eye curving

corkscrew me back toward

Earth

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Susan Alcorn with Damon Smith and Jeb Bishop

Where: Waterworks Museum 2450 Beacon St, Boston, Massachusetts 02467

When: 2019-06-14, 8pm

Performers: Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar)
solo and trio with
Damon Smith (double bass) and Jeb Bishop (trombone)

https://www.facebook.com/events/350095155633039/

https://youtu.be/j15jAY_Aflo

Non-Event and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present



Tickets: $20 gen admission | $10 students + Non-Event members

About the artists

One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, SUSAN ALCORN has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country music. Having first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands, she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of 20th century classical music, visionary jazz, and world musics.

Though known as for her solo work, she has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Chris Cutler, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock and Leila Bourdreuil, Evan Parker, Michael Formanek, Zane Campbell, Damon Smith, and Mary Halvorson among others.

In 2016, she was voted “Best Other Instrument” by the International Critics Poll. In 2017 she received the Baker Artist Award, and in 2018, along with saxophonist Joe McPhee, she was the recipient of the Instant Award in Improvised Music.

The UK Guardian writes, “As an improvisor and composer, Alcorn has proven to be visionary. Her pieces reveal the complexity of her instrument and her musical experience while never straying from a very direct, intense, and personal musical expression.”

DAMON SMITH has established himself as a central figure and stalwart organizer of experimental music, developing a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. During his tenure in Boston, he has collaborated with local musicians ranging from Jeb Bishop, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Pandelis Karayorgis, Andria Nicodemou, Forbes Graham, Wendy Eisenberg, and others while bringing in collaborators like Weasel Walter, Henry Kaiser, Vinny Golia, and Jaap Blonk. As Smith prepares to leave Boston for St. Louis later this summer, he has ramped up his activity to a dizzying level.

.JEB BISHOP has performed, toured and recorded with groups including the Vandermark Five, the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, Terminal Four, School Days, Ken Vandermark’s Territory Band, Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra, Globe Unity Orchestra, and his own Jeb Bishop Trio. He also co-led the Lucky 7s project with New Orleans-based trombonist Jeff Albert, and is a member of cooperative quartet The Engines. He currently lives in Boston and is a central figure in the city’s jazz and improvised music scene.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Foundation, as well as a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.


There is limited parking at the museum. Please use the T (Reservoir or Cleveland Circle stops on the Green line), if possible!

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Bare Kages featuring Cilla Vee

Where: a band don bear c a g e s Franklin Park JP

When: 2019-06-19, 9pm

Performers: BEAR CAGES
bring bux for the hard working touring folks. Merch will also available.

id m theft able
federico balducci
Chris Struck, Damon Smith and Steph Germaine
Cilla Vee

MORE TBA soon

wilderness maps available for those who like snail mail.... stephanielak@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/2161671440579128/?active_tab=about

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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!