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Matt Crane, drums, Damon Smith, bass, Chris Chris Pitsiokos, alto, R.I., St Louis, N.Y. converge

Where: the Lilypad 1353 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA, 02139

When: 2021-10-15, 7PM

Performers: Matt Crane, Drums, Damon Smith, Bass, Chris Pitsiokos, Alto Saxophone

Creative Improv, Free-Form Jazz and New Music from Providence/Boston, St. Louis & New York!
The Creative Music Series contact:
Alex Lemski; 617/800-7255, arlemski@comcast.net
The Creative Music Series welcomes
In an evening
Of provocative, adventurous, aggressive, experimental, creative free form and unrestricted Jazz and improvisational music that means a (re)energy and enthusiasm for the human spirit that has been locked up.
The return of former Boston Free Jazz icon/champion, bassist Damon Smith!
Musicians entertain new and innovative ideas – the music is filled with joy and passion - to improvise and drive the will to research, extract and explore as well as to demonstrate their own and modern conception of avant-garde jazz with virtuosity and extended playing techniques…
Band formed by drummer Matt Crane
Matt Crane
Damon Smith, bass, already a Boston Improv/Avant Jazz/New Music hero for the years he energized the scene, he returns to perform in an ad hoc trio to continue to display…
“Damon Smith is a master of bowed bass and sounds inspired throughout—and well versed in the various incarnations of Jazz and free improvisation getting around playing with a wealth of international musicians—weaving a web with Mr. Fielder’s equally creative drumming. Best rhythm team only record I’ve heard since those two by William Parker and Hamid Drake, and that is really something special! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery.
“…but it is the broad-mindedness of both players and the tension between divergent approaches that creates a pulsing sense of swing underneath (the music)”. Balance Point
“he’s an active and even aggressive instigator and that willingness to test the mettle of those he respects informs each of six duets that comprise the disc”. Derek Taylor, Dusted !
"Whether in the hands of Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman or John Zorn, the alto saxophone has long been an instrument of radical change in jazz. The influence of all three giants is audible in the work of young NYC altoist Chris Pitsiokos, but on this harsh yet revelatory quartet album [...] he puts forth his own startlingly original vision. [...] move from hyperactive freeform scramble to viselike compositional precision [...] herky-jerky punk-funk outfit's bent take on prog. Throughout the record, the leader's astonishingly fleet sax work – sometimes darting and soulful, sometimes squalling and unhinged – explodes with urgency and feverish invention”.
--Rolling Stone
"Pinpoint precision and unhinged fury...go-for-broke intensity...dazzling array of tactics...From piece to piece he shows an expanding range that accommodates both tender phrasing and a lacerating tone."
-Chicago Reader
Bio:
Chris Pitsiokos (b. 1990) is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist, composer and improviser. His compositions often provide a framework for performers to express a singular aesthetic vision without subjugating their voices as creative elements in their own right. In this way his work contrasts with traditional modes of composition in which the composer or band leader is the sole, or primary arbiter of a unified, preconceived vision.
Chris has been praised by Rolling Stone for his "startlingly original vision" and "astonishingly fleet sax work." Downbeat has identified his band CP Unit as "a persuasive combination of harmolodic jazz and contemporary noise rock." As a soloist he has developed a unique voice on the alto saxophone: his expansion of the instrument's vocabulary has served to multiply its emotive and formal capabilities.
As a bandleader and soloist he has toured throughout the US, Japan and Europe. In 2016 he was a resident at John Zorn's club the Stone and contributed to Arcana, a series of books edited by Zorn. In 2017 he had a solo concert at ISSUE Project Room in New York, toured Europe with CP Unit for the first time, and toured Japan as a soloist and performed with luminaries Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M, Tatsuya Yoshida, Makigami Koichi, and Jojo Hiroshige (Hijokaidan). 2018 was marked by a busy festival touring schedule, including (but not limited to) two European tours with CP Unit and a duo tour with Otomo Yoshihide. He has also worked with Nate Wooley, Paul Lytton, Peter Evans, Weasel Walter, Jaimie Branch, and Tyshawn Sorey. In Spring 2019 he will tour South America for the first time.
DAMON SMITH was born on Oct. 17th, 1972 in Spokane, WA.www.balancepointacoustics.com. After many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and six great years in Houston, Texas Damon moved to the Boston area in the fall of 2016. Damon studied double bass with Lisle Ellis and has had lessons with greats Bertram Turezky, Joëlle Leandré, John Lindberg, Mark Dresser and others. Damon’s explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. Visual art, film and dance heavily influence his music, as evidenced by his CAMH performance of Ben Patterson’s Variations for Double Bass, collaborations with director Werner Herzog on soundtracks for Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, and an early performance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company
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. Damon has run Balance Point Acoustics record label since 2001, releasing music focusing on transatlantic collaborations between US and Europeans.
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IMPROVISED MUSIC IN WILLI - OCTOBER EDITION

Where: Willimantic Records Bliss Marketplace, 34 North Street Willimantic, CT 06226

When: 2021-10-16, 2PM

Performers: Brandon Terzakis - Drumset
Dan O'Brien - Reeds
Caleb Duval - Bass

Stephen Haynes - Cornets
Sam Newsome - Soprano saxophone
Matt Crane - Drums and percussion
Damon Smith - Double bass

Vance Provey - Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Eric Zinman - Keyboards
Chestnut People
Aron Namenwirth - Guitar
Federico Balducci - Guitar
Michael Larocca - Drumset

(OUTDOORS)
IMPROVISED MUSIC SATURDAY OCTOBER 16TH IN WILLIMANTIC
10 DOLLARS SUGGESTED, PLEASE SUPPORT THE MUSICIANS
MUSIC STARTS AT 2PM SO GET THERE A LITTLE EARLY TO BROWSE THE RECORDS

https://www.facebook.com/events/676629250408257

https://balancepointacoustics.bandcamp.com/album/search-versus-re-search-sm3790

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Sound work for Joseph Beuys

Where: Online : Goethe Pop Up Houston

When: 2021-10-22, 6:30PM CDT

Performers: Damon Smith - basses
David Dove - trombone

Program:

Variations for Double Bass 1961

Ben Patterson

Ausfengen 2006

Damon Smith

 

Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/992678431578500

Concert Link:

https://youtu.be/-NLN7OfRxpM

 

https://balancepointacoustics.bandcamp.com/album/variations-for-double-bass-1961-benjamin-patterson

 

https://balancepointacoustics.bandcamp.com/album/bpa-012-ausfegen

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Damon Smith/Ben Baker/Seth Andrew Davis/Evan Verploegh Live at Stray Cat Film Center

Where: Stray Cat Film Center, 1664 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

When: 2021-11-05, 7PM

Performers: Damon Smith - double bass
Ben Baker - woodwinds
Seth Andrew Davis - electric guitar
Evan Verploegh - drums

https://www.facebook.com/events/4413001078788448

 

Damon Smith, Ben Baker, Seth Andrew Davis, & Evan Verploegh will be performing two sets of improvised music at Stray Cat Film Center.
7:00 pm
$10 at the door
Masks and proof of vaccination required
About the artists:
Damon Smith studied double bass with Lisle Ellis and has had lessons with Bertram Turezky, Joëlle Leandré, John Lindberg, Mark Dresser and others. Damon’s explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. Visual art, film and dance heavily influence his music, as evidenced by his CAMH performance of Ben Patterson’s Variations for Double Bass, collaborations with director Werner Herzog on soundtracks for Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, and an early performance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Damon has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including: Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra’s Arkestra), Henry Kaiser, Keith Rowe, Jaap Blonk,Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Weasel Walter, 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, Thomas Helton, David Dove & Chris Cogburn. Damon moved to the Boston area in the fall of 2016 and began working with Jeb Bishop, Pandelis Karayorgis, Joe McPhee and Ra-Kalam Bob Moses and many others.
Damon has run the Balance Point Acoustics record label since 2001, releasing music focusing on transatlantic collaborations between US and European musicians.
https://www.balancepointacoustics.com/damon-smith/
Benjamin Baker is a composer and performer currently based out of Kansas City, MO. Ben’s music comes from a place at the intersection of spontaneous improvisation and traditional storytelling structure and includes works written for both concert ensembles and popular music groups, drawing influence from a multitude of genres and styles. Using contemporary jazz language with modern compositional techniques Ben’s works paint serious atmospheres while still remaining playful and uplifting.
As a performer Ben appears on multiple freelance recording works, and has performed with multiple jazz groups and ensembles such as the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra and Largemouth Brass Band of Columbus, OH. He has written for performers such as the Quince Ensemble and Patchwork Duo, and received his undergraduate degree in music composition from Ohio University under the direction of Robert McClure. Ben is currently attaining his MM in Composition at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.
Seth Andrew Davis is a performer, composer, improviser, & electronic musician from the Kansas City area. Davis is involved in many different genres including, jazz, rock, classical, electronic, electro-acoustic, and free improvisation. Davis graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, Mo. in 2019 with a BM in Music Composition. Davis has studied with Jim Mobberley, Paul Rudy, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Mara Gibson and Michael Miller.
Davis’s music has been performed in the United States, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Davis has had his work performed at various conferences and festivals including the New York City Electro-Acoustic Music Festival, Kansas City Performing Media Festival, Kansas City Contemporary Music Festival, Kansas City Fringe Festival, NASA Regional IV Conference, North Star New Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, Exchange of Midwest Collegiate Composers, and the International Navy Saxophone Symposium. Davis has had pieces premiered by Mnemosyne Quartet, Project C4, Dionysus, Second Nature Ensemble, Chi Him Chik, Sputter Box, Dylan Ward, Apply Triangle & loadbang and has recorded & collaborated with Ben Baker, Lucas Brode, Kevin Cheli, Tim Daisy, Alvaro Domene, Michael Eaton, Reid Karris, Krista Kopper, Tom Law, Federico Musso, Spencer Perkins, Kyle Quass, Alberto Racanati, Aoki Satoru, Damon Smith, Evan Verploegh, Dorian Wallace, Alex Williams, David James Witter, & Will Yager.
As an artist, Davis works closely with performers and collaborators to create pieces, installations, and works that are unique to that partnership. Davis is an avid collaborator, having worked with choreographers, video artists, animators, playwrights etc. Davis’s artistic influences run the gamut from popular music, free-jazz, hip-hop, electronic music, film, literature, visual art, contemporary culture and from this Davis wishes to blur the lines between genres, composer and performer, and various artistic mediums. Davis has released his electronic music under the pseudonyms The Gods Hate Kansas, Mr Sandman, and Ghost In The Machine. Davis is also a founding member of Second Nature, a free jazz/new music/math-rock ensemble, BetaMax, Re-Animator, and is a guitarist in the new music ensemble Project C4. Davis is also an active concert organizer in the Kansas City music scene as the Vice President of KcEMA (Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance) and as the Production Coordinator of newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. In 2020, Davis co-founded Mother Brain Records with saxophonist & composer Michael Eaton. Mother Brain Records is a Midwest based label focused on releasing the works of artists in the experimental & improvised music scenes. Since 2019, Davis has been an artist resident with Charlotte Street Foundation. In 2021, Davis founded EMS (Extemporaneous Music Society) along with Evan Verploegh. EMS is an improvised music and arts collective based in Kansas City that is dedicated to advancing creative work in Kansas City. The group started a monthly series at Charlotte Street Foundation’s Stern Theatre entitled “EMS Presents:” that showcases local and international improvised music practitioners.
Evan Verploegh is an improvising drummer based in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to relocating to KC in late 2019, he was an active member of the Upper Midwestern music scene, including as a member of the psychedelic jazz/funk band Boat Patrol and as Music Coordinator of Project North Festival in Rhinelander, WI. In 2020, he released his first solo album Drum Set and Piano Improvisations No. 1. Committed to improvisation as an artform, Evan draws from influences of free jazz, contemporary classical, and experimental rock.
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Damon Smith/Seth Andrew Davis/Evan Verploegh - Live At Vulpes Bastille

Where: Vulpes Bastille, 1737 Locust St, Kansas City, MO 64108

When: 2021-11-06, 7PM

Performers: Damon Smith - double bass
Seth Andrew Davis - electric guitar
Evan Verploegh - drums

https://fb.me/e/1UTFFaHb0

Damon Smith, Seth Andrew Davis, & Evan Verploegh will be performing two sets of improvised music at Vulpes Bastille.



7:00 pm
$10 at the door
Masks and proof of vaccination required

About the artists:
Damon Smith studied double bass with Lisle Ellis and has had lessons with Bertram Turezky, Joëlle Leandré, John Lindberg, Mark Dresser and others. Damon’s explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. Visual art, film and dance heavily influence his music, as evidenced by his CAMH performance of Ben Patterson’s Variations for Double Bass, collaborations with director Werner Herzog on soundtracks for Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, and an early performance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Damon has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including: Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra’s Arkestra), Henry Kaiser, Keith Rowe, Jaap Blonk,Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Weasel Walter, 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, Thomas Helton, David Dove & Chris Cogburn. Damon moved to the Boston area in the fall of 2016 and began working with Jeb Bishop, Pandelis Karayorgis, Joe McPhee and Ra-Kalam Bob Moses and many others.
Damon has run the Balance Point Acoustics record label since 2001, releasing music focusing on transatlantic collaborations between US and European musicians.
https://www.balancepointacoustics.com/damon-smith/

Seth Andrew Davis is a performer, composer, improviser, & electronic musician from the Kansas City area. Davis is involved in many different genres including, jazz, rock, classical, electronic, electro-acoustic, and free improvisation. Davis graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, Mo. in 2019 with a BM in Music Composition. Davis has studied with Jim Mobberley, Paul Rudy, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Mara Gibson and Michael Miller.
Davis’s music has been performed in the United States, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Davis has had his work performed at various conferences and festivals including the New York City Electro-Acoustic Music Festival, Kansas City Performing Media Festival, Kansas City Contemporary Music Festival, Kansas City Fringe Festival, NASA Regional IV Conference, North Star New Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, Exchange of Midwest Collegiate Composers, and the International Navy Saxophone Symposium. Davis has had pieces premiered by Mnemosyne Quartet, Project C4, Dionysus, Second Nature Ensemble, Chi Him Chik, Sputter Box, Dylan Ward, Apply Triangle & loadbang and has recorded & collaborated with Ben Baker, Lucas Brode, Kevin Cheli, Tim Daisy, Alvaro Domene, Michael Eaton, Reid Karris, Krista Kopper, Tom Law, Federico Musso, Spencer Perkins, Kyle Quass, Alberto Racanati, Aoki Satoru, Damon Smith, Evan Verploegh, Dorian Wallace, Alex Williams, David James Witter, & Will Yager.
As an artist, Davis works closely with performers and collaborators to create pieces, installations, and works that are unique to that partnership. Davis is an avid collaborator, having worked with choreographers, video artists, animators, playwrights etc. Davis’s artistic influences run the gamut from popular music, free-jazz, hip-hop, electronic music, film, literature, visual art, contemporary culture and from this Davis wishes to blur the lines between genres, composer and performer, and various artistic mediums. Davis has released his electronic music under the pseudonyms The Gods Hate Kansas, Mr Sandman, and Ghost In The Machine. Davis is also a founding member of Second Nature, a free jazz/new music/math-rock ensemble, BetaMax, Re-Animator, and is a guitarist in the new music ensemble Project C4. Davis is also an active concert organizer in the Kansas City music scene as the Vice President of KcEMA (Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance) and as the Production Coordinator of newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. In 2020, Davis co-founded Mother Brain Records with saxophonist & composer Michael Eaton. Mother Brain Records is a Midwest based label focused on releasing the works of artists in the experimental & improvised music scenes. Since 2019, Davis has been an artist resident with Charlotte Street Foundation. In 2021, Davis founded EMS (Extemporaneous Music Society) along with Evan Verploegh. EMS is an improvised music and arts collective based in Kansas City that is dedicated to advancing creative work in Kansas City. The group started a monthly series at Charlotte Street Foundation’s Stern Theatre entitled “EMS Presents:” that showcases local and international improvised music practitioners.
Evan Verploegh is an improvising drummer based in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to relocating to KC in late 2019, he was an active member of the Upper Midwestern music scene, including as a member of the psychedelic jazz/funk band Boat Patrol and as Music Coordinator of Project North Festival in Rhinelander, WI. In 2020, he released his first solo album Drum Set and Piano Improvisations No. 1. Committed to improvisation as an artform, Evan draws from influences of free jazz, contemporary classical, and experimental rock.

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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!