Archive for December, 2008

Kevin Norton’s COUNTERPOINT – February 28th 2009

Posted in Events on December 27, 2008 by metropolisunderground

After composing music for a dozen or so CDs and for various chamber groups, the TILT brass band and the Sound Vision Orchestra, Norton now turns to a decidedly jazz orchestration. Like the Steve Lacy trio, the Sonny Rollins trio or the Ornette Coleman trio a lead melody instrument with bass and drums (functioning on a higher level of interaction, rather than subordinate accompaniment roles) this trio features a new transparency of sound, yet it is connected to Norton’s other composition work by counterpoint: both emotional and technical.

Drummer Garrett Brown graduated from William Paterson University. Garrett studied with Ari Hoenig, Kevin Norton, Rich Derosa, Ben Perowsky, John Riley and pianist Armen Donelian. He has since developed a unique approach to improvisation maintaining a very interactive, linear and sensitive playing style, placing him in high regard among fellow musicians.

Jesse Stern has been playing electric bass in and around the New York area for a variety of different styles of music including jazz, funk/fusion and experimental rock and roll. In addition to studying with many accomplished musicians he primarily honed his bass skills studying with jazz masters Cecil McBee, Buster Williams and Bob Cranshaw.

Kevin Norton is known for both his composition work and his performances as a percussionist. At Hunter College, Kevin met and began to perform and record with the legendary bassist (photographer and writer) Milt Hinton. After graduating from Manhattan School of Music with a Masters of Music degree, Kevin soon fell in with New York’s downtown music scene. Though a complete listing of collaborations would take pages, some highlights include recordings and/or performances with The Microscopic Septet (and separately with Micro co-leaders, Phillip Johnston and Joel Forrester), Fred Frith’s Keep the Dog ((with john Zorn and Zeena Parkings), Bill Brovold and the Soldier String Quartet. Eventually, he became a key member a key member of (his childhood hero) Anthony Braxton s ensembles.

Show starts @ 8pm

Donations $5.00 – $10.00

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Oliver Reeg & Associates – January 17th 2009

Posted in Events on December 8, 2008 by metropolisunderground

A bevy of Upstate, NY avant garde!

Oliver Reeg and Associates (ORAA) is an improv quintet from Rochester, NY exploring space, time, and the copious use of the delay pedal. The group consists of Scott Oliver, Ian Downey, and Jeff Fose on guitars, Chris Reeg on synth and slide guitar and Travis Johansen on drums.

The Bloody Noes are surely one of the more ‘out’ projects currently in operation. Hailing from Rochester, NY this male-female duo gather performance art strategies, found sound, object manipulation, and cheap synthesizer technology into a highly compelling, and challenging, live act. Their highly stylized combination of costumes, absurdity, and tightly composed musical gestures have resulted in what surely must be one of the most truly avant, musical acts.”

BCP Trio is an experimental/improvisational trio featuring David Brownstead (bass), Steven Cerio (drums/percussion) and Michael P. (guitar). They combine elements of free jazz, psychedelic noise, space rock and prog.

American Sphinx is one of many projects by New Thing Productions founder Michael Hentz. This Syracuse/Ithaca duo features Jarek Miller on drums along with Michael on guitar, loops and flute. Their music combines elements of free jazz, psych and raga drones. They are currently working on a new CD that will be available early next year.

NPV: The great thing about NPV is that while they do mess with saxophones and clarinets, there are no indulgent highspeed wankfest blowing bursts, no show-off moments, instead only jagged melodies and unpredictable, dissonant lines. And while there are plenty of electronics and abstract noises, there are no harsh walls or feedback loops. Instead, we get stray wind instruments interlacing with found sound, abstract emanations from a prepared electric bass, and long, extended billowing, buoying oscillations and reverberations from synths and electronics. This music has atmosphere, and it has coherence. Somehow it manages to be raw and jagged yet spacious and open at the same time. NPV sounds as if an old free jazz sax player has stumbled onto a late-night city street where Poeme Electronique echoes through the alleyways. Greg Newton: alto/tenor sax, clarinet, balloons, blender, percussion. Larry Patti: synth, electronics. David Voelkl: el. bass [prepared], electronics.

All shows start at 8pm

Donations $5.00 – $10.00

Tatsuya Nakatani – January 8th 2009

Posted in Events on December 7, 2008 by metropolisunderground

Tatsuya Nakatani will be our first show of the new year!

Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion) is originally from Osaka, Japan. In 2006 he performed in 80 cities in 7 countries and collaborated with 163 artists worldwide. In the past 10 years he has released nearly 50 recordings on CD.

He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. He utilizes drumset, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows to create an intense, organic music that defies category or genre. His music is based in improvised/ experimental music, jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, yet retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.

In addition to live solo and ensemble performances he works as a sound designer for film and television. He also teaches Masterclasses and Workshops at the University level. He also heads H&H Production, an independent record label and recording studio based in Easton, Pennsylvania. He was selected as a performing artist for the Pennsylvania Performing Artist on Tour (PennPat) roster as well as a Bronx Arts Council Individual Artist grant.

Tatsuya has performed/collaborated with William Parker, Ken Vandermark, Billy Bang, Frank Lowe, Joe McPhee, Marc Ribot, Assif Tsahar, Eugene Chadbourne, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell, Sabir Mateen, Daniel Carter, Cooper-Moore, Jim Baker, Josh Abrams, Miya Masaoka, Joe Maneri, Mat Maneri, nmperign, Michael Zerang, Susan Alcorn, Kyle Bruckman, Jack Wright, Gary Hassay, Donald Millar, LaDonna Smith, Davery Williams, Kaoru Watanabe, Adam Rudolph, Peter Kowald, Peter Brotzmann, Michel Doneda, Barre Phillips, Le Quan Ninh, Joelle Leandre, Fred Van Hove, Sophie Agnel, Phil Minton, Catherine Januiaux, Gunda Gottschalk, Peter Jacquemyn, André Goudbeek, Xu Feng Xia, Rhodri Davis, Martin Archer, Veryan Weston, Raymond Mcdonald, Phil Durrant, Alessandro Bosetti, Giani Gebia, Fabrice Charles, Bart Maris, Ute Volker, Johannes Bauer, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Carl-Ludwich Hubsch, Fred Blondy, Bertrand Gauguet, Sharif Sehnaoui, Christine Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Mauro Pawlowski, Hartmut Dorschner, Frank Gratkowski, Martin Kuchen, David Stackenass, and more.

All shows start @ 8pm

Donation $5.00 to $10.00