Monday, June 21, 2010
The Strong Moon will be portrayed by Grosse Abfahrt #8:
Tom Djll, instigator, trumpets, electronics
Matt Ingalls, clarinets, violin
Tim Perkis, electronics
Gino Robair, energized surfaces & voltage made audible
John Shiurba, electric guitar
Frank Gratkowski, reeds
Lisa Mezzacappa, contrabass
Kjell Nordeson, percussion
Phillip Greenlief, reeds
Grosse Abfahrt is always a Big Departure from something, be it your home country or mother tongue or your ears' comfy couch. GA#8, "Der Heftige Mond," is a near-identical reassembly of GA#6, "Luftschifffeiertagserinnerungsfotoalbum." So it might be that the fierce moon gives rise to a confrontation with its airship holiday memorial photo album from 14.5 months previous. We won't be checking fingerprints.
Grosse Abfahrt ("Big Departure") is the ongoing project of Tom Djll, showcasing the art of improvised music by a large group (8-9 players). The group uses a core quintet of Djll, Robair, Perkis, Shiurba and ingalls, and adds out-of-town guests. Grosse Abfahrt's restrained, thoughtful sound has yielded international acclaim and three albums on Creative Sources and EMANEM.
This is a rare chance to experience huge, carefully cultivated sound constructions that delight and surprise the senses.
Friday, June 04, 2010
Originally uploaded by michaelz1
This is me in last night's Trio Shift, featuring a cast of many -- but only allowed to play three at a time. It was the first night of the annual SperryFest in memory of composer, improviser, husband, father, and so much more, Matthew Sperry.