7/30 | Brennan Connors & Stray Passage @ The Mason Lounge

Thr, 7/30 | 8:30pm $0 @ The Mason Lounge

BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE

For those of you who follow along with GrimmusiK (or have looked at the shows page on this website) you’ll notice that I play bass every Tuesday night from 9p-12 at The Mason Lounge with the Five Points Jazz Collective.  The Mason Lounge is one of my favorite bars in Madison, WI.  Brian, the owner, serves 15-or-so carefully selected craft beers on tap which thoroughly range the palette.  Every Tuesday, I eagerly await a rundown on the new kegs that have been tapped.

This week, we’re happy to have a special trio night with Brennan Connors & Stray Passage!  “Brennan Connors & Stray Passage is bringing it’s unique blend of free jazz, improvised music, and original compositions to the Mason. Come join us for a night of dynamic music running the gamut from fiery high energy sounds to focused minimalism. Brennan Connors on saxophones; Brian Grimm on cello and bass; Geoff Brady on drums and percussion.”

See you there!

7/24 4pm | Brennan Connors & Stray Passage live on WSUM Radio 91.7fm!

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Fri, 7/24 | 4pm on 91.7fm WSUM Radio

1 hour live special with

BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE

We’ll be spending the hour with DJ host Emili Earhart, who has graciously invited us to WSUM studios for a live-set + interview!  You can tune in on your radio by dialing in to 91.7fm (in the Madison area) or remotely from WSUM’s home page!

Tune In!

See ya on the other side….

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7/18 – Strollin’ Park St (Mad) | 7/19 – Lovely Socialite @ The Jazz Estate (Mke)

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Sat, 7/18 | Strollin Park Street (Mad) Jazz Festival

Produced by the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, the season’s second Strollin’ event offers a family-friendly 5 ½ hours of continuous and stylistically-diverse live jazz in the afternoon in and around the Villager Mall at the south end of South Park Street, followed by an “after-party” at north end of the Street, at The Mason Lounge. As always with Strollin’, there’s no cover charge. Here’s the line-up.

One City Early Learning Stage at the Villager Mall (South East Corner of the parking lot, across from McDonald’s): Noon-2:30pm
Madison Music Foundry Student Jazz Ensemble: Noon-12:30pm
Fountain of Life’s Rivers of Madison: 12:45-1:45pm
Black Star Drum Line: 2pm-2:30pm

The Urban League Community Room: 2pm-3:30pm
Rick Flowers Quartet

Madison Police Station- South District (outdoor stage, or the community room if weather is bad): 3:15pm-5:30pm
Mad City Funk 3:15-4:15pm
Golpe Tierra 4:30pm-5:30pm

The Mason Lounge: 7-9:30pm
bpmTrio: 7-8pm
Five Points Jazz Collective: 8:30pm-9:30pm

For more info please visit jazzinmadison.org

Strollin’ South Park Street is made possible by a grant to the Jazz Consortium from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, by sponsorships from Prime Urban Properties, One City Early Learning Centers, the South Metropolitan Business Association, Sergenian’s Floor Coverings, Uncle Joe’s Shoes and Sportswear, with additional support from media sponsors WORT-FM and Isthmus and from the Urban League of Greater Madison and Lane’s Bakery.


Sun, 7/19 | 7pm $5 @ The Jazz Estate

Lovely Socialite (pre-order new album!)

Lady Cannon (Mke)

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Lovely Socialite is half-way through the pre-order campaign for our new album, Toxic Consonance!  Help us out by pre-ordering your copy today!!

We’ll be sharing the fantastic stage at The Jazz Estate in Milwaukee with local act, Lady Cannon!


7/3 – 8/1 | Pre-Order Lovely Socialite’s new album “Toxic Consonance”!

7/3 – 8/1 | Pre-Order Lovely Socialite’s new album “Toxic Consonance”!

We’ve finished our second album, “Toxic Consonance”!  It was such a pleasure to work with master architectioneer Landon Arkens once again at Blast House Studios during the recording & mixing of this album.  Now in post-production, we are designing the cd-packaging, commissioning album art, mastering the cd, etc… this is where we need your help!  By pre-ordering our new album, now through 8/1, you will help us to cover these costs!

Pre-Order now! >> https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lovely-socialite-toxic-consonance#/story

There are all sorts of sweet Socialite swag in our perks section; including t-shirts, posters, an exclusive ep, house shows, & Mike, our drummer, will even clean your pool!

Thanks so much for your support!!

Check out our first music video single from the new album, “Black Yukon Sucker Punch”!

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Lovely Socialite is:
Abe Sorber – Vibraphone
Ben Willis – Double Bass, Electric Bass
Brian Grimm – Cello, Pipa, Gaohu, Hammered-Guzheng
Corey Murphy – Trombone
Mike Koszewski – Drums, Percussion
Pat Reinholz – Cello

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7/3 | LOVELY SOCIALITE w/ Ferris/Dietrich/McQuade trio @ Johnson Public House

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LOVELY SOCIALITE

FERRIS+DIETRICH+MCQUADE trio

**”Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps” has officially shortened her name to, Lovely Socialite.

We’re delighted to share this surprise show on Friday with our friends Ben Ferris – bass, Paul Dietrich – trumpet, & Miguel McQuade – drums.  In case y’all haven’t figured it out, Lovely Socialite is pulling together her second album, “Toxic Consonance”.  Now that the record is finished, we’re designing the packaging & getting a Kickstarter rolling for which to pre-order the album.  Keep your eyes & ears out for Toxic Consonance‘s release!!  In the mean time, please enjoy our first video-single, “Black Yukon Sucker Punch”:

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6/24 | Will Guthrie (Au-Fr) /BC Grimm /Brennan Connors + Miguel McQuade @ Bright Red Studios

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WILL GUTHRIE  (Au via Fr)

various combinations of drums, percussion, amplification and electronics

BRENNAN CONNORS + MIGUEL MCQUADE  (Mad)

free-jazz sax & drums

BC GRIMM (Mad)

solo cello

Australian percussionist Will Guthrie, now based in France, is currently on tour through the US!  Luckily for us, he is stopping by Madison for a set this Wednesday @ Bright Red Studios!!  His creations for percussion & electronics often lead with texture and are patiently thorough.  Accompanying side effects of Will Guthrie’s playing may include deep trance-states.  Please ask your doctor if Will Guthrie is right for you.


Brennan Connors & Miguel McQuade have been cooking up some secret jams and are now to unleash them upon us!  As a bandmate of Brennan’s, I’m obviously a fan of his playing; but it’s always a special thing to hear an alter ego of a bandmate as they interact with different musicians.  I greatly admire Miguel’s drum style and sensitivity.  The last time I played with him, I had a neck ache for about 3 days!  That’s how hard I was bopping to his grooves!  Check out Miguel’s electronic music to get an idea of what I mean >>


I’ll be performing a new solo cello set as BC Grimm.  This polyglotist acoustic collage will include varying styles: JS Bach, erhu Chinese fiddle tunes, a tickling of flamenco, original extended-technique pizzicato pieces, excerpts from original theater scores & experimental improvs.

//Hear an electric cello exploration from live BRAIN GRIMMER performances:

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6/19, 6/21, 6/29 | Brennan Connors & Stray Passage upcoming shows!

Fri, 6/19  |  10pm  $0  @ Mickey’s Tavern

1524 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703

BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE

PETERSON/PACKARD/LUNDBERG TRIO

We’ve got some shows coming up in June. Well be performing at Mickey’s Tavern on Friday 6/19 with Peterson/Packard/Lundberg, a trio featuring Tar Pet, Rob Lundberg, and Chicago based drummer Ryan Packard.

Rob Lundberg’s NYC based band JOBS has a killer album coming out next week on New Amsterdam Records.  Order your copy in advance!!


MMM_2015_web_headerSun, 6/21  |  2pm  $0  @ Chocolaterian Cafe on Schenk’s Corners

MAKE MUSIC MADISON

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Make Music Madison is an annual one-day citywide, free, outdoor day of music to be held on the Summer Solstice, June 21. The goal is to generate a continuous wall of music as people walk around participating spaces. “Music” is whatever live sound an individual or group wishes to produce, and whatever the hosting space accepts. The day will be inclusionary in terms of genres, ethnicities, styles of music, skill levels of musicians, and in the use of public and private spaces throughout our community. There now are over 700 communities around the world celebrating the Summer Solstice by filling their city with music.

What is Make Music Madison?

  • Make Music Madison is: Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone
  • A way for all Madisonians to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a buffet of musical merriment.
  • A DIY city-wide celebration when almost any way to make music can and will happen.
  • Make Music Madison is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.

When and where will Make Music Madison take place?

Make Music Madison will take place on the summer solstice, Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Some performances may start early or go late, or take advantage of natural commuter times, but public spaces throughout Madison — sidewalks, parks, and more — become impromptu musical stages, dance floors, and social meeting points. Last year we saw oodles of amateur musicians and every ilk of professional musician to pop up all over Madison to perform for new audiences and neighbors alike, and the 2015 listings are amazing.


Mon, 6/29  |  9pm  $5  @ The Vault 

Ask A Punk.  Madison, WI

PWRRTLZ [Tucson, AZ]

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Black Metal + Free-Jazz show…. Hell Yeah!!

We’re really looking forward to hearing this band live

<< Just listen for yourself. >>


6/13 | Jonah Parzen-Johnson / Tar Pet / Lovely Socialite @ Bright Red Studios

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We had a wonderful show last night @ Bright Red Studios!  Thanks to all who came out!

Lovely Socialite explored a quartet free-improv set with Pat on cello, Abe on vibes, Mike on assorted home-made percussion and drum set, & BCG on gaohu, pipa, bass & cajon.  So much open, quiet space.  We were able to explore individual solo moments all around, as well as every duo pairing within the larger quartet.  Very rewarding, as most Socialite sextet improvs exist in a wall-of-sound-madness!  I was grateful to explore sparcer orchestrations for such an open ear’d audience. (new album due out by early fall!)

Taralie of Spires That In The Sunset Rise, known as Tar Pet when solo – gave us a really deep set.  My favorite two pieces were in the middle.  One was a layering of melodic cello drones that bubbled forth minute changes, all playing against one another to create a long landscape.  Once the scene was set, she switched to sax and blew an elegy to Ornette Coleman, who passed away this week.  I think we all knew what it was about, because Taralie was so excellent and clear in her delivery of the meditation.  What a way to send-up Ornette! [peace, respect]

…oh yeah, DISTORTED CELLO DRONES!!!.  < that’s all I need to say on the one that followed.

The touring musician of the night, Jonah Parzen-Johnson (Brooklyn, NYC), treated us to his carefully crafted ‘bari-sax + electronics’ compositions.  Inbetween pieces, he would share introspections and wonderments de jour.  Anything his soul was searching at the moment.  A lot of it about how we interact with each other, but all of it posed in the form of (yet) unanswered questions.  Much appreciation for the insight into his being and process.  Jonah is on tour for his new album “Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow”, which you should buy right now!  He’s halfway through a 5 week tour, help support his final leg with a purchase of his well developed music!


 

6/8-6/12 | Silk Road Ensemble’s ‘Global Musician Workshop’

GMW_logoI’m thrilled to be attending this upcoming week-long workshop.  After many years of admiring the passion and music of Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble – I can’t wait to learn, learn, learn, learn from them up close!  May the geek-out commence! ~ BCG

Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble presents:

SILKROAD’S GLOBAL MUSICIAN WORKSHOP 2015

directed by cellist Mike Block

June 8th-12th

A Laboratory Where Tradition Meets Innovation


Some info on the project from the Silk Road Ensemble website:

The mission of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW) is to foster a community of globally minded musicians engaged in learning from one another’s traditions and incorporating them into their own artistic voices. In addition to Yo-Yo Ma’s participation in select activities, the artist-faculty will teach styles of music from across the world. GMW is directed by Silk Road Ensemble cellist Mike Block.

GMW will be taught by an all-star faculty representing a unique range of backgrounds, including Sarah Jarosz (American folk), Sandeep Das (Indian tabla), Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese flutes), Hadi Eldebek (Arabic oud), Shane Shanahan (world percussion), Jayme Stone(American banjo), Balla Kouyate (Malian balafon), Edward Perez (Afro-Latin bass), Hanneke Cassel (Celtic fiddle), and Mike Block (multi-style strings).

GMW is open to participants over 18 years of age, from any musical background. University/conservatory students as well as professional performers/teachers with backgrounds in Western classical, jazz, world, or folk styles will be accepted.


5/30 | MSAC Faculty Recital

msaclogoSat, May 30th | 7:00 PM

Monroe Street Arts Center Faculty Recital

@ St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

1833 regent St, Madison WI

Free, All Ages Welcome

Join us for an entertaining evening as our talented music faculty perform some of their favorite songs.  Enjoy performances by MSAC instructors Matt Dahm, Leigh-Ann Balthazor, Lisa Mott, Yohan Kim, Brian Grimm, Jaime Guiscafre’, Marina Hegge, Kyeol Lee, and more. A reception and light refreshments will follow. Admission is free but donations are welcome. We hope to see you there!