2/27 – Stray Passage + Tony Barba/Michael Brenneis @ Good Style || 2/28 – Chinese Lunar New Year celebration @ Imperial Garden

Tonight!

Fri, 2/27 | doors – 8pm $5 @ Good Style Shop

Tony Barba + Michael Brenneis

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage

+ a Quintet Jam!  2 saxes, 2 drum sets, 1 bass – let’s do this!

 ~ from GoodStyle |

   Good Style Shop presents Brennan Connors & Stray Passage and the Tony Barba/Michael Brenneis Duo.

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage is a free jazz and improvised music trio. The group features Brian Grimm on bass and contracello, Geoff Brady on drums and percussion, and Brennan Connors on saxophones. From fiery high energy music to focused minimalism, the ensemble’s performances balance narrative, noise, and beauty.

Saxophonist Tony Barba and percussionist Michael Brenneis will join forces for a set of improvised music. Tony is a member of the internationally touring ensemble Youngblood Brass Band. After 12 years in New York City, he currently resides in Madison and plays locally with many groups including Johannes Wallamnn’s Quartet and the Big Payback. Michael Brenneis is a drummer who musicians like to play with and audiences like to listen to. He performs with a very long list of groups that include Tomato Box, The Ten Sleeps Trio, Alison Margaret, and The New Breed.  


Sat, 2/28 | 5:30-8:00pm @ Imperial Garden Restaurant

Imperial Garden 2015

Chinese New Year Program

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Chinese food\Music\LinDance\Purchase SouvenirsBy Piano)

中国菜、音乐、舞狮子、中国纪念品(钢琴旁)

First Part: Spring wind 春暖花开

(Background music :Welcome)5:30pm-6:30pm

Tea and bar : Guitar music 5:30pm—6:30pm

Frond door Garden :Emay Ulannie F.(Guzheng) 6:00pm—6:30pm

Living room: Lim hong chuan (Guzheng) 6:00pm—6:30pm

Back room: Brian Grimm (pipa) Kyle Tan (Dizi) 6:00pm—6:30pm

Second Part: Dreams back Childhood and Send Money candy the girls 梦回童真 和送财童子 6:30pm–7:00pm

Back room: Emay and Isis May (Adult and kids) Guzheng

Jing gang shan sun red”《井冈山上太阳红》

Flower and Youth”《花儿与少年》

“Chrysanthemums Terrace《菊花台》

Drunken beauty”《贵妃醉酒》

“blue and white porcelain《青花瓷》

“The Moon Over a Fountain《二泉映月》3分钟 Gao hu 3 mins

Living room: Violin and Dizi 6:30pm–7:00pm

Jane Zheng :Violin solo 6:30pm–6:45pm

Kyle Tan :Dizi solo 6:45pm—7:00pm

Third Part: Lion Dance 7:00pm–7:20pm

Fourth Part:celebrate joyously欢庆

Tea and Bar :Piano and Violin 7:20pm–7:40pm

Tea and bar :Isis May “2 black ants””2 black birds”

Emay Ulannie : Piano “Memories of childhood童年的回忆

Brian Grimm (Gao hu) and Piano “Race house”赛马 F

Jane Zheng :Violin and piano “Butterfly lover”梁祝G

“Pontiac Moon月亮代表我的心D

Living room:Kyle tan (Dizi)Brian Grimm (Gao hu) Lim hong chuan (guzheng) 7;20pm–8:00pm

“Red Blossom Red山丹丹开花红艳艳(Dizi)

“Henan ditty”<河南小调

An enjoyable night良宵Gao Hu and Guzheng)

Guzheng (Emay) Brian(Pipa) Kyle (Dizi)

Flower and Youth”《花儿与少年》

“Chrysanthemums Terrace《菊花台》

Drunken beauty”《贵妃醉酒》

“blue and white porcelain《青花瓷》

Back room: Guzheng Lim hong chuan solo 7:40pm—8:00pm

“The Lantern Festival 花灯节

Spring rain 春雨

Hair likes snow 发如雪


2/06 | “Leo Johnson & The New Shoes” @ Madison Public Library for TWIN PEAKS party!

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Fri, 2/06  |  8-11pm  Madison Public Library – Central

NIGHT LIGHT: The Owls Are Not What They Seem

Twin Peaks Party: music, book signing, coffee, screen printing, costume contest, and more!!!

I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to put together a little 7-piece group called, “Leo Johnson & The New Shoes” (which I believe was coined by our very own Huckleberry Grimm) – comprising of Lovely Socialite members BCG, Abe Sorber, Corey Murphy & Pat Reinholz, joined by Geoff Brady (drums – Stray Passage, Yid Vicious), Rob Lundberg (bass) & Julian Lynch (sax & clarinet).  Over the past 2 weeks, Lovely Socialites, including Pat Reinholz, Corey Murphy, Ben Willis & myself, have been hard at work arranging the famous Angelo Badalamenti soundtrack from the show.   Recently, I sat down with Scott Gordon of Tone Madison at WORT for an interview on the arranging process – check it out here! >> Tone MSN – Brian Grimm on channeling the music of Twin Peaks


From the MPL:     Madison Public Library and the Wisconsin Book Festival are pairing up to present Brad Dukes, author of Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaksfor the Bubbler Night Light event The Owls Are Not What They Seem. The author will be visiting from Florida and discussing his book through a Q & A style platform.

Craig Grabhorn / c.Cal Design Studio . Artist-in-Residence, with other visiting print artists, will be hosting a Screen Printing party. Patrons are invited to bring their own T-shirts, canvas bags, etc. to have printed with a one-of-a-kind, Lynchian-inspired design.

Buy Twin Peaks screen printed posters by Patchwork Printshop

Tandem Press, local professional press and artistic laboratory, will display prints by Twin Peaks’ director David Lynch and discuss his creative experimentation process.

There will be Twin Peaks-inspired live music (Road House-style) from Leo Johnson and the New Shoes (music arranged by Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps): musicians include Julian Lynch – sax & clarinet, Geoff Brady (Yid Vicious, Stray Passage) – drums, BC Grimm (Lovely Socialite) – bass & cello, Corey Murphy (Lovely Socialite) – trombone, Abe Sorber (Lovely Socialite) – vibraphone, Pat Reinholz (Lovely Socialite) – cello.

More music and weirdness from Half Whale.

Plus we’ll have donuts stacked to the sky, coffee (black as midnight on a moonless night), and pie that is worth the stop. Twin Peaks-inspired cocktails and refreshments by Forequarter

Come dressed as your favorite Twin Peaks character and have your picture taken in the Black Lodge photo booth.

Come enjoy this Lynchian event!


1/23 – CONTROL & Stray Passage @ Mickey’s | 1/24 – Rolling Stones Tribute @ High Noon

Fri, 1/23  |  10pm, Free @ Mickey’s Tavern

CONTROL

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage

A personal treat: one of my favorite Madison bands, CONTROL, set at one of my favorite Madison venues, Mickey’s Tavern.  It is here that we convene this Friday night, Jan the 23rd, to melt-face.  Two power trios, one of the rock &/or roll variety & one of the free-jazz persuasion.  Come on down, bang your head, rock with us.


Sat, 1/24  |  8pm, $10 @ High Noon Saloon

EXILE ON WILLY STREET 

A Rolling Stones Tribute

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~ via High Noon Saloon:   “”EXILE ON WILLY STREET” brings together some of Madison’s finest to celebrate The Rolling Stones classic “Exile on Main Street” double album.

featuring…
Ben Wolf
Anna Vogelzang (As herself)
Evan Murdoch and Aaron Jossart (Imperfect Strangers)
Whitney Mann and Kyle Jacobson (Whitney Mann Band)
Dietrich Gosser (The one and only) w/ BC Grimm & Luke Bassuener
Meghan Rose (Little Red Wolf, I Saw The Creature, etc)
Post Social (Real Rock, Y’all)
Greg Dierks , Troy Ostrowski, Ted Weigl, Mark Goad (Pine Barrens)
Eric Levy (F!ck Knights from Twin Cities)
Corey Hart (Corey Hart!)
Nick Brown (Mr. Slowboat, Brown Derby)
Andy Moore (Mr. Showboat, Winn Dixie)
Maggie Moore (songstress extraordinaire)
Nate Treddinick (Something to Do, 1000 Other Bands)
Annelies Howell (German Art Students)
Brian Knapp (Ghost Town Council)
Chris Eby (Kentucky’s Finest)
Matt Earley (Winn Dixie, The Delicate Delegate)
Siv Earley (Post Social)
Jim Earley (Fanged Robot from Lexington, KY)

The Low Czars will open the show.

Tickets on sale now! ► http://bit.ly/ExileOnWillySt


SHOWS: 12/30, 12/31, 1/2, 1/3


Tue, 12/30 – $5  8:30pm  |  It’s New Year’s Eve’s Eve @ The Frequency!

Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps (Madison Jazz-Rock-Experimental)

Sinister Resonance (Madison Jazz-Rock-Experimental)

Nude Human (Madison/MKE Ambient-Experimental)

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Wed, 12/31 – $0  9pm  |  The Mason Lounge – New Year’s Eve Special

Charlie Painter (guitar), Brennan Connors (sax), Michael Koszewski (drums), BCG (bass)

Ring in the new year with this jazz quartet!


Fri, 1/2 – $5  8pm  |  Good Style ShopAn evening of solo & group improvisations from:

Ben Willis / Amanda Schoofs / Brian Grimm

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Sat, 1/3 – $0  10pm  |  Mickey’s Tavern 

Tontine Ensemble // Netmoiré trio  // Lovely Socialite

Netmoiré creates an energetic, abstract, and mercurial experience that blends the avant-garde with electronic, beat-driven music. Netmoiré is an improvisational trio featuring Jason Charney (computer), Josh Simmons (computer), and Nick Zoulek (saxophones). The trio came together while pursuing graduate studies at Bowling Green State University, and bonded over a shared passion for improvisation. Searching for the overlaid patterns found through improvisational networking, Netmoiré creates an energetic, abstract, and mercurial experience that blends the avant-garde with electronic, beat-driven music. Their influences and inspirations include Death Grips, Colin Stetson, J Dilla, Tim Hecker, Evan Parker, Ben Frost, and most importantly, an affinity for chaotic sound.

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Special Note:  Lovely Socialite will be in Blast House Studios on Jan 3rd & 4th, finishing their second album with Landon Arkens!


12/23 | Album Release – “The Gil Suite EP” by Bashiri Asad

BASHIRI ASAD PRESENTS:

THE GIL SUITE: A TOAST TO GIL SCOTT-HERON & BRIAN JACKSON

~ from Bashiri:  As an artist it is our responsibility to provide the soundtrack (visual or audio) to the life and times that we’re living in.  As a singer, I feel it’s my obligation to pay tribute to those that have paved the way for me and my contemporaries.  This project is a tribute to an icon, one that inspired me and provided so much to a generation of emcees, singers and poets.  Executive Produced and arranged by dr. Bass + vicelikemiami (@dbvlm), and including a host of great musicians, this is my offering to our life and times.  Ladies and Gentlemen: The Gil Suite


Notes on “Vildgolia (Deaf, Dumb, & Blind)” – produced by BRAIN GRIMMER

When I received the drum, vocal, and sax stems from Dace & Matt, I excitedly went to work on finishing this arrangement & tweaking the mix.  I had been listening to Gil Scott-Heron vinyl all month in preparation for this project.  Just then, Ferguson happened.  Now, a few months on, cold injustice has once again been served, and served, ||: … and served :|| …  The passion & message in this music is inseparable from solidarity towards an end to the continued oppression of people of color.  Bashiri, while paying tribute to a great social & racial justice poet, is reminding us all how true Gil’s words ring in the present day.  We are not yet living in a “post-racial” America, and whiteys: don’t be fooled in to thinking so by your favorite talking-head or politician.

Stand together in peace.  Black lives matter.  Much love and respect.


post script – Thanks to Bashiri, Dace & Matt for inviting me to participate on this project!  Thanks to Rob Dixon (sax) and Justin Brewer (drums) for playing on the track!  If y’all are sleepin’ on dr. Bass + vicelikemiami – WAKE UP!  This production-squad is killin’ it.  I was happy to contribute some guzheng parts for their April, 2014 release EP1.  Bashiri’s vocals are heavily featured on this ep – check dbvlm out, get on that train!


12/13 | WINTERSONG @ Barrymore Theatre

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 Sat, 12/13  |  8pm  $15  @ The Barrymore Theatre

WINTERSONG

featuring performances by

Anna Vogelzang | Count This Penny | Corey Hart Music | Paul Otteson & Faux Fawn | Whitney Mann | Crane Your Swan Neck | Dietrich Gosser with BCG on cello |

- via Barrymore Theatre: For the past two winter seasons, local folk musicians, headed by Anna Vogelzang, have banded together to present Wintersong, an all-ages holiday show to benefit Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. In 2013 alone—thanks to a sold-out crowd at the Majestic Theater—over $2,500 was raised, providing 7,545 meals for families and individuals who struggle with hunger. Since 2012, Wintersong has raised 10,200 meals to help end hunger in southwestern Wisconsin.

The public is invited to join musicians Anna Vogelzang, Count This Penny, Corey Hart, Paul Otteson & Faux Fawn, Whitney Mann, Crane Your Swan Neck, and Dietrich Gosser as the band of merrymakers cover holiday tunes, perform seasonal group numbers, and raise donations for Second Harvest Foodbank in this fun-filled event’s third year.

The concert, presented by Majestic Live & the Barrymore Theatre, will take place at the Barrymore Saturday December 13, 2014 at 8PM. This event is generously supported by the Isthmus, Wisconsin Public Radio, Furthermore Beer and WORT.

Guests will also hear from Dan Stein, Second Harvest’s President/CEO. A raffle with prizes from many localbusinesses, including the grand prize of a $300 dinner at L’Etoile Restaurant, will be held during the evening as well.


SiLas Be Ritchie & Brian Tairaku Ritchie: ‘Tea Life: Wabi Sabi Remixes’ Released!

Back in June, 2013 painter & musician SiLas Be Ritchie went in for a double lung transplant.  Silas had been ‘on call’ for a while & we all knew this could come at any time.  An unfathomable situation to me – you wait & wait, then out of the blue a phone rings, “hey, we’re ready to rip that giant organ out of your chest and replace it with a new set”…  I certainly didn’t imagine that I’d be out of town when the call came – in Indianapolis, performing the horror-score to NoExit Performance production of “This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH“.  We had received the stems for this remix project prior to the surgery.  When I heard SiLas was going in, I went right to work on a BRAIN GRIMMER contribution ~ trying to send out sonic good-vibes to Si while he was in procedure & recovery.  We’re all grateful that he came out of surgery just fine and has been living his life full of breath!

Fast forward to November, 2014, the more recent good news is… the Tea Life: Wabi​-​Sabi Remixes album has finally dropped!  It has been well worth the wait to hear the wonderfully crafted and varied interpretations that have resulted in these remixes.  Kudos to Si for putting this together!


”  Wabi-Sabi is the second track off of Tea Life 2, the sophomore record by Silas Be and Brian Tairaku Ritchie (Shakuhachi master & bassist of Violent Femmes). The 4 stems of music that assemble the song (Drums, Flute, Bass, Chime samples) were sent to an array of musician friends. I asked my friends to create a new composition using any amount of the original music, except zero. What returned are these transmission. Enjoy.  

If you choose to pay $25 for the album, include your address in a message, and I will create and send to you an original Silas Be watercolor painting.

Album Cover Art: Silas Be

Track Art by: Andrew Jay (except “Ghost” by John Praw, Image by John Praw, and Wabi-Sabi art by Silas Be)  


The BRAIN GRIMMER contribution, ‘crop dance’, is one of my favorite tracks that I’ve worked on… it’s also been the most difficult to mix & master.  For the last 3 months I’ve been working on/off towards re-mastering the track.  I’ll be releasing a new BRAIN GRIMMER ep some time in early 2015, comprising of remixes, guest-producer features, and cover songs from the last 2 years.  More on that in the coming months!


12/07 | Music Workshop “CONVERSATION = IMPROVISATION” @ Madison Music Foundry

Click here to sign up on the Madison Music Foundry website!

Click here to sign up on the Madison Music Foundry website!

CONVERSATION = IMPROVISATION

Music Improvisation workshop with BC Grimm

Sundays from 12-2pm

Nov 11/23 11/30  Dec *12/07 12/14  @ Madison Music Foundry 

…shifting the approach from the narrow field of ‘note/genre based’ improvisation, to the wide universe of ‘sound/conversation based’ exploration!

>> *Update!  We have lowered the price of this workshop to just $24 for each 2-hr class.  You can still sign up for the whole series ($90) – OR – sign up for a one-time class on December 7th ($24)! 


Who should sign up?

Any age. Any instrument(s). From experienced improvisers to beginners, all are welcome. I’m especially interested in reaching people who are “afraid to fail” in improvisation, so we can break down that barrier.

First and foremost, anyone, at any skill level can participate – together. This workshop will shift the participant’s perspective on what improvisation is. We’ll take it from simply being note/genre focused and transform the player’s approach to being sound/conversation focused. It will greatly broaden who the player can improvise with, how long they can play, and how creative they can be!

SESSION FOCUS
When it comes to improvisation, sometimes people freeze… “what do I play next?”, “I can’t think of any other ‘things’ to play…”, “what if it doesn’t ‘sound good’?”, etc. ad infinitum… This can easily be overcome by shifting the approach from the narrow field of ‘note/genre based’ improvisation, to the wide universe of ‘sound/conversation based’ exploration.

EVERY TIME WE HAVE A CONVERSATION, WE ARE IMPROVISING!
Every single person who uses language is an improviser… So, everyone already possesses the skills required for group-improv.  When you sit down to free-improv with a group of musicians – even if you’ve never played with them before – it should be natural, music is a language.  We’ll work on communication skills in order to have a conversation in sound.

We’ll touch on Avant Garde & Extended Techniques as a dialect of improvisation. We’ll focus on how, much to the surprise of traditional thinking, experimental sounds can be found in nature everywhere. I have heard many of my improvising collaborators play rhythms & textures that I’ve previously experienced in nature &/or surrounding environments. It is coded in our DNA & can’t be escaped, but rather must be acknowledged and embraced. There is naturalism in experimental sound that needs be explored in order to communicate & relay your meaning to the listener.

LISTENING
In each class we’ll take time to listen to examples of different approaches to improvisation that correlate to the session’s focus.

EXPERIMENT
By the very nature of the word/process, you must be open to failure. You must be willing to “play a wrong note” or “try a sound/technique you’ve never played before”. That’s what an experiment is: you have an educated guess about what outcome may happen, but you can’t know for sure until the experiment is performed & data collected. – Try a new sound or technique, listen… did it work? No? Alter the experiment & try again… still No?  Then, it’s probably safe to move on to a new sound-experiment. OR Yes? Great!! Keep exploring it, what else can you create from that experiment, and where will it lead you?”


“BCG… who in the scootin’-fruidy is this guy?!…” 

BC Grimm is active professionally as a teacher, composer, improviser, performer, sound designer, electronic musician, & multi-instrumentalist on cello, bass guitar, & Chinese String strings (古琴 guqin, 古筝 guzheng, 琵琶 pipa, 二胡 erhu, 高胡 gaohu).  A frequent collaborator in Madison’s avant-garde music scene, BCG is also passionate about exploring music traditions from around the world.  After earning a Bachelor of Music Composition with honors from Butler University, he has found a niche composing, performing, and recording scores for dance, theatre, & film.

“ … compositions are both classical and experimental, both disciplined and exploratory.”
– Isthmus, The Daily Page (June 2012, ‘Redolent Spires’ album review)

“Madison-based multi-instrumentalist Brian Grimm specializes in playing the guqin and guzheng, Chinese zithers that sometimes run as large as a small canoe. He’s also a classically trained cellist and, under the name Brain Grimmer, produces adept and twisted instrumental hip-hop. In performances with Julian Lynch’s band and various jazz and improvisational groups around town, Grimm draws on both formal music studies and avant-garde extremes.”
Arts Extract Podcast, Scott Gordon (June 2014, ‘The Ideating Knell’ album review)


11/01 | Tatsuya Nakatani / Spiral Joy Band / Sisters Three (farewell) @ Good Style Shop

Sat, 11/01  |  8pm  $5  @ Good Style Shop

TATSUYA NAKATANI

SPIRAL JOY BAND

SISTERS THREE   (AJ’s Farewell Show)

Join ‘Sisters Three’ for our farewell performance on Saturday with Tatsuya Nakatani & Spiral Joy Band. This will mark our final show for the next 1.5(+) years as we say goodbye to our dear guitarist/wordsmith/weird-sister, Huckleberry Grimm, who is heading on to new adventures in Japan!!  Let us send him off together with good spirits!

We are absolutely thrilled to share the bill with Tatsuya Nakatani, one of our favorite performers.  With kindred respect towards the exploration of deep-meditations in sound, we prepare to journey inward into unexplored lands during his set this Saturday.  If you think you’ve experienced the entire energy potential of overtones and harmonics stored within a cymbal or gong… think again!  Come, be transported as Tatsuya calls those vibrations forth with his finely hand crafted bows, releasing the gong’s elemental powers!


10/26 | La Hell Gang (Chile) & Stray Passage @ Mickey’s Tavern

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– via Mickey’s Tavern >>

10/26  10pm  FREE!!

LA HELL GANG (Santiago, Chile)
The Chilean fuzzed out, desert-psych trio, La Hell Gang, is graciously taking a detour from their first ever U.S. tour to visit Mickey’s Tavern and perform for YOU!!

DO NOT MISS!!

“A warm, melting conglomeration of shoegaze and heavy head drone psych, La Hell Gang have just loosed another platter of dystopian melancholy psychedelia on the world in the form of… Thru Me Again… for [the Brooklyn-based label] Mexican Summer.
Throttling back from 2010’s Just What Is Real for BYM Records, La Hell Gang have settled into a sound that’s quite reminiscent of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club when they were at the top of their game, mellow, yet harsh, and meticulously and intricately constructed… Raucous and spacious guitars paint a luscious landscape in which the bass and drums fill in the colors and bring the listener along for a demented technicolor trip across the worlds of sound.” -psychedelicbaby.blogspot.com


Opening the night is the ultra impressive experimental avant-jazz trio, BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE, ft. Brian Grimm on strings, Geoff Brady on percussion, and Brennan Connors on saxophones and other toys.

WORT FM‘s DJ Dave 3000 will be providing a potentially face-melting musical backdrop for the evening!