CD Release: BC Grimm “Orbis Obscura” available via Other Obscura records

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Buy “Orbis Obscura” CD/Digital worldwide for $10 from Other Obscura record label

“Orbis Obscura” is a 35 minute “sci-fi tone poem” for Pipa (Chinese lute) with delay & fuzz pedals by BC Grimm. Now available world wide on CD & Digital from Other Obscura Records! Other Obscura is a label promoting the compositions and improvisations of artists in Milwaukee, Madison and the surrounding areas. Est. 2016.


ORBIS OBSCURA REVIEWS

From Tone Madison, 8/10:
Brian Grimm is something of an experimental-music powerhouse in Madison.”; ” …one of the most sonically untethered things Grimm has put out there so far—which is saying something, and also not a complaint. He uses this eccentric but relatively stripped-down setup to veer through an array of warmly distorted drones, sticky pulsating rhythms, and layers of scratchy texture. The release is also the first from a new Madison- and Milwaukee-focused label, Other Obscura”     

— Scott Gordon, Tone Madison

From Isthmus Daily Page, 8/12:
 Madison composer and cellist Brian Grimm’s meditative, experimental soundscapes blend modern improvisational styles with ancient Chinese string instrument technique. …Prepare to be transported into a beautiful dream.

From Dayz Of Purple And Orange, 8/15:
” – a totally immersive, blissed-out trip that transports the listener away to distant climes…simply beautiful!”; “…glimmers of ‘sci-fi’ noises bleed through the drones. Over the course of the 35 minutes it totally immerses the listener in wave upon wave of gorgeous drones and otherworldly noises – utterly bewitching. (read: full review)     

— Andy Uzzell, Dayz Of Purple And Orange


BC Grimm

Cellist & composer Brian Grimm grew up surrounded by Chinese string instruments of every sort. After initial lessons in Chinese music with Yang Wei (pipa) & Daxun Zhang (bass) of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Enesemble, he was lucky to then study guqin (zither), pipa (lute), gaohu (fiddle) & daruan (bass lute) in Hong Kong with members of the 香港中樂團 Hong Kong Chinese OrchestraWuji Ensemble 無極樂團. Over the last 15 years Grimm has developed a deep language of Free Improvisation & Composition with groups such as The Brothers Grimm, Lovely Socialite, and Brennan Connors & Stray Passage. In conjunction with performing & teaching, Brian runs GrimmusiK Records – a label for all projects involving him & his brother AJ (classical & flamenco guitar).

BCG on cello + pipa by John Hiller Brumbaugh

BCG on cello + pipa by John Hiller Brumbaugh


 

8/11, 8/12 | BC Grimm “Orbis Obscura” CD Release Show!

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Album Artwork by John Praw Kruse

Thr 8/11 | 8pm $5 @ West End Conservatory

5500 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208

“Orbis Obscura” CD Release Show feat.

HENRY/DROBKA/WELLER/MCEVOY/MILLER QUINTET

BC GRIMM

Fri 8/12 | 8pm $5 @ ArtIn Gallery

1444 E Washington Ave, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

“Orbis Obscura” CD Release Show feat.

HENRY (NYC) / WELLER (CHI) QUARTET

BC GRIMM

New BC Grimm “Orbis Obscura” (2016) CD $10
2nd ed. “The Ideating Knell” (2014) CD $10
Both CDs for $15
at the show

“Orbis Obscura” is a 35 minute “sci-fi tone poem” for Pipa (Chinese lute) with delay & fuzz pedals by BC Grimm. Available Friday, 8/12 on CD & Digital from Other Obscura Records! Other Obscura is a label promoting the compositions and improvisations of artists in Milwaukee, Madison and the surrounding areas. Est. 2016.

GrimmusiK Records is running a limited edition second printing of BC Grimm’s “The Ideating Knell”, originally released in 2014 by Signal Dreams. This seminal 70min work by BC Grimm features 16 experimental compositions performed on prepared Guzheng and phased Guqin Chinese zithers.  Available at the show!

BC Grimm

Cellist & composer Brian Grimm grew up surrounded by Chinese string instruments of every sort. After initial lessons in Chinese music with Yang Wei (pipa) & Daxun Zhang (bass) of the Silkroad Enesemble, he was lucky to then study guqin (zither), pipa (lute), gaohu (fiddle) & daruan (bass lute) in Hong Kong with members of the 香港中樂團 Hong Kong Chinese OrchestraWuji Ensemble 無極樂團. Over the last 15 years Grimm has developed a deep language of Free Improvisation & Composition with groups such as The Brothers Grimm, Lovely Socialite, and Brennan Connors & Stray Passage. In conjunction with performing & teaching, Brian runs GrimmusiK Records – a label for all projects involving him & his brother AJ (classical & flamenco guitar).

BCG on cello + pipa by John Hiller Brumbaugh

BCG on cello + pipa by John Hiller Brumbaugh


 

8/7 | Ben Willis + Brian Grimm @ Bos Meadery

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Sun 8/7  |  6pm  $5  @ Bos Meadery

849 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703

solo & duo performances from

BEN WILLIS – double bass

BRIAN GRIMM – guqin, cello

Bos Meadery – “Mead Made Modern” our mission is to make the world’s oldest fermented beverage in the most modern possible way using local ingredients, so that our mead reflects the flavor of the Wisconsin landscape. Much like farm to table eating, this is field to glass drinking.

BEN WILLIS (DET/AA, MI) – solo double bass

Egret/Flatlander is a set of solo bass pieces by Ben Willis. Composed through development and exploration of improvisational practice, the movements have taken shape as open cellular structures, that act as themes and zones for extemporaneous development.

The pieces make use of a range of extended double bass techniques, drawing inspiration from contemporary classical music and free improvisation. The musical language draws from many influences, including rock structures, folk harmonies and melodies, and doom metal.

Ben Willis is a bassist whose affinities lie in collaborative projects, new music, improvisation, and the merging of cross-disciplinary elements. He’s performed his original collaborative work at venues and festivals around the U.S., including the International Society for Improvised Music Conference, Electroacoustic Barn Dance at the University of Mary Washington, the Whitewater Arts Alliance Series at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and the Ratchet Series at the Skylark in Chicago. In 2013, he was a Robert Black Bass Fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival. Much of his work highlights the importance of collaborative, performative process in the development of new art. He is a member of the Weather Duo, an electroacoustic ensemble with cellist Pat Reinholz, dedicated to performing new music that blends classical training with improvisation and folk idioms. The Weather Duo has contributed music to the Li Chiao Ping dance company, a video project with artist Doug Rosenberg and dancer Sally Gross, and composed occasional film scores. In live performance, they explore multimedia collaboration with the help of live video artist Anna Weisling. He has also toured and recorded as a sideman, working with many indie/folk artists, including Anna Vogelzang, Dietrich Gosser, and Thistle and the Thorns. He often participates in recitals of new music and collaborations with composers, and performs regularly with the jazz/rock project Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, and the free improvisation trio Glacier. He currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI. He earned a BM in Performance at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and MM in Improvisation from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He’s studied bass with Richard Davis, Diana Gannett, and Bob Hurst, and composition with Andrew Bishop.

Buy Egret/Flatlander here >>


BRIAN GRIMM (MAD, WI) – solo cello & guqin

Cellist & composer Brian Grimm grew up surrounded by Chinese string instruments of every sort. After initial lessons in Chinese music with Yang Wei (pipa) & Daxun Zhang (bass) of the Silkroad Enesemble, he was lucky to then study guqin (zither), pipa (lute), gaohu (fiddle) & daruan (bass lute) in Hong Kong with members of the 香港中樂團 Hong Kong Chinese OrchestraWuji Ensemble 無極樂團. Over the last 15 years Grimm has developed a deep language of Free Improvisation & Composition with groups such as The Brothers Grimm, Lovely Socialite, and Brennan Connors & Stray Passage. In conjunction with performing & teaching, Brian runs GrimmusiK Records – a label for all projects involving him & his brother AJ (classical & flamenco guitar).

** BC Grimm’s new CD “Orbis Obscura” for Pipa, Fuzz & Delay drops Friday, 8/12 on Other Obscura Records @ ArtIn Gallery on East Wash! **

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COMING SOON! NEW BC GRIMM CD “ORBIS OBSCURA” DROPS FRI 8/12


 

 

6/26 – 7/2 | Lovely Socialite “Toxic Consonance” Midwest Tour!

“Toxic Consonance” by Lovely Socialite

INDEPENDENT ALBUM RECENTLY RELEASED

Available on Spotify, iTunes, &  Amazon

CDs + Streaming on our Bandcamp

“An omnivorous mutant of a band.” – Isthmus, Daily Page
“ …this band is deeply odd in its bones,” – Tone Madison
“Fans of Modern Jazz, Contemporary Classical Music, Rock & Hip-Hop will become  captivated by the amazing sound of Lovely Socialite.” – High Noon Saloon

Lovely Socialite  website  |  facebook ], formerly Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, is a Madison-based six-piece that combines the aesthetics of modern jazz with contemporary classical, driving rock, and hip hop.  Lauded for their bold and intricate compositions, the group often draws comparisons to Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.  The band’s original music combines strict notation with moments of improvisation and maintains a healthy balance of dark and heavy rock grooves with quirky jazz obscurities.

While Lovely Socialite’s unusual mix of strings, traditional Chinese instruments, brass, and a jazz rhythm section suggest that the group might be a contemporary music ensemble, it is their use of stomp boxes, vocal processors, and other electronics that makes the group a suitable fit for any rock, hip-hop, or jazz bill.  In fact, Lovely Socialite has been privileged to share the stage with such artists as Dessa, of Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree, as well as performing live on the UW Madison Terrace with Brian Ritchie of the Violent Femmes.

In October of 2015, Lovely Socialite released their second full length album.  Nearly two years in the making, “Toxic Consonance” was recorded at Blast House Studios in Madison with Landon Arkens.  “Toxic Consonance” represents an edgier and more mature version of the band than their previous endeavor, “Registers Her Delight” (2012), and features extensive production efforts mixing found sounds, vocal samples, and electronic effects into their live-style recording.

Upcoming “Toxic Consonance” Tour

6/26The Frequency, Madison, WI

9p  $8-11 | w/ We Are The Willows & Mr. Jackson

6/27Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL

9p  $10 | Anagram Series w/ Gerrit Hatcher Trio

6/28 –  The Spot Tavern, Lafayette, IN

6/29Space Bar, Columbus, OH

9p  $5  w/ Us, Today & Radar Hill

6/30MOTR Pub, Cincinnati, OH

10p  Free  w/ Us, Today

7/1 Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI

8p  $10  general admission

7/2Trinosophes, Detroit, MI

8p  $10  w/ Salim Washington


 

3/18, 3/19 | Brennan Connors & Stray Passage record live album @ Audio For The Arts

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Brennan Connors & Stray Passage
TWO NIGHTS, LIVE IN-STUDIO
ALBUM RECORDING SESSIONS
@ Audio For The Arts Studios

March 18th & 19th, 2016
$10 cover, doors at 7:30pm
7 S Blair St # 1, Madison, WI 53703

“Their sets embrace plenty of sinuous melody and conversational interplay,
but can just as easily dive into minimalism and dissonance.” ~ Tone Madison

Brennan Connors & Stray PAssage

Experimental Jazz Trio Brennan Connors & Stray Passage has been performing in Madison for over three years, exciting listeners with their range of sonic capabilities.  Their improvised music is directly linked to the atmosphere in the room and energy of the audience.  Being that the listener is such a crucial element in shaping the band’s sound, it is only fitting that this album should be recorded in front of a live in-studio audience.  Attendees will experience a jazz trio that embraces free and structured improvisation, original compositions, groove based experiments, and sound exploration. The breadth of a performance ranges from focused minimalism to fiery high energy music, all while maintaining a sense of narrative organization and compelling ensemble interplay.

The group is led by Brennan Connors on tenor and soprano saxophones.  Geoff Brady provides orchestrated drum and percussion textures & Brian Grimm who rounds out the trio playing cello, contra-cello, and electric bass. On Friday, March 18th & 19th (Fri, Sat) – the trio will record two, live-concert performances which are open to the public.  The sessions will be hosted & recorded by master engineer Steve Gotcher at Audio for the Arts on 7 South Blair Street in Madison WI.  Stray Passage would be honored by the presence of anyone who wishes to experience the recording process.

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“I, Nefarious” CD available for Pre-Order

Fri, 1/08 *Sat, 1/09* |  8pm @ Audio For The Arts Studios

7 S Blair St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

DOUBLE RELEASE SHOW

$10 admission gets free copy of Bell Monks “Big Bay” EP [Wren&Shark]
$5 for BRAIN GRIMMER “I, Nefarious”

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 “I, Nefarious” CD compilation by BRAIN GRIMMER

Release Date Jan 8th 2016

on GrimmusiK & Mine All Mine Records

Drawing influences from Hip-Hop, Jazz, and World Music, this CD compilation features the producer heavily on cello & bass as well as Chinese zithers & lutes to create bizzaro covers and off kilter remixes.  Reserve your limited edition disc, co-release with Mine All Mine Records. Features collaborations with SiLas Be Ritchie, Brian Tairaku Ritchie, C.J. Boyd, Bashiri Asad, Nice Boy Vice, Rob Dixon, Justin Brewer, & Alan Watts

Pre-Order Today!


 

10/9, 10/10 | “Toxic Consonance” CD Release Updates!

“Toxic Consonance” CD Release Updates!

Tone Madison was gracious enough to debut our new single, Humus, last week!  This 5/8 tune written by our cellist Pat Reinholz features driving rhythmic elements in combination with singing melodies.  The track opens with a distorted double bass solo by Ben Willis, and features some hardcore shredding on Gaohu (two string Cantonese bowed fiddle) by BC Grimm.  Listen to this sneak peak of the album – it sounds great, thanks to our incredible studio engineer Landon Arkens!

On Friday, 10/09 from 4-5pm Live on WSUM 91.7fm ~ Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps “Phones It In” for an interview with radio host Emili Earhart!  She’ll dig into the contents of the new album and try to pry out the inside scoop whilst premiering some of her favorite tracks off of the new album!  Tune in on-air or online!

The CDs are here and they are a pleasure to the eyes. A big Thanks goes out to our artist/designer Josh Newland – he really knocked this one out of the park.  Another special thank you to Sooper Dooper, we’re so spoiled to have a great print house/duplicator service right in our back yard.  Keep your eyes out in the coming months for a special ‘letter press’ Mrs. Phipps poster.  **We’re currently printing off limited run mirror board edition CDs, only available at live shows!

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Album Art by Joshua Newland. Check out the limited edition mirror board run on the bottom!

The T-shirts are here, the posters are in, it’s all coming together folks!  As the band gathers this weekend, we’ll be organizing all of the prizes to be shipped out to our Indie-GoGo supporters.  We really couldn’t have produced this album without your help, thank you so much!  Your rewards will be heading out next week!

We have a wonderful announcement: our friend and collaborator Dale Kaminski will be joining the show on Saturday! He’ll be performing live visual projections as PAKAPAKA Lightshow during the Lovely Socialite set! PAKAPAKA Lightshow always delights and adds an extra layer of narrative to some already programmatic music.  We are very excited and hope you will join us!


Join Us At The “Toxic Consonance” CD Release Shows!

Fri, 10/9 | $7 10pm @ Company Brewing (Mke)

735 E Center St  Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee LOVELY SOCIALITE “Toxic Consonance” CD release show with

WESTFAHL /NELSON-RANEY /MOLLERSKOV trio (Mke)

UGLY BROTHERS (Mke)

Sat, 10/10 | $5 8pm @ Bright Red Studios (Mad)

9 N Ingersoll Madison, WI

Madison LOVELY SOCIALITE “Toxic Consonance” CD release show with

PAKAPAKA LIGHTSHOW

LUNDBERG /PACKARD /PIREH trio (Mad /Chi /Mpls)

THROWAWAY (Ann Arbor)


10/9 Mke, 10/10 Mad | Lovely Socialite “Toxic Consonance” CD Release Shows!

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Pre-Order “Toxic Consonance”

Fri, 10/9 | $7 10pm @ Company Brewing (Mke)

735 E Center St  Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee LOVELY SOCIALITE “Toxic Consonance” CD release show with

WESTFAHL /NELSON-RANEY /MOLLERSKOV trio (Mke)

UGLY BROTHERS (Mke)

Sat, 10/10 | $5 8pm @ Bright Red Studios (Mad)

9 N Ingersoll Madison, WI

Madison LOVELY SOCIALITE “Toxic Consonance” CD release show with

LUNDBERG /PACKARD /PIREH trio (Mad /Chi /Mpls)

THROWAWAY (Ann Arbor)


After 2 years of collaborating between Madison, Milwaukee & Ann Arbor ~ Lovely Socialite is finally ready to release our second CD, “Toxic Consonance”! We’ve still got our trademark odd-time signature jazz and free-improv cadenzas, however this time with a lot more distortion pedals! Come out to the release show and grab your copy: it includes wonderfully charming album art from Josh Newland, enigmatic Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps field notes by Huckleberry Grimm & masterful studio engineering by Landon Arkens. Tracking, mixing & mastering performed by Landon (aka The 7th Socialite) @ Blast House Studios.  We can’t thank him enough for his ability to bring forth the character of our live sound in the studio with such clarity. Thanks to all of our Indie GoGo supporters who pre-ordered the album, you made this possible!


 

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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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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