10/29 | Breaking Ground @ Mills Concert Hall ft Sound Out Loud Ensemble

Sat, 10/29  |  7pm  Free @ Mills Concert Hall

455 N Park St, Madison, Wisconsin 53706

BREAKING GROUND

UW Madison faculty bassoonist Marc Vallon has planned a special concert of groundbreaking works of music from the 17th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Professor Vallon writes: “Composers of all periods have continually explored new musical territories, looked for new paths, and tried, through groundbreaking works, to launch new courses of musical expression. This program offers the public pieces that have, in their time, provided a starting point to new musical routes, just as the first stroke of a shovel is the birth of a new building and a new era.” The concert will include music by J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Alexander Scriabin, Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, Helmut Lachenmann, and Morton Feldman.

Featuring:
members of the Sound Out Loud Ensemble
Jessica Johnson
John Chappell Stowe
Joshua Dieringer
Samantha Sinai
Peter Miliczky
Marina Kelly
Stephanie Rearick

 

I’m very excited to perform Helmut Lachenmann’s “Pression” (1969) for solo cello on Saturday!  The graph score is extremely precise, just as much a piece of visual art as it is an exploration of quiet extended technique.


 

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


 

 

7/13 | “Short Concerts” w/ Daniel Amedee (NO), Katie Burns & Brian Grimm @ Bos Meadery

 7.13 at Bos Meadery V2

Wed, 7/13  |  6:30 – 9:00pm  Free (donations welcome)  @ Bos Meadery

849 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703

“Short Concerts” featuring

DANIEL AMEDEE (New Orleans)

KATIE BURNS (Mineral Point)

BRIAN GRIMM (Madison)

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.

Daniel Amedee (New Orleans) – solo acoustic guitar & vocals
Daniel’s music has been described as a unique blend of folk, rock, and blues as well as meditative with an edge and urban folk.

Katie Burns (Mineral Point) – voice & guitar + cello
Katie Burns is an indie folk singer/songwriter who currently lives in Mineral Point Wisconsin.  Katie plays original melodic songs backed by Madison cellist Eric Miller.  Their sound is known to be ethereal and angelic.  Katie’s vocals paired with finger style guitar and complicated cello reflect’s early Kate Bush and Nick Drake nuances.  Katie is a veteran musician/songwriter and has performed all over the midwest for the past 20 years.

Brian Grimm (Madison) – solo cello & guqin (Chinese zither)
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).

 

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

“Toxic Consonance” by Lovely Socialite

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“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


 

5/5 | Audio for the Arts presents: HANGING HEARTS punk/jazz trio (Chi)

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This April, I had the fortunate luck of catching a thrilling late night set from Hanging Hearts punk/jazz trio in Detroit. Ben Willis and I were performing on a different side of town & stopped by afterwards to catch one of our favorite drummers, one of Wisconsin’s best, Devin Drobka. Devin, Chris & Cole of Hanging Hearts brought the house down with incredible energy, driving compositions, and excellent group communication. Even after a quite robust set, people were hungry for more. This in-studio concert will help Hanging Hearts prepare to go back into the studio this June to record their next album, produced by drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus.

Thr, 5/5 |  @ Audio for the Arts Studios
7 S. Blair St., Madison, WI
$10  Doors at 7:30p  /  Music at 8p

Recording Engineer & Host – Steve Gotcher

HANGING HEARTS (Chi) is:
Chris Weller – tenor saxophone
Cole DeGenova – keyboards/effects
Devin Drobka – drums/percussion
http://www.hangingheartsmusic.com/

Hanging Hearts is a Chicago-based jazz trio with rock energy dedicated to the fearless exploration of group improvisation. Described by critics as “hammering the walls between genres,” their music bridges the gap between jazz, rock, and experimental music. The band features Chris Weller on tenor saxophone, Cole DeGenova on keyboards, and Devin Drobka on drums. While Chris and Cole grew up in Chicago, playing professionally in jazz and blues clubs by the age of 15, the trio was completed at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where all three members graduated. The trio’s repertoire consists of their original compositions and free improvisations.

Members of the group have performed around the world and shared the stage with Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi, Greg Osby, Tony Malaby, Tower of Power, Lettuce, Kurt Elling, Snarky Puppy, Lupe Fiasco, Greg Ward, Tim Daisy, and Dave Rempis, among others. Notable performances as a band include the Jazzinec Festival in Czech Republic and Nádasdy Castle in Sárvár, Hungary. Though they have been playing together for years, the group released their debut album in October ’14, with supporting US shows and European tour (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, & Romania).


 

4/22, 4/28, 4/29, 4/30, 5/13 | Sound Out Loud (SOL) new music ensemble debuts with ‘Music For 18 Musicians’ & more!

Introducing…

Sound Out Loud (SOL)

New Music Ensemble

Sound Out Loud  is a new music performing ensemble currently based out of Madison, WI.  The group specializes in contemporary music from the early 20th century to the present, as well as commissioning new works to be written for them.  Having drawn inspiration from numerous performance ensembles (such as Eighth Blackbird, Silk Road, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and more), the group seeks to expand the realm of possibilities within the chamber music ensemble performance repertoire through the implementation of experimental techniques, the incorporation of a variety of instruments and musical styles from the Middle East and Asia, and the use of live electronics and other media applications.

Fri, 4/22  |  3-5pm  Sound Out Loud was awarded a $500 grant during this year’s finals for UW-Madison’s New Arts Venture Challenge!   [Madison, WI]

Thr, 4/28  |  9-10pm  Free  @  UW Humanities: 455 N Park St, Choral Room: 1351  [Mad, WI]

Yunkyung Hong Composition Recital

Fri, 4/29  |  12:30-1:30pm  Free  @  UW Humanities Courtyard [Mad, WI]

“Music For 18 Musicians” by Steve Reich

Sat, 4/30  |  8pm  Free  @  UW Humanities, Mills Hall  [Mad, WI]

Debut Concert Program featuring works by

Rzewski, Cerrone, Perich, Hong, & Jolivet

Fri, 5/13  |  7:30pm  Free  @ Steinway & Sons Madison: 6629 Mineral Point Rd   [Mad, WI]

Full Concert Program


Click on our Bios and Meet the Ensemble!

 


 

4/12 – 4/19 | Brian Grimm Tax Day Tour (ft. Ben Willis; NoExit Performance)

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Tues 4/12 – Tues 4/19  BRIAN GRIMM TAX DAY TOUR

Heading on the road with electric cello, cellitar, guqin zither & a pedal board!

For bios, photos, etc. check out:  BC Grimm EPK

Tue, 4/12  |  9p-12a  Free  @  the Mason Lounge  [Madison, WI]

Five Points Jazz Collective, the resident “Tuesday Night Squad” house-band

Wed, 4/13  |  9:30p  Free  @  Constellation  [Chicago, IL]

Oscar Jan Hoogland Chicago Project – SOUND OF THE CITY WORKSHOP

Thr, 4/14  |  8pm  $8  @  Trinosophes  [Detroit, MI]

Jack Wright & Bob Marsh duo + Willis/Grimm duo

Fri, 4/15; Sat 4/16  |  6p-12a  $5-10  @  Detroit Free Arts Music Festival  [Detroit, MI]

* Fri, 4/15  11:15-11:45pm – Ben Willis + Brian Grimm Duo

Sun, 4/17  |  tba-pm  Free  @  Pioneer Restaurant  [Indianapolis, IN]

Brian Grimm solo set (cello, cellitar, guqin)

Mon, 4/18  |  8p  Free  SPOTLIGHT 2016  @  Clowes Memorial Hall  [Indianapolis, IN]

DINNER – dance by Tommy Lewey, NoExit Performance

score by Brian Grimm

Tue, 4/19  |  9p-12a  Free  @  the Mason Lounge  [Madison, WI]

Five Points Jazz Collective

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Five Points Jazz Collective! Live Jazz every Tuesday night from 9p-12 @ the Mason Lounge > 416 S Park St

 


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.

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage
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4/24 | Jack Wright & Bob Marsh @ Arts + Literature Laboratory

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Sun, 4/24 | All Ages  $10  7pm  @ Arts + Literature Laboratory

2021 Winnebago St, Madison, Wisconsin 53704

JACK WRIGHT & BOB MARSH (TOUR)
sax + bass, electronics, sound suit

BC GRIMM & MICHAEL KOSZEWSKI (Mad) [of Lovely Socialite]
cello, Chinese string instruments + percussion

TONTINE ENSEMBLE (MILWAUKEE)
double bass, cello, viola, violin – through fx

JACK & BOB

These two have been playing together since they met in Detroit in 1986, their duo transforming over time as their music has developed. This despite moving far apart, and never more than at present; after fifteen years in the Bay Area Bob now lives in Pueblo CO and Jack is in Easton Pa, so their meetings are infrequent. They have toured on the East and West Coast and the Midwest, most recently connecting in the Bay Area, before that tours that took them from the east coast to Chicago. Their music has shifted from a huge web of notes and fast-shifting directions on conventional instruments to sound and space, with Bob playing electronics and distorted voice….yet still they are indelibly the same duo. And the best of friends.

A review of a 2012 performance in Philadelphia from Cadence Magazine: “Jack Wright (sax) and his longtime collaborator, Bob Marsh (cello, voicings) sat in cramped quarters with records stacked all around, low ceiling strung with Christmas lights, and frightful paintings lining the wall. The two explorers seemed to like the atmospheric space and quickly went about their business of quietly merging tones and thoughts. Marsh, who was on a rare trip to these parts from this California abode, used everything out of his cello case on his instrument except the kitchen sink, which he was unable to get down the steep stairs of the lair. Also of note was the sighting of Wright in real pants and not his ever-present shorts…” 

GRIMM & KOSZEWSKI

Michael Koszewski (percussion) & Brian Grimm (cello, Chinese string instruments) of Madison’s psychedelic Jazz/Rock outfit Lovely Socialite join forces as a duo. Both cut from the New Music cloth, they bring sensitivity, dynamics & chops to their explorations. Between Koszewski’s 5 years in Madison’s acclaimed Clocks in Motion Percussion ensemble & BC Grimm’s array of Chinese zithers, lutes & bowed strings – who knows what sonic orchestrations may come to pass.

Michael Koszewski and BC Grimm

TONTINE ENSEMBLE

Tontine Ensemble was founded in the spring of 2014 with the mission to perform improvisational and contemporary chamber works, as well as champion the compositions of Milwaukee composers. Its four current members first played together for a Blank Radio recording session and immediately began rehearsing regularly. Allen Russell, Molly Lieberman, Pat Reinholz, and Barry Paul Clark are all classically trained musicians who teach and regularly perform in a variety of styles around the Milwaukee area and beyond.

Tontine Ensemble has appeared as guest artists at Mike Neumeyer and Friends, Danceworks, Inc. (Paleontology of a Woman – 2014, Footsteps, Shadows & Whispers – 2015), Milwaukee Follies, Formations Series for New and Improvised Music, Alverno Presents (Prince Uncovered – 2015) and The Pre-Maturely Air Conditioned Arts Collective.  The ensemble has shared the stage with JOBS, Netmoiré, Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, Geodes, Trench, Jonah Parzen-Johnson, and Jamison Williams.

Tontine Ensemble
http://tontineensemble.com/


2/21 | NoExit Performance presents “DINNER”

DINNERDINNER     A Romance in Four Courses

Sun, 2/21 | doors 5:30 PM  $100 > TIX

@ Mesh on Mass Ave
725 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204

$100 ticket includes 4 course meal, wine pairings, and gratuity
4 movement dance work by NoExit Performance
with live score by BC Grimm

Tommy LeweyMake your reservations with NoExit Performance’s  award-winning director and choreographer Tommy Lewey, as he collaborates with the chefs at Mesh on Mass Ave and Madison-based musician Brian Grimm to create the most unique dinner theater experience in Indianapolis. This alternative Valentine’s Day event takes inspiration from the diverse menu at Mesh on Mass and the interpersonal connections forged while dining with loved ones. Each of the four courses and wine pairings will be carefully crafted to track the love/life cycle of one couple’s relationship around a table. This is a delectable culinary performance that is not to be missed!
Cunningham Restaurant Group is the Official Sponsor for Dinner.

One ticket provides admission for one person, including a four course meal, wine pairings, and gratuity