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).


 

9/22 | Surrounded By Reality: Thollem McDonas & Sisters Three @ Audio For The Arts Studios

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SURROUNDED BY REALITY PRESENTS

THOLLEM MCDONAS 

SISTERS THREE

(aka Brothers Grimm + db pedersen)

 Join us for our reinvented concert series, Surrounded By Reality! This time, we welcome Thollem McDonas and The Sisters Three. Doors open at 7:00 pm for this 7:30 pm performance. Tickets are $10. Stream the concert live. 

Thollem’s solo piano work is a constant flow full of nuances and collisions of his studies of 350 years of keyboard musics and those found in the ever-changing environments along his perpetual travels. “Thollem McDonas does what few can: He combines extreme imagination with terrific post-classical chops and an ability to communicate through melody. A fresh, disciplined avant-pianist with an attractively extreme viewpoint.” (Greg Burk – LA Weekly)

“An intense and virtuosic keyboard improviser” (TimeOut, NY), Thollem ”inhabits a world uniquely his own, rhythmically, harmonically and formally. A true original.” (Terry Riley)



“The Sisters Three are: my brothers, my sisters, my challengers, my keepers, my fellow mossy stones, my companions in chaos.” – Huckleberry Grimm

The Sisters Three (Brothers Grimm + db pedersen), ‘so wither’d and so wild in their attire, that look not like the inhabitants o’ the earth,’ – on this autumnal equinox performance – invite you to both celebrate Summer’s end and to encourage the return of Fall. Bring elements of Autumn, memoirs of Fall. By time The Sisters Three convene this September 22nd, the current embers of Madison’s cicada choir will be totally absent as will all the anxious energy spun by Summer’s zeal. Provided silent sanctuary, The Sisters Three will pay special homage to those courageous leaves which cast off chlorophyll pretensions and reveal the wide spectrum of their honest selves.    


Isthmus | The Daily Page | Scott Gordon on Evolution of Madison Music 2012

How Madison venues, labels and performers have evolved in 2012

– Isthmus | The Daily Page

“Year-end lists tend to be nice and trim, while local music is messy: provincial yet sprawling, repetitive yet ever-changing, frustrating yet exciting. To provide some perspective, I’ll discuss a few factors that altered Madison’s music community in 2012, and what these changes mean for the future.

Changes at local concert venues — from the most ornate old theater to the scrappiest little DIY space — touched almost everyone this year. After struggling with structural decay and feuding management, the Orpheum Theatre landed in foreclosure. As great as the Orpheum is, it’s brought us some horrors in recent years, such as a shoddy, awkwardly high concert stage and dead-of-winter movie screenings with the heat turned off. I’m thankful that the competent, Madison-based concert promoter Frank Productions is at least temporarily taking over. Frank will reopen the venue with a New Year’s Eve show featuring local rock band Hometown Sweethearts and DJs VONMad Major Melvin and Wyatt Agard, and has booked some big-name acts for 2013, including Passion Pit and Yonder Mountain String Band. But it remains to be seen if the company will tackle the costly, long-term renovations the Orpheum deserves.

The uncertainty hasn’t spared small venues, either. The all-agesProject Lodge left its East Johnson Street space this fall and has yet to find a new location. The tiny Dragonfly Lounge became a surprisingly important venue for local and regional bands, thanks to a few musicians’ dogged booking efforts, which will continuewith the Lost City Winter Series.

Darwin Sampson, owner of the small downtown club the Frequency, recently announced a business partnership with Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie of the Majestic Theatre, who have funded a sound-system upgrade and will assume a greater role in booking. The Majestic has already started booking and promoting shows at small local venues such as Redamte Coffee House, the Loft at the Goodman Community Center, and East Main Street’s Anglophile-themed joint, the Rigby. It’s not clear how much they’ll shift the Frequency’s offerings away from local bands and toward more lucrative touring acts.

Sampson recently told me that Madison musicians may have too many opportunities to perform, and that shows booked too close together can dilute the draw of these acts. Often, he says, a local band will play for free at a place like Mickey’s Tavern just a week or two before a Frequency show, making it harder to bring in cover charges and alcohol sales that, ultimately, keep live music afloat. Still, I sense that local bands are frustrated with traditional venues. As the year went on, I noticed more and more shows at houses, the bike shop Revolution Cycles and the new art space Bright Red Studios. A recording studio, Audio for the Arts, also brought in a small but dedicated following as it hosted the Surrounded By Reality experimental-jazz series.

Whether I was attending a show at the Dragonfly, Mickey’s or someone’s apartment, I found it hard to overlook the productivity of Madison’s avant-garde musicians. One of the acts I saw most frequently was Spiral Joy Band, who use fiddles, harmonium and sometimes even gongs to summon drone-based pieces of exhausting length. During a residency at the Dragonfly before two members moved away from Madison, free-jazz trio Glacier collaborated live with all sorts of musicians, from sax and flute improviser Hanah Jon Taylor to tabla player Todd Hammes. At State Street’s Dobra Tea, I kicked off my shoes and sat on a pillow to watch Madison throat-singer DB Pedersen and the avant-classical Watercourse Quartet perform an improvisational one-off.

Madisonians should also take heart in the music community’s entrepreneurial spirit. While everyone and their mother have started a record label, the folks behind Madison’s Brave MysteriesKind Turkey and Mine All Mine labels behaved like true go-getters, recruiting artists from our city and beyond. Madison’s Ankur Malhotra helped launch Amarrass Records, a label centering on traditional Indian musicians, and trekked into the deserts of Rajahstan to record them. Even theMadison Mallards delved into live music in August, successfully launching the Pondamoniumfestival, which featured the Flaming Lips and Garbage.

As always, a strange, mismatched bunch of people steered Madison music in 2012. That can make things unpredictable, but it might also be our town’s greatest musical asset.”

~ Scott Gordon 12.06.12 Isthmus | The Daily Page

Tonight! Bros Grimm + Ben Bennett 8pm @ AFA! $10

FB Event | Isthmus | SBR | AFA | GrimmusiK | Benjamin Bennett |

Poster by John Kruse of Mine All Mine Records
$5 @ show

We are greatly looking forward to hearing Benjamin Bennett explore the space at AFA tonight!  Be sure to get a taste of the aural madness to come, you won’t want to miss this!

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November Shows!!! [10th, 19th, 26th]

Three unique shows for GrimmusiK this November > more details soon to come!

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Mine All Mine & DragonFly Lounge presents

Sat, 11/10 @DragonFly Lounge

US Today (Cincinnati)

Dad Is Mad (Madison)

Mind Born Sons (Madison)

$5 Cover, 21+
Doors at 9:00PM. Music at 9:30PM

BC Grimm will be joining forces with Mind Born Sons this Saturday, 11/10 on Guzheng & Pipa.  Including Josh Pultorak (percussion) & Adam Pergament (poetry>vox fx) of Venice Gas House Trolley, Jim Castenada (cello), and BCG (guzheng, pipa) of GrimmusiK ~ Mind Born Sons will perform improvised accompaniment for effected spoken-word poetry, inspired from travels throughout East Asia.

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Mon, 11/19 @Frequency

Thollem Electric: Tsigoti + 

BRAIN GRIMMER 

8:30pm | $5 | 18+

Join us for two solo electronic music acts as Thollem Electric (electric Piano + fx) & BRAIN GRIMMER (Cello + Guzheng + APC40 > AbletonLive) explore electronic sound-scapes in experimental sonic territories.  With 5 albums released as Brain Grimmer since September, 2011 WALT: Recycle Vol I   [2011] | BEATS EP   [2011/2012] | Recycle Vol II  [2012] | CONVERGING Lines: Recycle Vol III   [2012] | Baby’s First DubStep [2012] } ~ BCG is working on fresh material for a new solo album.  This will mark his first Official BRAIN GRIMMER live set, don’t miss it!!

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Mon, 11/26 @Audio For the Arts

Surrounded By Reality presents

Benjamin Bennett + Brothers Grimm

8pm | $10

We are very excited to bring in improviser Benjamin Bennett (percussion + home made inst) for a solo set and in trio with the Brothers Grimm!  For the last few years, Surrounded By Reality has been a committed force in Madison‘s Free Improvisation, Experimental, and FreeJazz community.  Utilizing Audio For the Arts professional recording-studio space, the SBR concert series offers it’s audience the uncommon opportunity of being present for a live-concert studio recording!!  Come, partake in the recording of a new, live Brothers Grimm album!!

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Brennan Connors & Stray Passage | 10/19 Audio For the Arts 8pm

SURROUNDED BY REALITY PRESENTS

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage

Audio For the Arts

7 S Blair

10/19

Doors 7:30pm

Hit 8pm

$10

Stray Passage is…

Brennan Connors | soprano sax

Geoff Brady | drumset

Brian Grimm | cello & electronics

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Stray Passage had an incredible experience in July performing at Audio For the Arts and looks forward to intimate interactions with those present this coming Friday, 10/19 ~ There are a handful of new compositions to share and of course… spells of fire-breathing freejazz!

Zen Garden @ AFA

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The entire set from July was recorded and after Friday’s show we’ll certainly have enough material for our first CD!  Come, be a part of our album!  Free improvisation is best served live.  With an audience, the improvisers have a need to communicate a statement cohesively as a trio to those present ~ It is You who we are speaking to ~ join us at AFA for another evening of free jazz & compositions!

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Brennan Connors & Stray Passage + Deconunisms @ AFA 7/16

Hey all, there is a new free-jazz trio in town!

Surrounded by Reality presents:

Deconunisms 

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage

Monday, 7/16

Audio For the Arts

Doors 7:30

$10

Brennan Connors (sax) leads Stray Passage to it’s first show this Monday, 8pm at Audio For the Arts!  Stray Passage will feature Brian Grimm on cello and Geoff Brady (Glacier, Yid Vicious) on kit.  We look forward to sharing the set with Deconunisms, a killer free jazz trio featuring Luke Polipnick (guitar), Devin Drobka (drums), & John Christensen (bass).

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Check out this recent Isthmus article by Scott Gordon about the SBR change of hands