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!


12/13 | 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.


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!