“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”

NUDE HUMAN

BELL MONKS

WILLISGRIMMISWILLIMM DUO


 “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!


 

12/4 | BRAIN GRIMMER @ Night Light: Of Beards & Men

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Fri 12/4  |  8-11pm $0 @ The Bubbler – Madison Public Library

Night Light: Of Beards and Men

Author Event / Beard Crafts / Music by BRAIN GRIMMER GrimmusiK / Drinks with Forequarter / Ritual Barbers / Photo Booth / Beard Contest

Don’t shave those early-winter beards Gentlemen! Madison Central Library is proud to join with the Wisconsin Book Festival on Friday December 4th from 8-11pm at Central Library to celebrate all things facial-hair.

Come with mustaches coiffed for our Beard and Mustache contest judged by local barbers. Or add some cheer to your chin with Beard Baubles!

Unable to grow a chin sweater? No worries, make one with the Bubbler craft team and pose with your new creation in our photo booth with visiting photographer James Bellucci.

Just a few days after the end of Movember, we will celebrate with a book talk by Of Beards and Men author Christopher Oldstone Moore. Oldstone Moore makes the case that today’s bearded renaissance is part of a centuries-long cycle in which facial hairstyles have varied in response to changing ideals of masculinity. To a surprising degree, we find, the history of men is written on their faces.

No stranger to the intricacies of well-crafted hair, the work of local artist Romano Johnson will be on display in the Third Floor Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery for his “Blue Earth Angels” exhibition and video art display of “Hair Apparent”.

Grab a drink for Forequarter that is sure to put hair on chest… or you know, chin.

Music at 8pm, author talk begins at 9 with crafting happening all night long.

[Obsolete Media Objects] New Track! CJ Boyd Remixed by BRAIN GRIMMER

Catch us live!

Sun, 8/16  |  8:00pm $10 @ High Noon Saloon

CJ BOYD

TROY SCHAFER + BC GRIMM

LUNDBERG/PARKARD/PIREH

 

New Track Release!  Tues, 8/11 on Obsolete Media Objects:

This new ambient remix of “slowly by your passing” by BRAIN GRIMMER is part of a living-document remix compilation on Obsolete Media Objects, titled “Visions & Revisions“.  The original track was released on CJ Boyd’s album Precariat (available on Joyful Noise Recordings). Thanks to special guest, Geoff Brady on drums.

This 12-minute piece is a sonic meditation in remembrance of the many unarmed people of color who have suffered police brutality. It is a painful prayer dedicated to the families and communities who have lost their loved ones to such violence. For those in the Madison, WI area who are willing to pay for this remix, I urge you to instead, donate your money to Young Gifted & Black Coalition’s go-fund-me campaign.

“The Young Gifted and Black coalition stands against the many forms of state violence, police killings, mass incarceration, poverty, and more. We stand for justice of all black lives lost to the hands of the state. We stand for community and self-determination. We will not stop until we are free.”


 

Live Set EP by BRAIN GRIMMER now on SoundCloud!

BRAIN GRIMMER  “Live Set (Bonus Cuts)” EP is now streaming on SoundCloud!

Tracks recorded from live BRAIN GRIMMER sets 2012-2013

…with a few bonus tracks sprinkled in.

Live Set (Bonus Cuts) EP

All tracks produced and performed by BRAIN GRIMMER
Cello, Guzheng, Guqin, Ableton Live, APC 40, QuNeo

Don Cherry – vocals, trumpet (track 2)
Alan Watts – vocals (track 3)
BenZ – rap (track 5)
Aldous Huxley – vocals (track 6)
Nas – vocals (track 7)


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!


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!


7/18-7/20 | Tenderfoot Collective Summer Art Show @ ‘Art In’

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FREE ADMISSION 

@ ‘Art In’ 
1444 E Washington Ave, Madison

Gallery Hours
| Fri, 07/18,  5-8pm | Sat, 07/19, 4-8pm | Sun, 07/20, 1-4pm |

ART
Shoshanah Marohn, Renee Lund Helin, Kathleen White Wright, Christopher Fleissner, Mary Wright, Dan Constien, Keely Merchant, Deb Eide, Arra Van Galder.

Collage, Photography, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Assemblage, Dioramas, Animation, Printmaking 

Tea by Qi Hong Chai!

MUSIC

FRIDAY
Todo Cósmico
Taboo Blah Blah
Marathon
Ant’lrd
Dennis Glanville 7pm-8pm

SATURDAY
Metasun ft. Colin Higgins
BRAIN GRIMMER 5-6pm 
Charlie Painter and Friends 6pm-8pm

SUNDAY
Monica Bren
Brennan Connors and Stray Passage 3pm

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2014 MAMAs | 4 GrimmusiK Finalists in 5 Categories [vote now]

mamas_logo2The Madison Area Music Association (aka MAMA) 2014 Awards Finalists have been announced.  This is the third year running that groups associated with GrimmusiK have made the finals, though we have yet to bring one home.  In 2014, we are:

  • finalists in 5 categories: Best Children’s Song / Best Children’s Album / Unique Performer / Unique Album / Best Hip-Hop Album
  • with 4 different groups: Watercourse Quartet / Sisters Three / The Brothers Grimm / Brain Grimmer

The Children of Madison have spoken, let us sweep the “Children’s” & “Unique” categories in their names, for I fear the rioting of babies in the streets if we do not!

VOTING Ends 05/16/2014

**Due to the $5 suggested donation fee to register for voting, we are offering a download code to the GrimmusiK album of your choice from this year’s MAMA finalists.  Simply email your MAMA-voting-verification code to grimmusik@gmail.com along with your choice of one of the following albums:

    1. Moonish Lodestar” by Watercourse Quartet
    2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Sisters Three
    3. This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH” by The Brothers Grimm
    4. (Sketches) Beats EP 2” by BRAIN GRIMMER

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MAMA2014_Best Childrens Song

Best Children’s Song
– vote “Ladder Study 1 (Alice Cooper’s Tears)” by Sisters Three from COLIAS 1

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MAMA2014_Best Childrens Album

Best Children’s Album
– vote for either:

Moonish Lodestar” by Watercourse Quartet
A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Sisters Three

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MAMA2014_Unique Performer

Unique Performer
– vote for either:

Sisters Three
The Brothers Grimm
Watercourse Quartet

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MAMA2014_Best Unique Album

Unique Album
– vote for:

This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH” by The Brothers Grimm

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MAMA2014_Best Hiphop Album

Best Hip-Hop Album
– vote for:

(Sketches) Beats EP 2” by BRAIN GRIMMER

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