2/16 | I RESOLVE – Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) Fundraiser

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Thr, 2/16 | 5:30-7:30 pm, Suggested Donation $25

Legal Association for Women presents

I RESOLVE @ US Bank Building, 4th floor

1 S Pinckney ST, Madison WI

A fundraising event for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)

A night of live music, light hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a silent auction to benefit DAIS, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services in Dane County. Please RSVP to Lynn Lodahl at llodahl@hq-law.com.

Our I Resolve silent auction raises funds for local organizations that support and empower women. This year, the proceeds will go to DAIS. For more information on their work, please visit: http://abuseintervention.org/

This event is made possible by the generosity of Dane County attorneys and law firms who contribute themed gift baskets. Thank you to all our contributors! 2017 contributors include: Hawks Quindel, Stroud, Willink, & Howard, Quarles & Brady, Your Family Law Center, Pines Bach, Axley, Stafford Rosenbaum, Neider & Boucher, Balisle Family Law, and the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

Complimentary admission for all firm sponsors. Suggested donation of $25 or more to the DAIS Legal Services Program for others.

Brian Grimm will provide solo cello music throughout the duration of this fundraiser.  Come support a good cause!


2/17 | DAVE REMPIS (Chi) Sax @ Arts + Literature Laboratory

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Fri, 2/17 | Doors 730p, Music 800p @ Arts + Literature Laboratory

Tickets $10 advance at http://daverempis.bpt.me/ or $12 at the door

2021 Winnebago St, Madison, Wisconsin 53704

DAVE REMPIS + STRAY PASSAGE

Chicago based saxophonist Dave Rempis will open the night with a 30 min solo set.  He will then be joined by Madison free-jazz trio Brennan Connors & Stray Passage to play a quartet set for the rest of the evening.  ** Catch a preview of Rempis on-air during the day, 2/17 from 3-5p @ 91.7fm WSUM Live with host Emili Earhart!

 

Dave Rempis (Chicago) | http://daverempis.com/

Discography: http://aerophonicrecords.com/

Prolific Chicago-based saxophonist Dave Rempis (Rempis Percussion Quartet, Ballister, The Engines, Vandermark Five) makes his first Madison appearance in five years, performing solo, and in collaboration with Madison-based improvising trio Stray Passage.  This special night is part of a larger series of solo performances Rempis is undertaking throughout North America in 2017, with the goal of building a unique approach to solo saxophone that will be documented for release on his Aerophonic records imprint next fall, while also working to strengthen the informal networks that connect, inform, and sustain the improvised music scene worldwide.

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage (Madison)

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.  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.


 

2/5 | “Seasons Of Change” Wellness Retreat @ Blue Mounds Dharma Center

**UPDATE: This event is being rescheduled to Sunday, Feb 5th, due to the weather this weekend. You can still reserve your spot by contacting Shannel at the info below!**

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Sun 2/5 |  $70  10:30a-4:00p  @  Blue Mounds Dharma Center

2979 Main St. Blue Mounds, WI 53517

Join us for a one-day Wellness Retreat at Blue Mounds Dharma Center!
Contact Shannel – ymassageyoga@gmail.com or 608-438-9903
Checks payable to Y-Massage Bodywork and Natural Fitness
5950 Seminole Centre Court, Suite 145, Fitchburg, WI 53711

I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with LaCouir D. Yancey this Sunday in the Bluemounds!  I’ll provide introspective music accompaniment on the ancient guqin zither for LaCouir’s movement meditation instruction.  I can’t wait to see what happens out of this collaboration!  Here are some examples of my meditative style of guqin playing, perfect for contemplation, relaxation, reflection, yoga & mental wellness.

 

9/23-24 | ImprovisationaLU – Lawrence University Festival of Improvised Music

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Lawrence University Festival of Improvised Music

Presented by Deep Listeners of Lawrence University

The first annual Festival of Improvised Music will be an all weekend event for the Lawrence and Appleton Communities. The aim of the event is to show case all kinds of improvised music and to engage the audience in as many ways as possible. We are featuring some of the finest improvisers from the LU Community, the Wisconsin Community and from across the country.

Check out this Lawrence Univeristy News write-up:
ImprovisationaLU: Two-day festival features some of music world’s best improvisers

FRIDAY
Warch Campus Center–Esch Hurvis Room
8-9PM: Matt Turner & Hal Rammel
9:15-10:30PM: Jen Shyu‘s Solo Rites: Seven Breaths directed by Garin Nugroho

McCarthy Co-op – Late Night House Show (Students Only)
11-12AM: Matt Blair Trio w/ John Christensen and Devin Drobka
12-1AM: Brian Grimm & Sam Genualdi

SATURDAY
Warch Campus Center–Esch Hurvis Room
7:15-8:15PM: Carnage The Executioner
8:30-9:15PM: Fred Frith Solo
9:20-10:15PM: White Out w/ Fred Frith

McCarthy Co-op – Late Night House Show (Students Only)
11-12AM: Multa Nox
12-1AM: Pony Pop

Supported by: LUCC, McCarthy Co-op, SAI, Sinfonia, SOL Studios, EMC, Fiddle Club, Band Booking Committee, WLFM, WAC, SLUG, ORC

No Cover – Donations Benefit BLUME-Haiti


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


 

 

7/23, 7/25, 7/27 | 3not2miss shows: Lovely Socialite @ Sh*tty Barn & more!

Sat 7/23  |  10pm  Free  @ Mickey’s Tavern

1524 Williamson St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

JULIAN LYNCH + BC GRIMM  (MAD)

WEI ZHONGLE  (CHI)

CLOUD BECOMES YOUR HAND  (NYC)

CAP ALAN  (MAD)

Wei Zhongle (CHI) & Cloud Becomes Your Hand (NYC) are touring together this July! Catch them both for free on Sat, 7/23 10pm at Mickey’s Tavern. Local acts bookending: Julian Lynch + BC Grimm duo opens / Cap Alan closes.

Catch a sneak peak of Wei Zhongle’s new single “peeping tom” on Impose Magazine

Impose Magazine interviews Cloud Becomes Your Hand


Mon 7/25  |  7pm door $8  all ages @  Arts + Literature Laboratory

2021 Winnebago St, Madison, WI

FAUN AND A PAN FLUTE  (ATL)

CYRUS PIREH  (MPLS)

BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE  (MAD)

Though experimental may be the quickest catchall word that comes to mind when describing Faun and a Pan Flute, the multi-talented nine-piece has evolved beyond its experimental roots. Last year’s sprawling self-titled LP showcased a virtually unclassifiable, new musical vocabulary. The individual strengths of the group’s members ebb and flow, giving each song its own tonal combinations where change is the only constant. Every song is composed with careful precision, but the unpredictability of the group’s songwriting adds a fluidity uncharacteristic of contemporary classical music. With any of its debut album’s four numbers, “John,” “Linda,” “Augur,” and “Dave,” Faun glides from swells of noise to modal motifs to abstract textures. The collective’s true strength lies in how nine musicians with such distinct styles find a unifying form instead of devolving into a battle of conflicting egos. Even when the group descends into an amorphous mass of sound, every second is unmistakably Faun.

Cyrus Pireh, a crafty guitarist who leans towards the tremolo side of life, specializes in making guitar amps inside of pill bottles and out of old telephones.  Recently, Cyrus joined up with Rob Lundberg (JOBS) & Ryan Packard to form power trio Nestle.  We can’t wait for his solo set on Monday!

Experimental Jazz Trio Brennan Connors & Stray Passage has been performing in Madison for over three years, exciting listeners with their range of sonic capabilities. 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. Repertoire includes original compositions, a few old favorite tunes, and raw improvisation. 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.


Wed 7/27  |  7pm $15 @ Shitty Barn Sessions: 139

506 E Madison St, Spring Green, WI 53588

ME eN YOU (MAD)

LOVELY SOCIALITE (MAD/MKE)

TICKETS AVAILABLE

ME eN YOU are not an artist collective, ME eN YOU are a collective artist. We are the band that everybody in the world is in.

From the Wisconsin Public Television 30 Minute Music Hour: Madison-based hip-hop ensemble that combines the intense beats of a classic urban house party with the sweet expressions of a gospel choir.

Watch ME eN YOU on Wisconsin Public Television 30-Minute Music Hour

Lovely Socialite, 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 bands 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 Socialites 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.


 

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

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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).

 

6/19-6/25 | SILKROAD’S GLOBAL MUSICIAN WORKSHOP @ DePauw University [Greencastle, IN]

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SILKROAD’S GLOBAL MUSICIAN WORKSHOP 2016

June 19th – 25th, 2016 | DePauw University [Greencastle, IN]

The mission of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW) is to foster a community of globally minded musicians engaged in learning from one another’s traditions and incorporating them into their own artistic voices. An all-star artist-faculty will teach styles of music from across the world. GMW is directed by Silk Road Ensemble cellist Mike Block.

GMW will be taught by an all-star faculty representing a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, including Seamus Blake (jazz saxophone), Sandeep Das (Indian tabla), Hadi Eldebek (Arabic oud), Gamin (Korean wind instruments), Maeve Gilchrist (Celtic harp/vocals), Bruce Molsky (Old-time Appalachian fiddle), Balla Kouyate (Malian balafon), Edward Perez (Afro-Latin bass), Shane Shanahan (world percussion), Abigail Washburn (Banjo/Vocals mixing American/Chinese styles), and GMW Director Mike Block (multi-style strings). (from Silkroad GMW site)

This year’s Guest Artist is banjo virtuoso, Bela Fleck!

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Pt. Sandeep Das leads a workshop on Tehais in Indian Classical music @ 2015 GMW. (Brian Grimm w/ guqin zither, pictured on the right.)

This year, I am absolutely thrilled to participate on cello and guqin zither in chamber ensembles led by Gamin (Korean wind instruments), Edward Perez (Afro-Latin bass), & Hadi Eldebek (Arabic oud)!  I’ve always loved Korean music from afar, the treatment of space, pitch & rhythm fascinates me.  I haven’t heard much of the wind music, so Gamin’s perspective, knowledge & mastery will be a totally new experience.  Edward, or Beast-Hands as I liked to call him, brought so much dancing joy to our workshop last year.  The Afro-Peruvian layering of rhythm coupled with the concept of when to be ‘inbetween a straight rhythm & a swung rythm’ was ear-boggling.  When Edward plays the bass lines solo, the style-shift is instantly felt.  You can almost hear what the rest of the band would be playing – ’tis mark of a true groove master!  The Arabic music presence at last year’s workshop was the highlight of my year.  So soulful & passionate; ranging from pure excitement to calming microtones.  Having learned Flamenco from my brother AJ Grimm, I could immediately hear and see it’s Arabic music roots.  Arabic rhythm stuctures enthrall me, I can’t wait to learn more from Hadi this year.    It’s going to be another blissful week of cross-cultural learning and friendship making!  ~ Brian Grimm


~ 2015 Faculty Performances ~


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