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


 

 

7/8 | Terrence McManus (NYC) & BC Grimm @ Ritual Barbers

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Fri, 7/8  |  @ Ritual Barbers (Madison, WI)

117 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703

7:30p door / 8:30p music / $5-10 suggested donation / BYOB

TERRENCE MCMANUS (NYC) – electric guitar + electronics

BC GRIMM (Mad) – pipa, guqin, frankencello + electronics

A native of Brooklyn, New York, guitarist/composer/sound artist Terrence McManus has been called “… one of New York’s latest guitar heroes …” (All About Jazz), and that he has “… hit on an entirely new language.” (Gambit), and “… possesses the goods to impart a significant impact …” (jazzreview.com). Time Out New York calls him a “Texture-minded guitar abstractionist …” and the NY Times times has described him as a “guitarist drawn to abstract texture”.

He has performed or recorded with many of the major innovators in contemporary music, including John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Tim Berne, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Dresser, Don Byron, Ellery Eskelin, Herb Robertson, Mark Helias, John Hollenbeck, Ben Monder, Russ Lossing, Randy Peterson, Mat Maneri, Tom Rainey, Michael Sarin, and Marty Ehrlich. He has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, the New York Guitar Festival, Jazz Festival Willisau (Switzerland), Jazzfestival Saalfelden (Austria), the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, and the inaugural month at John Zorn’s The Stone. Terrence was featured in the book State of the Axe: Guitar Masters in Photographs and Words, by legendary photographer Ralph Gibson.

Terrence currently performs with the Gerry Hemingway Quintet, the Gerry Hemingway/Terrence McManus Duo, the John Hébert/Terrence McManus Duo and in a trio with John Hébert and Billy Mintz. Terrence is featured on the Gerry Hemingway Quintet release Riptide (Clean Feed Records) and the Hemingway/McManus Duo release Below the surface of (Auricle Records). In 2010 the Hemingway/McManus Duo toured the Midwest, performing and teaching in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. That same year the John Hébert/Terrence McManus duo performed and taught in New Orleans, LA.
 
Terrence is also a member of multiple NYC groups including the Cellar and Point and Bryan and the Haggards, and he has been a guest musician with the new music group Ensemble Pampelmousse.
 
Terrence has also provided music for the theater, in a production with the New York City players at the historic NYC theater venue the Performing Garage.
 
Terrence’s previous ensembles include Transcendental Numbers, with Mark Helias and Gerry Hemingway, which has a recording entitled Transcendental Numbers (NoBusiness Records) that Time Out New York calls “… a set of subtle, highly textural trio improvisation.” He also lead a chamber ensemble that included Ellery Eskelin, Mat Maneri, Russ Lossing and Gerry Hemingway, which performed a sixty minute, multi-sectional, through-composed work titled The Machine; the piece has also been performed in a trio configuration and in a solo guitar setting.
 
An accomplished solo guitarist, Terrence performs his own works on electric and classical guitar and has developed a unique style of improvisation, drawing on extended technique and prepared guitar. His solo recording Brooklyn EP was described as having “… visceral, stimulating fabrics.” (The New York City Jazz Record). He has done numerous solo tours, performing in California, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Alaska. In 2011, Terrence was selected as a semi-finalist on classical guitar in the Portland State University Guitar Festival.
 
Actively involved in education, Terrence has taught at The University of California, San Diego, Hochschule Luzern (Luzern, Switzerland), The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Rutgers University (Newark), California State University, Bakersfield, Loyola University New Orleans, the University of New Orleans, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Saddleback College.

 

5/12 | NICK ZOULEK & ALEKS TENGESDAL (Bowling Green, OH) + Lundberg/Grimm @ Gates Of Heaven

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Thr, 5/12  |  Gates of Heaven, James Madison Park
7pm doors  $5-10 suggested donation

On Tour: NICK ZOULEK & ALEKS TENGESDAL (Bowling Green, OH)

730p – Solo Sets by:
Nick Zoulek – saxophonics
Aleks Tengesdal – cello
800p – Duo Set by:
Rob Lundberg – double bass
Brian Grimm – cello, Chinese strings, stuff
830p – Duo Set by:
Nick Zoulek & Alek Tengesdal
900p – chaos, riots & cookie hour

Aleks Tengesdal is a cellist/composer based out of Bowling Green, Ohio. His current work includes writing music for the cello and collaborating with his fellow DMA colleagues at Bowling Green State University in the regional New Music scene. A cello album called Songs of Kralizec will be available soon. An experimental/progressive solo metal project, Weapons of Indignation, has recently been released:

A modern artist with an impassioned eye toward the unification of contemporary art and sound, saxophonist Nick Zoulek‘s focus on collaboration, improvisation, and commissioning new works has led to a diverse portfolio of distinctive performances and artistic ventures. Nick has worked with dancers, multimedia artists, and fellow saxophonists to advance audience’s perceptions of the saxophone’s capabilities, markedly displayed on his debut album, Rushing Past Willow. Also active as a teacher and researcher into the saxophone’s role in contemporary music, Nick is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music Performance at Bowling Green State University with the guidance of Distinguished Artist Professor Dr. John Sampen. Nick holds a Master of Music Performance from BGSU, a Certificat des Études Musicales from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régionale de Boulogne-Billancourt, and a Bachelor of Music Performance with Magna Cum Laude honors from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

New Upcoming Record Release
RUSHING PAST WILLOW (INNOVA Records)
featuring the music of Nick Zoulek
www.nickzoulek.com


 

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]

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

 


3/25 Milwaukee, 3/26 Madison – Lovely Socialite Live!

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Fri  3/25  8pm  $5 cover
@ Linneman’s Riverwest Inn
1001 E Locust St
Milwaukee, Wi 53212

Sun//Decrease (MILWAUKEE, WI)
Percussion by Devin Drobka
Upright Bass by Barry Paul Clark
Vocals by WC Tank

LOVELY SOCIALITE (MADISON/MILWAUKEE, WI)
Cello – Pat Reinholz
Cello/Pipa/Gaohu – Brian Grimm
Trombone – Corey Murphy
Vibraphone – Abe Sorber
Upright Bass – Ben Willis
Percussion – Mike Kozewski

Trench (MILWAUKEE, WI)
Guitar-Jay Mollerskov
Soprano Saxophone-Steve Nelson-Raney
Percussion-Devin Drobka


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Sat  3/26  8pm  $5 door
@ The Frequency
121 W Main St
Madison, WI 53703

LOVELY SOCIALITE

HONEYMOONERS

JOHN PRAW & THE NORTH AMERICAN COUNSEL FOR A MOONLESS TOMORROW


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


 

“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”

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 “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!