Pennsylvania-based avant-garde percussion master Nakatani returns, this time leading a large ensemble of local musicians playing gongs. The Gong Orchestra uses Nakatani’s bowing techniques to create an otherworldly array of harmonics and textures. It’s a gorgeous, powerful sonic experience you won’t want to miss.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the #DoubleRelease show last night! Thanks to Jack Chandler & Art In for hosting. Thanks to Emili Earhart & Michael Groome aka And Illusions for sharing their soundscapes and sonic explorations & kicking off the show. Thanks to Jacob Bicknase, Cooper Schlegel, Joshua Agterberg & Alex Charland for sharing their beautiful compositions as Left Field Quartet – congrats on the release guys; killer set! Thanks to Jess Jacobson & Elizabeth Jesion for coordinating the Sharks&Crafts table. Thanks to my shark bros Ben Willis, Pat Reinholz, Corey Murphy, Michael A Koszewski & Abe Sorber, it’s always a pleasure and an honor to spend time together as Lovely Socialite (est. 2009!). #DoubleShark (& thanks to Scott Gordon of Tone Madison for this freakin badass picture!)
Be sure to check out Left Field Quartet’s new release “Please Take Us Seriously” >>
Lovely Socialite (lovelysocialitemusic.com) “DoubleShark” ep release
Lovely Socialite, formerly Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, is a Milwaukee/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 band’s original music combines strict notation with moments of improvisation and maintains a healthy balance of dark and heavy rock grooves with quirky jazz obscurities.
Left Field Quartet at UW Madison, where they met and cut their teeth together on Jazz.
Left Field Quartet “Please Take Us Seriously” album release
Left Field Quartet is a collaborative group of Midwest-raised musicians specializing in eclectic, original music. With a unique and versatile tone, the group has scored plays and politically-charged events in the local community. What makes Left Field work so cohesively together is their adventurous desire for creativity in all of its multifaceted forms. “Please Take Us Seriously” is the band’s first official album release which combines gritty and fiery grooves with a personal touch and a playful sound.
And Illusions is a collaboration of local experimental musicians Emili Earhart and Michael Groome. With a focus on the psychedelic and long patient song structures, And Illusions occupies a wonderful space somewhere between noise music and kraut rock. It is at once meditative and soothing, a balancing act of angular and rounded tones.
“Fire Walk With Me” (single) is the first release off of Lovely Socialite‘s new rock EP “DoubleShark” – which drops 7/15/2017 @ Art In, Madison, WI (show details). Lovely Socialite will share a double album release show with Madison’s up & coming jazz combo Left Field Quartet, plus openers And Illusions (Emili Earhart + Michael Groome’s psych-noise duo).
*Downloads of the single will be available upon the release of the album!*
Stream “Fire Walk With Me” via GrimmusiK Records on Bandcamp or Soundcloud
Madison/Milwaukee based Psychedelic Jazz band Lovely Socialite celebrates the new 2017 season of Twin Peaks with an original arrangement of Laura Palmer’s Theme. Since 2015, Lovely Socialite has been performing Angelo Badalamenti’s iconic soundtrack live, transforming into their Twin Peaks alter-ego band “Leo Johnson & The New Shoes”.
YAK is an ambient/industrial duo of amplified, bowed friction on strings and metal. Their 2017 Midwest Tour is an audio-visual journey into the existential mind-state of the Tibetan beast, the Yak. These sounds are tailor-made for the shaggy beast of burden of the Himalayan Plateau, evoking their life and spirit in a mesmerizing structured improvisation cycle.
Yuri Popowycz (violin) is a Detroit-based violinist, electronic music producer/performer, and illustrator. He performs with the Michigan Opera Theatre and is assistant concertmaster with the Michigan Philharmonic. He also plays out frequently in the city and is active with Detroit Bureau of Sound. Yuri is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy ‘11, and the Oberlin Conservatory ‘15, and has toured in Japan as concertmaster of the PMF orchestra as well as performed in Europe alongside the Jack quartet with the Lucerne Festival Academy. Currently he runs the ambient music label Music To Stretch To and enjoys working with all the wonderful artists living nearby.
Zac Brunell (percussion) is a performer and concert producer in the Motor City. As director of the Detroit Bureau of Sound, his work engulfs a range of avant garde music through his productions, which have been described as “sounding as raw as mating bull elephants” (Lansing City Pulse on “X is for Xenakis”). A classically trained percussionist and pianist, Zac is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Music and is currently Production Manager with the award-winning ensemble New Music Detroit.
Detroit Bureau of Sound Announcing… “BOS MUTUS“, the 2017 meditation in four movements by YAK. Digital download and physical pre-order available now via Bandcamp >>
Opening the show…
Emili Earhart is a pianist studying at UW-Madison. Recent projects have included performances of the Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano by John Cage, and both books of Piano Etudes by Philip Glass. As Program Director at WSUM 91.7fm student radio, Emili hosts live ‘on-air’ performances and interviews touring acts (a/w/a local musicians!) Fridays on “Live @ WSUM”, 3-5pm. Emili is a member of noise/synth & bass duo, And Illusions. Sunday’s (3/12) set is part of a new effort to explore improvised new age piano and drone music.
photo via Troy Peterson
Closing the show…
BC Grimm to close the night with an Orbis Obscura set! Pipa, Guqin, #frankencello + “the hernia-maker” pedalboard.
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!
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.
Experimental Jazz TrioBrennan 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.
Sound Out Loud is a new music performing ensemble currently based out of Madison, WI. The group specializes in contemporary music from the early 20th century to the present, as well as commissioning new works to be written for them. Having drawn inspiration from numerous performance ensembles (such as Eighth Blackbird,Silk Road, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and more), the group seeks to expand the realm of possibilities within the chamber music ensemble performance repertoire through the implementation of experimental techniques, the incorporation of a variety of instruments and musical styles from the Middle East and Asia, and the use of live electronics and other media applications.
Fri, 4/22 | 3-5pm Sound Out Loud was awarded a $500 grant during this year’s finals for UW-Madison’s New Arts Venture Challenge! [Madison, WI]
Thr, 4/28 | 9-10pm Free @ UW Humanities: 455 N Park St, Choral Room: 1351 [Mad, WI]
Tone Madison was gracious enough to debut our new single, Humus, last week! This 5/8 tune written by our cellist Pat Reinholz features driving rhythmic elements in combination with singing melodies. The track opens with a distorted double bass solo by Ben Willis, and features some hardcore shredding on Gaohu (two string Cantonese bowed fiddle) by BC Grimm. Listen to this sneak peak of the album – it sounds great, thanks to our incredible studio engineer Landon Arkens!
On Friday, 10/09 from 4-5pm Live on WSUM 91.7fm ~ Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps “Phones It In” for an interview with radio host Emili Earhart! She’ll dig into the contents of the new album and try to pry out the inside scoop whilst premiering some of her favorite tracks off of the new album! Tune in on-air or online!
The CDs are here and they are a pleasure to the eyes. A big Thanks goes out to our artist/designer Josh Newland – he really knocked this one out of the park. Another special thank you to Sooper Dooper, we’re so spoiled to have a great print house/duplicator service right in our back yard. Keep your eyes out in the coming months for a special ‘letter press’ Mrs. Phipps poster. **We’re currently printing off limited run mirror board edition CDs, only available at live shows!
Album Art by Joshua Newland. Check out the limited edition mirror board run on the bottom!
The T-shirts are here, the posters are in, it’s all coming together folks! As the band gathers this weekend, we’ll be organizing all of the prizes to be shipped out to our Indie-GoGo supporters. We really couldn’t have produced this album without your help, thank you so much! Your rewards will be heading out next week!
We have a wonderful announcement: our friend and collaborator Dale Kaminski will be joining the show on Saturday! He’ll be performing live visual projections as PAKAPAKA Lightshow during the Lovely Socialite set! PAKAPAKA Lightshow always delights and adds an extra layer of narrative to some already programmatic music. We are very excited and hope you will join us!
Join Us At The “Toxic Consonance” CD Release Shows!