After 2 years of collaborating between Madison, Milwaukee & Ann Arbor ~ Lovely Socialite is finally ready to release our second CD, “Toxic Consonance”! We’ve still got our trademark odd-time signature jazz and free-improv cadenzas, however this time with a lot more distortion pedals! Come out to the release show and grab your copy: it includes wonderfully charming album art from Josh Newland, enigmatic Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps field notes by Huckleberry Grimm& masterful studio engineering by Landon Arkens. Tracking, mixing & mastering performed by Landon (aka The 7th Socialite) @ Blast House Studios. We can’t thank him enough for his ability to bring forth the character of our live sound in the studio with such clarity. Thanks to all of our Indie GoGo supporters who pre-ordered the album, you made this possible!
BCG will join Saaz on cello for a celebration embracing a wide spectrum of Indian music styles & traditions.
” Indian Graduate Students’ Association (IGSA) is pleased to invite you to an evening of Indian music with its annual ‘Geet Purvai’. ‘Geet Purvai’ brings Indian classical, folk, fusion, and Bollywood music together in one spectacular show. From classical, instrumental melodies to your favorite Bollywood songs – there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Come by and enjoy performances from our very talented, upcoming musicians and UW-Madison’s Indian music group, ‘Saaz‘.
This event is absolutely FREE and open to all UW students, staff, faculty and their guests!
A night of solo, acoustic performers descends upon the Dragonfly Lounge – Liv Mueller, Milwaukee songstress, will grace us with acoustic guitar & vocals, as will Madison resident Chris Plowman. BCG will perform a solo set on 7 string Guqin & 21 string Guzheng Chinese zithers. Promising to pair nicely with touring musician Sean Gaskell‘s set on 21 string Kora, a West African harp. Kora music is traditionally beholden to a dazzling display of dexterity. With swirling sequences of vorticose triplets by flam-ing fingers – Gaskell nails the core of this joyous sound.
Two 21-string harps from two different continents in one night – excited yet?
Kathleen (pictured left) of Spires That In The Sunset Rise will dive through her folk inspirations this Saturday ~ reinventing a personal cannon with the help of Matthew Sanborn on Guitar
| Ka Baird writes |
“Famed ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax romanticized folk music into an organic process as natural as nature itself and as widespread as the nation and its landscape.
Lomax writes: “This art lives upon the lips of the multitude and is transmitted by the grapevine, surviving sometimes for centuries because it reflects so well the deepest emotional convictions of the common man. This is a truly democratic art, painting a portrait of the people, unmatched for honesty and validity in any other record….Folk song, like any serious art, deals with realities-with poor boys a long way from home, with workers killed on the job, with bloody- handed murderers, with children dancing and fighting in the back yards, and with the dreams of all of these folk. There are deep shadows on this landscape, the shadows of poverty and graceless toil. There are bitter hard lines in these faces, lines of violence and cruelty…”.
Meanwhile, musician John Cage believed art’s sole purpose was to sober and quiet the mind so that it is in accord with what happens. He said he didn’t understand how people could be terrified of new ideas as he was terrified of the old ones.
John Cage: “I don’t want sound to be psychological. I don’t want a sound to pretend that it’s a bucket, or that it’s a president, or that it’s in love with another sound. I just want it to be a sound. Emmanuel Kant said there are two things that don’t have to mean anything, one is music and the other is laughter.”
I posit these two men Alan Lomax and John Cage for you as I invite you to this upcoming event at Shockrasonica where we can all quietly ponder a) if FOLK music grew too fond of itself and b) what the hell FOLK music is
To celebrate Alan Lomax’s January 31 birthday, in honor of the venerable Odetta, and in memory of the great Bert Jansch, I (Kathleen from Spires) am hosting an evening of REVERIE at the Shockrasonica, Madison, WI on Saturday February 23 that features a set of folk classics that have reliably shaped, reshaped, chiseled, reschiseled, distorted and redistorted my reality over the past couple decades. I will be taking the bull by the horns and singing alongside guitarist Matthew Sanborn a slew of numbers by such masters as Odetta, Nina Simone, Donovan, Bert Jansch, Nico, Sibylle Baier, Nick Drake and others. Matthew Sanborn and I will be joined by local talents~~ the hearty Dietrich Goesser and the cryptic Brothers Grimm to round out the evening!
Please come one and all!“
Dietrich Gosser performing at MadCity Music Exchange