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.


 

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.

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Upcoming Shows |12/17 Stray Passage |12/18 Grimm & Petersen |12/19 Lovely Socialite

THIS WEEK’S SHOWS

Thr, 12/17  |  8:30-11:00pm $0 @ The Mason Lounge

416 S Park St, Madison, Wisconsin 53715

BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE

Live. At the Mason. Wild. Dynamic. Free Jazz. Songs & Improvisation. Craft Beer. Great Spirits. Music! Come and join us there…


Fri, 12/18  |  7pm $5 @ Bright Red Studios

9 N Ingersoll St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

GRIMM & PEDERSEN└ formerly of stray passage ☾☽ crutching and beyond ☾☽ a mime slowly sinking into a vat of glue

VENEREAL CRUSH ├ quell form orchestra drone ☾☽ knitting wrong stitches ☾☽ a thing with long legs rising above thick trees

TAR PET ╪ wavering leavings ☾☽ knife juice ☾☽ a flame that will not go out

MID WASTE ╘ city waste ☾☽ rib cage blooming ☾☽ a stuttering child

Justice resonator at Bright Red Studios. Please feel free to bring spectors and baubles as this will be a daemon friendly event. 5 CREDITS FOR THE TRAVELING RADIENTS. It will begin on time, even though time is an illusion perpetuated by the watchers.


Sat, 12/19  |  7-9pm $5 @ Johnson Public House

908 E Johnson St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

LOVELY SOCIALITE

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Lovely Socialite’s new CD “Toxic Consonance” made Tone Madison’s ‘Top 20 Madison Records of 2015‘ list!


7/30 | Brennan Connors & Stray Passage @ The Mason Lounge

Thr, 7/30 | 8:30pm $0 @ The Mason Lounge

BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE

For those of you who follow along with GrimmusiK (or have looked at the shows page on this website) you’ll notice that I play bass every Tuesday night from 9p-12 at The Mason Lounge with the Five Points Jazz Collective.  The Mason Lounge is one of my favorite bars in Madison, WI.  Brian, the owner, serves 15-or-so carefully selected craft beers on tap which thoroughly range the palette.  Every Tuesday, I eagerly await a rundown on the new kegs that have been tapped.

This week, we’re happy to have a special trio night with Brennan Connors & Stray Passage!  “Brennan Connors & Stray Passage is bringing it’s unique blend of free jazz, improvised music, and original compositions to the Mason. Come join us for a night of dynamic music running the gamut from fiery high energy sounds to focused minimalism. Brennan Connors on saxophones; Brian Grimm on cello and bass; Geoff Brady on drums and percussion.”

See you there!

7/24 4pm | Brennan Connors & Stray Passage live on WSUM Radio 91.7fm!

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Fri, 7/24 | 4pm on 91.7fm WSUM Radio

1 hour live special with

BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE

We’ll be spending the hour with DJ host Emili Earhart, who has graciously invited us to WSUM studios for a live-set + interview!  You can tune in on your radio by dialing in to 91.7fm (in the Madison area) or remotely from WSUM’s home page!

Tune In!

See ya on the other side….

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6/19, 6/21, 6/29 | Brennan Connors & Stray Passage upcoming shows!

Fri, 6/19  |  10pm  $0  @ Mickey’s Tavern

1524 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703

BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE

PETERSON/PACKARD/LUNDBERG TRIO

We’ve got some shows coming up in June. Well be performing at Mickey’s Tavern on Friday 6/19 with Peterson/Packard/Lundberg, a trio featuring Tar Pet, Rob Lundberg, and Chicago based drummer Ryan Packard.

Rob Lundberg’s NYC based band JOBS has a killer album coming out next week on New Amsterdam Records.  Order your copy in advance!!


MMM_2015_web_headerSun, 6/21  |  2pm  $0  @ Chocolaterian Cafe on Schenk’s Corners

MAKE MUSIC MADISON

BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE

Make Music Madison is an annual one-day citywide, free, outdoor day of music to be held on the Summer Solstice, June 21. The goal is to generate a continuous wall of music as people walk around participating spaces. “Music” is whatever live sound an individual or group wishes to produce, and whatever the hosting space accepts. The day will be inclusionary in terms of genres, ethnicities, styles of music, skill levels of musicians, and in the use of public and private spaces throughout our community. There now are over 700 communities around the world celebrating the Summer Solstice by filling their city with music.

What is Make Music Madison?

  • Make Music Madison is: Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone
  • A way for all Madisonians to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a buffet of musical merriment.
  • A DIY city-wide celebration when almost any way to make music can and will happen.
  • Make Music Madison is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.

When and where will Make Music Madison take place?

Make Music Madison will take place on the summer solstice, Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Some performances may start early or go late, or take advantage of natural commuter times, but public spaces throughout Madison — sidewalks, parks, and more — become impromptu musical stages, dance floors, and social meeting points. Last year we saw oodles of amateur musicians and every ilk of professional musician to pop up all over Madison to perform for new audiences and neighbors alike, and the 2015 listings are amazing.


Mon, 6/29  |  9pm  $5  @ The Vault 

Ask A Punk.  Madison, WI

PWRRTLZ [Tucson, AZ]

BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE

Black Metal + Free-Jazz show…. Hell Yeah!!

We’re really looking forward to hearing this band live

<< Just listen for yourself. >>


1/23 – CONTROL & Stray Passage @ Mickey’s | 1/24 – Rolling Stones Tribute @ High Noon

Fri, 1/23  |  10pm, Free @ Mickey’s Tavern

CONTROL

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage

A personal treat: one of my favorite Madison bands, CONTROL, set at one of my favorite Madison venues, Mickey’s Tavern.  It is here that we convene this Friday night, Jan the 23rd, to melt-face.  Two power trios, one of the rock &/or roll variety & one of the free-jazz persuasion.  Come on down, bang your head, rock with us.


Sat, 1/24  |  8pm, $10 @ High Noon Saloon

EXILE ON WILLY STREET 

A Rolling Stones Tribute

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~ via High Noon Saloon:   “”EXILE ON WILLY STREET” brings together some of Madison’s finest to celebrate The Rolling Stones classic “Exile on Main Street” double album.

featuring…
Ben Wolf
Anna Vogelzang (As herself)
Evan Murdoch and Aaron Jossart (Imperfect Strangers)
Whitney Mann and Kyle Jacobson (Whitney Mann Band)
Dietrich Gosser (The one and only) w/ BC Grimm & Luke Bassuener
Meghan Rose (Little Red Wolf, I Saw The Creature, etc)
Post Social (Real Rock, Y’all)
Greg Dierks , Troy Ostrowski, Ted Weigl, Mark Goad (Pine Barrens)
Eric Levy (F!ck Knights from Twin Cities)
Corey Hart (Corey Hart!)
Nick Brown (Mr. Slowboat, Brown Derby)
Andy Moore (Mr. Showboat, Winn Dixie)
Maggie Moore (songstress extraordinaire)
Nate Treddinick (Something to Do, 1000 Other Bands)
Annelies Howell (German Art Students)
Brian Knapp (Ghost Town Council)
Chris Eby (Kentucky’s Finest)
Matt Earley (Winn Dixie, The Delicate Delegate)
Siv Earley (Post Social)
Jim Earley (Fanged Robot from Lexington, KY)

The Low Czars will open the show.

Tickets on sale now! ► http://bit.ly/ExileOnWillySt


4/10 | Glimpse Trio w/ Stray Passage @ Mason Lounge

Thursday, 4/10  9pm @ The Mason Lounge

GLIMPSE TRIO   (San Francisco)

BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE   (Madison)

A night of eclectic improvisation with feat. guitarist Mike Sopko + drummer Hamir Atwal. Joining the bill will be Madison’s own Brennan Connors & Stray Passage with Brennan Connors on sax, Geoff Brady on kit, & BC Grimm on contracello.  Special thanks goes out to the Mason Lounge for making this show possible!   > fb.event

Hamir Atwal studied at the Berklee College of Music on a scholarship studying improvisation/composition with saxophone great Joe Lovano and trombonist Hal Crook.  After graduating from Berklee, Hamir moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he collaborated/recorded with musicians such as clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg, Blue Note recording artist Greg Osby and saxophone legend Joe Lovano.  In addition to performing, Hamir has taught drum clinics at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Berkeley JazzSchool, and Music Academy International (Nancy, France).  He has performed internationally with notable musicians such as Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Ben Goldberg, and many more.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Mike Sopko, has been playing and studying guitar for over 20 years. Mike teaches and performs throughout the the US studying with a variety of teachers such as Dave Fiuczynski, Richard Smith and Bob Fraser.  He has developed an array of guitar styles, including jazz, classical, and Bluegrass. Over the years, he has played, recorded, and toured with such musicians as Thomas Pridgen, G. Calvin Weston (Ornette Colman), Mike Watt, and Martin Dosh. Mike teaches at the Avloni Academy of Music, where he has been the head guitar instructor since 2003. In 2010, Mike founded the Bay Area band, Glimpse Trio/Duo, with drummer, Hamir Atwal.  Glimpse Trio’s first album, 1985, was awarded “Editor’s Pick of the Month” in Downbeat Magazine by famed jazz/blues critic Frank Alkyer.

“a blend of jazz, rock and blues with infectious folkiness. . .” – Downbeat Magazine

” . . . an ever expanding trip.” – Sonic Masala
For more info. please visit www.glimpsetrio.com/
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Stray Passage w/ Sockrates Carnival of Sock Puppet Morals and Logic

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Fri, 02/21 8pm  $6  @ Mother Fool’s Cafe [Mad]

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage 

with the Sockrates Carnival of Sock Puppet Morals & Logic

  Brennan Connors & Stray Passage is a jazz trio lead by saxophonist Brennan Connors. The ensemble embraces free and structured improvisation, original compositions, and groove based experiments. Geoff Brady is featured on drums and percussion; BC Grimm on Contra-cello (and a variety of Chinese string instruments). The breadth of the group ranges from focused minimalism to fiery high energy music, all while maintaining a sense of narrative organization throughout performances.

Stray Passage will be joined by the Sockrates Carnival of Sock Puppet Morals and Logic. The Sockrates troupe employs dialogue, music and socks to convey the wealth and breadth of the human (and sock) experience. Tonight’s performance will feature selections from the Willy Street Co-op Reader Letters and will feature the vocal talents of Biff Blumfumgagnge, Alex Burke, Stephen Burke, Jim Goronson, Kia Karlen, Robin Kurzer Debbie Rabin, Urban Van Hoof, Maggie Weiser, and Jonathan Zarov  

SOCK PUPPETS & FREE JAZZ!!!

> here’s a preview of a new Stray Passage tune we’ll perform on Friday, enjoy!