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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9/7 Sat 7pm $10 Color Field Fest @Freq | Bros.Grimm final show + double-album release

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

This Saturday, 9/7 will mark the FINAL Brothers Grimm live show for the next couple of years as our beloved guitarist AJ Huckleberry Grimm will shortly head off to Extremadura, Spain.  Furthermore, this is the “double-album release show” of our two Shakespeare scores A Midsummer Night’s Dream [46 tracks 53’12” | w/ db pedersen – May, 2013 Strollers Theatre @ Bartell Theatre] & This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH [37 tracks 94’50” | June, 2013 NoExit Performance] (preview both albums below!).   The Brothers Grimm set starts 7pm at the Frequency as part of the Color Field Festival for Contemporary Music.  We are ecstatic to be sharing the stage with Chicago’s Anubis Saxophone Quartet!

The Brothers Grimm invite you to celebrate the past few years of wonderful music making experiences in Madison with us at the Color Field Festival for Contemporary Music.  With the release of these two albums, let us gather to send off a most exceptional musician and dear friend to many, Huckleberry Grimm.

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Saturday, 9/7 Frequency  | $10

COLOR FIELD FESTIVAL FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC  9/4 ᗔ 9/7

7:00pm | Brothers Grimm (Mad)

8:00pm | Anubis Quartet (Chi)

” The Brothers Grimm open with a set of originals, followed by Anubis Quartet, playing adventurous new music for saxophone quartet including Rasch by Franco Donatoni, New York Counterpoint by Steve Reich, and a new work for saxophone quarter and soprano by Monte Weber. 

Color Field Festival also features guest artists TIGUE  percussion trio (NYC) & Clocks in Motion percussion ensemble (Mad)

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

This Is Not Shakespeare's MACBETH

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Aug-Sep: Shows, Shows, Shows!

August & September – Live Music Series & Festival Show Performances
featuring Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, Brothers Grimm, Sisters Three, BRAIN GRIMMER, & plenty of local friends/favorites!

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LOST CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL  8/8 ᗘ 8/11

presented by Mine All Mine Records

Individual shows will cost $7, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting local music charities. Full-pass wristbands are available for only $12! ”  

Thursday, 8/8 @ the High Noon Saloon  | $7 ($12 full-pass wristband) 

8:00 pm | Bell Monks (Mad)
9:00 pm | Lovely Socialite + Nude Human (Mad)
10:30 pm | Fort Wilson Riot (Mpls)
11:30 pm | Softly, Dear (Eau Claire)

Saturday, 8/10 @ Bright Red Studios  | $7 ($12 full-pass wristband)

5:00 pm | SiLas Be w/ Pakapaka Lightshow (Mad)
5:45 pm | Bill Villain [Ambient Set] (Mad)
6:30 pm | Gregory Taylor (Mad)
7:15 pm | John Praw & the North American Council for a Moonless Tomorrow (Mad)
8:00 pm | [INTERMISSION]
8:45 pm | Sisters Three [DB Pedersen + Brothers Grimm] (Mad)
9:30 pm | Weather Duo (Mad)
10:15 pm | Chants (Mad)

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Saturday, 8/17  @ Dobrá Tea  

7:00pm | Brothers GrimmBorden/Merritt Duo (Buffalo, NY)

performance with Silent Art Auction

Zane Merritt – guitar, throat singing
T.J. Borden – cello, noisy exhalations

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Sunday, 8/18 Broom Street Theater  | $6  all ages

7:00 pm | Broom Street Sessions | Bucky Pope + BRAIN GRIMMER

presented by Broom Street Theater, Dane101.com, & Arts Extract Podcast

” Join us for our most adventurous session yet.

Frank “Bucky” Pope featuring Dave Adler and Calvin Thorne: Bucky Pope of Madison punk greats the Tar Babies plays with his new trio.

Brian Grimm makes bizarre, hip-hop-inspired instrumentals under the name BRAIN GRIMMER (BEATS EP) and will conjure them up with help from an MPC here. 

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> Preview Stream Brain Grimmer’s new 20 track (Sketches) BEATS EP 2 on Arts Extract Podcast!

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Sunday, 9/1 @ Rock County Folk Symposium IV

BRAIN GRIMMER ‘Daytime Transcendence’ set

on Guzheng & Guqin Chinese Zithers

BC Grimm on cello with Julian Lynch 

Times TBA ||  Brain Grimmer (early day set) // Group of the Altos // Julian Lynch // Milo (Rapsmith) // Kalispell // Pioneer (WI) // Icarus Himself // Double Ewes // DJ Golden Donna // late nite Count This Penny ||

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Saturday, 9/7 Frequency  | $10

COLOR FIELD FESTIVAL FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC  9/4 ᗔ 9/7

7:00pm | Brothers Grimm

8:00pm | Anubis Quartet (Chi)

” The Brothers Grimm open with a set of originals, followed by Anubis Quartet, playing adventurous new music for saxophone quartet including Rasch by Franco Donatoni, New York Counterpoint by Steve Reich, and a new work for saxophone quarter and soprano by Monte Weber. 

Color Field Festival also features guest artists TIGUE  percussion trio (NYC) & Clocks in Motion percussion ensemble (Mad)

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7/12 | MICHAEL ZERANG (w/ Spires That In The Sunset Rise), John Christensen, and Brennan Connors & STRAY PASSAGE

JOHN CHRISTENSEN, and BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE
ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD presents MICHAEL ZERANG (w/ special guests Spires), JOHN CHRISTENSEN, and BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE

“Join us for an evening of improvisation @ Shockrasonica on Friday July 12 with percussionist, improviser and composer Michael Zerang as he performs solo on hand drums and set plus collaborating with various formations of Spires That In The Sunset Rise plus sets by Madison’s John Christensen on solo bass and free jazz trio Stray Passage.”

~All The Time In The World//Shockrasonica

MICHAEL ZERANG
Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms.

Michael has collaborated with contemporary theater, dance, and other multidisciplinary forms and has received three Joseph Jefferson Awards for Original Music Composition in Theater, in collaboration with Redmoon Theater, in 1996, 1998, and 2000.

As a percussionist and composer, Michael has over eighty titles in his discography and has toured nationally and internationally to 34 countries since 1981, and works with and ever-widening pool of collaborators.

Michael founded and was the artistic director of the Link’s Hall Performance Series in Chicago from 1985-1989 where he produced over 300 concerts of jazz, traditional ethnic folk music, electronic music, and other forms of forward thinking music. Michael has been a Board Member of Links Hall Since 1989. He continued to produce concerts at Cafe Urbus Orbis from 1994-1996, and at his own space, The Candlestick Maker in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, from 2001 – 2005.

Michael has taught as a guest artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in performance technique, sound design, and sound/music as it relates to puppetry; rhythmic analysis for dancers at The Dance Center of Columbia College, Northwestern University, and MoMing Dance and Arts Center; courses in Composer/Choreographer Collaborations at Northwestern University; music to children at The Jane Adams Hull House.

Michael currently tours and holds workshops in improvisational music, and teaches private lessons in rhythmic analysis, music composition, and percussion technique.

– w/ Madison Experimental favorites > Spires That In The Sunset Rise

JOHN CHRISTENSEN

Madison’s John Christensen will perform a rare solo bass performance.  John can be seen with killer groups such as free jazz trio Deconunisms  featuring Luke Polipnick (guitar), Devin Drobka (drums).

BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE

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 (Yid Vicious) 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.

7/4, 7/5, 7/7 | Lovely Socialite & WCQ4 Shows

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Poster art by Joe Ludwig

7/4 @ the Frequency (Madison)
9pm  $7  18+

Lovely Socialite – Jazz/Rock from Madison
[Going into the studio 7/8 @ Blast House Studios to record a new EP]
Dibigode – Jazz/Rock from Brazil
Glimpse Trio – California Post Rock

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7/5  @ Yield Bar (Milwaukee)
10pm  Free show!  21+

Lovely Socialite (Madison, WI)
Newlybreds (Milwaukee, WI)
Experimental rock trio

 Special blog feature about Lovely Socialite’s Return from Mine All Mine Records

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Watercourse Quartet
Moonish Lodestar album release party
with special guest yoUToo (NYC)

7/7  7pm @ Dobra Tea 
$5 suggested donation for yoUToo
$7 MOONISH LODESTAR (11×17 Poster + CD or Cassette)
ᗇ $5 album/poster if you donate $5 at the register

 Check out the album preview by Madison Art Extract 

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Watercourse Quartet ‘Moonish Lodestar’ CD release party @Dobra Tea 7/7 7pm $7

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Moonish Lodestar album release party
with special guest yoUToo (NYC)

7/7  7pm @ Dobra Tea 
$5 suggested donation for yoUToo
$7 MOONISH LODESTAR (11×17 Poster + CD or Cassette)
>> $5 album/poster if you donate $5 at the register

The boys are back in town!

On 7/7 WCQ4 returns to Dobra Tea to release Moonish Lodestar  – a 65 min, 8 track album featuring contrapunctus, avant-garde string quartet improvisations & Madison vocalist Page Foster on “beautiful lies”. (poster art by Justin Richardson)

the album will be available digitally through Mine All Mine Records & GrimmusiK

with special guest trio
yoUToo

personnel:
Brad Henkel – trumpet
Nathaniel Morgan – alto saxophone
david grollman – percussion

members of Swirm and Yolt (Prom Night Records)
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WCQ4 “Moonish Lodestar” poster art by Justin Richardson

>>Check out the album preview by Madison Art Extract 

See you Sunday 7/7 at Dobra Tea!

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This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH |Closing Weekend |Behind the Scenes (vid)

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It’s closing weekend, get your tickets!

NoExit Performance
THIS IS NOT SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH
June 13th through June 29th 
The Irvington Office Center (Indianapolis)
William Shakespeare | directed by Michael Burke
Original Foley/Sound-Score
Composed by Brothers Grimm
Performed by BRAIN GRIMMER

Tickets: $20 General Admission | $15 Student/Senior

Thu, 6/13: 8pm – Fri, 6/14: 8pm – Sat, 6/15: 8pm
Thu, 6/20: 8pm – Fri, 6/21: 8pm – Sat, 6/22: 8pm
Thu, 6/27: 8pm – Fri, 6/28: 8pm – Sat, 6/29: 8pm

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Behind the scenes video of the recording session at Bradbury’s Coffee!

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Notes on the Score:

The concept for this score involved setting a foley/sound-design score > No melody & rhythm, but dissonant, atonal harmony, soundscapes & uncomfortable textures.  We began by going into Bradbury’s Coffee (Madison, WI) after hours and recording every sound that triangular room was capable of.  AJ was our sound-guide as we recorded: room noise, beams, ladders, stools, tables, washing machines, refrigerators, espresso machines, coffee grinders, various water drips, toilets, knives, and general kitchen-ware.  With this Bradbury’s audio (recorded by Jon Brumbaugh) and other foley recorded at home, we’ve created roughly 100 Sound Libraries for MACBETH – each library housing up to 128 ten-octave, velocity/pressure sensitive Sample Instruments. The end result is about 2,300 custom-constructed sample instruments nested into one-channel (maximum of 16,384 instruments per channel). Controlling these sounds in real time with Ableton Live 8 through Akai APC 40 & Keith McMillen QuNeo midi controllers, we hope to instantaneously surprise, inspire, pace, & effect the actors performances with our live sound-experiments.  

Macbeth set up: Ableton Live w/ Akai APC 40 & K. McMillen QuNeo

Macbeth set up: Ableton Live w/ Akai APC 40 & K. McMillen QuNeo

||Special thanks to Bradbury’s Coffee for letting us record ALL of the sounds in their space! Also, thank you Jon Brumbaugh for recording audio & Glynnis Ritchie for taking excellent video during the Bradbury’s recording session!
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NoExit | This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH 6/13-6/29 (Indy)

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THIS IS NOT SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH
June 13th through June 29th 
The Irvington Office Center (Indianapolis)
William Shakespeare | directed by Michael Burke
Original Foley/Sound-Score
Composed by Brothers Grimm
Performed by BRAIN GRIMMER

Tickets: $20 General Admission | $15 Student/Senior

Thu, 6/13: 8pm – Fri, 6/14: 8pm – Sat, 6/15: 8pm
Thu, 6/20: 8pm – Fri, 6/21: 8pm – Sat, 6/22: 8pm
Thu, 6/27: 8pm – Fri, 6/28: 8pm – Sat, 6/29: 8pm

“NoExit invites you to check into a world where not all things are as they seem… One part Shakespeare, one part Freud, and one part Parnassus, This Is Not Shakespeare’s Macbeth invites you inside a hospital turned imaginarium to witness how susceptible we all are to the power of our own imaginings.

From director Michael Burke (Medea, Pillowman, I Am Peter Pan) this site-specific work, built atop the original Shakespeare, examines the intrinsic connection between conscious and conscience: the idea that retribution comes from within and it is the demons of our own minds that bring us the greatest grief in the wake of our actions.

Pulling from imagery and practices of sanatoriums and asylums of old, and featuring original, live soundscaping by Madison, WI-based, The Brothers Grimm, devices of hospital lore become the stuff of nightmares, transforming the hospital gallery as the wards take an active role as characters and scene-setters in the mania of two particular patients who seem to be violently reliving the events in their lives that continue to torture their souls…

The Irvington Office Center will host …Macbeth, opening on Thursday, June 13, and running through Saturday, June 29.

Get Tickets!

Macbeth back lit in rehearsal

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