8/11, 8/12 | BC Grimm “Orbis Obscura” CD Release Show!

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Album Artwork by John Praw Kruse

Thr 8/11 | 8pm $5 @ West End Conservatory

5500 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208

“Orbis Obscura” CD Release Show feat.

HENRY/DROBKA/WELLER/MCEVOY/MILLER QUINTET

BC GRIMM

Fri 8/12 | 8pm $5 @ ArtIn Gallery

1444 E Washington Ave, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

“Orbis Obscura” CD Release Show feat.

HENRY (NYC) / WELLER (CHI) QUARTET

BC GRIMM

New BC Grimm “Orbis Obscura” (2016) CD $10
2nd ed. “The Ideating Knell” (2014) CD $10
Both CDs for $15
at the show

“Orbis Obscura” is a 35 minute “sci-fi tone poem” for Pipa (Chinese lute) with delay & fuzz pedals by BC Grimm. Available Friday, 8/12 on CD & Digital from Other Obscura Records! Other Obscura is a label promoting the compositions and improvisations of artists in Milwaukee, Madison and the surrounding areas. Est. 2016.

GrimmusiK Records is running a limited edition second printing of BC Grimm’s “The Ideating Knell”, originally released in 2014 by Signal Dreams. This seminal 70min work by BC Grimm features 16 experimental compositions performed on prepared Guzheng and phased Guqin Chinese zithers.  Available at the show!

BC Grimm

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).

BCG on cello + pipa by John Hiller Brumbaugh

BCG on cello + pipa by John Hiller Brumbaugh


 

Live Set EP by BRAIN GRIMMER now on SoundCloud!

BRAIN GRIMMER  “Live Set (Bonus Cuts)” EP is now streaming on SoundCloud!

Tracks recorded from live BRAIN GRIMMER sets 2012-2013

…with a few bonus tracks sprinkled in.

Live Set (Bonus Cuts) EP

All tracks produced and performed by BRAIN GRIMMER
Cello, Guzheng, Guqin, Ableton Live, APC 40, QuNeo

Don Cherry – vocals, trumpet (track 2)
Alan Watts – vocals (track 3)
BenZ – rap (track 5)
Aldous Huxley – vocals (track 6)
Nas – vocals (track 7)


2/27 – Stray Passage + Tony Barba/Michael Brenneis @ Good Style || 2/28 – Chinese Lunar New Year celebration @ Imperial Garden

Fri, 2/27 | doors – 8pm $5 @ Good Style Shop

Tony Barba + Michael Brenneis

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage

+ a Quintet Jam!  2 saxes, 2 drum sets, 1 bass – let’s do this!

 ~ from GoodStyle |

   Good Style Shop presents Brennan Connors & Stray Passage and the Tony Barba/Michael Brenneis Duo.

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage is a free jazz and improvised music trio. The group features Brian Grimm on bass and contracello, Geoff Brady on drums and percussion, and Brennan Connors on saxophones. From fiery high energy music to focused minimalism, the ensemble’s performances balance narrative, noise, and beauty.

Saxophonist Tony Barba and percussionist Michael Brenneis will join forces for a set of improvised music. Tony is a member of the internationally touring ensemble Youngblood Brass Band. After 12 years in New York City, he currently resides in Madison and plays locally with many groups including Johannes Wallamnn’s Quartet and the Big Payback. Michael Brenneis is a drummer who musicians like to play with and audiences like to listen to. He performs with a very long list of groups that include Tomato Box, The Ten Sleeps Trio, Alison Margaret, and The New Breed.  


Sat, 2/28 | 5:30-8:00pm @ Imperial Garden Restaurant

Imperial Garden 2015

Chinese New Year Program

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Chinese food\Music\LinDance\Purchase SouvenirsBy Piano)

中国菜、音乐、舞狮子、中国纪念品(钢琴旁)

First Part: Spring wind 春暖花开

(Background music :Welcome)5:30pm-6:30pm

Tea and bar : Guitar music 5:30pm—6:30pm

Frond door Garden :Emay Ulannie F.(Guzheng) 6:00pm—6:30pm

Living room: Lim hong chuan (Guzheng) 6:00pm—6:30pm

Back room: Brian Grimm (pipa) Kyle Tan (Dizi) 6:00pm—6:30pm

Second Part: Dreams back Childhood and Send Money candy the girls 梦回童真 和送财童子 6:30pm–7:00pm

Back room: Emay and Isis May (Adult and kids) Guzheng

Jing gang shan sun red”《井冈山上太阳红》

Flower and Youth”《花儿与少年》

“Chrysanthemums Terrace《菊花台》

Drunken beauty”《贵妃醉酒》

“blue and white porcelain《青花瓷》

“The Moon Over a Fountain《二泉映月》3分钟 Gao hu 3 mins

Living room: Violin and Dizi 6:30pm–7:00pm

Jane Zheng :Violin solo 6:30pm–6:45pm

Kyle Tan :Dizi solo 6:45pm—7:00pm

Third Part: Lion Dance 7:00pm–7:20pm

Fourth Part:celebrate joyously欢庆

Tea and Bar :Piano and Violin 7:20pm–7:40pm

Tea and bar :Isis May “2 black ants””2 black birds”

Emay Ulannie : Piano “Memories of childhood童年的回忆

Brian Grimm (Gao hu) and Piano “Race house”赛马 F

Jane Zheng :Violin and piano “Butterfly lover”梁祝G

“Pontiac Moon月亮代表我的心D

Living room:Kyle tan (Dizi)Brian Grimm (Gao hu) Lim hong chuan (guzheng) 7;20pm–8:00pm

“Red Blossom Red山丹丹开花红艳艳(Dizi)

“Henan ditty”<河南小调

An enjoyable night良宵Gao Hu and Guzheng)

Guzheng (Emay) Brian(Pipa) Kyle (Dizi)

Flower and Youth”《花儿与少年》

“Chrysanthemums Terrace《菊花台》

Drunken beauty”《贵妃醉酒》

“blue and white porcelain《青花瓷》

Back room: Guzheng Lim hong chuan solo 7:40pm—8:00pm

“The Lantern Festival 花灯节

Spring rain 春雨

Hair likes snow 发如雪


7/11 | ‘Saaz’ Indian Classical @ Indie Coffee

Saaz Indie Flyer July

BC Grimm will join members of Madison’s Indian classical music group ‘Saaz‘ this Friday at Indie Coffee.  We’ll perform pieces in Raga Vibhas & Raga Hamsadhwani ~ come join us at 6:15pm!

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6/17 | New Album THE IDEATING KNELL for sale on Signal Dreams

‘The Ideating Knell’ by BC Grimm is now available on Signal Dreams!

Limited Edition CD
16 tracks 70 mins $7
Order your copy today!

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A few words on the album from Signal Dreams

 Madison, WI-based avant-jazz explorer BC Grimm is well known locally not just for his phenomenal cello work in live collaborations with artists like Julian Lynch, Spires That In The Sunset Rise, and the mighty Db Pedersen (to name just a few), but also the mind-blowing improvisational chops he showcases with his brother A.J. Grimm in cello-guitar duo The Brothers Grimm and his worldly and detailed production work as Brain Grimmer. More recently, Grimm’s work has been shifting focus toward his intriguing work with two different Chinese zithers, Guqin and Guzheng. We’re extremely proud to present ‘The Ideating Knell,’ a staggering album that combines Grimm’s deep experimentation with the zithers with his love of detailed processing. Honestly, nothing we could say about it could match the beautiful clarity of this statement from BC Grimm himself:

“‘The Ideating Knell’ is an experimental acoustic album of compositions for two ancient Chinese zithers, Guqin 古琴 & Guzheng 古筝. This record includes 6 ‘doppler phase’ pieces for guqin, emulating tape composition techniques to create the movement of sound to/from the vanishing point on the horizon line to/from the listener’s ears. There are 6 pieces for prepared guzheng using: dulcimer hammers, cajon brushes, chopsticks, mate straw, metal bowls, broken teaware, clay sculpting tools, snare wires, & seashell strands. 3 pieces revisit the title track composition from BCG’s 2011 solo guqin album, “Flock Migrates Over The Pines”: with re-recorded, reconstructed versions in two custom tunings, and a new variation on the theme in a traditional tuning. The actual notes in the composition’s score visually depict various forms & shapes of birds taking off into flight, or in formation during flight. Also, specially devised for this project is a new ‘Pentatemperment’ tuning system on guqin, which splits the octave into 5 equal steps, instead of 12 [ low to high: C-40c D0c E+40c G-20c A+20c C-40c D0c ]. Guzheng 古筝, a 21 string bridged zither spanning 4 octaves, and Guqin 古琴, a 7 string fretless zither spanning 1 octave, tune to pentatonic scales. Both instruments share a culturally important performance history stretching back about 2,500 years to the Warring States period.”

Artwork by Nathaniel Ritter. Price is postage paid in the US. Please see shipping rates for Canada/World.  

This Signal Dreams batch also includes: Troy Schafer ‘Untitled No. 1‘ & Derek Rogers ‘Prevais‘.

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Solo Guqin Album F.M.O.P. Remastered + Upcoming Release “The Ideating Knell” on Signal Dreams

FLOCK MIGRATES OVER THE PINES [2011] by BC Grimm
a solo GUQIN album for meditation, yoga, & relaxation

June, 2014 – remastered & availalbe digitally for $8 on GrimmusiK.bandcamp

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FMOP has been remastered in anticipation of a new solo zither album, The Ideating Knell by BC Grimm coming out next Tuesday, 6/17 on Signal Dreams records.  Stay tuned for more details, follow Signal Dreams on bandcamp & soundcloud!

GD07  “The Ideating Knell”  available 06/17/2014 on Signal Dreams 
An experimental acoustic album of compositions for two ancient Chinese zithers, Guqin 古琴 & Guzheng 古筝. This record includes 6 ‘doppler phase’ pieces for guqin, emulating tape composition techniques to create the movement of sound to/from the vanishing point on the horizon line to/from the listener’s ears. There are 6 pieces for prepared guzheng using: dulcimer hammers, cajon brushes, metal chopsticks, mate straw, metal bowls, broken teaware, clay sculpting tools, snare wires, & seashell strands. 3 pieces revisit the title track composition from BCG’s 2011 solo guqin album, “Flock Migrates Over The Pines”: with re-recorded, reconstructed versions in two custom tunings, and a new variation on the theme in a traditional tuning.  The actual notation in the composition’s score visually depicts various forms & shapes of birds taking off and in formation during flight.  A new ‘Pentatemperment’ tuning system on guqin has been specially devised for this project – splitting the octave into 5 equal steps, instead of 12 [low to high: C-40c D0c E+40c G-20c A+20c C-40c D0c].  Guzheng 古筝, a 21 string bridged zither spanning 4 octaves, and Guqin 古琴, a 7 string fretless zither spanning 1 octave, both tune to pentatonic scales.  These instruments share a culturally important performance history stretching back about 2,500 years to the Warring States period.

Brothers Grimm farewell show at Color Field Ensemble Festival For Contemporary Music | 2013 KARJAKA Studios | http://karjaka.com/

Brothers Grimm farewell show at Color Field Ensemble Festival For Contemporary Music | 2013 KARJAKA Studios | http://karjaka.com/

 

 

5/01 | BC Grimm + Ben Willis + Betsy Soukup @ Canterbury House

Thurs, 5/01  $5  8pm @ Canterbury House (Ann Arbor, MI)

BC Grimm / Ben Willis / Betsy Soukup

I will be performing new works from my album The Ideating Knell, which is to be released on Signal Dreams records this May.  The 16 track album, The Ideating Knell, is an experimental acoustic album of compositions for two ancient Chinese zithers, Guqin 古琴 & Guzheng 古筝. This record includes 6 ‘doppler phase’ pieces for guqin, emulating tape composition techniques to create the movement of sound to/from the vanishing point on the horizon line to/from the listener’s ears. There are 6 pieces for prepared guzheng using: dulcimer hammers, cajon brushes, metal chopsticks, mate straw, metal bowls, broken teaware, clay sculpting tools, snare wires, & seashell strands. 3 pieces revisit the title track composition from my 2011 solo guqin album, “Flock Migrates Over The Pines”: with re-recorded, reconstructed versions in two custom tunings, and a new variation on the theme in a traditional tuning.

This show in Ann Arbor, Michigan will be extra special.  I’ll be playing with some low-end friends who’ve collided together from different music circles of my past.  Double Bassist, Ben Willis, as you all well know is one of my best buds & collaborators from the Madison music scene, in groups such as Watercourse Quartet & Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps.  Betsy Soukup, also a bassist, is one of my good friends from music school at Butler University, in Indianapolis.  I can’t wait to hang, catch up, and make some low pitched music with these fine people at Canterbury House!

~ BCG

》》Have a listen to some of Ben & Betsy’s material》》

: stay tuned for the upcoming announcements of The Ideating Knell release on Signal Dreams!!

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New Release | dr. Bass + vicelikemiami = EP1

New Release S/O

dr. Bass + vicelikemiami (aka dbvlm) production-squad moniker of Indianapolis duo: bassist/composer Dace Robie & engineer/composer Matt Vice.  Their newly released EP1 sounds phenomenal, a lot of attention & craft went into this production – I highly recommend you check it out!

Track No. 5 – “Ready” features BC Grimm on 古筝 guzheng Chinese zither.

> Hiphop guzheng… need I say more?

EP1 features a fine spread of Indianapolis musicians, including:

Bashiri Asad (vocals), Sciren (vocals), Arianne Villareal (vocals), Mikial Robertson (vocals, guitar), Renee King (vocals), Shaan France (vocals), Tasha Jones (vocals), Theon Jones (vocals), Naz Khalid (vocals), Tony Nash (vocals), Phil Geyer (synths), Spivkurl (synths), Greg Artry (drums), Devin Ashley (drums), Nick Hartgrove (percussion), Jen Siukola (trumpet), Josh Thompson (trumpet), Nick Gerlach (tenor sax), Jimmy Wingett (baritone sax), J. Cody Arnholdt (trombone),

Buy/Stream the full album

 

2/8 | Traditional Chinese Music for Lunar New Year

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BC Grimm’s 高胡 (gaohu – fiddle) & 琵琶 (pipa – lute) | photo Diwas Sherchan

Traditional Chinese Music for

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration

Sat, 2/8 | 6:00 – 8:00pm @ Imperial Gardens East

4214 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704

This Saturday, I will be performing on three Chinese instruments from 6-8pm to celebrate the Lunar New Year at Imperial Gardens restaurant on the East Side of Madison.  Emay, our group leader, performs on 古筝 (guzheng – 21 string zither), Kyle plays flute & guzheng, and I will strum 古琴 (guqin – 7 string zither), 琵琶 (pipa – 4 string lute), & 高胡 (gaohu – 2 string fiddle).  We’ll perform all traditional Chinese music, so if your curious to hear what that sounds like – stop on by, eat some tasty Chinese cuisine & celebrate with us!

新年快樂! ~ BCG

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Head stocks of BCG’s 琵琶 pipa & 高胡 gaohu | photo Diwas Sherchan

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02/02/14 | Emay Music troupe backstage before their performance at the UW-Platteville Confucius Institute Lunar New Year Celebration!

10/5 Shows |7:30pm Dietrich Gosser @Stoughton Opera House |9:00pm BCG, Gaskell, Plowman, Mueller @Dragonfly Lounge

Stoughton Opera HouseSaturday, 10/5

7:30pm @ Stoughton Opera House

Dietrich Gosser

Paul Otteson & Faux Fawn

Tix $6obv//$12resv

BC Grimm will join up with Madison favorite, singer/songwriter Dietrich Gosser at the Soughton Opera House, 7:30pm on October 5th.  The band will perform a set of new tunes off of Dietrich’s freshly released album Oh to Begin!  [check out this recent preview-feature on Gosser by American Songwriter]

Oh yeah, did we mention the album features Ben Willis on double bass!?

The crystal quality in Gosser’s voice shines a focused light on the warm river of ensemble tone.  Listen here ᗄ

While you’re at it, preview this new kindred release by Paul Otteson & Faux Fawn  ᗐ

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Saturday, 10/5

9:00pm, $5 @ Dragonfly Lounge

Liv Mueller (Mke)

Chris Plowman (Mad)

Sean Gaskell (Seatle)

BC Grimm (Mad)

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?

Sean Gaskell

Sean Gaskell on 21 string Kora West African Harp

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