5/30 | Man Forever, Spiral Joy Band, STITSR Expanse @ Good Style Shop 9pm

Man Forever and So Percussion (Alex Nathanson) via Q2

Man Forever and So Percussion (Alex Nathanson) via Q2

Friday, 5/30

Good Style Shop  9pm

Man Forever

Spiral Joy Band

STITSR EXPANSE [feat. Tim Russell & BCG]

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For more info, read this wonderful Arts Extract interview
Challenging rhythms: John Colpitts of Man Forever

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10/10 7:30pm Terry Riley’s IN C @Gates Of Heaven by Yid Vicious & Friends!

Terry Riley In CTERRY RILEY  IN C
SOUND PAINTING  (dir by David Spies)
by YID VICIOUS & FRIENDS!

Thursday, October 10, 7:30 PM
Gates of Heaven Synagogue
James Madison Park, Madison, WI
Any Donations* Gratefully Accepted

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Below, a message from Yid Vicious & Co.  ᗐ

For nearly two decades, Madison’s Yid Vicious have been charming, baffling, or annoying audiences with their interpretations of klezmer music, most often in the key of D. But what if they changed the key? What if, for one evening, they were…In C?

And they will be! This one time! When Yid Vicious, joined by special guests Michael Brenneis, Alexis Carreon, Brian Grimm, Flora van Wormer, and possibly others perform Terry Riley’s In C.  [ed. also including Spires That In The Sunset Rise, Sue Ellen Dubbert Miller, Jeff Stanek, Cody White, and more]

Also, Yid Vicious member David “Dave” Spies will lead the ensemble through a set of Sound Paintings (paint not provided).

Terry Riley’s In C, composed in 1964, is a landmark of American music minimalism. Using spare notated music fragments combined with repetition and the mores of the performers, In C creates a sprawling and engaging sonic landscape that’s always changing, but in an organic, protean way. If you’ve never heard it, it could change the way you listen to music.

Sound Painting is a form of directed group improvisation. The members of the ensemble respond to various cues from a conductor (see above) to create something free yet focused. As in In C, the performers are given great freedom, yet there remain unifying elements of form and flow.

Also, there will be a piece by other Yid Vicious member Geoffrey “Greg” Brady. It will include use of the Theremin.

After this performance, Yid Vicious may never not play in D again! Please weigh this carefully as you choose whether to attend! And also remember the thing about how gratefully donations* will be accepted!

Yid Vicious and our Very Special Guests thank you!

*Donations may include but are not limited to: cash, jewelry, food, gum, valuable collectable baseball cards, romantic mix tapes, lottery tickets, candlestick holders that are nice but not ostentatious, pogs, coupons, flowers, career advice, and alcohol, provided it changes hands OFF PARK GROUNDS, as they have rules. Also, puppies and hugs.

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9/19, 9/20, 9/23 Shows |STACKED, Wrest, Freeman/Borden/Cain …

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MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY
8pm  $15 at the door

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The books are back, but the party’s still on. On September 19, Central Library will be STACKED.We’re filling it with art, music, and local fare. Grab a drink and check out the art displayed around the new library and be prepared to meet your “Makers.” The Bubbler at Madison Public Library is bringing in community partners to set up hands-on activities. Don’t miss the Paka Paka light show dance party on the brand new 3rd floor! We’ll have live music and DJs on every floor.

Proceeds benefit Central Library
100 Artists/ 1 New Library / 1 Day Only

DJs | Nick Nice, Wangzoom, Doctor Oxygen w/ PAKAPAKA Lightshow

LIVE MUSIC |
MAIN STAGE ———————– FIRST FLOOR ———————- SECOND FLOOR
08:30  Pioneer  ———————  ———————–  —————– ————————–
09:15  The Wets ——————-09:00  Spires… Sunset Rise ——-09:00  Pidge Anther
10:00  Golden Donna ———— 10:00  Samantha Glass ———– 10:00  Dietrich Goesser
11:00  Trin Tran ——————- 11:00  Noxroy ———————— 11:30  DB Pedersen 
12:00   Control  ———————-  ———————–  —————- w/ BCG ————-

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Wrest

TEA & FREE IMPROV
Friday, 9/20 
Dobrá Tea, Madison
7:00-10:00pm
$5 suggested donation

Wrest  (on tour) ———————————-| Eric Miller + BC Grimm
Jack Wright – sax ——————————–| BC Grimm – cello / 古筝 / 古琴 / 二胡
Evan Lipson – upright bass ——————–| Miller – trumpet/viola da gamba/baroque cello
Benjamin Bennett – percussion —————| “Sounds of today, instruments of antiquity!”

The Brothers Grimm were lucky to share a set with Benjamin Bennett in 2012 at Audio For the Arts (> recent isthmus article) for the Surrounded By Reality series.  Ben, fresh off an intensive meditative retreat, brought the house down with a fantastic sit on the floor set.  Those in the control room claimed there had to have been more than just one percussionist performing in the room!  He’s back in town on tour with a trio called Wrest (sax, bass, & percussion).  These guys listen intently, resulting in delightfully sensitive free-improv – perfect for the Tea Room!

Wrest   The kind of music we play is called Free Improvisation, where Wrest cannot be counted on to play the same way each time. There is no typical Wrest “experience.” We are using all our imagination each show to get past what we did the night before. Free Improvisation is not a genre of music with characteristics that separate it from other musics. Rather it’s an approach to playing by musicians who would be bored representing an image of what they are. That’s why we can say, we don’t know what we’re doing until we do it.

Described twenty years ago as an “undergrounder by design,” Jack Wright is happy to inhabit the vast territory below the radar of the professional music world. Since 1979 he has been traveling through the US and Europe in search of interesting partners and playing situations, and open to whatever might happen. Now living in a small Pennsylvania town, at 70 he is still the “Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation,” as Davey Williams called him back in the 80s. And he is still inspiring players outside music-school careerdom. Whenever he plays today, all that he has traversed is present, from fiery, breathless free jazz to quiet, breath-filled, and often animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, “In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king”. For more info go to springgardenmusic.com, for sounds:soundcloud.com/#jackwright writings: http://jackiswright.wordpress.com/

Evan Lipson (b. 1981), now from Chatanooga, has been active as a musician since adolescence. In an on-going pursuit of all things occult and aberrant, Lipson acquired an early interest in the lateral realms of visionary & experimental music — seeking to transcend the existent paradigms of idiomatic expression. His formative experiences were in underground rock, modernist composition, freak pop, jazz, noise, as well as various modes of improvisation. Lipson cultivates a palpably intense and vehemently iconoclastic body of music. He has performed in numerous groups including Normal Love, Satanized, WREST, Psychotic Quartet, Femme Tops, Legion of Strategic Deception, Dynamite Club, and Ruins. Past tours have taken him throughout North America, as well as Brazil, Taiwan, and Japan. His music has been released on several imprints including SKiN GRAFT, UgEXPLODE, Public Eyesore, High Two, Badmaster, Caminante, New Atlantis, and Damage Rituals..

Ben Bennett, living most of the time in Columbus Ohio, started playing music as a young child, with an interest in jazz that moved steadily towards the more avant-guarde, then to free jazz, and onward into the world of free-improv. Using extended techniques involving breath and friction, as well as the time-honored tradition of hitting things with sticks, he plays an evolving pile of frame drums, pre-tuned drum heads, metal things, tubes, and other objects that can be combined and recombined to get a variety of sounds. This set-up lends itself greatly towards being crammed in a backpack, strapped to a bike, dragged along the ground, or thrown down the stairs, generally without physical or psycological damage. Recent projects besides Wrestinclude: bst.cr – trio with Ryan Jewell and Wilson Shook, Rotty What – trio with Jack Wright and John M Bennett; Central Ohio War Coalition – with Mike Shiflet, Joe Panzner, and others; duos with Ryan Jewell, Jack Callahan, and Ben Hall; and solo performances. Ben will be resident at the Spring Garden Music house during Dec. and Jan. 2012-13. 

 Eric Miller, gambist and cellist, plays viola da gamba and baroque cello with the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble and Eliza’s Toyes, Ensemble Musical Offering, and has appeared with the Madison Bach Musicians, and many others. As a modern cellist, Eric has performed with American Players Theater. Additionally, as an accomplished trumpeter and able improvisor, Eric can be heard in settings around Southern Wisconsin such as jazz ensembles, singer/songwriters, and experimental ensembles. A passionate educator trained in the Suzuki approach, Eric maintains a large cello and trumpet studio in Madison.

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Monday, 9/23
Dragonfly Lounge
$5 Cover, 21+
Doors at 9:00PM
Music at 9:30PM
Mine All Mine Presents

FREEMAN//BORDEN//CAIN Trio (Buffalo)
Brothers Grimm recently played a Dobra Tea set with TJ Borden, which was one of our finest guest performances to date.  A vast array of Contemporary & avant-garde techniques, improvised with classical precision.  He is also back, on tour with a trio including cello, electronics, & sax.  We can’t wait to hear what this intense, skronky, free-improv noise-trio has to offer!

YID VICIOUS  
Madison’s premiere quirk-fest Klezmer Ensemble, prepare for a face-melt!

JOHN PRAW (Mad)

BRAIN GRIMMER (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.

2/23 Brothers Grimm live @ Do You Hear Me Now?

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2/23  8:30pm @ Shockrasonica

1218 E. Mifflin St

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DO YOU HEAR ME NOW?

K. Baird + M. Sanborn

Dietrich Gosser

Brothers Grimm

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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

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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

So…..

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

12/8 2pm | Brothers Grimm + DB Pedersen @ HEAT AID

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HEAT AID #2

12/8  2pm  @ MadCity Music Exchange

Brothers Grimm + DB Pedersen

Spires That in the Sunset Rise

DJ Evan Woodward

suggested $5 (or more) donation

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11/29 | Andy Downing of 77 Square writes |

“Ebenezer Scrooge needed visits from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future to uncover his charitable side. One imagines it was far easier to convince a gang of local musicians to come together for Heat Aid, a new performance series designed to benefit the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund.

The three-week series, which kicks off on Saturday December 1, was put together by Arts Extract, a weekly podcast focused on the Madison-area arts scene, and features performances by a diverse array of local acts, including one-man jug band Boo Bradley and mellow singer-songwriter Dietrich Gosser.

All of the shows are scheduled to take place at MadCity Music Exchange, 600 Williamson St. Admission to each all-ages event is free, though there is a suggested donation of $5 to the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund, a non-profit organization that helps local residents maintain heat and power in times of emergency — an absolute necessity as the temperatures continue to plummet into the winter.

Attendees will also be able to purchase raffle tickets for prizes donated by the Fund and MadCity Music Exchange, with all proceeds going to the charity.

Visit madisonartsextract.com for more information about the event and kwwf.org for more information about the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund or to make an online donation.”

Here is the full schedule of performers:

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m.: Boo Bradley

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.: DB Pederson, the Brothers Grimm and Spires That in the Sunset Rise

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m.: Dietrich Gosser and the Tiny Band

11/30 | Austin Duerst of Isthmus writes |

“Sorry, Wisconsin, but your winters are brutal. Beautiful as they might be the day after that first snowfall, the rest of the season is, for most, a struggle to stay warm outside. For an unfortunate few, the fight continues indoors, as heat is a luxury they can’t afford. That’s why, beginning this Saturday, the Madison music community will gather to launch a free concert series called Heat Aid.

Taking place at local record store MadCity Music Exchange three Saturdays in a row — Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. — the performances will feature a variety of Madison musicians, with all proceeds going to the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund, a statewide nonprofit that helps low-income residents get the heat and air conditioning they need.

Presented by the hosts of local podcast Arts Extract, the concert series was a straightforward way to bring together various cells of the music community while supporting a worthy cause. Scott Gordon (an Isthmus contributor) recruited the series’ musicians. The mention of helping needy neighbors rallied several local musicians almost immediately.

“The whole [music] slate is just a testament to the generosity that Madison musicians have when it comes to supporting a good cause,” says Arts Extractcontributor Mark Riechers.

Featuring a half-dozen performers and various music styles, the lineup includes Dietrich GosserThe Tiny BandDB PedersenThe Brothers Grimm and Spires in the Sunset Rise. Also featured are blues stompers Boo Bradley, who’ll kick-start the series.

Boo Bradley’s singer, Scott “Boo” Kiker, once received financial support from the Fund himself.

“It made it that much easier for me to help out,” he says, recalling how the Fund helped him fill propane tanks with gas to keep warm during a winter in the country. “Winter is a real issue here. I grew up down south, and there you can live through winter without heat. You wouldn’t be comfortable, but you could do it. Here, you just can’t. It’s a life-and-death matter.”

The Fund forges community partnerships and relies on the support of private donors as well. They work hard to spend every penny effectively.

“We’re very proud of the fact that we keep our administration costs at 5% or less, meaning that every time you donate a dollar, 95 cents of that is going to help somebody literally stay warm,” says the Fund’s events director, Angela Flickinger.

In other words, Heat Aid attendees can step into a cozy shop filled with good music, and they can leave feeling a bit warmer inside.”

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