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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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!

1/9 | 7-9pm Dobra Tea – Thank You Show

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Thurs 1/9, 7-9pm @ DOBRA TEA

THANK YOU SHOW

BC GRIMMguqin, guzheng

DB PEDERSEN – throat singing, flutes, vox sfx

ERIC MILLER – bass viola da gamba

For three years The Brothers Grimm have been heading the experimental music series “Tea & Improv” at Dobra Tea.  Sadly, Dobra will close it’s doors this January, 2014.  We’ll have one last show on Thursday 1/9 as a way to say thanks to all who have worked/come out to enjoy these events since 2011.  DB, BC, & Eric will all perform short solo sets, as well as improvise together.

It can be difficult to find a welcoming platform for experimental & improvised music.  Dobra has been our enthusiastic home base for much of this Madison experience.  It has not simply been “a venue”, but a meeting place of disciplined philosophies, where music & tearoom perfectly alight in purpose – to have conversation.  In a vibrant, hue-struck room with no internet or to-go options, the result is meaningful discussion with close friends.  It was never the intent of our music to overpower the space (& people in it) to a hush, but rather to be another conversation & accept all happening sounds as music/inspiration.  3..2..1.. Now!  ~ All conversation is improvisation.  We fuel off the energy you give us and channel it back, vibrating the air.  No sound is excluded from this Cageian discourse ~ kettle boils, clayware scrapes, somewhere a laugh, all is music.

Perhaps the most important element of performance in Dobra has been a public space for unknowing teagoers to encounter “avant-garde”//”difficult-edgy-freaky-‘nonmusic’music-skronky-improvised-noise…stuff”.  We’re thankful for situations where people may come/go at any moment, have lively chit-chats, not feel they have to be classically-stuffy/know-the-rules, & happen upon experimental music over the flowing cup.  Hearing such racketous free-for-all (beautiful to some…) on a record, coming at you through the speakers can be challenging for unpracticed ears – but having that be a live experience and seeing that the musician performing extended techniques is another breathing, sweating, emoting, human being that is trying to communicate something to you – is when this music becomes immediate & relateable.  The more you as an audience give of your energy/vibes – the better the conversation is.

We’ve released a couple of albums at Dobra, including: Moonish Lodestar (2013) by Watercourse Quartet & Redolent Spires (2012) by The Borthers Grimm.  Had wonderful performers such as:  Watercourse Quartet w/ Ben Willis, Pat Reinholz (aka Weather Duo + Brothers Grimm); Lovely Socialite, db pedersen, Eric Miller, Thollem McDonas (aka Thollem Electric), Brian Tairaku Ritchie, Sult w/ Jacob Felix Heule, Guro Skumsnes Moe, Håvard Skaset; Timbre, Samuel Lockridge, Brother Stripes w/ Timothy Russell & Nick Zoulek; Prom Night Records w/ Brad Henkel, Nathaniel Morgan, & David Grollman; Dale Kaminski, Joey Molinaro, Zane Merritt, TJ Borden, Wrest Trio w/ Benjamin Bennett, Jack Wright, Evan Lipson; Stray Passage w/ Geoff Brady, Brennan Connors & more! – The tearoom has also played host to local Hindustani & Carnatic Indian Music group Saaz, Baroque & early western period instruments, & Yuri on the Russian domra.

Thanks to Qi Hong for fostering communitea.

Thank to the close friends who have come out over the years to support  &/or participate in these happenings.

Thanks to all of the great Devoteas who have worked at Dobra & become a part of our lives.

Much love & one cup!

~ BCG   (on behalf of The Brothers Grimm)

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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.

New Guzheng Hammers!

Hammers and cups

Check it out > I just picked up some new Dulcimer hammers for the Guzheng from Spruce Tree! The leather side sounds gorgeous

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If you want to hear how it sounds, join us @ Rigby this Thursday, 4/11!
THE RIGBY PRESENTS
Les Racquet (NYC)
Mind Born Sons (Mad)
Stray Passage (Mad)

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9pm | $7 | 21+
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Brennan Connors & Stray Passage | 10/19 Audio For the Arts 8pm

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Brennan Connors & Stray Passage

Audio For the Arts

7 S Blair

10/19

Doors 7:30pm

Hit 8pm

$10

Stray Passage is…

Brennan Connors | soprano sax

Geoff Brady | drumset

Brian Grimm | cello & electronics

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Stray Passage had an incredible experience in July performing at Audio For the Arts and looks forward to intimate interactions with those present this coming Friday, 10/19 ~ There are a handful of new compositions to share and of course… spells of fire-breathing freejazz!

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The entire set from July was recorded and after Friday’s show we’ll certainly have enough material for our first CD!  Come, be a part of our album!  Free improvisation is best served live.  With an audience, the improvisers have a need to communicate a statement cohesively as a trio to those present ~ It is You who we are speaking to ~ join us at AFA for another evening of free jazz & compositions!

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