2014 MAMAs | 4 GrimmusiK Finalists in 5 Categories [vote now]

mamas_logo2The Madison Area Music Association (aka MAMA) 2014 Awards Finalists have been announced.  This is the third year running that groups associated with GrimmusiK have made the finals, though we have yet to bring one home.  In 2014, we are:

  • finalists in 5 categories: Best Children’s Song / Best Children’s Album / Unique Performer / Unique Album / Best Hip-Hop Album
  • with 4 different groups: Watercourse Quartet / Sisters Three / The Brothers Grimm / Brain Grimmer

The Children of Madison have spoken, let us sweep the “Children’s” & “Unique” categories in their names, for I fear the rioting of babies in the streets if we do not!

VOTING Ends 05/16/2014

**Due to the $5 suggested donation fee to register for voting, we are offering a download code to the GrimmusiK album of your choice from this year’s MAMA finalists.  Simply email your MAMA-voting-verification code to grimmusik@gmail.com along with your choice of one of the following albums:

    1. Moonish Lodestar” by Watercourse Quartet
    2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Sisters Three
    3. This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH” by The Brothers Grimm
    4. (Sketches) Beats EP 2” by BRAIN GRIMMER

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MAMA2014_Best Childrens Song

Best Children’s Song
– vote “Ladder Study 1 (Alice Cooper’s Tears)” by Sisters Three from COLIAS 1

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MAMA2014_Best Childrens Album

Best Children’s Album
– vote for either:

Moonish Lodestar” by Watercourse Quartet
A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Sisters Three

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MAMA2014_Unique Performer

Unique Performer
– vote for either:

Sisters Three
The Brothers Grimm
Watercourse Quartet

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MAMA2014_Best Unique Album

Unique Album
– vote for:

This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH” by The Brothers Grimm

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MAMA2014_Best Hiphop Album

Best Hip-Hop Album
– vote for:

(Sketches) Beats EP 2” by BRAIN GRIMMER

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Redolent Spires (2012) now on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, Rdio, Beats, G.Play & more!

4/15 |    The Brothers Grimm 2012 release Redolent Spires” 

Now available on all major digital music platforms.
Whichever music service you use,
– simply search for Redolent Spires & add it to your library!

* scheduled for release on Pandora next month

On Spotify > The Brothers Grimm – Redolent Spires

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click to purchase Redolent Spires on iTunes

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click to purchase Redolent Spires on Amazon

 

GrimmusiK 2013 Album Releases

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2013 was an exceptionally robust year of music for The Brothers Grimm – 2 live theater scores, 5 album releases, many collaborative live shows & a couple of guest features.  For your better discovery & enjoyment, we have put all our new 2013 albums in this one post (plus extra video goodies).

\\ Thanks to those who support our music live & online, we are ever appreciative!!

~ The Brothers Grimm

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JAN     Current of Air by Koala Yip 

We started off the year with an international premiere in Hong Kong featuring Live Dance & LED Art scored by the track Chakpur from The Brothers Grimm 2012 release, Redolent Spires.

LED + Lighting |  James Kong, Morgan Aasdam,  PC Sei
​Choreography |  Koala Yip
​Dancer | Christine He
​Score | Brothers Grimm

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APR     COLIAS 1 currated by Mine All Mine Records & GrimmusiK

2xCD | 25 tracks | 02h00m48s

Mine All Mine and GrimmusiK present COLIAS 1, the first in a new series of experimental ambient releases.  COLIAS 1 features many of Madison’s most prolific experimenters (with regional and national guests):: Nude Human, Wayfaraway, bell monks, Kurva Choir (w/ CJ Boyd), Pat R. & Emily Brown, Asumaya, Kathleen Baird (of Spires That In The Sunset Rise), Brain Grimmer, Melancholy Elephants, William Z. Villain, eskimeaux, James Mooney, John Praw, Gregory Tayor, Shawn Kenneth Pierce, *hitmayng, Corey Murphy, Dressed Up, Silas “Be” Ritchie feat. Brian Tairaku Ritchie (of Violent Femmes), Brothers Grimm & db pedersen, Troy Schafer, A.Rex, Thollem Electric, Ben Willis.

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JUL     Moonish Lodestar by Watercourse Quartet

CD+Poster or Cassette | 8 tracks | 65m18s

AJ ‘Huckleberry’ Grimm – Flamenco Guitar
BC ‘Grimmpa’ – Cello, Pipa, Guqin
Ben ‘Curious’ Willis – Double Bass, Vocals (track 4)
‘Saucy’ Pat Reinholz – Cello
Track 4 features Page Foster (Vocals)

(review via Arts Extract Podcast 07/01/13 >)

” Watercourse Quartet showcases the willfully unsettling improvisations of four players who’ve each left a distinct mark on Madison music. Several of the Quartet’s members play in the ambitious avant-jazz band Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps […]; bassist Ben Willis has played behind Anna Vogelzang. Cellist/multi-instrumentalist Brian Grimm has recently played some live sets with Julian Lynch, and lately has composed everything from original scores for Madison theater companies to the cracked instrumental hip-hop of his project Brain Grimmer. Grimm and his brother A.J., record dense compositions under the name The Brothers Grimm. […] the album mixes cello, upright bass, classical guitar, and Chinese stringed instruments in sometimes-scraping, playfully obtuse pieces.

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AUG     (Sketches) Beats EP 2 by BRAIN GRIMMER

Poster (w/ download codes for 7 albums) | 20 tracks | 44m34s

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          A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Sisters Three (aka Bros.Grimm & db pedersen)

dbl-side Poster w/ codes | 46 tracks | 53m12s

 | AJ Grimm – classical guitar | BC Grimm – cello & guzheng
| DB Pedersen – vocal-foley/sfx, throat singing, shruti box, various flutes, animal noises

Implements & Sough:
Pot Lid “tree” (struck//bowed), bowed Saw, various Bells, Slide Whistles, Woodblock, Wup-Wob Cards (bent//bowed), boxes of Twigs//Branches … & etc!

Original Live Theater Score for
Strollers Theatre
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
May 3rd – May 25th, 2013 @ Bartell Theatre
William Shakespeare | directed by Greg Harris

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This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH by The Brothers Grimm

dbl-side Poster w/ codes | 37 tracks | 01h34m50s

 performed by BRAIN GRIMMER | Ableton Live > APC40 + QuNeo

Original Live Theater Score for
NoExit Performance
THIS IS NOT SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH
June 13th – June 29th, 2013
@ The Irvington Center (Indianapolis, IN)
William Shakespeare | directed by Michael Burke

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Behind The Scenes: Bradbury’s Foley Sessions
Video by Glynnis Ritchie & Jon Brumbaugh

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\\ Unreleased albums/eps recorded in 2013 & scheduled for release in 2014 

The Brothers Grimm
[1]  ‘MACBETH: Sound Library Auditions, Vol I’    | 12 tracks | 60m15s
[2]  ‘MACBETH: Sound Library Auditions, Vol II’   | 10 tracks | 29m48s
[3]  ‘MACBETH: Sound Library Auditions, Vol III’  | 10 tracks | 40m29s
[4]  ‘MACBETH: The Complete Recordings’        |13 tracks | 17h21m08s

[5]  Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps  ’12 track Sophomore Release’
[6]  BRAIN GRIMMER – ‘Recycle Vol IV’

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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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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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MSND @ Bartell Theatre |6 shows down, 7 to go! |Score Talk

Strollers Theater | FB.Event | Isthmus | Bartell Theatre | DB Pedersen |

“Have you read the footnotes to this play?  I didn’t realize there were so many words for vagina –  it’s basically a porno!”  ~ db pedersen

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DB’s pit POV

Strollers Theatre
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
May 3rd through May 25th @ Bartell Theatre
William Shakespeare | directed by Greg Harris
Original Score by db pedersen & Brothers Grimm

$20 general admission
$15 for seniors, students, & Strollers members

Call || 661-9696 ext. 2
Web || strollerstheatre.org

second half of MSND runs…

Thursday, May 16, 2013 – 7:30pm
Friday, May 17, 2013 – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 4:00pm
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 8:00pm

Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 7:30pm
Friday, May 24, 2013 – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 8:00pm

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Notes on the original live score, composed and performed by Brothers Grimm & db pedersen >

In approaching the score for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, db pedersen presented the Brothers Grimm with theme sketches and initial cue concepts that had been developed with dir. Greg Harris. We then spent the next few weeks of April attending rehearsals, observing the actors develop their character. In the nights following these observations we’d convene to have fast paced cue-composition sessions. One by one, we deconstructed db’s thematic material and built them up from the ground as a trio – finding our strongest instrumentation as we went. Our goal was to reduce the sauce of these themes down to a flavorful, simple substance – and hit tech week with a lot of room to grown organically in our accompaniment to the actors.

Main instruments
AJ ~ classical guitar
BC ~ cello & guzheng
DB ~ vocal-foley/sfx, throat singing, shruti box, various flutes, animal noises

Implements & Sough!

  • Pot Lid “tree” (struck//bowed) 
  • bowed Saw 
  • various 

    Bells 

  • Slide 

    Whistles 

  • Woodblock 
  • Wup-Wob Cards (bent//bowed) 
  • boxes of Twigs//Branches 
  • … & etc!

// All material played on the 21 string Chinese guzheng 古筝 zither for this production’s score is in emulation of the European harp & hammered dulcimer. The entire instrument has been customized & re-tuned to fit different theme material in each register/octave. It is a completely unique tuning, never before used on the instrument, designed specifically for this show. [ ~Traditionally, the zither is tuned in multiple octaves of a single pentatonic scale; adapting pentatonic mode to fit the key, from D1 – D5]

MSND custom guzheng tuning, from low to high >

E1-F1-G♯1-A1-C2-D2-F2-G2-A2-C3-E3-F♯3-G3-A3-B3-C4-D4-F4-G♯4-B4′C5

~ and we hope here is a score fitted!

all photographs copyright Jonathan J Miner//J Miner Photography 

(except for musician pit photos)

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