CD Release: BC Grimm “Orbis Obscura” available via Other Obscura records

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Buy “Orbis Obscura” CD/Digital worldwide for $10 from Other Obscura record label

“Orbis Obscura” is a 35 minute “sci-fi tone poem” for Pipa (Chinese lute) with delay & fuzz pedals by BC Grimm. Now available world wide 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.


ORBIS OBSCURA REVIEWS

From Tone Madison, 8/10:
Brian Grimm is something of an experimental-music powerhouse in Madison.”; ” …one of the most sonically untethered things Grimm has put out there so far—which is saying something, and also not a complaint. He uses this eccentric but relatively stripped-down setup to veer through an array of warmly distorted drones, sticky pulsating rhythms, and layers of scratchy texture. The release is also the first from a new Madison- and Milwaukee-focused label, Other Obscura”     

— Scott Gordon, Tone Madison

From Isthmus Daily Page, 8/12:
 Madison composer and cellist Brian Grimm’s meditative, experimental soundscapes blend modern improvisational styles with ancient Chinese string instrument technique. …Prepare to be transported into a beautiful dream.

From Dayz Of Purple And Orange, 8/15:
” – a totally immersive, blissed-out trip that transports the listener away to distant climes…simply beautiful!”; “…glimmers of ‘sci-fi’ noises bleed through the drones. Over the course of the 35 minutes it totally immerses the listener in wave upon wave of gorgeous drones and otherworldly noises – utterly bewitching. (read: full review)     

— Andy Uzzell, Dayz Of Purple And Orange


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 Yo-Yo Ma’s 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


 

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


 

7/13 | “Short Concerts” w/ Daniel Amedee (NO), Katie Burns & Brian Grimm @ Bos Meadery

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Wed, 7/13  |  6:30 – 9:00pm  Free (donations welcome)  @ Bos Meadery

849 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703

“Short Concerts” featuring

DANIEL AMEDEE (New Orleans)

KATIE BURNS (Mineral Point)

BRIAN GRIMM (Madison)

Bos Meadery – “Mead Made Modern” our mission is to make the world’s oldest fermented beverage in the most modern possible way using local ingredients, so that our mead reflects the flavor of the Wisconsin landscape. Much like farm to table eating, this is field to glass drinking.

Daniel Amedee (New Orleans) – solo acoustic guitar & vocals
Daniel’s music has been described as a unique blend of folk, rock, and blues as well as meditative with an edge and urban folk.

Katie Burns (Mineral Point) – voice & guitar + cello
Katie Burns is an indie folk singer/songwriter who currently lives in Mineral Point Wisconsin.  Katie plays original melodic songs backed by Madison cellist Eric Miller.  Their sound is known to be ethereal and angelic.  Katie’s vocals paired with finger style guitar and complicated cello reflect’s early Kate Bush and Nick Drake nuances.  Katie is a veteran musician/songwriter and has performed all over the midwest for the past 20 years.

Brian Grimm (Madison) – solo cello & guqin (Chinese zither)
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).

 

7/8 | Terrence McManus (NYC) & BC Grimm @ Ritual Barbers

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Fri, 7/8  |  @ Ritual Barbers (Madison, WI)

117 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703

7:30p door / 8:30p music / $5-10 suggested donation / BYOB

TERRENCE MCMANUS (NYC) – electric guitar + electronics

BC GRIMM (Mad) – pipa, guqin, frankencello + electronics

A native of Brooklyn, New York, guitarist/composer/sound artist Terrence McManus has been called “… one of New York’s latest guitar heroes …” (All About Jazz), and that he has “… hit on an entirely new language.” (Gambit), and “… possesses the goods to impart a significant impact …” (jazzreview.com). Time Out New York calls him a “Texture-minded guitar abstractionist …” and the NY Times times has described him as a “guitarist drawn to abstract texture”.

He has performed or recorded with many of the major innovators in contemporary music, including John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Tim Berne, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Dresser, Don Byron, Ellery Eskelin, Herb Robertson, Mark Helias, John Hollenbeck, Ben Monder, Russ Lossing, Randy Peterson, Mat Maneri, Tom Rainey, Michael Sarin, and Marty Ehrlich. He has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, the New York Guitar Festival, Jazz Festival Willisau (Switzerland), Jazzfestival Saalfelden (Austria), the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, and the inaugural month at John Zorn’s The Stone. Terrence was featured in the book State of the Axe: Guitar Masters in Photographs and Words, by legendary photographer Ralph Gibson.

Terrence currently performs with the Gerry Hemingway Quintet, the Gerry Hemingway/Terrence McManus Duo, the John Hébert/Terrence McManus Duo and in a trio with John Hébert and Billy Mintz. Terrence is featured on the Gerry Hemingway Quintet release Riptide (Clean Feed Records) and the Hemingway/McManus Duo release Below the surface of (Auricle Records). In 2010 the Hemingway/McManus Duo toured the Midwest, performing and teaching in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. That same year the John Hébert/Terrence McManus duo performed and taught in New Orleans, LA.
 
Terrence is also a member of multiple NYC groups including the Cellar and Point and Bryan and the Haggards, and he has been a guest musician with the new music group Ensemble Pampelmousse.
 
Terrence has also provided music for the theater, in a production with the New York City players at the historic NYC theater venue the Performing Garage.
 
Terrence’s previous ensembles include Transcendental Numbers, with Mark Helias and Gerry Hemingway, which has a recording entitled Transcendental Numbers (NoBusiness Records) that Time Out New York calls “… a set of subtle, highly textural trio improvisation.” He also lead a chamber ensemble that included Ellery Eskelin, Mat Maneri, Russ Lossing and Gerry Hemingway, which performed a sixty minute, multi-sectional, through-composed work titled The Machine; the piece has also been performed in a trio configuration and in a solo guitar setting.
 
An accomplished solo guitarist, Terrence performs his own works on electric and classical guitar and has developed a unique style of improvisation, drawing on extended technique and prepared guitar. His solo recording Brooklyn EP was described as having “… visceral, stimulating fabrics.” (The New York City Jazz Record). He has done numerous solo tours, performing in California, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Alaska. In 2011, Terrence was selected as a semi-finalist on classical guitar in the Portland State University Guitar Festival.
 
Actively involved in education, Terrence has taught at The University of California, San Diego, Hochschule Luzern (Luzern, Switzerland), The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Rutgers University (Newark), California State University, Bakersfield, Loyola University New Orleans, the University of New Orleans, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Saddleback College.

 

6/26 – 7/2 | Lovely Socialite “Toxic Consonance” Midwest Tour!

“Toxic Consonance” by Lovely Socialite

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“An omnivorous mutant of a band.” – Isthmus, Daily Page
“ …this band is deeply odd in its bones,” – Tone Madison
“Fans of Modern Jazz, Contemporary Classical Music, Rock & Hip-Hop will become  captivated by the amazing sound of Lovely Socialite.” – High Noon Saloon

Lovely Socialite  website  |  facebook ], formerly Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, is a Madison-based six-piece that combines the aesthetics of modern jazz with contemporary classical, driving rock, and hip hop.  Lauded for their bold and intricate compositions, the group often draws comparisons to Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.  The band’s original music combines strict notation with moments of improvisation and maintains a healthy balance of dark and heavy rock grooves with quirky jazz obscurities.

While Lovely Socialite’s unusual mix of strings, traditional Chinese instruments, brass, and a jazz rhythm section suggest that the group might be a contemporary music ensemble, it is their use of stomp boxes, vocal processors, and other electronics that makes the group a suitable fit for any rock, hip-hop, or jazz bill.  In fact, Lovely Socialite has been privileged to share the stage with such artists as Dessa, of Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree, as well as performing live on the UW Madison Terrace with Brian Ritchie of the Violent Femmes.

In October of 2015, Lovely Socialite released their second full length album.  Nearly two years in the making, “Toxic Consonance” was recorded at Blast House Studios in Madison with Landon Arkens.  “Toxic Consonance” represents an edgier and more mature version of the band than their previous endeavor, “Registers Her Delight” (2012), and features extensive production efforts mixing found sounds, vocal samples, and electronic effects into their live-style recording.

Upcoming “Toxic Consonance” Tour

6/26The Frequency, Madison, WI

9p  $8-11 | w/ We Are The Willows & Mr. Jackson

6/27Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL

9p  $10 | Anagram Series w/ Gerrit Hatcher Trio

6/28 –  The Spot Tavern, Lafayette, IN

6/29Space Bar, Columbus, OH

9p  $5  w/ Us, Today & Radar Hill

6/30MOTR Pub, Cincinnati, OH

10p  Free  w/ Us, Today

7/1 Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI

8p  $10  general admission

7/2Trinosophes, Detroit, MI

8p  $10  w/ Salim Washington


 

6/10 | OnYou (Chi) / Asumaya / Lundberg-Grimm-Fitzpatrick @ Mickey’s Tavern

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Fri 6/10  |  10p  Free  @ Mickey’s Tavern

1524 Williamson St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

OnYou – (Chicago) Dark, spacey, dubbed-out, experimental, psych, prog explorations, on Captcha Records.

ASUMAYA – One-man, many-instrumental, world-flavored, post-punk-ish looping project from Madison.

Lundberg/Grimm/Fitzpatrick Ensemble
Improv collaboration by three of Madison’s finest
Rob Lundberg – Jobs – Band, Nestle, etc.
Brian Grimm – Lovely Socialite, GrimmusiK Records, Brennan Connors & Stray Passage
Andy Fitzpatrick – Noxroy, Volcano Choir, Bon Iver, Cap Alan


5/5 | Audio for the Arts presents: HANGING HEARTS punk/jazz trio (Chi)

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This April, I had the fortunate luck of catching a thrilling late night set from Hanging Hearts punk/jazz trio in Detroit. Ben Willis and I were performing on a different side of town & stopped by afterwards to catch one of our favorite drummers, one of Wisconsin’s best, Devin Drobka. Devin, Chris & Cole of Hanging Hearts brought the house down with incredible energy, driving compositions, and excellent group communication. Even after a quite robust set, people were hungry for more. This in-studio concert will help Hanging Hearts prepare to go back into the studio this June to record their next album, produced by drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus.

Thr, 5/5 |  @ Audio for the Arts Studios
7 S. Blair St., Madison, WI
$10  Doors at 7:30p  /  Music at 8p

Recording Engineer & Host – Steve Gotcher

HANGING HEARTS (Chi) is:
Chris Weller – tenor saxophone
Cole DeGenova – keyboards/effects
Devin Drobka – drums/percussion
http://www.hangingheartsmusic.com/

Hanging Hearts is a Chicago-based jazz trio with rock energy dedicated to the fearless exploration of group improvisation. Described by critics as “hammering the walls between genres,” their music bridges the gap between jazz, rock, and experimental music. The band features Chris Weller on tenor saxophone, Cole DeGenova on keyboards, and Devin Drobka on drums. While Chris and Cole grew up in Chicago, playing professionally in jazz and blues clubs by the age of 15, the trio was completed at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where all three members graduated. The trio’s repertoire consists of their original compositions and free improvisations.

Members of the group have performed around the world and shared the stage with Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi, Greg Osby, Tony Malaby, Tower of Power, Lettuce, Kurt Elling, Snarky Puppy, Lupe Fiasco, Greg Ward, Tim Daisy, and Dave Rempis, among others. Notable performances as a band include the Jazzinec Festival in Czech Republic and Nádasdy Castle in Sárvár, Hungary. Though they have been playing together for years, the group released their debut album in October ’14, with supporting US shows and European tour (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, & Romania).


 

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.

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage
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4/24 | Jack Wright & Bob Marsh @ Arts + Literature Laboratory

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Sun, 4/24 | All Ages  $10  7pm  @ Arts + Literature Laboratory

2021 Winnebago St, Madison, Wisconsin 53704

JACK WRIGHT & BOB MARSH (TOUR)
sax + bass, electronics, sound suit

BC GRIMM & MICHAEL KOSZEWSKI (Mad) [of Lovely Socialite]
cello, Chinese string instruments + percussion

TONTINE ENSEMBLE (MILWAUKEE)
double bass, cello, viola, violin – through fx

JACK & BOB

These two have been playing together since they met in Detroit in 1986, their duo transforming over time as their music has developed. This despite moving far apart, and never more than at present; after fifteen years in the Bay Area Bob now lives in Pueblo CO and Jack is in Easton Pa, so their meetings are infrequent. They have toured on the East and West Coast and the Midwest, most recently connecting in the Bay Area, before that tours that took them from the east coast to Chicago. Their music has shifted from a huge web of notes and fast-shifting directions on conventional instruments to sound and space, with Bob playing electronics and distorted voice….yet still they are indelibly the same duo. And the best of friends.

A review of a 2012 performance in Philadelphia from Cadence Magazine: “Jack Wright (sax) and his longtime collaborator, Bob Marsh (cello, voicings) sat in cramped quarters with records stacked all around, low ceiling strung with Christmas lights, and frightful paintings lining the wall. The two explorers seemed to like the atmospheric space and quickly went about their business of quietly merging tones and thoughts. Marsh, who was on a rare trip to these parts from this California abode, used everything out of his cello case on his instrument except the kitchen sink, which he was unable to get down the steep stairs of the lair. Also of note was the sighting of Wright in real pants and not his ever-present shorts…” 

GRIMM & KOSZEWSKI

Michael Koszewski (percussion) & Brian Grimm (cello, Chinese string instruments) of Madison’s psychedelic Jazz/Rock outfit Lovely Socialite join forces as a duo. Both cut from the New Music cloth, they bring sensitivity, dynamics & chops to their explorations. Between Koszewski’s 5 years in Madison’s acclaimed Clocks in Motion Percussion ensemble & BC Grimm’s array of Chinese zithers, lutes & bowed strings – who knows what sonic orchestrations may come to pass.

Michael Koszewski and BC Grimm

TONTINE ENSEMBLE

Tontine Ensemble was founded in the spring of 2014 with the mission to perform improvisational and contemporary chamber works, as well as champion the compositions of Milwaukee composers. Its four current members first played together for a Blank Radio recording session and immediately began rehearsing regularly. Allen Russell, Molly Lieberman, Pat Reinholz, and Barry Paul Clark are all classically trained musicians who teach and regularly perform in a variety of styles around the Milwaukee area and beyond.

Tontine Ensemble has appeared as guest artists at Mike Neumeyer and Friends, Danceworks, Inc. (Paleontology of a Woman – 2014, Footsteps, Shadows & Whispers – 2015), Milwaukee Follies, Formations Series for New and Improvised Music, Alverno Presents (Prince Uncovered – 2015) and The Pre-Maturely Air Conditioned Arts Collective.  The ensemble has shared the stage with JOBS, Netmoiré, Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, Geodes, Trench, Jonah Parzen-Johnson, and Jamison Williams.

Tontine Ensemble
http://tontineensemble.com/