June 19th – 25th, 2016 | DePauw University [Greencastle, IN]
“ The mission of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW) is to foster a community of globally minded musicians engaged in learning from one another’s traditions and incorporating them into their own artistic voices. An all-star artist-faculty will teach styles of music from across the world. GMW is directed by Silk Road Ensemble cellist Mike Block.
GMW will be taught by an all-star faculty representing a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, including Seamus Blake (jazz saxophone), Sandeep Das (Indian tabla), Hadi Eldebek (Arabic oud), Gamin (Korean wind instruments), Maeve Gilchrist (Celtic harp/vocals), Bruce Molsky (Old-time Appalachian fiddle), Balla Kouyate (Malian balafon), Edward Perez (Afro-Latin bass), Shane Shanahan (world percussion), Abigail Washburn (Banjo/Vocals mixing American/Chinese styles), and GMW Director Mike Block (multi-style strings). ” (from Silkroad GMW site)
This year’s Guest Artist is banjo virtuoso, Bela Fleck!
This year, I am absolutely thrilled to participate on cello and guqin zither in chamber ensembles led by Gamin (Korean wind instruments), Edward Perez (Afro-Latin bass), & Hadi Eldebek (Arabic oud)! I’ve always loved Korean music from afar, the treatment of space, pitch & rhythm fascinates me. I haven’t heard much of the wind music, so Gamin’s perspective, knowledge & mastery will be a totally new experience. Edward, or Beast-Hands as I liked to call him, brought so much dancing joy to our workshop last year. The Afro-Peruvian layering of rhythm coupled with the concept of when to be ‘inbetween a straight rhythm & a swung rythm’ was ear-boggling. When Edward plays the bass lines solo, the style-shift is instantly felt. You can almost hear what the rest of the band would be playing – ’tis mark of a true groove master! The Arabic music presence at last year’s workshop was the highlight of my year. So soulful & passionate; ranging from pure excitement to calming microtones. Having learned Flamenco from my brother AJ Grimm, I could immediately hear and see it’s Arabic music roots. Arabic rhythm stuctures enthrall me, I can’t wait to learn more from Hadi this year. It’s going to be another blissful week of cross-cultural learning and friendship making! ~ Brian Grimm
~ 2015 Faculty Performances ~
~ 2015 Participant Performances ~
Fri, 1/08 *Sat, 1/09* | 8pm @ Audio For The Arts Studios
7 S Blair St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703
$10 admission gets free copy of Bell Monks “Big Bay” EP [Wren&Shark]
$5 for BRAIN GRIMMER “I, Nefarious”
“I, Nefarious” CD compilation by BRAIN GRIMMER
Release Date Jan 8th 2016
Drawing influences from Hip-Hop, Jazz, and World Music, this CD compilation features the producer heavily on cello & bass as well as Chinese zithers & lutes to create bizzaro covers and off kilter remixes. Reserve your limited edition disc, co-release with Mine All Mine Records. Features collaborations with SiLas Be Ritchie, Brian Tairaku Ritchie, C.J. Boyd, Bashiri Asad, Nice Boy Vice, Rob Dixon, Justin Brewer, & Alan Watts
Wed, 6/24 | 8pm $7 @ Bright Red Studios
WILL GUTHRIE (Au via Fr)
various combinations of drums, percussion, amplification and electronics
BRENNAN CONNORS + MIGUEL MCQUADE (Mad)
free-jazz sax & drums
BC GRIMM (Mad)
Australian percussionist Will Guthrie, now based in France, is currently on tour through the US! Luckily for us, he is stopping by Madison for a set this Wednesday @ Bright Red Studios!! His creations for percussion & electronics often lead with texture and are patiently thorough. Accompanying side effects of Will Guthrie’s playing may include deep trance-states. Please ask your doctor if Will Guthrie is right for you.
Brennan Connors & Miguel McQuade have been cooking up some secret jams and are now to unleash them upon us! As a bandmate of Brennan’s, I’m obviously a fan of his playing; but it’s always a special thing to hear an alter ego of a bandmate as they interact with different musicians. I greatly admire Miguel’s drum style and sensitivity. The last time I played with him, I had a neck ache for about 3 days! That’s how hard I was bopping to his grooves! Check out Miguel’s electronic music to get an idea of what I mean >>
I’ll be performing a new solo cello set as BC Grimm. This polyglotist acoustic collage will include varying styles: JS Bach, erhu Chinese fiddle tunes, a tickling of flamenco, original extended-technique pizzicato pieces, excerpts from original theater scores & experimental improvs.
//Hear an electric cello exploration from live BRAIN GRIMMER performances:
I’m thrilled to be attending this upcoming week-long workshop. After many years of admiring the passion and music of Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble – I can’t wait to learn, learn, learn, learn from them up close! May the geek-out commence! ~ BCG
Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble presents:
SILKROAD’S GLOBAL MUSICIAN WORKSHOP 2015
directed by cellist Mike Block
A Laboratory Where Tradition Meets Innovation
Some info on the project from the Silk Road Ensemble website:
“The mission of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW) is to foster a community of globally minded musicians engaged in learning from one another’s traditions and incorporating them into their own artistic voices. In addition to Yo-Yo Ma’s participation in select activities, the artist-faculty will teach styles of music from across the world. GMW is directed by Silk Road Ensemble cellist Mike Block.
GMW will be taught by an all-star faculty representing a unique range of backgrounds, including Sarah Jarosz (American folk), Sandeep Das (Indian tabla), Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese flutes), Hadi Eldebek (Arabic oud), Shane Shanahan (world percussion), Jayme Stone(American banjo), Balla Kouyate (Malian balafon), Edward Perez (Afro-Latin bass), Hanneke Cassel (Celtic fiddle), and Mike Block (multi-style strings).
GMW is open to participants over 18 years of age, from any musical background. University/conservatory students as well as professional performers/teachers with backgrounds in Western classical, jazz, world, or folk styles will be accepted.“
FLOCK MIGRATES OVER THE PINES  by BC Grimm
a solo GUQIN album for meditation, yoga, & relaxation
June, 2014 – remastered & availalbe digitally for $8 on GrimmusiK.bandcamp
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.
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
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
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?