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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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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August, you so crazy

We Brothers Grimm have finally settled into our new home, even closer to Lake Mendota than before! With the lake view and laid back, spacious vibe ~ it has been deemed The Beach House!  For our intermittent two weeks of homelessness, we were kindly put up at friends Sarah & Eric Lang’s house.  AJ works with both of the Langs at Bradbury’s coffee shop.  Not only are they excellent hosts, but Sarah is an exceptional photographer!  Take time out of your busy day and check out Lovely Ember photography.  (click on these photos to see more of her guqin pics!)

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For all of you who couldn’t make it to the 8/1 Lovely Socialite show on Lake Mendota Terrace ~ here is a clip of Shakuhachi master Brian Ritchie jamming out on Saucy Pat’s new tune Humus!!  What a blast, glad to have this one on video (thanks again Silas!)

Silas “Be” Ritchie (Brian’s son) visual artist, tea lover, and musician has recently released the second installment of his Tea Life series (feat. Brian Tairaku) ~ check it out ya’ll

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8/9 at Dobra was an evening of very special musical guests.  We were proud to welcome Thollem McDonas to the tearoom, he certainly helped us reach some new improvisational heights!  My dear composer/performer friend/former ensemble mate Zane Merritt was able to join us on classical guitar!  The classical guitar (Zane) & flamenco guitar (AJ) duo in the first hour was a highlight for everyone!  After two hours of mixing and matching with only two or three musicians playing at a time, we invited everyone up – including shakuhachi master Brian Tairaku Ritchie ~ forming a Tea-Allstars Septet.  Oh, and did we mention it was Watercourse Quartet’s last Madison performance (…till sometime this winter…. when we release our full length album!!)

[L to R] Brian Tairaku Ritchie, Ben Willis, Thollem McDonas, Saucy Pat Reinholz, AJ Huckleberry Grimm, Zane Merritt, BC Grimm

Here are some recordings, courtesy of Silas

More live recordings from Dobra Tea coming your way soon!!

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