Jesse Canterbury (clarinet) has performed new music and improvisation in a variety of different contexts and in a number of different ensembles. He was a member of the Tallahassee-based New World Ensemble and of the Austin-based trio Coherent. He has worked with George Lewis, Butch Morris, the Shaking Ray Levis, Walter Thompson, Philip Gelb, Matthew Sperry, and Gino Robair.
James Drage has been playing music in one form or another since age six when he began Royal Conservatory piano study in England. He probably would have attempted a career in music, had he not been introduced to computers in the mid-eighties. Thankfully those worlds have now collided with the advent of technology in music - and his degree in Computer Science certainly comes in handy. James enjoys tinkering with instruments and devices of all sorts and in every conceivable genre. You might find him soldering together electronic parts in his dining room or trying to tune a dulcimer minutes before an improvisation performance. James is always looking for new and interesting things with which to make sound.
Current and past projects include:
Matt Duss, the son of Eastern European hunter/gatherer/electricians, emigrated to Seattle in 1994. He began playing the guitar at age fourteen after his baseball career peaked with a 109 mph fastball. He is learning to play two didgeridoos at once (don't ask). Turn ons: Indian food, Camille Paglia. Turn offs: Kathie Lee Gifford, Stalinism.
Not unlike a Darwinian finch, Annie has developed her specialized communication skills in order to survive and perpetuate the poetic species. Her talents include: obscure research, cross-referencing arcane details, high metabolism for metaphors, sleight-of-hand, vicious parody and perpetual comedy.
EDUCATION BA, English Literature University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1991. Graduate Studies in Literature University of Hawai'i, Manoa, 1992-1996. PRINT & COMMUNICATIONS Contributing Editor, Virginia Literary Review, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1989. Poetry Editor, Hawai'i Review, University of Hawai'i, Manoa, 1992-1993. Associate Editor, La'ila'I, University of Hawai'i, Manoa, 1994. Radio DJ KTUH FM, Honolulu, 1992-1995. KWVA FM, Eugene, 1996. AWARDS Martha Richford Roberts Poetry Prize, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1990. Myrtle Clark Creative Writing Award, University of Hawai'i, Manoa, 1992. Hawai'i Screenwriting Contest Finalist, Hawai'i International Film Festival, 1992.
I received a B.S. in Music Technology from the University of Washington in 1992, studying with Richard Karpen, Robert Duisberg and Ken Benshoof. I have performed with numerous groups in Seattle including the ambient-industrial duo Nickel, the free improv group Waterbugs and Brent Arnold's Thickness. I currently can be seen performing solo electronics as inBOIL and with the electrondub trio *Polar.
I am the kingpin of Partial, a record label focusing on exotic music from the Pacific Northwest since 1995. Partial has also presented many exceptional shows with international acts like C.C.C.C., Merzbow, Masonna, MSBR, Sudden Infant, plus Northwest favorites Small Cruel Party, Daniel Menche, Blowhole and Smegma. I am a founding member of Sonicabal, a support group dedicated to the promotion, performance and knowledge of experimental music.
I have been a performer, promoter and photographer for SIL2k since its inception. My COBRA Boot Camps have lead many musicians down the path of group improvisation. My own strategic system, Concord, for multiple musicians and dancers has been performed twice at I-Spy.
Thank you for listening.
robert henson stop guitar stop effects stop piano stop graffiker stop conductor/prompter stop graffika author stop first witnessed improv as child in church when mother faked her way through a hymn stop discovered cobra as student of composition and criticism at UO stop formed punk/noise bands dose and lester manning stop fellow of oregon bach festival composer symposium stop high volume experiments solo and with improv ensemble stop sound designs and music for local theater stop
Robert holds a BA in Music Composition/Analysis from the University of Oregon. He studied with Robert Kyr, Richard Trombley and Judtih Wier. He has participated in the following ensembles: dose, Pacific Rim Gamelan, UO Men's Chorus, sound exp. collect., SIL2K. He is a composer/sound designer for numerous local theater and fringe theater productions.
José holds a BA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington. He also studied Theory, Composition and Performance at Cornish Institute of the Arts. In addition to performing as an SIL2K musician, José busies himself with web development and design.
While, in the last several years, the guitar is considered more in terms of its limitations than its capabilities, BILL HORIST [explores] the guitars continued presence as a vital and still challenging form of musical expression. (Willamette Week-May, 1998).
Bill, a native of Southwest Michigan, founded the bands NOBODADDY and TOURNIQUET TRIO. With these bands, Bill has performed with Medeski, Martin & Wood, Brit-pop sensations Spiritualized, Rashied Ali, John Hendricks, Malachi Thompson, and Freddie Hubbard.
Since relocating to Seattle, BILL HORIST has established himself as a noted improviser along the West Coast. He has collaborated with Chris Cutler, Amy Denio, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Luigi Archetti, Christoph Gallio, Lesli Dalaba, Paul Hoskin, Wally Shoup, Jessica Lurie, Timothy Young, Mason Jones, Dennis Rea, Jeff Grienke, Masa, Tucker Martine, Yoko Murau, as well as members of Critters Buggin, Maktub, Wayne Horvitz Pigpen, and the Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet. Many of these encounters have resulted in projects that range from rock to ambient; from free-jazz to industrial.
With PHINEAS GAGE (a rock band in the spirit of Captain Beefheart, Pere Ubu, and Tom Waits), Bill has toured the West Coast several times in support of the CD release PHINEAS GAGE TRAVELING SIDESHOW. They performed with Supersuckers, Gas Huffer, Trey Gunn (of King Crimson), the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Uz Jsme Doma, Idiot Flesh, and Rube Wadell. Bill also played with the improvised chamber quartet, UnFolkUs. They have toured the West Coast in support of their eponymous CD and have shared the stage with Swiss Jazz veterans Day and Taxi, members of Mr. Bungle and the New Klezmer Trio.
Bill currently plays with the inside-out power quartet Axolotl featuring members of Land, HighRize and Rockin Teenage Combo. In March 1999, he was featured at the Taktlos Festival of new music in Zurich and Basel. He was part of a guitar trio with Uchihashi Kazuhisa and Luigi Archetti. In addition to several other projects, Bill is collaborating with legendary Japanese guitarist KK Null for an upcoming release and concert this summer, and is currently recording with Lesli Dalaba (Land, Fred Friths Tense Serenity) and Randall Dunn under the name Zahir.
As a solo artist, Bills improvised, prepared guitar work is informed by Hans Reichel, Fred Frith, and Henry Kaiser, but shows a unique style and personality. He has received critical praise internationally from The Wire and Alternative Press. His performances have been paired with musicians such as Bobby Previte, Wayne Horvitz, Cul de Sac, and Subarachnoid Space. In may 1998, Bill toured the United States in support of his CD SOYLENT RADIO. He has been the recipient if the 1997 Jack Straw Artist Support Program Grant and has done presentations for students between first grade and college-level.
After a childhood's worth of violin lessons, Seth picked up an electric guitar from a trash heap and a bass from a pawn shop before heading to college. Drums soon followed after living with a drummer for two years. He played in various projects in college and in the two years following graduation, including Indie 500 (bass), The Fashioncolors (guitar), and Kentucky Finance (drums). He also wrote and recorded a cassette of solo material in 1994.
In addition to playing viola, lap steel, guitar and drums in SIL2K, Seth plays guitar in The Stone Throwers. He is also in the process of sketching out material for a new solo project/recording.
Jason Justice (a.k.a. DJ jjustice) hopes to coast to fame and fortune simply cuz he has a cool last name. DJ jjustice manages the mezzanine DJs and assists with promotion for SIL2K.
Aaron plays drums and DJs for SIL2K. With Sir Real and Jadie he makes up one third of sub_sonic a live downtempo and trip-hop project. DJ Aaron's residencies currently are at the Last Supper Club every first thursday for Art Walk, and tuesday happy hours at the Baltic Room, opening up for the hot drum+bass night Sugarshack Unlimited. Aaron also composes his own down and mid-tempo music. Check out his homepage at djaaron.net.
Besides curating SIL2K and composing and performing with the SIL2K band, Stuart is a member of Gamelan Northwest and has played drums in many a rock band in Seattle. Stuart also moonlights as Sir Real in sub_sonic. He has a B.A. in Music Composition, has studied composition with Kenneth Benshoof, William O. Smith and Richard Karpen and percussion with Michael Crusoe, Tom Collier, and Susan Pascal. His improv strategies include:
Numerology is a series of pieces by Stuart McLeod, each written with an obsession with a particular number. The number that titles each piece controls most of the decision making. The sampler technician Sir Real will twist and tweak, push and pull and ultimately bring these works into the real world. The basic outlines of the rhythmic structure will still be there but the music that results will be distorted, dirtied, perverted. From theory to practice, purity to reality, composition to performance, he views this as a working method for marrying his interests in perfect architectural music constructions with the impulsive, trouble-making subversion of improvisation.
At least 7 of these statements are true about John Moen:
Besides inventing the famous electric piano, Tim handles SIL2K graphic design, advertising, video/slides and promotion. He studied art at the University of Washington.
Arthur Roberts plays guitar for the SIL2K machine. Actually, he plays his effects pedals more than his guitar these days.
Unit Circle Rekkids is the
home of Amy Denio, Intonarumori and Bill Horist, among others. Information
about how to order the music you hear at SIL2K is available here!
World Misery Recordings sells misery
to the world one recording at a time. Here you'll find
soultheft., various projects of John Schuller, Mark Schlipper and other
worldly experimental performers.
Endless Records is the moniker for
the studios of local sound wizard and electronic musician Randall Dunn.
As 2up Technologies, Randall Jones explores real-time audio-visual creation
based on minimal dance grooves. In a review of a March 2000 show in Havana
with Andrew Schloss, the Cuban newspaper Granma called their work "an
unprejudiced and uncolonializing proposition". Jones lives in Seattle, and is
a member of the electronic trio known as *Polar.
3+2 presents a new concept in noise: 3 permanent percussionists against 2 other
revolving noisemakers, specially chosen for their sonic bravery. Each
performance features 3: Eveline Graf, John Hawkley, and Eric Muhs banging on
drums, bedpans, saw blades, bowls, and bells. In June's performance, + 2 is
Dennis Rea, guitar & Stuart McLeod, sampler.
A.Frequency have been playing odd one-off gigs since 1994. It's unique in
that nobody can quite put their finger on the group. A notable weave seems to
be present at every performance, though the members try not to compete in the
same frequency range. A.Frequency has played at SIL2K twice so far: the first
time with satellite dish antennas, the second with flowers, a tarp and a fire
extinguisher. Beau Fredericks on bass, Aaron Cayko on collapsing
constructions...and let's hope Joe Cook finds his way to the stage. Betsey
Hanson will bring an element unknown to this show. Aaron Cayko is also
SIL2K's avant-Master of Ceremonies, rockin' the mic like no one else in town.
Brian Allen is a trombonist and composer from Lake Jackson, Texas. He has
studied with Roswell Rudd, Dave Liebman and Ellery Eskelin. He has performed
with Rudd, Tony Malaby, Dave Ballou, and Lou Grassi. His solo performance
focus on the experimental side of jazz and new music. Dave Wayne, of Jazz
Weekly, says of Allen's Solo Trombone CD, "Allen wisely tempers his taste for
broad humor with skillful and soulful, even lyrical, playing. Best of all,
Allen is not a one-trick pony: he approaches this music from every conceivable
angle, and always seems to make it work." This summer, Allen will be touring
the northeast and northwest. Included in his performances are dates at New
York's Knitting Factory and Internet Cafe with Dave Ballou, Michael Formanek,
Mark Dresser, Tom Rainey and Dave Treut.
The Art Cheerleaders
Launching their four week tour in Seattle,
The Art Cheerleaders are
a ten-person performance art troupe interested in public discussions of art
and politics in our everyday lives. They do choreographed cheers, stunts,
dance routines, and more! Instead of inciting a crowd to root for a sports
team, we turn the cheerleading tradition on its head, asking audiences to
root for art, and calling on people to become active in their own reality.
And did we mention that it's also F-U-N FUN!
Awkward Star is the unusual combination of experimental improvisation, gentle
pop songs, freely associated spoken-word, and haunting poems mixed with
digital samples and an avant-jazz attitude. Awkward Star is the artistic
collaboration between poet Greta Nintzel, songwriter Mische Eddins,
experimental guitarist Rik Wright (Jackhammer Trio, Disjunkt, Resonants) and
percussionist Randy Doak (Axolotl). Awkward Star is wildly eclectic but
utterly unique. They often get mixed up in the wrong crowd, but they always
find their way home.
Axolotl is the twin guitar-driven quartet featuring Dennis Rea (Land) and Bill
Horist (Ghidra, Tablet), "two of the most irresponsible guitarists in town"
(Seattle Weekly), Ryan Berg (HIGHRIZE) on bass and Olli Klomp (former Rockin'
Teenage Combo) on drum kit. Their compositions range from haunting melodies
to maniacal punk jazz, often shattered by explosive improvisation. Axolotl
has been culled from each members individual experiences to create some of the
most unusual instrumental compositions heard these days. "Bastard Jazz"
Bastille Band crosses the border between avant new music and creative jazz.
Bastille Band is fronted by Seattle-based composer and pianist
Lynette Westendorf. Also in the band are
Jim Knodle, Dan O'Brien and Don Berman.
Beds is a two person, one drumset, guitar, electronics, saxophone and sampler
extravaganza. . Dan Sajko handles the skins and Bryan Eubanks uses the
machines. We alternate our aproach to the music in many ways, each time we
play, but the means generally fall into two catogories: Doing as much as
possible at the same time, and doing as little as possible. the most
interesting experiences arise when we each apply seperate philosophies.
Miscommunication and passionate mistakes!! Beds has existed for two years,
running strong and learnin' telepathy. Here are a few overheard comments from
the portland rock club scene; "Is this music? I'm not sure this is music.
Do you think this is music? This isn't music."
Rick Bishop / Jason Glover
Jason Glover is the first person I ever met who did things anyway. Who did
things just for the liking of them. And not just any-things. Made sound.
Music. My favorite thing. (Pretty much.) Did you ever see that Krazy Kat
strip where Krazy is sitting out under the Old Smoak Tree (smoking a pipe with
a huge question mark of smoke-cloud over her head), when she hears the Koyote
howling at the moon? Krazy goes running over to the mesa where the Koyote is
and asks him, "Mr. Koyote why do you howl like that?" And the Koyote says,
"Well, Krazy I'd say the reason is a kind of overwhelming Kuriosity." Jason
Glover's music is made out of overwhelming curiosity. It's completely
subjective. There's no language for it. You don't run into that kind of
thing every day. Certainly not in music. Jason is in a band called Tripod,
and everyone in the band is involved in this kind of self-justifying play.
Great band. But Jason's own character has always lead him toward the
Wonderful. I mean, Play can lead you into Cy Twombly-type scribbling, but
Jason's not having any of that. He's going for the lotus-eyed yowzer
"oh-my-god-did-you-HEAR-that??" sound. Real casually. That's just who he is.
It's amazing. Rick Bishop, I don't know as much about. He was someone I used
to sit under the old smoke tree and listen to, myself, tearing out my hair and
giggling, "what do it all MEAN??" (I can't help it.) From his records, the
guy Plays, and he's easily seduced by oblivion like Glover. But he'd be a bad
Buddhist. He'd be the Buddhist who tried to build a machine to rip his own
clothes off as it projected him straight up through the sky and into the
stars. How can you justify that kind of thing? "Well, it's my form of
meditation, dreaming up my Screaming Star-Streamer Clothes-Ripper." You'd get
your ass laughed right out of the monestary for shit like that. Or they'd hit
you with the big Dummy Stick. So, don't bring any big Dummy Sticks to their
gig on January 8th. But bring your own little slice of oblivion that can do
the thing which is a notch higher than appreciation. They'll tickle it for
you. Goochie goochie goo.
Bisio / Blunck
Mike Bisio and Dan Blunck have
recorded a duo album on Cadence Records. Mike plays acoustic bass; Dan plays
a variety of saxophones.
Blind Spot Trio
Blind Spot Trio, hailing from Ann Arbor/Chicago, is
Patrick Farrell (of Transmission and Poignant Plecostomus) on piano and
squeezeboxes, Toby Summerfield (of Larval, Crush Kill Destroy, and P.P.) on
basses and guitars, and Tim Strand on percussion. Farrell and Summerfield, the
composers for the group, have a longstanding musical relationship of many
years and have worked together in a wide variety of projects in the Ann Arbor
area. Blind Spot, the most recent incarnation, balances composition and
improvisation through songs informed by minimalism, free improv, and rock
music (among other styles!). Their first album, entitled "Relics of the
thing...", is due to be released on the new Detroit label MidGarde in late
August 2001. The three are simply delighted to be playing together and are
very much looking forward to their Sept./Oct., 2001 cross-country tour!
A founding member of Anat Hema, James Boring plays many shorted out, rewired
instruments of his own self design. Reed Ghazala or Adam Griffen come to mind
as similar designers or instrument builders. James plays many gutted toys,
baby monitors, Furbies and rewired keyboards along with whatever else comes to
mind. James has organized new music shows in the Portland area for the last
five years. He has 10 solo tapes that he has put out himself over the last 11
years. These are no longer in print. He does have tapes of Anat Hema and will
be doing a solo disc due out later in 2000.
Bran (Another plight of medicısS) Pos
The Bran (Another plight of medicısS) Pos is the ongoing sound performance
and recording project of Jake Rodriguez from San Francisco, CA. The project in
sound balances a fine line between harsh noise, 20th/21st Century experimental
exploration/improvisation, heavy psychedelia, opera, and modern electronic
music. The technical siphoning of the natural unpredictable qualities of the
voice as a source and trigger for far more unworldly electronic sounds combined
with the manhandling of the synthesizer into a form equally as malleable and
skippy makes up much of what is heard at a Bran(...)Pos performance. Rodriguez
has been seriously tinkering with this sound since 1993, but as an extension
of performance that he has been involved in since the late 70s. He has
performed in theater, radio, TV, and film since childhood and considers the
Bran (S) Pos to be a further extension of a single continuum that began with
roles in countless industrial and educational films as well as appearances on
an ABC Movie of the Week and the short-lived All in the Family spin-off,
Gloria. Many of these small films have been since forgotten and most have
never even been seen by Rodriguez so he welcomes any leads anyone may have
regarding these. Note that his professional name at the time was Jacob
Donner, so scan your late 70s/early 80s educational/industrial/student films
for one Jacob Donner and contact the Bran (S) Pos.
Free improvisor Michael Bullock has played bass in 8 countries, on a dozen
records, and in a variety of bands, touring extensively both solo and as part
of various ensembles. He has also played with well-known improvisors such as
Eddie Prost, LQuan Ninh, and Peter Kowald, in addition to working with
numerous members of Boston's improvised music community. Two of his current
obsessions include IIbasSpit, an electro-acoustic trio with
(trombone) and Seth Cluett (bass, voice) which is planning a CD release this
year; and an ongoing curiosity with acoustic feedback. Bullock has released
recordings on such diverse labels as Emanem, Rounder, and Naxos. His first
release as a leader, [there the eye goes not;] (Tautology 006), featuring
rising stars Bhob Rainey, Brenda Hopkins Miranda, and Tatsuya Nakatani was
released in 1999. Of the disk, Derek Taylor of Cadence magazine said: "The
real joy of this quartet is their shared origin which is translated into a
confidence of purpose. . . [Bullock] and his peers are excellent examples of
improvisers who are constantly and uncompromisingly exploring the unmapped
nooks and crannies of audible sound."
Kim Cascone received his formal training in electronic music at the Berklee
School of Music in the early 1970's, and in 1976 studied with Dana McCurdy at
the New School in Manhattan. Since 1980, he has composed and released music
under many monikers, including PGR, Heavenly Music Corporation, and
Thessalonians, among others. In 1983 Cascone was technical assistant to
composer Max Neuhaus on a sound installation project for the Museum of Modern
Art in Paris. In the late 1980's, after gaining experience as an audio
technician, Cascone worked with David Lynch as Assistant Music Editor on both
Twin Peaks and Wild at Heart. Cascone left the film industry in 1989 to
concentrate on Silent Records, a label that he founded in 1986, making it into
the U.S.'s premier ambient label.
Child Proof is a project of SIL2K sound man Julian. Child Proof is Julian's
premiere parade of ping-ponging and gnop-gnoping instruments in a rare solo
performance. Child Proof uses children's toys to construct music for the
immature and restless. Ages 3 and up.
China is Lisa DeFrance and King Leah. Lisa DeFrance is known for her talents
in the world's most challenging, eclectic band, Tripod, and is also performing
in theater. The last play Lisa acted and designed costumes for was called
"Goose Flesh and Pallor". Reviewers were quoted in the PI for saying "it was
better than Cats". King Leah has been known to eat her own underwear onstage
when no one else is wearing any. A quote from Spin magazine: "I think we're a
lot like the Stones, really...". "Yeah, the Stones meets Jerry Lewis."
"Jerry Lewis meets the Muppets! Did you see when Alice Cooper was on? I wet
myself!" "OK, no, seriously. We sound like that one guy". "Chopin..?"
The Clocked Out Duo began performing their engaging mixture of contemporary
music, improvisation, visual kinetics, sound sculpture and electro-acoustic
experiments in Australia in 1997. Since then they have been presenting
concerts and collaborating with creative musicians, artists, and dancers
around the globe. In concerts like "Glimpses" they create a seamless
choreography of lighting and staging, moving without pause from one piece to
the next and leading the audience through an intricate web of unexpected turns.
The styles range from pulse-driven mindscapes and microsonic soundscapes to
mindbending acoustical phenomenology, spastic physical improvisation and
intricate vocal-percussion phonetics. The staggering breadth of their
repertoire encompasses the esoteric complexity of Brian Ferneyhough while
embracing the ironic novelty of Screamin' Jay Hawkins. The Clocked Out Duo
perform "sophisticated, avant-garde music that is both intellectually and
emotionally stimulating" says the Herald Sun, Melbourne. Their work represents
"a much needed direction for progressive, experimental music" says the
Laugardavar, Reykjavic. They have performed throughout Australia and the USA,
in Iceland, Spain, and China at a wide variety of venues including concert
halls, night clubs, and universities. Their extensive 2000 tour included
performances in the Festival Internacional de Musica i Dansa Improvisades in
Barcelona, The Empty Bottle in Chicago and New Music 2000 Festival in LA.
Infantfactor.com Productions gives
you "Conditional Love": Seattle Superstar guitarist, Tim Young, on Tenor Sax
from British Columbia Lorick Russo and drummer Jupiter Demars who has played
and recorded with Tim Young, Bill Horist, Eyvind Kang, Briggan Krauss, Matthew
Sperry and more.
Degenerate Art Ensemble
The Degenerate Art Ensemble
(formerly known as the Young Composers Collective) operates on many different
levels and through many different media. Current
and past works include choreographed and improvised dance pieces, solo
musical compositions and live music for silent film. Past and present projects
include 1999's critically acclaimed "Razor Stitch", "SCREAM! LionDogs", "Hell's
Cauldron" and "Rinko". The DAE also performed at the Seattle Inernational
Butoh Festival at On the Boards in November.
Stuart Dempster--Sound Gatherer--trombonist, didjeriduist, et al, Guggenheim
Fellow, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, has recorded
for numerous labels including Columbia, Nonesuch, and New Albion. His New
Albion recording "In the Great Abbey of Clement VI" at Avignon has become, in
the words of one reviewer, "a cult classic." Also on New Albion is
"Underground Overlays from the Cistern Chapel" CD which consists of music
sources for a recent Merce Cunningham Dance Company commission. Dempster also
soothes aches, pains, and psychic sores with his meditative and playful "Sound
Massage Parlor." Mr. Dempster is an inspiration to us all and it was a great
honor to have him kick off the very first two SIL2K shows back in January and
February of 2000.
A composer, multi-instrumentalist and multi-disciplinarian,
Amy Denio has no musical limitations.
In addition to a four-octave voice, she plays the 120-bass accordion, electric
guitar, electric bass, and alto saxophone. Since 1987, she has performed her
music at festivals on five continents, touring solo and with various groups
and musicians. Denio was awarded a Bessie Award (NYC) for "Sky Down", which
she created for David Dorfman Dance, and their newest collaboration, "Tie Lie
Tenderly" was presented as part of the 2000 Next Wave Series at the Brooklyn
Academy of Music. She composed the score for Thomas Edwards' film "Pangaea's
Brood" (Best Animated Film at the 1997 New York Underground Film Festival),
and they're collaborating on his next film "Scintilla". Other commissions
include compositions and soundtracks for New York Festival of Song, The
Relache Ensemble, Italian National Radio, Pat Graney Dance Company, Die
Knodel, the Berkeley Symphony, and UMO Ensemble. Denio also is a sound
engineer and founder of her own label & publishing company, Spoot Music. She
has produced 22 CDs - alone or in collaboration with others - and numerous
singles on international compilations. Her Greatest Hits CD, a sampling of her
solo work and international projects, is available on Unit Circle Rekkids in
the U.S. and More Music in Italy. In addition to her solo work, she performs
with La Movida, a cuban and salsa themed troupe. Amy was a founding member of
the Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet and the Tone Dogs.
Detonator Beth is an explorer and constructionist. She primarily uses her
voice to create sounds but is not limited by that. Former projects include
vocals for the Black Cat Orchestra, The Herb Levies, work with Kevin
Goldsmith (Intonarumori) and Bill Horist. Detonator Beth is a friend
to stick insects and is happy doing interesting performances with talented
people. She has many pets, and wants to perform regularly in a band-thing
received an MFA in music composition from California
Institute of the Arts, where he studied with and Wadada Leo Smith. He has
worked in residence at the Centre International de Recherche Musicale (CIRM),
Villa Arson (both in Nice, France), Millay Colony for the Arts, Centrum,
Villa Montalvo, New York Mills Arts Retreat, Ucross Foundation, and Dorland
Mountain Arts Colony. An active performer, improviser, and composer of
instrumental chamber music, he has had performances and radio broadcasts all
over the world. He has performed with Jeff Arnal, Dan DeChellis, David Dvorin,
Bruce Eisenbeil, Chris Forsyth, Morgan Guberman, Pat Harman, Boris Hauf, Steev
Hise, Bill Horist, Paul Hoskin, Jeff Kaiser, Bob Marsh, Dick Metcalf, Donald
Miller, Kurt Newman, Nmperign, Dan Plonsey, Blaise Siwula, Damon Smith, Jack
Wright, W.O.O Revelator and 99Hooker. His music is recorded on Bottomfeeder,
InstrumenTales, Pax, Pfmentum, Staalplaat, Sweet Stuff Media, and Zzaj.
Disjunkt is a new jazz group featuring saxophonist Dan Blunck and
Jackhammer Trio drummer Simon Grant. Later in the year, Disjunkt will be
releasing a live session originally aired on KCMU's Sonarchy Radio program.
Tucker Dulin has performed all over the country in many contexts including the
Boston Philharmonic, SONOR, Klaresque Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Mass
Eye and Ear, and the Masashi Harada Ensemble. He is currently working on a DMA
in contemporary music at UC, San Diego, with Bertram Turetzky, George Lewis,
and Charles Curtis. He specializes in post-war solo and chamber repertoire for
the trombone. He has played with Bhob Rainey, Eddie Prevost, Steve Drury, Greg
Kelley, George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Benjamin, Zander, James Coleman, and
Randy Brecker. His trio, IIBasspit, with Seth Cluett and
Mike Bullock, has
performed throughout the US. Tucker currently makes his home in California.
Electrĝn Love Theory
You may have heard electrĝn love theory
's "Power of the People" on the airwaves. Get up off your chair and shake it!
While the universe is busy settling into its lowest energy state, take some
time to enjoy the sounds around you.
provide such sounds, taking you on a dark hypnotic journey through a dreamy
underworld of electro-acoustic sound manipulation. Their fourth
release "Red Yellow Noise" will be available in August 2001. Entropic Advance
features Casey Jones (bass, samples), Wesley Davis (trumpet, vocals) and
Jim Deal (turntables, sax).
Euphorbia features members of Little LuAnn and Mutant Data Orchestra. The
last time Euphorbia played at SIL2K, the music congealed into a little blob in
the center of the room. As the group played on, the blob grew. It eventually
took the form of a street lamp, the kind that would turn itself off with it's
own light. Slowly it would heat back up to a steady bright glow only to
suddenly go dark and start all over again. When Euphorbia stopped playing,
the lamp drifted off the edge of the world, and to this day floats through the
universe, continuing its eternal cycle. Euphorbia is: Ffej
(analog synthesizer), Mishka (cello and vocals) and Corey Pfaff (guitar).
Ffej / Blue Tarp Boy
Ffej came crawling out of a
freshly made crater. Blue Tarp Boy swam out of a
vacuum. Ffej said, "My toenails are made of plastic." Blue Tarp Boy said
"My hands are on backwards!" Ffej plays synth, samples & sympathy. Blue Tarp
Boy plays wounded guitars and pieces from the global scrap heap. While Ffej
can often be seen on stage lately, oscillating to the sonic virus that is
Mutant Data Orchestra or contributing atmosphere to the alien power-pop of
Little LuAnn, it has been rare to experience his solo material outside the
walls of his bedroom. On his own, Ffej is a musical renegade. He plays
analog synthesizer like an apocalyptic mistral, calling out songs with
star-heavy mishaps in mind. His rhythms are designed as if with clockwork and
gunpowder and he sings like that thing that lived under your childhood bed.
He launches his samples from no-man's randomland into invading the field of
vision. And when the car alarms outside start playing along, he dances like a
coffee bean let loose on a runaway bus.
Filles De Killimanjaro
Roulston, Cline & Co. team up with drummer Eric Eagle in a realization of the
great Miles Davis recording "Filles De Killimanjaro." Eagle, who can be heard
with Aiko Shimada, matches his beautiful transcriptions of this album with his
propulsive drumming, in this case in the style of Tony Williams. Saxophonist
Saul Cline, who can be heard anywhere from ballet orchestras to free jazz
around the Northwest, contributes with a sound that is both delicate and
brutish, combined with a masterful shaping of phrases. Jay Roulston branches
from a diverse realm of trumpet influences and experiences which include
classical, jazz, Latin, pop and many of these combined, to offer a brash, yet
focused dialog with the other improvisers of the group.
Foster / Jenkins / Eubanks Trio
The Foster/Jenkins/Eubanks trio is a hobby group, and the players consider
themselves to be not just hobbyists, but strident representatives of Hobbyism
proper. The trio has performed extensively on mainstream media sources in the
Northwest, as well as the occasional show at a traditional "clubs" and
"festivals" concerned with non-referential/representational improvisation.
Joe Foster (cornet) - Joe has an ideal of which he is only partially
conscious. Jean-Paul Jenkins (guitar/synth guitar) - an extroverted intuitive.
Bryan Eubanks (alto saxophone) - mind-oriented.
Weaving a path between acoustic sound and digital processing, improvisation
and composition, technician and musician Vance Galloway uses the guitar as his
entryway into the world of avant-garde electronica. His extensive use of
custom-designed signal processing and surround sound in tandem with Power Book
effects processors and prepared guitars creates a new context in which to
experience traditional as well as drone-based ambient musics.
Philip Gayle. Born November 10,
1969. Guitarist, currently based in Houston TX. Played in
funk/rock/folk/blues/punk/country bands on and off for 16 years. Self taught
on guitar, piano, percussion until 1982. Studied percussion from 1982-84.
"Schooled" in rock, blues, folk/country, and punk guitar. Studied guitar with
Jonathan Hall, Ray Wilson, Preston Reed and Erich Avinger from 1982 through
1990. First began playing experimental solo guitar in mid-eighties and
developed own style of acoustic-improv guitar/vocal at the Blue Zone Art Space
in Kichijoji, Tokyo, Japan from 1990-1994. Played 3 times a week there for
almost 4 years. Played 10 consecutive nights at Blue Zone Art Space in Tokyo,
Japan 1991. Played 14 consecutive nights at the Blue Zone in Tokyo, Japan to
coincide with improvised painted poem exhibition dedicated to Kenneth Patchen,
Ghidra is a fierce out-jazz outfit featuring Wally Shoup of Project W and Bill
Horist of Axolotl, Zahir and Tablet. Ghidra plays warm and cuddly music,
designed for relaxation and reflexology. On occasion, however, Ghidra gets a
burr up its butt and spews hot lava everywhere. Come prepared for each and
all eventualities. Ghidra is Bill Horist (guitar), Wally Shoup (alto sax)
and Mike Peterson (drums and mad-cap-ness).
Glist consists of Janet Ashman on woodwinds and voice, Chris MaCrae on theremin
and percussion, Paul Rubenstein on his own microtonal inventions and Ed Petry
Jason Glover is just really curious about what kind of angels or demons can be
conjured up through sound. He was in a group called astronomeous with Chris
Rice and Ian Nagoski for about a year in Newark, Delaware. Jason eventually
got the hell out of Delaware, while Chris and Ian went on to publish Halana
magazine. Relocating to Seattle in 1996, Jason met up with a self-employed
seamstress, Lisa Defrance, and a nomadic painter, Seymour King, where they
began to play Tripod music. They have since presented Tripod music throughout
the country. Whether with in or out of Tripod, Jason is dedicated to accessing
the unknown and the vulnerable, and surprising himself and anyone willing to
listen, to sound without parameters, usually through some sort of plugged in
device, but also an impressive assortment of third world trinkets, western
classical instruments, or maybe just the objects and the resonances provided by
Listeners are subjected to a freely-improvised blend of acoustic and
electric stringed instruments with some subtle electronic processing. Mike
Marlin plays five-string banjo with various objects, implements, and his
fingers; Ed Petry plays fretted and fretless electric guitars; and Randall
Dunn tweaks the knobs of heavy machinery that, on a good evening, can
potentially tear new holes in the ozone layer. Mike (Plutopolis, Ambient
Crack, MAM), Ed (Crankenstein, Outland, League of Kraft Cheese Guitarists),
and Randall (Zahir, FIN) have worked in a variety of configurations: solo,
with experimental projects such as listed, and with each other albeit never as
a trio. Each of these musicians contributes to Seattle's creative music scene
(writing, publishing, producing, engineering, and organizing entities such as
the Tentacle, Endless Records, and experimental music series) - but tonight
emphasis is on sonic alteration and exploration. This ain't bluegrass and it
ain't rock 'n roll, thank the gods.
Goat Faux is a twisted little trio featuring Bill Horist and Ed Petry on
guitars and Mike Peterson on drums. Not a real goat. Bill Horist plays in
just about every experimental band in Seattle. Ed Petry plays in Global
Warmers, Glist and Plier. Mike Peterson plays in Ghidra.
Grandmothers are a sextet featuring 3 former members of Frank Zappa's
legendary band The Mothers of Invention. Rock veterans, the Grandmothers pick
up where Zappa's sardonic wit left off, building a saga of progressive and
experimental rock music.
Here is a
site with lots more info about the Grandmothers.
Tony Grasso Saxophone Quartet
Chew on this: The Tony
Grasso Saxophone Quartet? is a quartet, but Tony Grasso doesn't play
saxophone. This is all about deep brass improvisations with Tony, Dan Blunck,
Dave Johnson and Brian Kent.
Jeff Greinke plays keyboards and
samplers in LAND, and on "Hana" with Anisa Romero (formerly of Sky Cries Mary).
He's got a dozen other projects in the works, including solo work on First World
records. Check out his latest album "Ride".
Labeled as One of Bostons steadfast explorers, by Bob Blumenthal of the Boston
Globe, saxophonist and clarinetist David Gross discovered the world of
improvised music while studying with Yusef Lateef at Hampshire College. He has
performed with Le Quan Ninh, Eddie Prevost, Bob Marsch, Martin Tetrault,
Glenn Spearman, Raphe Malik and many members of the Boston free-improv scene
including Bhob Rainey, Greg Kelley, and Laurence Cook. Currently, Gross is
transforming the saxophone into exactly what it is: a metal tube with keys,
mouthpiece, and a reed. Reviews of his recordings, on his own Tautology label,
with ensembles EED and FETISH, have ranged from "The range of textured noise
that he cajoles from his instrument is impressive" to "lengthy episodes of
fingernails ripping at a blackboard."
Abigail Grush is a Seattle area
songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her debut CD The Phantom Beat has
recently been released on Barsuk Records;
you can buy a copy here. Abby's label
describes her as the child of Tom Waits and Judy Garland, raised on a
Midwestern farm by Bela Bartok and David Byrne, who forms a Klezmer band with
John Lurie and has an affair with Benny Goodman. This just about sums it up.
Ham and Treachery
Ham and Treachery is John Schuller and Mark Schlipper on guitar, voice, samples,
drums, dual bass and witty banter.
Hat and Beard
Hat and Beard is Dan Blunck (saxophone) and Ken Paine (drums). Dan Blunck and
Ken Paine have been playing music together for over 20 years now and working
on the art of the duo for almost as long. They explore thematic and rhythmic
improvisations with a vengeance, driven by a force to push the envelope. They
commute between Dan's home in Olympia and Ken's in Portland to perform, record
and further develop their art. Dan has performed previously at SIL2K with
Disjunk and also The Tony Grasso Saxophone Quartet? while this is Ken's first
appearance at the series.
Boris Hauf. Founder of Efzeg, co-founder of Pull My Daisy, member of
Ensemble 68, member of Nouvelle Cuisine. Also plays/records with Fuckhead.
Has received many international grants and prizes. Co-operations with lots of
very famous people. "...the composed themes are awkward and burlesque, the
music seems to pose questions that are never quite answered - and nevertheless
the music makes its form of performance intelligible" -- Wiener Zeitung
(January 1998) "...ascetic, abstract soundscapes tempt with unconventional
habitus and doubling lines." "...playfully and joyfully the sounds, scrapes
of melodies and strains are posed into space. lines are drawn, timbres tasted;
smart circumspection and economy in the concept... cause slim transparent
soundscapes. the consistency of the soundscape is for the benefit of avoiding
expressive extremes." -- Concerto (Dec. 1998) "...most precisely designed
suprisingly tight sets of a astoundingly compact texture, comprehensible and
adventurous sound structures." -- Noe Nachrichten, Klosterneuburg (Sept. 2000)
is an acid-jazz/fusion sextet that traverses the boundaries of jazz, funk,
rock, and free improvisation. This versatile ensemble, Bill Jones (trumpet),
Nathan Distelhorst (alto saxophone), Adan Schwartz (keyboards), Russ Grabski
(electric guitar), Ryan Berg (electric bass), and Jay Jaskot (drum kit), seeks
to explore these several genres through original compositions, mixing them
into a groove-centered musical experience encompassing bebop passages,
beautiful ballad-like interludes, and get-down stomp.
Holz Für Europa
Woflgang Fuchs (Germany), Hans Koch (Switzerland) and Peter van Bergen
(Holland) all met at a concert of the Cecil Taylor European Orchestra having
each arrived at free music through different routes; Koch, a classically
trained clarinetist came to jazz through Coltrane, Coleman, Braxton and Butch
Morris, van Bergen, a academically trained saxophonist and Fuchs from Cecil
Taylor and his own King Ubu Orchestra. Seven wind instruments, from
contrabass and bassclarinet to b-flat and a-flat clarinets, from tenor to
soprano through sopranino, between silence and explosive intensity, between
tender beauty and uninhibited expressionism, between ingeniously written
passages and free searching movements within the still relatively unexplored
areas of melody, discordant sounds and noise, subtle, at times brittle sound
scapes in all stages of unrest, fragility and emphasis. Certainly the three
musicians in Holz Für Europa don't play music of rebellion or of open riot,
times are different now. The aesthetic of resistance has been taken over by
the aesthetics of priority of all musical means and possibilities, in the
unfolding as well as in the reduction. Music truly of the moment.
If you have never seen Bill Horist perform, you are missing out on one of the
great joys of life. The energy and proficiency he instills into his music is
really unmatched. Bill plays in a number of projects, including but not limited
to his solo work for prepared guitar, guitar power quartet Axolotl, Ghidra,
UnFolkUs, and Tablet (with DJ jjustice).
Members of San Pedro
Circus collaborate with various spoken word artists to form Infusion.
Kevin Goldsmith's solo project Intonarumori takes strings to your ear with a
generous helping of electronic processing along the way. The word
"Intonarumori" is from the Italian Futurist art movement - it means "noise
Intoning Silence takes you on an ambient journey through mystical
soundscapes, leaving time far behind. Let your mind be free, as you float
along with flowing cello and trumpet, set to swirling drones and exotic
rhythms. Kevin Goldsmith (Intonarumori) plays cello, bass, samples; Wesley
Davis (Entropic Advance, Trepanning Drill) plays processed trumpet, samples,
vocals, and guitar.
Jackhammer Trio (Rik Wright, Tannar Brewer, Simon Grant) have been performing
their trippy rock, funk, and hip-hop influenced improvisational musings since
their formation in 1994. Journalists have had a hard time putting a label on
them, having to come up with descriptions like "atomic jazz", "funky free
textural zen improvisational" and "groove experimentalists". The trio first
gained a reputation in Seattle's renown avant-garde jazz community by playing
strange amalgamations of heavy metal, funk, and jazz standards at local
festivals like Bumbershoot and ArtsEdge. Jackhammer Trio then evolved into
beat-oriented free jazz, regularly performing in Seattle's famous underground
acid jazz clubs and recording their most recent CD "Sonarchy and Synergy" for
26 year old Kid Lucky is one of the most unique vocalists coming out of New
York City. This young vocalist is revolutionary in his style by taking a
cappella into the new and exciting world of trip hop, trance and ambient.
His combination of beat-boxing and scatting mixed with dark melodies and
precise harmonies has impressed audiences around New York City and beyond
and he has worked with Musicians like sax legend/teacher Sabir Matteen,
Guitar master Vernon Reid, sax great Marion Brown jazz vocalist Miles
Griffith, Daniel Carter, Tor Snyder, William Parker, The Last Poets,
Timothy (Speed) Levitch and many others. He has performed at The
Hammerstein Ballroom, The Knitting Factory, The Lincoln Center, The
Cooler, The Brooklyn Anchorage, Tonic, The National Black Theater and at
schools such as The New School, Cooper Union College and NYU. Kid Lucky
has also performed live solo-improvised sets on WBAI, WKCR MNN and NY1.
He is also featured on the upcoming VH2 series "Sound Effects". As a
composer/conductor of improvised music Kid Lucky is fascinating and his
musical diversity is so vast one can only sit and listen in awe at how
this young vocalist is producing all these sounds out of his mouth. His
one man shows are nothing less than awesome. If you like Bobby Mcferrin
you're gonna love this fresh young vocalist/composer/conductor.
Kimmig Huebsch Duo
After a successful tour in October 2000 Carl Ludwig Huebsch, tuba and Harald
Kimmig, violin are again touring the United States in October 2001. Both are
well known for their unique and inspired music. Their playing is influenced by
the European classical tradition, New Music and Jazz. Kimmig and Huebsch
perform regularly as soloists and together with musicians like Cecil Taylor,
Arthur Blythe, Steve Lacy, Peter Kowald, Lester Bowie a.o. They are also
known as composers for film, theatre or dance performances. In fall
Huebsch/Kimmig will present their CD which was recorded live in the US in the
last year. Huebsch and Kimmig hail from Germany.
Knobby is Brent Arnold (cello) and Greg Campbell (drums). As 2/3rd's of Wally
Shoup's Project W, they are involved in countless other projects around town
including playing for Ota Prota, writing music for
Consolidated Works stage productions and running a monthly local version of
John Zorn's Cobra at the pre-burnt Speakeasy. Brent Arnold also sings and
plays bass for THICKNESS.
The Knotty Ensemble
is a unique,
improvising string quartet of guitar, viola, cello and bass. They have just
released a new CD, Knotty Bits, on the Canadian independent record label,
Third Rail Music. They are currently touring the West Coast this summer. The
Knottys perform improvised and composed music that is by turns densely
textural, melodic, woody, intensely rhythmic, tribal, humorous, and personal.
The ensemble draws inspiration from the breadth of free music, tango, ethnic
music, 20th Century concert music, and jazz, reflecting the very diverse
backgrounds of its members, but has developed a unique ensemble sound that is
beyond category. The Ensemble is led by guitarist/composer Jared Burrows from
Vancouver, BC with Oregonians Rob Kohler - bass, Sonya Lawson - viola, and
Alex Kelly - cello.
Laundryroom Lullaby Unit
Laundryroom Lullaby Unit is an evolving forum for expressing sound and song
comprised of Dan White, Jim Deal, and Scott Adams. Their palate currently
includes (but is not limited to) found sounds, ambient vinyl, accordion,
electric upright bass, banjo, and acoustic guitar. Dan White studied
electronic music composition at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and performs
with many independent Seattle-area musicians (including Indiegrrl founder
Holly Figueroa). Jim Deal manipulates sound and is a member of Entropic
Advance. Scott Adams writes songs and plays acoustic guitars with Bunny
Arianna Lewis is a mulitidisciplinary artist working in the realms of film,
sound, physicality, and she is a founding member of the improvisational
performance group VIA, and the butoh inspired collaborative P.A.N. Her films
have been shown at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Filmfestival and at the Seattle
Art Museum. Her latest, Project Nada, is a sound experiment interested
in the arrangement of humans and sounds, unfamiliar with each other. Relying
on a score of the elements -earth-water-fire-air-ether- we will weave through
a semiconducted universe of expression, a replica of nature, a structure
Searching for the unusual, four Seattle musicians, spoken word artist Rick
Grijalva, saxophonist Jeffery Beals (Kingsmen, Jr. Cadillac, Chuck Berry,
Cutting Edge), bassist Darryl Miller, and drummer Rick Bowen, spent time in
their rehearsal space creating a new sound, blending the improvisational
ingredients of West coast cool jazz with the energy and vibrance of more
rock and funk influences. The group has veered into new melodic, rhythmic
and intellectual territory with a musical partnership with the spoken word.
Local Buddha is a groove/pop/ambient duo that has recently returned to the
Seattle scene. Carter Soles (bass/vocals) and Hope Vasudeva (drums/vocals)
have been on Whidbey Island for the last three years, honing their style of
improvisation and composition. Recent performances confirm Vasudeva's status
as a master of vocal manipulation, creating gorgeous, morphing soundscapes in
improvisation. Soles, a virtual songwriting machine, shows expert craftsmanship
as he flows through pop, blues, noise, funk and back again. Local Buddha has
collaborated with guitars, lights, keyboards, dance, violin, and more, and
looks forward to visiting the SIL2K stage.
Lost Dog is a quartet featuring Northwest trumpet phenomenon Jim Knodle, Rik
Wright on guitar, Simon Grant on drums accompanied by Outhouse bassist Cedric
Working in an entirely free form of improvisation, Magic Sleep creates pieces
that cannot be recreated or rehearsed. Pianist Devon Hall and trombonist Emily
Scott have been working closely together for more than two years, working to
fashion a sound that is quirky, impulsive, and all their own. Based in New
York, this duo works in, out and around their classical backgrounds to find a
unique style of free improvisation.
Manalive vs. MissKick
Manalive, a one-man electronic band with an appetite for spontaneous
composition, flourishes with melodic improvisation and rhythmic interaction.
Michael Stegner is the architect of this musical construct involving the use
of electronic sequencers, samplers, and keyboards - achieving a totally
interchangeable mix of sounds, beats, and melodies. Manalive is a sound
collage that represents the everyday spontaneous actions that determine
individuality. This music calls on a vocabulary of sounds gathered over the
course of time and communicates with an ingenuous new language. MissKick has
been seen spinning at Pitch Control at Aro.Space, Dialect at the OK Hotel and
Glitch at Aristocrats. Her sets can be also be heard on Aural Fixations on
Groovetech, in cahoots with Elemental, or tag teaming with Miss Kito or as in
this case, Manalive.
Michael Manring & Evan Schiller
Michael Manring (CA) & Evan Schiller, 2/3 of the last SADHAPPY incarnation, are
playing their first show as a duet. Bay area bassist and composer Manring is
known for his innovative approach to the instrument and his adventurous solo
concerts. He has released five albums of his own and appeared on well over a
hundred albums as a session musician in genres ranging from New Age to
avant-garde jazz to folk to experimental rock. He has been called "the bassist
with the most fresh and inventive playing today" (Musicien magazine, France),
"a virtuoso electric bassist who's almost single-handedly re-defined the outer
limits of the instrument" (San Jose Mercury News) and "a master of the fretless
bass without rival" (Guitar Club magazine, Italy). Schiller (in this show working
samplers, loops, filters, and Wavedrum) is the drummer and/or producer/engineer
for such projects as SADHAPPY, Timothy Young's Very Special Forces, Aiko Shimada
(Blue Marble/Tzadik), and Eyvind Kang (The Story of Iceland/Tzadik).
Hope and empathy. Kyoto-based sound and vision artist,
Takagi Masakatsu, finds
his work infused with these themes. Takagi's message resonates strongly at the
best of times. At the worst... his music is a comfort and a reminder of the
bigger picture of which we are all a small part. Takagi's debut release is Pia,
on New York's Carpark label (home to releases from
Marumari, Jake Mandell, So Takahashi and kid606) and includes a multimedia disc
to accompany the music, interweaving snatched moments of docu-sonics: children
talking and playing, people walking through the streets, nature interacting with
our constructed cities. This is true musique concrète: sound and video that Takagi,
an accomplished artist in several fields, has traveled the world to record. Wot no
tunes? Just think of it as a different sort of song - warmly atmospheric, unique
found sounds arranged with Takagi's synaesthetic feel. Engaging with it will not
go unrewarded. Takagi was born and still resides in Kyoto, Japan, where he lives
among the many ancient temples and gardens: Takagi's grandfather is a monk at one
of these temples. Such influences are apparent in Pia, where there is a simultaneous
air of peacefulness and unrest. After producing video works for the Japanese
multimedia group, Silicom, Takagi's
video pieces have shown in art galleries throughout Japan. Starting in October,
Takagi will bring his work to Europe and North America, touring with his laptop
and DV camera. In addition to Pia, Takagi will release an album on Germany's
Karaoke Kalk label in 2002.
Maximum Coherence During Flying
Whether taking listeners to epic sonic destinations with dramatic rock
compositions or by creating infectious psychedelic pop motifs, Maximum
Coherence progress through multiple layers of the musical spectrum with
harmonic ease. Marked by intricate and accessible sound treatments and
influences ranging from seventies glam rock to new wave bohemian showmanship,
this Seattle-based group of space rocking troubadours go beyond standard
musical conventions and entice listeners with compelling creations of
wanderlust and intrigue. Their musical acuity and involved technical styles
further accentuate the boundaries this six-member group reaches with bombastic
vigor and vitality, enthusiasm and enigmatic charm. With an amusing and
embellished approach to freely mixed elements as diverse as progressive pop,
psychedelic rock, circus electronica, symphonic soundtracks, and operatic
male/female harmonies, the sounds of Maximum Coherence both underscore and
amplify the provocative and engaging sides of their universal musical
Metal Men are John Hawkley and Eric Muhs. Their performances could aptly be
described as ...Degenerate Sonic Mayhem and rhythmic outbursts, played on
homemade and non conventional instruments and low-tech machinery, combined
with cheap sensational gimmicks, disguised as artful music.
Old devices never thought musical, and since found obsolete, find
their unique voices brought ahead of their utilitarian intent.
Oscillators, shortwaves and medical test equipment are the instruments
with often times unreliable characters. Thumps, buzzes, squeals, and
pure tones are pieced together to form physically absorbing
soundscapes. A CD of pure electronic music from Model 563 entitled
"...even the flies were wary." is
now available on World Misery
Recordings. Model 563 is the experimental / avantgarde / whathaveyou
solo project of Mark Schlipper and usually involves experiments in tape
loops, homemade instruments, electronics, computers, and electronic
processing of odd acoustic sound sources.
Portland's 'Mome Raths' create dense electronic/acoustic soundscapes with
roots in kraut rock, free improv, exotica, and film music. Sounds, songs and
lineup fluctuate somewhat from performance to performance but Mome Raths
currently involves Joshua Blanchard (bass, vocals, percussion),
Howard Gillam (electronics), Michael Hamilton (organ, clarinet,
homemade instruments), Collen French (guitar, flute, percussion), and
Joel Cherney (prepared percussion, electronics, horns). These musicians are
also play in other groups/projects, including The Sensualists, Supersprite and
Insect Gallery. Mome Raths are currently busy recording their first full
length as well as regularly touring throughout the Northwest.
Moonbabies are a
Swedish duo comprised of Ola Frick and Carina Johansson. They will make their
first visit to the USA in April/May of 2001 and perform several concerts in
support of their debut CD "June and Novas", released by Duckweed Records of
Seattle. Moonbabies will perform a set of experimental underwater moods at
I-Spy on Monday, May 14. Listeners can expect a variety of sonic atmospheres
including elements of electronica, traditional guitar/bass, samples, tape
loops, xylophone, and co-ed vocals. Their CD is featured at listening
stations at all Cellophane Square, Sonic Boom, Easy Street, and Music
Millennium locations. "...An impressive marriage of traditional indiepop and
modern electronic production" 4 stars - AMG, All Music Guide "Our young
Swedes break a lot of new ground, using technology as an expressive too... It
is also the non-tonal palette that lends itself ever so effectively to
communicating the adventures of Ola Frick and Carina Johansson." - INDIEPORT
Jessica Lurie (The Living
Daylights)'s project Motorbison features Lurie on alto saxophone and
vocalizations, Keith Lowe on bass, Sue Orfield on tenor sax, Jason Seed on
guitar and Will Dowd on drums. The band will be playing Lurie's original
compositions, which range in style from jazz/funk to eastern European
influenced madness, with a lot of free improvising in between.
Mount Analog is an instrumental
quartet led by Tucker Martine. The group's unique instrumentation includes
pedal steel, harmonium, trombone, Wurlitzer, drums, electronic processing and
banjo. Their live set includes ambient pieces inspired by their self-titled
debut CD which was created to accompany the slow, dark Japanese dance form
Butoh. There are also ensemble created pieces that combine the ambient
sensibility with a thick, old world melodic sound interwoven with field
recordings. The groups live set is a constant process of additive and
deductive layering. Martine has worked with Wayne Horvitz, Eyvind Kang, Bill
Frisell, Jeff Grienke, Julian Priester, Sam Rivers and others.
Eveline Mueller-Graf was born in Uster, Switzerland and grew up with good
cheese and a piano in the house. Before moving to Seattle 11 years ago,
Eveline played for several bands in Switzerland, ranging from New Wave to
Country and Western. In the USA Eveline has played in different groups with
musicians like Laura Love, Wally Shoup, Charlie Rowan, Dennis Rea, Amy Denio
and Suzie Kosawa and was a cofounder of the Seattle Chainsaw Ensemble. She
built her own percussion rack, The Boeing, so named because the majority of
the parts used to be, or were meant to be, flying in the sky. With The Boeing
she was a longtime member of the free improvising group UnFolkUs. Currently
Eveline plays in a trio with Jim Knodle and Cedric Ross, in the group Street
of Crocodiles with Greg Sinibaldi and Reuben Radding, in the SIL2K Ensemble
and in 3and2, a group with Eric Muhs, John Hawkley and 2 ever-changing mystery
guests. From time to time she also collaborates with other musicians for other
projects, with other innovative instrument builders like Troy Swanson, Dave
Knott and Steve Barsotti or some duos with guitarists John Schuller and Bill
Mutant Data Orchestra
The Mutant Data Orchestra rewires the digital sound products of our society
adding new interfaces and marginal unpredictability to the control of the
radically modified sounds. Inherently modular in it's construction the MDO
also utilizes an unpredictable networking system or Naive Data Bus, enabling
the performers to construct and modify live sonic organisms revealing the
attractors within chaotic systems.
("The Void Does Not Exist") The phrase originates in the Vulgate of St. Jerome,
and is found in the writings and utterances of Plato, Siddharta, Musashi,
As-Sadiq, Anaxagoras, Paracelsus, Aquinas, Newton, Einstein. Throughout history,
we find a seemingly-endless list of apparently-contradictory philosophies
embracing this central paradox. We ourselves embrace this truth. We are a
collective of musicians, centered upon two experimental percussionists, and
dedicated to finding gems of beauty and truth in empty space. Our sounds are
largely produced using found metal objects; illuminated through live effects
processing and fortified at times by saxophone, keyboards, violin, voice, and
any other source with which we come into contact. Our recordings feature no
overdubs and minimal post-production. Our performances are entirely
improvisational. Like others before us who have honed in on The Void as a
central point of nothingness which governs the motions of the spheres; we
believe that no worthwhile Truth can be achieved through rational cogitation.
It is not possible for us to tell you what it is we have to say. Listen with
open ears, and it will become clear. We have at last found White in the Great
Work. It is time now to abandon our teachers, and turn our attentions outward.
Nice Nice is a duo with Mark Shirazi on drums and Jason Buehler on guitar and
electronics. The music is generally textural, loopy, and kind of noisy, with
an emphasis on rhythm. Influences include Squarepusher, Steve Coleman, Derek
Bailey, John Zorn's Locus Solus, dub, no wave, etc. Music is good.
Noggin bring us
apocalyptic head-crushing non-deterministic guitar static.
Normal Man - Kurt Bishoff plays drums, found objects, home made instruments
and keyboards. He is one of the conspirators of the avant garde magazine
SOURCE, studied with Jon Cage at U.C. Davis, stands 6'6" tall and lives on a
boat. Herbie Kritzer plays drums, keyboards, Chapman Stick and vocalizes. He
boxes, pets cats, stands 6' 3" tall and has spent time in the Napa State
This CD, Trick Doubt from Nudge is 3 years of shifting players and an
ever-thickening cocoon of working methods being molded by an unerring sense
of melody and drift belonging to Brian Foote. Stark, pleading interplay gives
way to vast magnetic indulgence and back again. Addled programming meets human
granular drumming and a strange new crunk is glimpsed, a party where tuning
and time both get sprung. Brian and cohorts Mat Morgan (Fontanelle, CNS
Engineering), Honey Owens (TraLaLa, Jackie-O Motherfucker), Elton Lawson
(Metatron), Andy Brown (Fontanelle, Southerning), and Paul Dickow (Fontanelle,
Strategy) have managed to swindle emotions from unsuspecting machines. Now the
machines are looking to ease the pain.
Office Products are a duo from Portland, Oregon, whose music is a hybrid of
free-improv, musique concrete, and sometimes freeform synthesizer and
turntablism techniques. They have developed a repartee within a high-speed
jazz-collage that is very caffienated and funny. The duo of electronic
drums/sampler/electronics and guitar/efx stretch their instruments to fit a
wide spectrum of sounds into a bizarrely detailed improv dialogue. Their
recordings have been released on labels such as Diskono and IllegalArt
alongside artists such as Hrvatski, People Like Us=, Boards of Canada, Lesser
Seattle-based Ota Prota play
melodic avant-groove music. Ota Prota is Adam McCollom on guitar, Zeke Keeble
on drums, Bill Moyer on percussion, Christina Honeycutt on vocals, Kevin Hudson
on bass and James Drage on keyboards. Check out their brand new self-titled CD!
Having spent the first half of 2001 touring such diverse countries as Turkey,
France, Slovenia, Greece, Poland, and their own, Italy, OVO bring their
improvisational, visual, and aural spectacle stateside. The sub-earthy vocal
twitchings of Stefania are accompanied by her pan flute guitar spasms and
occasional violin shimmers. Bruno Dorella wraps drums and electronic
manipulation all around her like demonic queenliness. OVO can be quiet like
flickering flames or as aggressive as flame throwing.
The Oxygen Ensemble had its
beginnings in 1999 at two separate times and on
two different coasts in the United States. In January 1999, Thomas Bell went
back to his college town of Tallahassee, FL, and put together a group of
musicians that became known as The Oxygen Ensemble. In Seattle, Peter Reilly
also gathered together a group of musicians known as the Attention Deficit
Disorder ensemble, which began a weekly gig at The Rainbow, in July 1999 on
Monday nights. This ensemble performed free form jazz excursions. The Oxygen
Ensemble ended their east coast venture and headed west to Seattle and soon
after the ADD Ensemble merged into the Oxygen Ensemble. The Oxygen Ensemble is
Peter Reilly (guitar), Dave Carter (trumpet), Franklin Mazzeo (drums, sampler),
Thomas Bell (bass), Guido Perla (drums) and Les (electronics). The ensemble
put together a CD "Memorial Day Highlights" and is finishing work on a second
soon to be released CD "Year of The Dragon". For their first show at SIL2K,
the Ensemble brought along an Action painter to accompany them with flying
paint. At their 2nd show they augmented their group to 9 players. Come see
what surprises they have in store on August
P.A.N. is multimedia performance collaborative largely influenced by early
Butoh. Their latest project is: vermillion.violet, an exploration of the
process of 'bruising' through movement and metaphor. Centered around the
physical body, the questions of where the inner/outer meet and how pain and
healing interact will be examined through original music, video, and dance.
This work premiered as part of the Seattle International Butoh Festival at On
The Boards in November 2000.
PineBox is a solo project of Karen Hancock. Under the influence of John Fahey,
Claudine Longet, key chains and Johnny's Angels, samples with guitar loops and
samples with vocal loops evoke a lowbrow found folk.
Known to his friends as qp, Darrin Wiener, a.k.a.
Plastiq Phantom, is a local purveyor
of vinyl, electronics, signals and digital mayhem. Look around town for the
man in the safari hat.
Plier consists of the following vital components: Howard Ouchi (drums) has
played in Crankenstein, Stinkhorn, and makes his living in various rock, funk
and fusion groups. Michael Monhart plays reeds and Tibetan instruments in
Stinkhorn. Among other things, Ed Petry plays fretted and unfretted guitar
with anyone who will have him.
Project W is
Wally Shoup (saxophone) and Brent Arnold (cello) with various collaborators on
percussion, including Ed Pias and more recently Greg Campbell. They play
fierce improvised free jazz and spontaneous combustible sonics in the Zen key.
Feast on the sound of liquid sparks.
Reuben Radding Trio
Reuben Radding brings a new trio formation to SIL2K for a set of mixed
improvisations. Radding comes to Seattle from his former home of New York
City where he was a frequent collaborator through the 90's with John Zorn,
Marc Ribot, Anthony Coleman, Elliott Sharp, Roy Campbell Jr., Andrea
Parkins, Daniel Carter, Assif Tsahar, Rashid Bakr, and others. He was also
the leader of Myth Science, a reperetory band devoted to he music of Sun
Ra, which included former Seattlite Briggan Krauss. This new trio includes
reed player Greg Sinibaldi (Degenerate Art Ensemble), and innovative
percussionist Eveline Mller-Graf (UnFolkUs).
Dennis Rea's sonically
adventurous guitar playing is informed by modern jazz, free improvisation,
experimental composition, out-rock, and the music
of East and Southwest Asia. He has collaborated with such innovative
musicians as Han Bennink, Hector Zazou, Stuart Dempster, Klaus Schulze, Cui
Jian, India Cooke, Toshi Makihara, Trey Gunn, and Eyvind Kang. Between 1989
and 1996 he organized three of the earliest unofficial concert tours of
China by progressive Western musicians. He currently performs with the
groups LAND, Axolotl, and Stackpole and with singer/songwriter Eric Apoe,
among other projects.
Abrasive, sparse, ethereal, abrupt, and wistful, rebreather (Alex Keller and
Christopher DeLaurenti) improvise live electronic music from the digital
glossolalia of sabotaged consumer electronics, homebrew circuits, and obsolete
Resonants is an improvisational ensemble that gives its listeners soundscapes
of rich ambient music containing just the right balance between suspense and
evocation. Together, Rik Wright, Jos Hernando, Reuben Radding, and Stuart
McLeod create a mysterious, hypnotic and moody mixture of acoustic and
Rollerball's music is an ambitiously diverse release of psychologically
gnawed songs that range from piano-driven aches to jazz damaged, decaying
cabaret smokers to blurred electronic-infected soundscapes, as assembled by
clarinet, bass, drums, trumpet, keys, accordion, voice and samples. And so
eerie sculptings morph naturally into noisefest, dark rumblings counter
chiming tones, and live sounds pair off with sampled sounds... Rollerball
hails from Portland, OR.
Ruins are the pioneers of drums/bass duos. They are just two musicians, but
their sound is an energetic blast of solid rhythm section and it's hard to
believe they are but two. They mix elements of hardcore/progressive
rock/contemporary music/free jazz/noise. Their explosive and intricately
composed tunes are sung in a peculiar language of their own invention.
Ruins has toured Europe/USA many times. Ruins have also worked with
John Zorn/Derek Bailey/Keiji Haino etc.
Northwest native Matt Shoemaker has been working with various forms of sound
and music disarrangement for over ten years now. Utilizing a potpourri of
techniques (including: musique concrte, field recordings, improvisation,
collage, acousmatic pandering, and earnest sonic tomfoolery), Matt attempts to
create electroacoustic soundscapes of a uniquely elusive and cryptic quality.
The acclaimed german label Trente Oiseaux, run by composer Bernhard Gnter, has
just released Matt's debut cd "GROUNDLESS" for worldwide distribution.
John Schuller's muSICKness page can be found
here. Less than 40 BPM, more than
110 dB please.
Seattle Guitar Circle
The Seattle Guitar
Circle are subscribers to the Robert Fripp school of Guitar Craft. The
use of alternate tuning and playing techniques allow them to transcend the
traditional sound and thinking associated with the guitar.
Aiko Shimada is a
guitarist/singer/songwriter. She writes songs that are personal and intimate.
She plays with Dave Carter on trumpet, Mark Collins on upright bass, Eric
Eagle on drums and David Brogan on percussion. With this group (and other
guest musicians including Steve Moore, Tim Young and Mark France), she
recorded the CD, "Another Full Moon" in 2000. This CD was released under her
own label, Bera Records, and was co-produced with Tucker Martine. She also has
a brand new CD, "Blue Marble" on Tzadik with a different set of musicians.
It was produced by Eyvind Kang and Evan Schiller.
Shorter Bus is Brad Mowen (also of the Very Special Forces and noddingturdfan,
featuring Trey Spruance of Mr.Bungle also of the Apes of Wrath.), Randall Dunn
(of Zahir, Nasdaq and Endless Records). This is a duo not seen since their
infamous appearance in Flotch 20097 an experimental opera written by Eyvind
Kang, Tim Young, Mell Dettmer, Brad Mowen and Randall Dunn presented at Sexo
in 1998. Shorter Bus is the collision of like minded, unorthodox vocalists
Randall Dunn and Brad Mowen. Their shows have seating charts. Shorter Bus
likes to manipulate their voices into thick sound that usually comes from a
stage they perform on. Sometimes it is hard to tell what to make of Shorter
Bus or the kids on it. shorter Bus is not normal... Shorter Bus should get
checks from the government... Shorter Bus should be on medication... What's
wrong with them?
SIMURG is Sound collage duo Douglas Kilbride and DJ Aleph. Together they
unfold their wings and flap out sounds both crooked and spiral, like a dervish
dirge or solar flare.
The newly formed Greg Sinibaldi Trio is a talented group, consisting of Greg
Sinibaldi on tenor sax and bass clarinet, Reuben Radding on bass, and Bob Rees
on drums. The trio's music is largely steeped in the avant-garde tradition.
An innovative mix of improvisation, jazz, and contemporary classical music,
this trio defies classification. The unique sense and musical intelligence
each player bring to their instruments gives the trio a concise and fresh
sound. Pieces may range from subtly quiet to eruptive, creating an
exhilarating listening experience. The trio consists of some of Seattle's
brightest improvisers. Leader Greg Sinibaldi is in high demand as an
improviser and has worked with Gunther Schuller, Jimmy Giuffre, Cuong Vu, and
Joe Maneri. He also plays with the Degenerate Art Ensemble, and Street of
Crocodiles. Reuben Radding, a recent transplant to the Northwest from New
York, has worked with John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, Roy Campbell,
Andrea Parkins, and many others. Bob Rees has worked on important
collaborative projects with the band BeeCraft and the Don Goodwin Group.
Sinister Kitchen is Jonathan
Kochmer (a.k.a. "Monsieur Millipede"): processed
guitars; Capybara; processed kitchen supplies (blenders, egg-beaters, bowls,
etc.); kalimba; speech synthesis programs and Mell Dettmer (a.k.a. "Element
115"): Samplers; highly processed bass guitar; Furbies and other talking toys;
tone generators. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own Furbies
or other talking toys (no experience necessary), to sit in and jam with our
professionally trained and anabolic steroid enhanced Furby chorus. The
self-titled CD is available on Endless
Solenoid is one of the many guises of our favorite hacker, David Chandler.
David is into his second decade of making music with machines. In addition to
Solenoid, David has recorded and performed as Office Products, Space Shrimp
and with Negativland.
"...finely formed midtempo beat-flicker gems with occasional distorted
drum-machine imaging & soft, supple melodic iconography. Really nice."
"...mellow dub-flecked...". "menacing/dark electro stylee". "...should have a
certain element twirling around their room-centered lava lamps until the brink
of asphyxiation while the rest peer in through cracks in the Venetian blinds
wondering aloud 'How did we come to this?...' Sensible." --Forced Exposure
Stand-up comedienne Cathy Sorbo speaks candidly about motherhood, pubic hair,
masturbation, mannequins, fast food, periods, the internet, booze, pot, and
doing it with rock stars.
penetrates your mind with sonic subversivity.
soultheft.'s new album "the me i hide from me" was
released by World Misery Records on June 28th. It should be lodged securely
in your CD player by now.
soulBOIL is inBOIL and soultheft in disguise which is Carl Farrow and Phil
Petrocelli incognito. Two of the more deranged members of the SIL2K
collective, the collaboration is guarantee to scare and confound you by
turns. Carl Farrow is also the owner of Partial Records and performs with
*Polar. Phil Petrocelli plays with Trepanning Drill and until recently curated the Their Own Devices weekly new music series.
Soundrangers have been creating
state-of-the-art sound elements and music for over a decade.
Spider Music Orquestra
Spider Music Orquestra is a new improvisational unit led by
composer/multi-instrumentalist Harry Pierce. Spider Music is: Harry Pierce -
guitar, clarinet, mandolin and voice, Olli Klomp - box drum ( Cajon ), tabla,
and drum kit and Erik Kubista - stand-up downright bass.
Paul Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky (that
subliminal kid) is a reader, a writer, an innovator. Dissatisfied with existing
categories of electronic music, he created his own. Commonly referred to as
Illbient, Spooky's music is tripped-up, tweaked and twinged, heavily beaty and
Stinkhorn is a brainy gut-bucket band, interpreting originals with relishing
menace and flair. Saxophonist Michael Monhart, on tenor and soprano, surely
must someday become recognized as one of Seattle's most outstanding musical
minds. Brian Heaney on electric guitar, John Morris on bass, and Howard
Ouichi on some mean and intricate drums. (Earshot Jazz)
The Stools are a loosely knit threesome of improvisational musicians -- all
veterans of the NW music scene. VJ Bloody Stool, Jimmy Stool, and Dr. Vincent
Stool form this fragrant trio with an aromatic blend of electronica, thrash,
trance, urnagwasara, new age, and metal. Influences range from the likes of
Amon Tobin, Melt Banana, Eno, etc. The lads all rotate on their instruments
depending on how the mood strikes on any given night. Despite evidence to the
contrary -- the Stools are really a breath of fresh air. Please come and take
Strategy (aka Paul Dickow) creates collage-based narrative music using
low-to-medium tech tabletop electronics such as keyboards, drum machines and
samplers. Dub signal processing (live and in the studio) adds unpredictable
spontaneity to the mix. Off-the-cuff live DSP back flips and unusual
polyrhythms are created by unsynchronized cheap phrase samplers, backed up by
a wide range of instruments--from DIY noiseboxes and temperamental analog drum
brains, to minimal modular synthesis. (and of course a mixer.) The sound
palette ranges from bitcrunched rock, reggae, electric jazz, and dance music
fragments, to noise and gonzo electronics. Dickow currently plays in
Fontanelle, Audraglint, and
Kranky. He is also the drummer
Other projects include collaborative computer-music projects PEOPLEX (with
Chris Herbert of Birmingham, UK), One Human Minute (with Michael Hamilton) and
Nudge. He is co-founder of the
Archigramophone Recordings label.
sub_sonic is DJ Aaron, Jadie and
Sir Real. They play down-, mid- and uptempo music with live keyboards, samples
and effects. Their previous residency at the Baltic Room has ended, but
sub_sonic will be making a special appearance at Jet Set at Nation in July.
teleologic (tel'e-o-log'ic), adj. 1. when the nature of a thing is
defined by its end result. The sounds of glass-pack mufflers, dragonflies,
crowded streets, rocky beaches, and stampeding herds all find thier way into
the vocabulary of Teleologic. What at first seems your standard jazz combo
quickly becomes somthing altogether "other". With nods to the old schools of
Blue Note, and the new schools Incus, they find no home with either;
preferring instead to found thier own school. Like drunken style kung fu,
they are at once elegant and awkward; graceful and fierce. With members of
Beecraft, The Degenerate Art Ensemble, and Ham & Treachery, they aren't new to
exploration; they've simply found another frontier. Teleologic is: Bob Rees
(drums), Greg Sinibaldi (tenor sax, bass clarinet), Mark Schlipper (double bass)
Troy Swanson has been experimenting with electronics in music nearly 20 years
beginning with analog synthesizers and leading to his specifically designed
high tension string apparatus known as
In 1986 TS received a degree in robotics and around the same time began
working with special lighting and stage settings incorporated with his
electronic soundscapes. From 1989-1991 TS studied composition at Cornish
College with an emphasis in electronic music under the direction of Jarrad
Powell, and independent studies in mixed media performance, and extensive
studies into the use of prepared piano. After Cornish TS spent 3 years as
resident composer for the Sally Sykes Dance Company. From 1990 till most
recently Troy apprenticed and went on to become the primary music instrument
fabricator for the German born artist Trimpin including liquid percussion,
the Fire Organ, the Vorsetzer (automated piano designed to play the
compositions of Conlon Nancarro) and an automated guitar sculptor for the
Experience Music Project in Seattle. In 1994 Troy began focusing more on
improvisation and in 1996 departed from using only analog synthesizers.
Without a piano and wishing to continue on with prepared piano studies
(technique developed by John Cage.....) Troy began experimenting with piano
strings and invented the Corpus Collasum named after the fibrous tissue
linking the two hemispheres of the brain. These instruments are processed and
amplified through modified stereo leslie speaker cabinets. TS supplements his
music by working offshore with sonar for the fiber optic cable industry.
Doug Theriault has been active in free improvisation for the last 8 years.
First appearing on the scene at the Seattle Improvised Music festival in 1994
with the group Kagel. Since then he has played shows and festivals all over the
country and three more different Seattle Improv festivals. He has worked with
Davey Williams, LaDonna Smith, Gino Robair, Jeph Jerman, Toshi Makihara, Wally
Shoup, Climax Golden Twins, The Sun RA Orchestra also with his group
Office Products and Mark Hosler from Negativland among many others. Doug plays
altered, shorted out and modified guitar. He is also an organizer of
Improvised Music in Portland Oregon.
"Thickness" is the brainchild of Brent Arnold (Project W, The Young
Composers Collective). Brent is also one of the co-founders of the loose
collective of avant musicians that played John Zorn's "Cobra" once a month at
the Speakeasy. It was this group where the principle members of what has
evolved into the SIL2K Ensemble, first met. Mr. Arnold will bring his cello
and a host of other musicians together for the thick chamber music known as
"Thickness". "Thickness" is ever-evolving, but at last count included Ben
Blankenship, Zeke Keeble and Aaron Lundborg.
This Room, featuring Sue Ann Harkey, Bill Horist, Jim Knodle, and Eveline
Muller-Graf, plays long collective improvisations by four premier texturalists.
Under the string panorama of guitarists Bill and Sue Ann, Eveline converses
with sharp metal objects, while trumpeter Knodle circles overhead. Founded in
1998, the group has played shows at the Union Garage and Mr. Spot's Chai House.
Tiktok is the music of
Travis Hartnett. He performs his own beautiful style of soothing guitar
ambience in one, two or four channels! Travis also plays in the improvisatory
trio Electrochakra and acoustic guitar project Triptych.
Tokyo Sex Whale
Tokyo Sex Whale rides hard. Featuring Sam Mickens (guitar), Jherek Bischoff
(bass) and Herbie Kritzer (drums) Tokyo Sex Whale improvises threads running
from dark, sticky grooves to violent, penetrating exorcisms. The group stands
nearly twelve inches above most other improvising groups, and in a relatively
short amount of time has hardened into a formidable unit. From pulsating
attack to shuddering release, Tokyo Sex Whale stretches the listener's musical
muscle, leaving it worn and ragged.
TransAtlantic IceFloe starts circumnavigating our hemisphere with glacial
intent and speed. Piloting this mass into the new millennium are Stuart
McLeod, Kevin Goldsmith and Robert Henson. Set all dials to the year 2001.
Bundle up. Stuart McLeod (drums, sampler) curates the weekly experimental
series SIL2K at I-Spy and plays in the SIL2K Ensemble, sub_sonic, Resonants
and Gamelan Northwest. Kevin Goldsmith performs as Intonarumori and owns and
operates Unit Circle Records. Robert Henson is a member of the SIL2K Ensemble
and curates the new music series at Consolidated Works.
Trepanning Drill performs edgy, dynamic, improvised drones, which may cause
dizziness, upset stomach, loss of balance, light-headness, and/or the feeling
time has stopped (in a good way).
Trepanning Drill is Phil Petrocelli (drums), Casey Jones (bass), Wesley Davis
(trumpet), John Schuller (guitar). Trepanning Drill is also the 'house' band
every Friday at Spirit in the U District.
TRIPOD: "What Don't They Want That You Know". To understand the music that
you need to be given count that all is regulated for a composed mathematics
with the no help of the 20th c. "painting." They were responsible by far
events for the history, assassination include. Today, the members of the
Tripod are for all parts. They can be identified for the music. They want to
the audience of the applause and they imprison resisters in the I-Spy. To
prepare to this, all should forgive us. Since the environments are regulated
for us they should obtain our superior information. Tripod is Lisa DeFrance,
Jason Glover, Seymour King and others.
Tro Shink, from Portland, is an ongoing experiment and saga in electronic
music, now two years evolved, and really three separate projects compiled
together: Antinode, Mothra and Monkey Plus One. Three vastly different
approaches to composition storm into unpredictable territory, streaming across
all genres of electronica, brought together by a severe addiction to
video-games, anime, and philosophies of reality-hacking. Each player creates
compositions in isolation, and then threads them together live. Tro Shink
performances are improvised, yet epic in scale.
On September 17th at SIL2K, Trummerflora Collective will perform "The Donkey
The Donkey Chipper is a multi-media performance juxtaposing The Whisper Chipper,
featuring Marcelo Radulovich (guitar, radio, electronics) and Marcos Fernandes
(mixer, tamboura box), and Donkey, the electroacoustic improv duo of Hans
Fjellestad (keys, electronics) and Damon Holzborn (guitar, electronics).
Radulovich and Fernandes began their musical collaborations in 1993 producing
numerous recordings for the artist-based Accretions label. The Whisper Chipper
is an ambient/noise improvisation piece based on a field recording of a
chipper/shredder which is run through multiple effects and eq-ed in real time
to create shifting delay loops. With the addition of tamboura box, treated
guitars and radio the results are at times ambient and at times thunderous.
Donkey explores the territory between open form and structured improvisation
and noise art. Fjellestad and Holzborn began their musical collaborations in
1992 at UCSD, are based at Zu Casa Laboratories in San Diego and have performed
throughout California. They are creators of ZuCasa.com recently named one of
the top 25 essential online music resources by The Wire. All four artists are
founding members of the Trummerflora collective, dedicated to the San Diego
experimental and improvised music scene.
Saadet Türköz performs Kazakh and Turkish songs and improvisations.
Looking to transform memory, she seeks to evoke pictures and atmosphere
by means of voice which transcend cultural boundaries. Saadet Türköz states
that "memory everywhere and everytime is the same - not changeable - but
the expression is different". Individual perception develops a universal
impression of the cultural life. She gives solo concerts and also works
regularly in duos, trios and bigger formations with free improvising jazz
musicians like Fredy Studer, Martin Schütz, Elliot Sharp, Jaques Widmer
and Rüdiger Carl. There were numerous concerts all over Europe, in Brasil,
Central Asia and in the USA. Saadet Türköz is also involved in
Theatre, Dance and Video productions.
Ümlaüt made their
North American debut August 7th at SIL2K.
This marks their first show in the United States on since seeking asylum from
East Germany after the Berlin Wall had already fallen. Notorious in Europe
for playing avant-metal that is heavier than heavy no one is really sure if
they are fascists or communists but whatever they are it is not very nice.
In September of 2000, Arrington de Dionyso, Warno Lee, Sonne McCloud and
Gregg Skloff gathered together in Olympia, WA, to interpret the birth pangs of
the universe into sounds audible to the human ear. Their research is conducted
with the help of contralto, bass, alto, and Bb clarinets; and farsifa,
vibraphone, upright bass, and found metal percussion. This quartet, known in
the scientific community as Untet, investigates the big bang theory by
stretching out harmolodics and discord in order to find the correct vibrations
at which the inner ear resonates with the hum of universal naissance.
DJ Vegan hails from Florida, but has lived in the Northwest for the past
several years and now lives in Seattle. Becoming interested in electronic
music while in college at Florida State, his "vinyl addiction" began
accordingly and persists to this day. Vegan plays diverse genres including
drum and bass, techno, trance, deep house, downtempo/ambient, and has been
rumored to go experimental at times, as well. In addition to spinning solo at
parties and clubs in Seattle and Vancouver, BC, DJ Vegan has ongoing musical
collaborations with Rik Wright, local poet/MC Sarah O' Donnell, and with DJ TC
as The All Green Machine. Check out the internet radio show "ulterior Motives"
he co-produces on www.microradio.net
on Mondays 12-2AM (that's EARLY Tuesday morning, technically). DJ Vegan works
as an activist on a wide range of issues including animal liberation, and
often says: "Use your brain...be humane" while toe-tapping and booty-shaking
to fantastical rhythmic collages.
Vena Cava is a chamber-like improvised collaboration between
saxophonist/composer Greg Sinibaldi with Jesse Canterbury (clarinet),
Reuben Radding (contrabass), and Bob Rees (vibraphone) which takes much of its
source material from pieces by luminaries of modern composition (Ives, Ligeti,
Bartok, Messiaen, etc), and reforms it to more personal ends. Fresh from their
debut at the Seattle Improvised Music Festival, where they shared the bill with
Barre Phillips' string trio.
Voltage Regulator is James Kosharek, samplers, bass, drum machine and analog
synth modules. A blend of strangely beautiful and eerie samples mixed together
to form ambient drone core textures. James also collaborates with Roger Hayes
(Cyanosis), Bill Horist (Ghidra, Tablet) and most recently finished European
tour with electronic tribal band Sikhara. Current projects include
atrophyminor., Analog Trio, Voltage Regulator and the production of fine vinyl
products from his experimental label TMR.
Ben Wright has been hearing his father Jack's music for most of his life and
playing with Jack the last ten years. Ben lives in Questa New Mexico and plays
acoustic bass, baritone, musical saw, and various invented instruments. He
plays in a folk-noise band, Art of Flying, and Questa Liberation Marching Band.
The Questites collaborate on additional concurrent projects, including free
improvisation and experimentation with homemade instruments. His roots are in
Philadelphia in punk rock, with a tendency towards screwing up the rhythm,
rendering it undanceable, except for the double-jointed. This naturally leads
to breakdowns. Improvising music has been the center for him, from which other
structured forms radiate. He has only incidental classical training. The rest
is brute force. "I play improvised music for the sheer bliss of that instant
when I lose consciousness of my instrument, my training, and myself. There is
Jack Wright, from Boulder Colo., is one of the more outrageous saxophonists
and musical personalities of N. America. Continuously on tour, or organizing
the next one, he has been called the Johnny Appleseed of free improvisation.
To others, he is the scorned perpetrator of the "school of screech," yet
sometimes he is practically inaudible. He plays alto, tenor, and soprano
saxes, piano, and now pretends to play the unwieldy contralto clarinet. For
twenty years he has been doing this kind of music exclusively, and his
audiences can still be counted on a couple of hands. Which is either a credit
to his "refusal to compromise" or an indication that he is a fool. He
considers himself more a beginner than when he started the saxophone, back in
the dark ages of the early fifties. He plays with everyone who asks, and
currently has over forty partners around the country. He records, yes, but the
place where he learns what music can do is mainly in live performance. For
him, "free music" is a verb, not a noun.
Rik Wright is a passionate experimental jazz and avant-garde musician who has
been touring, performing and recording with veteran rock, fusion, free jazz
and improvisation groups since 1985. Rik has developed a compelling and lyrical
approach to his instrument which blends the technique and compositional theory
utilized by more traditional jazz guitarists with the radical improvisation
and adventurous textures found in the soundscapes of much of today's ambient
and electronic music. Rik has performed at events like Bumbershoot, ArtsEdge,
the 14th Seattle Festival of Free Improvisation and at the celebrated Other
Sounds concert series. In addition to his CD release with his experimental
groove ensemble Jackhammer Trio, Rik has recently released his first
full-length solo recording, Bleeding Laughter. On this collection of
the best moments of his recent improvisation collaborations, Rik is joined by
musicians such as free jazz titan Wally Shoup, veteran improviser Dennis Rea,
percussionist extraordinaire Toshi Makihara, acclaimed rhythmatist Jeph Jerman
and out guitarist Ed Petry. Rik is currently is sessions for four more
recordings for HipSync, all due out in 2000. The first will be the debut
release of his critically acclaimed trio Disjunkt. Additionally, Rik is
involved in the Lost Dog project and a collaboration with DJ Vegan.
X vs. Z
X vs. Z is the combined electronic alchemy of Jeff Mueller
(xaxis wye) and
Jim Lambert (iZ). Originally from
Southern California but currently based in Bellingham, Jim Lambert is a
synthesist and programmer with purist form and exploratory tendencies. He will
lay down dancing rhythms and abstract analog tweakings while local boy xaxis
will be creating an ambient noise floor and subliminal suggestions.
xaxis wye's guest CD "saxifraga klimit" was released on August 21st.
Yeek Yak Air Force
Yeek Yak Air Force is the space between, the tension between, normal
modern machines (the hum of your air conditioner, untuned radios, your
unoiled ceiling fan), heavy duty military machines (the B-52 bomber), and
confused unarticulate primitive instinct. The Monohiker brings the sensitivity
of an engine man, keeping the fuel burning and providing the Force with
percussion. Dr. Jorgenson of the lower class bucket brigade supplies electric
current and oil, keeping the microscopy of the Force gears in perfect order
with his 6 stringer. Formation Pilot Red Bird records the rattle of the force
on his maple board while annoucing approaching turbulance to the crew.
Yoko Phono navigates the intertextual leisure mush of postrave meltdown culture
through teknorganyk audio improv construx. Influenced by concept engineers
ranging from Angus Maclise to Futura2000 to Timbaland to Brion Gysin, Yoko Phono
uses sampler consciousness to explore the cityscape in your skull. Obsessed by
wetware technologies like THC and it’s interface with sonic dub psychology,
Yoko Phono melts the artificial boundary between your brain and body. As the
soundsystem becomes a prosthetic extension of your chest, you’re not really sure
whether something’s gone horribly wrong or you’ve caught a glimpse of pure
euphoria. Yoko Phono is dub for intense hypnosis.
Byron Au Yong
Musician Byron Au Yong explores drumming and vocalizing to generate layered
acoustic scapes that transform musicians, audience and venue. Drawing upon the
physicality of folk music and philosophy of martial arts, Au Yong has
performed in Asia, Europe and North America as a solo performer and with
groups such as Vancouver's Uzume Taiko. He was nominated best contemporary
classical composer at the fourth annual GLAMA Awards in New York and has
presented work at the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkursen fr Neue Musik in
Germany and Foundation Gaudeamus in Amsterdam. Periplum released Au Yong's
debut recording, "Walking," in 2001. His work is also featured on "eXchange:
China," produced by CRI and "Itadakimasu!" produced by Katari Taiko. He lives
in Los Angeles and Seattle.
Zahir: an Arabic word translated as "an object so amazing that the sight of it
causes thoose who gaze upon it a never ending unforgetable madness". Zahir
features Bill Horist (guitar), Leslie Dalaba (trumpet) and Randall Dunn (baritone
sax and samples). Zahir remains as it wasn't, somewhere between the ideal of
"exotica" and an untangible ancient technology developed for spiritual
communication beyond introspection. Some improvised some televised always
marginalized, Zahir continues in one context or another beneath the earth's
crust or hopelessly in orbit around the monolith.
Zu is an instrumental band from Italy formed
by Drums & Bass & Alto / Baritone Sax. The name has many meanings: closed in
Germany, head or bean in Japan, pig in China, and more... It’s all about a
powerful and intense music that crushes boundaries and reflects various
influences as No-Wave, Free-Jazz, Punk, East European melodies and rhythmic
structures, Improvised music. Since the 1999 release of “Bromio” (Wide records,
Southern Distribution) Zu has played more than 100 concerts in Italy , Bosnia,
Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland, France, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Polland,
Czech Rep. and Austria, often playing with bands like Nomeansno, Otomo Yoshihide
new jazz quintet, The Ruins, 1/2 Japanese, The Vandermark 5 and especially with
The Ex. New plans are a tour in USA and at the end of it, the new recording,
with Steve Albini in Chicago. Zu recorded, toured and played live also with
Eugene Chadbourne, Amy Denio, Caroline Kraabel & John Edwards (from The Honkies),
Han Bennink and Walter Wierbos (from Icp Orchestra). 2 CD's with doctor Eugene
Chadbourne and one with Amy Denio came out of these collaborations. The first
of these CD's, “The Zu side of the Chadbourne” (Felmay-Newtone, distr. Cuneiform
in USA) has been 5th place in the USA Jazz radio charts, published by the magazine
“Jazziz”. “Bromio” and “The Zu Side” were CD of the month and 5stars reviews, on
Allaboutjazz. “Motorhellington”, the 2nd with doc Chadbourne, just came out on
Newtone (distr. Cuneiform). The CD with Amy Denio is ready and will be out next
fall. A 7” split with the Ruins will be out soon. ALLABOUTJAZZ: “ Basically,
the new music era needs more bands like “Zu” as their special brand of high
octane enthusiasm for the music they perform is illustrated in gleaming fashion
on this 1999 release. Needless to state, Zu will take you, the listener, on a
fantastic whirlwind journey of lofty proportions as the musicians execute their
combined wares with the ferocity and demeanor of a wild or rabid animal on the
loose!” IMPROJAZZ: “Bref, un spectacle chaleureux, tres puissant, energetique,
peut-etre et sans doute la solution a une certaine apathie que ce soit dans le
jazz classique ou dans le jazz moderne, Zu possede tous le ingredients pur
rapidement inonder les scenes des festivals europeens....” JOHN ZORN (from a
private postcard!) : “ Your CD is absolutely fantastic! You have created a powerful
and expressive music that totally blows away what most bands do these days....”
HipSync Records hosts such fine out-jazz
artists as Tony Grasso Saxophone Quartet? and Disjunkt. Lots of information
is available on their site.
Unit Circle Rekkids is the home of Amy Denio, Intonarumori and Bill Horist, among others. Information about how to order the music you hear at SIL2K is available here!
World Misery Recordings sells misery to the world one recording at a time. Here you'll find soultheft., various projects of John Schuller, Mark Schlipper and other worldly experimental performers.
Endless Records is the moniker for the studios of local sound wizard and electronic musician Randall Dunn.