Insidesmusic “Free Improv Twin Cities” compilation
CD-Release w/ liner notes by Milo Fine
(last to first)
George Cartwright and Davu Seru
Joseph Damman, Elaine Evans, Kevin Cosgrove
Jaron Childs and Charles Gillett
Scott Newell and Viv Corringham
Milo Fine: liner note recitation (in between sets)
Jon Coe (sequencer)
Beth Chekola (synth)
Paul Metzger (guitar / banjo)
Davu Seru (percussion)
Adam Linz (bass)
Fripp & Budd
John Marks (snyth)
Casey Deming (tape)
Jon Davis & Naomi Joy
(clarinets, violin, voice)
Davu Seru (percussion)
Elaine Evans (violin, pocket trumpet)
(first to last)
Davu Seru (cello)
Elaine Evans (violin)
Daniel Furuta (cello)
Naomi Joy (violin)
Matt Himes (waveform oscillator, percussion and electronics)
Jason Millard (guitar / electronics)
& Charles Gillett
(Andy Broder and Tim Glenn)
Tuesday March 8, 2011
Franklin Art Works
1021 East Franklin Avenue
8pm / $5
The Tuesday Series along with Art of This, Taiga Records, and Franklin Artworks present an evening of improvised music featuring Lisbon-based experimental artist Rafael Toral in a debut pairing with Twin Cities’ percussionist Davu Seru. This concert celebrates the release of “Space Elements Vol. III” on Taiga Records. Performing in support of this special event will be the Lincoln Nebraska experimental duo Seeded Plain, and the unavailing of the new collaboration between Twin Cities’ Paul Metzger, Elaine Evans and Milo Fine.
Art of This
Franklin Art Works
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Rafael Toral (Lisbon, Portugal)
with Davu Seru
Rafael Toral plays experimental electronic instruments. Melodic without notes, rhythmic but without a beat, familiar but strange, meticulous but radically free, he calls his style “post-free jazz electronic music”. Riddled with paradox, yet full of clarity and space, Toral’s playing has been described as “a brand of electronic music far more visceral and emotive than that of his cerebral peers”. Its development is the Space Program, a complex network of recordings and performance series, structured explorations on his custom instruments, articulating silence and sound in a thoughtful, yet physical way. This concert celebrates the release of “Space Elements Vol. III” on Taiga Records.
Davu Seru began playing drums in 1985. Except for a few weeks of gyil lessons in Ghana, he is a self-taught musician. He calls himself a jazz musician. He’s worked with numerous improvising musicians including Milo Fine, Andrew Lafkas, Jaron Childs, Charles Gillett, Jack Wright, Anthony Cox, Evan Parker, Wendy Ultan, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Adam Linz, George Cartwright, Stefan Kac, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jim Baker, Robbie Lynn Hunsinger, Tatsu Aoki, David Boykin, Nicole Mitchell and Harrison Bankhead. He also plays in the instrumental rock band Take Acre.
Seeded Plain (Bryan Day and Jay Kreimer) perform improvised and composed pieces on homemade instruments, electronics and custom audio software. The duo began performing in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2007 after playing together in the four-piece Shelf Life ensemble. Seeded Plain toured in Europe in 2008 and in the U.S. in 2010 (with Maria Chavez), presenting instrument building workshops and collaborating with local artists. Their newest release, “Entry Codes” on Lisbon, Portugal’s Creative Sources label was recorded at Kreimer’s Tooth Black studio in winter 2009/2010.
Paul Metzger / Milo Fine / Elaine Evans
Born 1/22/52, Milo has played drums since 1961 (informal studies with
Elliot Fine); piano since 1966 (studies with James Allen 1966-67); B
Flat clarinet since 1974; alto clarinet since 1992; and E flat
clarinet since 2002. (He also played bass clarinet from 1989-1997.)
His initial contact with the marimba was in 1959, and he returned to
it in 1990. In 1980, Milo invented the m-drums, a percussion kit made
up of “found objects”, broken cymbals, and the like attached to a
practice pad set. In 1987 this kit evolved into the m-drums II, which
incorporates low tech electronics; that, in turn, he also utilizes
with the B flat clarinet, marimba, and electronic piano.
Paul Metzger is a very worthy heir to the mystic throne of late
acoustic-guitar shaman Robbie Basho. Using a variety of retooled
banjos and other multistringed implements—not to mention absolutely
stunning technique—he creates sweeping, swirling 21st-century ragas.
– Time Out New York
Trumpeter Elaine Evans flows from terse to loquacious. Her 2009
European tour of solo trumpet improvisations was received
enthusiastically as were her many collaborations with the likes of
Milo Fine, Davu Seru. Elaine is also a founding member of The
International Novelty Gamelan.
Tim Glenn & Casey Deming – electronics
2. George Cartwright – saxaphones
Davu Seru – percussion
Josh Granowski – bass
3. Andrew Broder – guitar / electronics
Jeremy Ylvisaker – guitar / electronics
new queer community art center
3401 Chicago Ave S
enter @ side door in mural
Open Eye Figure Theater
506 East 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Sept 28th, 8pm, $5
beverages provided (donations)
Bryce Beverlin II (record-release Taiga Records)
TAIGA 13 – Bryce Beverlin II “Seizing Fate by the Throat” LP
300 black vinyl in a gloss jacket with liner notes printed in the pocket.
Bryce Beverlin II is a prolific, multidisciplinary artist based in Minneapolis. His primary discipline is music – specifically, freely improvised vocals and percussion. “Seizing Fate by the Throat” is a distillation, the spirit of 15 years of spittle and brass vapors collected in this studio recording from March 14, 2010.
Justin Meyers & Jason Power
Justin Meyers, who runs the local noise label TONE FILTH, joins Jason Power (Slapping Purses) for a synthesizer collaboration.
Jaron Childs, Charles Gillett, Davu Seru
Jaron Childs (alto saxophone) and Davu Seru (percussion) have performed together since 1998. They have worked with Charles Gillett (guitar) since 2001. All play in the instrumental band Take Acre with The Pins guitarist, Rich Barlow.
Visions of Christ
John Jerry & Casey Deming
Acousmatic / Musique concrète
Davu Seru – percussion
Milo Fine – B flat/E flat/alto clarinets
Squid Fist – percussion, voice, electronics
Bryce Beverlin II
Audrey Chen (Baltimore, MD) – cello, voice, electronics
Luca Marini (New York, NY) – drums, percussion
Kamama in Cherokee means both elephant and butterfly. There is no overlap in meaning other than the supposed resemblance of the long trunk and flapping ears to the proboscis and wings of that insect. This duo loosely embodies elements of this kind of disparate pairing. Chen and Marini combine the raw energies resultant from and continuously growing out of their respective histories and experiences. Since their first encounter early this year in 2010, they have been forming a new language which steadily deepens, evolves, converges and exposes their inherent similarities and striking differences. It is ecstatic music; it is contrary music; and at times they depart completely from one another as two distinct creatures, but then are drawn back into the fold of an undeniable tenderness and comprehension.
Audrey Chen is a Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists, doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976. Parting ways with the family convention, she turned to the cello at age 8 and voice at 11. After years of classical and conservatory training in both instruments, with a resulting specialization in early and new music, she parted ways again in 2003 to begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic.
Now, using the cello, voice and analog electronics, Chen’s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing explores the combination and layering of a homemade analog synthesizer, preparations and traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language.
Recently, her primary focus has been her SOLO project but she is also involved in many various collaborations. Among musicians, she has worked with Phil Minton, Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Ko Ishikawa, Elliott Sharp, Aki Onda, Phill Niblock, Frederic Blondy, Jerome Noetinger, C. Spencer Yeh, Alessandro Bosetti, Mats Gustafsson, Mazen Kerbaj, Michael Zerang, Tatsuya Nakatani, Le Quan Ninh, Joe Mcphee, Susan Alcorn, Michele Doneda, Paolo Angeli, Gianni Gebbia, plus many more.
Some current projects include: duos with Phil Minton, Luca Marini (kamama), Frederic Blondy, Robert van Heumen (abattoir), Katt Hernandez (Isabel), Nate Wooley (heave and shudder), and Id M Theft Able. Trio with Nate Wooley and C. Spencer Yeh. Plus three new quartet projects with Jeff Carey/Morten J. Olsen/Raed Yassin, Miya Masaoka/Hans Grusel/Kenta Nagai and also with Frederic Blondy/Michael Johnsen/Jerome Noetinger.
Chen has performed in Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Canada and the USA. She is currently based in Baltimore, MD USA but primarily maintains an active touring schedule throughout Europe.
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Luca Marini is a German/Italian drummer who mostly grew up in France and is now based in New York. After studying jazz and improvised music at various conservatories and music colleges in Europe and North America, he developed his own language and approach to percussion while living in Berlin.
He performed and toured in Europe and North America playing improvised music, jazz, rock and electronic music with bands and artists like the GRIPI collective, SONIDO13, INEZEBA, Spyros Manesis trio, Nicolas Masson, Roberto Pianca, Tom Blancarte, Dario Fariello, Matan Gov Ari, Louise D.E. Jensen, Johannes Lauer, Raoul van der Weide, Wanja Slavin, Filippo Giuffré, Gael Navard and Natalio Sued.
Current bands include the duo HERBERT ECKARDT with Danish saxophonist Louise D.E. Jensen, the duo BLIN with Dutch guitarist Jasper Stadhouders, KAMAMA with Chinese-American cellist and vocalist Audrey Chen, CAVEX from Brooklyn, The LITTLE from Germany and TATUNE from France. Other collaborations include works with Matt Meade, Kenny Warren, Tom Blancarte, Xavier Lopez, Vilijam Nybacka, John Stanesco, JMSU, and Frans van der Hoeven.
For more information and sound clips:
Davu Seru cello
Naomi Joy violin
Daniel Furuta cello
Elaine Evans violin
Tim Glenn & Jon Davis
Jesse Petersen & Sean Smuda guitars