Patrick Crossland was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Growing up in southern Louisiana, he began playing trombone at age 10. His musical study continued at the University of Southern Mississippi (BM, magna cum laude), the Manhattan School of Music (MM), the Royal College of Music (Postgraduate Diploma, with distinction), the University of Minnesota (DMA), and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik – Trossingen (Solistische Ausbildung). His trombone instructors include Dr. Robert Schmalz, Dr. Marta Hofacre, Dr. Per Brevig, Peter Bassano, Lindsey Shilling, Thomas Ashworth, Mike Svoboda, and Abbie Conant. Complete biography.
The White Page
3400 Cedar Ave
Tuesday, February 9th
Voicehandler, the duo of Jacob Felix Heule and Danishta Rivero, is an electroacoustic ensemble combining improvisation with original compositions. They perform with voice, percussion, electronics, and the Hydrophonium (an electroacoustic percussion instrument created by Rivero).
Their work, song cycle, comprises different nontraditional approaches to the song form. It explores ideas of our origins and what it means to be human, as presented in mythology and literature. Each song is based on an individual text including the Yekuana creation story, and works by Borges, Burroughs, and Hamsun. The music has been written as open scores, leaving much room for Heule and Rivero to draw on their extensive experience as improvisers.
Guitarist Chris Forsyth’s hypnotic compositions assimilate art rock texture with folk, blues, and experimental influences. Long active in the improv/experimental underground, he’s released a series of acclaimed solo and band-oriented records over the past few years, including his 2009 private press LP Dreams (reissued in 2011 on Family Vineyard) and Early Astral, a 2012 duo LP with Mountains’ Koen Holtkamp on Blackest Rainbow, that have earned favorable comparisons to Sandy Bull’s raga-fied Chuck Berry-isms and the majestic guitar tapestries of Television and Popol Vuh. His 2011 Paranoid Cat LP (also on Family Vineyard) has been described as “the work of an emergent master” (Uncut) and “a rapturous transmutation of noise into light” (Wire). Forsyth has toured throughout Europe and the US, sharing stages with such like-minded artists as Steve Gunn, Bill Orcutt, Ignatz, Rhys Chatham, and Träd Gräs och Stenar, and, from 2002 to 2011, as a member of Peeesseye. He has also collaborated with artists including Meg Baird, Tetuzi Akiyama, Mike Pride, Nate Wooley, Shawn Edward Hansen, and choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and RoseAnne Spradlin, among others. Currently in the works are a split cassette for the Preservation label with Loren Connors, and a collaboration with choreographer Meg Foley. Forsyth was awarded a 2011 Pew Fellowship int he Arts and resides in the City of Philadelphia, USA.
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.
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.
C. (Chih-Fu) Spencer Yeh was born in Taipei, Taiwan 1975, moved to the US in 1980; studied radio/television/film at Northwestern University, and is now based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Yeh is active both as a solo and ensemble artist, as well as with his primary ‘organized sound’ project, Burning Star Core. As an improviser, Yeh has focused on developing a personal vocabulary using violin, voice, and electronics.
Rafael Toral is researching performance in “post-free jazz electronic music”. Using custom, experimental electronic instruments, he’s developing the long-term Space Program to structure musical phrasing in electronics. Approaching jazz as a system of individual decision-making from the viewpoint of electronics, his conception deals with physical performance, “phrasing and swing”, instruments with sonic identity, and articulation of silence and sound.
Formerly known for his drone/ ambient work with guitar and electronics and acclaimed records such as Wave Field (1994) or Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance (2000), in 2003 he decided to completely renew his approach to music, launching the Space Program in 2004.
In 2006 he released Space, followed by Space Solo 1 in 2007 and Space Elements Vol. I in 2008. Also in 2008 premiered the Space Collective, a slowly developing orchestral group.
He has also released a handful of records on the local label TAIGA Records.
Jaron Childs, Charles Gillett, Davu Seru
Justin MeyersTone Filth Records & Tapes … ex-DEVILLOCK, GLASS ORGAN
This activity was funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.