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.
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 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.
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.