Schedule July 22, 25, 26, 27, 28 , 2007
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Sunday July 22th
OutSpoken Presents
Drawn from Sources: Inquiries into the sources, intent and challenges inherent in experimental music, and its place in our creative and social fabric

Discussion Panel: Ethnic Tradition and Experimental Expression
Moderated by Greg Beuthin (Balé Techlorico)
Edward Schocker(info), Valerie Mih, &
Laurie Buenafe Krsmanovic(info)
Artists speak out about how they balance their work to preserve and extend traditions in ethnic music.

The catchphrase for these discussions is "Drawn from Sources," which has come to have several meanings for the artists being convened. For some it means artists extending native and non-native ethnic tradition. For others it means artists moving traditional art forms into experimental contexts. Another strand is the balancing act artists engage in while working in multiple music genres as well as authenticity, cultural synthesis, equity, innovation, and even isolation.

Musicians Union Hall map
116 9th St. @ Mission St., San Francisco
Free admission 7pm
Greg BeuthinLaurie Buenafe KrsmanovicValerie Mih

Wednesday July 25th Co-Presented by KFJC 89.7 FM
Luggage Store Gallery, & KUSF 90.3
Time in Transmission, a night of electro-acoustic performance
Doctor Bob, Tom Nunn/Matt Davignon,
Nihil Communication & Laurie Buenafe Krsmanovic,Darwinsbitch

Community Music Center map
544 Capp St. @ 20th St., San Francisco 8pm
Pre-Concert Composer with Darwinsbitch Q&A 7:30pm
Tickets @ the Door $10 General $5 students/seniors @ the door
Advance Tickets $9 General Only

Bob Marsh, David Michalak & guest Stephen Flinn: Doctor Bob
Dr. Bob MarshDavid Michalak

Doctor Bob plays songs for a dark and bitter world. They range from scary to the surreal to the abstract and frequently dwell in a space between idea and word.
Doctor Bob is a project of Bob Marsh (whose mother always wanted him to be a doctor) and David Michalak (whose favorite TV show was Mr. Wzard). Bob Marsh sings, rants and yowls whilst playing unnatural cello and other electronic devices creating a unique chemistry with the equally unnatural lap steel guitar style of David Michalak.
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David Michalak plays a Fender lap steel guitar and an assortment of odd percussion instruments. While he is more commonly known as a filmmaker (50 films with original soundtracks since 1971), the visual art side of him seeps inherently into his solo performances and group compositions, which are characterized by shimmering passages, abstract snapshots and haunting representations of natural elements.
Bob Marsh is a well seasoned improviser whose work has involved shaping sounds words images ideas. Originally from Detroit, Marsh arrived in the Bay Area in 2000 after ten years in Chicago where he played with most of the avant improvisers in that rich and varied scene. Since his arrival on the west coast, multi-instrumentalist and composer Marsh has been busy with several projects. He currently is active with cello, accordion, violin, voice, vibraphone and electronics.
Stephen Flinn has been a professional musician for over twenty years, and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. As well as being an accomplished drummer and percussionist, he works with unusual sound sources including self-made insturments and found objects. He lives in San Francisco and spends his time teaching, performing, and writing.

Tom Nunn & Matt Davignon
Tom NunnMatt Davignon

Tom Nunn has designed, built and performed with original musical instruments since 1976, having received a B.Mus. and M.A. in music composition from the University of Texas at Austin and S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, and post-graduate work at U.C. San Diego. His instruments typically utilize commonly available materials, are sculptural in appearance, utilize contact microphones for amplification, and are designed specifically for improvisation with elements of ambiguity, unpredictability and nonlinearity.
In addition to the nearly 100 instruments he has made, Tom has performed extensively throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years, as well as in other parts of the U.S., Canada and Europe, both as soloist and with other musicians.
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Matt Davignon has developed a unique form of improvisation over the last 10 years, focusing on textures, arrhythmic patterns and musical imperfections. Creating music that is at once elemental and intricately ambient, he explores the outer dimensions of experimentation, often hovering around the threshold between chaos and order. While the sounds he generates are initially created using a drum machine, Matt avoids its traditional use as a device for making beats. Instead, he processes the sounds beyond recognition, providing a result that is surreal, haunting and otherworldly. More here

Nihil Communication & Laurie Buenafe Krsmanovic
Nihil CommunicationNihil Communication is dark and droning sound sculptures that evolve slowly over time describe this performance Solo semi-Laurie Buenafe Krsmanovicimprovised electroacoustic music are meditative spaces that incorporate noise. Nihil Communication may be comprised of Tom Nunn’s T-Rodimba, synthesizer/s, percussion and digital effects.
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Laurie Buenafe Krsmanovic is a performance artist with eclectic influences. Her music background includes Balkan Singing and Jazz Composition. She trained in Central Asian Dance with Carolyn Krueger and Viloyat Akilova, People's Artist of Uzbekistan. Additionally she studied Egyptian Dance with Sahra C. Kent, and Japanese Butoh Dance with Judith Kajiwara, Don McLeod, and Shinichi Iova-Koga. Currently she is a member of Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble and Alleluia Panis Dance Theater. She is excited to be collaborating with Nihil Communication again.

Marielle JakobsonsOakland-based sound artist and violinist Marielle Jakobsons aka Darwinsbitch aims to reclaim performance as a “breathing system” of sound, people, and space. Her work explores the physical and social dimensions of instruments and the unique perspective of each perceiver-performer to his or her surroundings.
At the Edgetone New Music Summit she will perform a work entitled Undercurrents in Flight. The piece is scored for one electric five-string violin, a unique Max/MSP program, two stainless steel pans, three speaker-objects, and MIDI controllers [foot and keyboard]. The sound sources are violin, oscillators, and field recordings of birds.
Three speaker-objects will be passed around to the audience; when the object is brought to the ear, special parts and partials of the sounding piece are highlighted and audibly revealed to the perceiver. These objects will be designed and crafted around the theme of birds, trees, and bones.
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Thursday July 26th Co-Presented by KFJC 89.7 FM
Luggage Store Gallery, & KUSF 90.3
Fields of Flowers , a night of spontaneous composition
Bloom feat Liz Allbee & Tatsuya Nakatani,
Kioku (NYC), & Jim Ryan's Forward Energy trio Portland

Community Music Center map
544 Capp St. @ 20th St., San Francisco 8pm
Pre-Concert Composer Q&A 7:30pm
Tickets @ the Door $10 General $5 students/seniors @ the door
Advance Tickets $9 General Only

Rent Romus, Steven Baker, Thollem Mcdonas, Jon Brumit: BLOOM with guests
Liz Allbee & Tatsuya Nakatani (PA)
Bloom, Rent Romus, Steven Baker, Thollem Mcdonas, Jon Brumit

A spirited and colossal collaboration between pianist Thollem Mcdonas, multi-saxophonist and electronician Rent Romus, instrument builder Steven Baker, and drummer and found-object player Jon Brumit.
Their music features free group improvisations as well as interpretations of numerous textual and graphical scores offered up by Mcdonas and Brumit. The entire album is an organic construction and expression of solos, duos, and trios combining disparate and divergent stylistic histories with a sense of refreshing immediacy, intensity, and spontaneous inventiveness.
Liz Allbee
Avant/experimental trumpeter Liz Allbee, or Liz Albee, or Li z Al(l)bee, has been performing in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 6 years in many local groups, as well as solo. Her performances cross free-jazz, noise, improv, and punk boundaries with abandon, and involve dress-ups and all manner of sound-making devices. She has come to view the trumpet as “…more of an interface than an instrument,” and continuously adds more electronics and extended techniques, including the conch shell which has become central to her work. She notes that it eschews any issues of virtuosity (so prevalent in jazz).
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Tatsuya Nakatani Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion) is originally from Osaka, Japan. In 2006 he performed in 80 cities in 7 countries and collaborated with 163 artists worldwide. In the past 10 years he has released nearly 50 recordings on CD. He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. He utilizes drumset, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows to create an intense, organic music that defies category or genre. His music is based in improvised/ experimental music, jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, yet retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.
In addition to live solo and ensemble performances he works as a sound designer for film and television. He also teaches Masterclasses and Workshops at the University level. He also heads H&H Production, an independent record label and recording studio based in Easton, Pennsylvania. He was selected as a performing artist for the Pennsylvania Performing Artist on Tour (PennPat) roster as well as a Bronx Arts Council Individual Artist grant. New in 2007, Nakatani has created a 9-piece Bowed-Gong performance, which includes 40" and 35" gongs.

Wynn Yamami, Christopher Ariza, Ali Sakkal: KIOKU (NY)
KIOKU- Wynn Yamami, Christopher Ariza, Ali SakkalBased in New York City, the musical group KIOKU presents traditional Asian folk music within a new context of collaborative experimentation and improvisation. The trio consists of Wynn Yamami (East and Southeast Asian percussion, including Japanese taiko, Korean gongs, and Filipino kulintang), Christopher Ariza (live laptop electronics), and Ali Sakkal (saxophones, percussion). While committed to the preservation of musical traditions, KIOKU (JapaneseKIOKU- Wynn Yamami, Christopher Ariza, Ali Sakkal for "memory") acknowledges the plasticity of tradition and freely adopts musical techniques found within improv-based and new music circles.
They will perform four distinct compositions as well as present an interactive narrative with the attending audience. The first composition Binalig is inspired by the musical tradition Kulintang developed on the Filipino island of Mindanao. The second is Miyake inspired by the remote volcanic island of Miyake-jima of the eastern coast of Japan, a drumming style that mirrors the strenuous physical movement of island fishermen. The third is Pinari based on the Korean prayer song performed by shamans to invoke blessings to the spirits. The fourth is Yatai Bayashi inspired by the Shinto practice of talking to the kami spirits which take on many forms and can be found inhabiting natural and man made objects. More here

Jim Ryan's FORWARD ENERGY trio [Jim Ryan, Robert Jones(OR), Andrew Wilshusen(OR)]
Jim RyanJim Ryan, the Bay Area's grand master of free jazz founded Forward Energy ten years ago playing with various bay area musicians using the free jazzRobert Jones improv style he learned during a year-long participation in Steve Lacy’s weekly open sessions in Paris during the early 1970’s. He has honed his style to a sharp precision and will present his trio performing sound from their new CD FE3.
"...Forceful, immediate, inventive." - Signal to Noise
"The world needs more people like Jim Ryan. This incessantly active poet, musician, conscience agitator and visionary sax player is one of those artists who render subdivisions and classifications meaningless, in the name of a single torrential flood of creativity that mixes exuberance, enthusiasm and meditative portions of extraterritorial improvisation, the whole reinforced by a technical knowledge that only many years of playing at the forefront and on the fringes of convention can develop." - MASSIMO RICCI

Robert Jones learned to play the double bass from Winston Budrow at Michigan State University. He received his BA in contrabass performance and worked as an extra in several Midwest symphonic groups before moving to Portland, Oregon where he works with many improvisational ensembles including The Evolutionary Jass Band, Thee Oregon Artificial Limb Co. and Eternal Tapestry.Andrew Wilshusen

Andrew Wilshusen started drumming at ten but it got serious when he heard a Max Roach recording. He then listened intensely to late 40’s & 60’s jazz. He practiced the drums obsessively while obtaining his BA. He played in rock bands but was captured by avant-garde jazz and contemporary classical music. In 2000 he moved from the Midwest and immersed himself in the free jazz & improv music scenes of the San Francisco bay area. In 2005 he relocated to Portland expanding his work to accompany dancers and to cull new sounds from drums and found objects. More here

Friday July 27th Co-Presented by KFJC 89.7 FM
& KUSF 90.3
Beat & Beyond, a night extending rhythm and sound
Lx Rudis, Wobbly, Lance Grabmiller, Robert Anbian & UFQ

21 Grand Gallery map
416 25th St. @ Broadway, Oakland 9pm
Tickets @ the Door $12 General $8 students/seniors @ the door
Advance Tickets $10 General Only

Lx Rudis  
Lx RudisLx Rudis is an interdisciplinary media artist based in San Francisco, California. He has been active in both commercial and underground sectors in the San Francisco Bay Area since the early 1980s. Early contact with groups such as Tuxedomoon, The Units and SRL led to media work ranging from radio shows on NPR with members of negativland to commercial work for ABC affiliate KGO-TV and various corporate entities. since 1988, Mr. Rudis' work has been concentrated in the field of interactive computer entertainment. He was a charter member of SF's Virtual Reality Group and has lectured at Cyberarts and performed at the first Digital Be-In. He has lectured at the Computer Game Developer's Conference and several universities in California. He has worked in all areas of video game production and is named in the credits of over 40 video games. More here

WobblyJon Leidecker has been performing music under the name Wobbly since 1990. Releases include the album 'Wild Why' for Tigerbeat6, 'Live 99>00' for Phthalo, and the 3" CDs "Regards" for Alku, and "Playlist" for Illegal Art. Past festival appearences include Sound Unseen / Plunderphonia in Minneapolis, Ether at Royal Festival Hall in London, and Sonar in Barcelona.
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Lance Grabmiller

Lance GrabmillerBorn in Kansas City, Missouri in 1975, Lance Grabmiller Studied viola, cello, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone and music composition (in that order) before putting all formal studies on hold with the discovery of his first four track tape recorder at the age of 14. Using various tapes, effects, objects, microphones, amplifiers, razor blades and any instruments that could be begged or borrowed, he created quite a din in the Midwest, most notably in his collaborations with Shannon Fields which included such bands as Alice's Offspring, Requiem (which included a revolving cast of dozens) and HSoA (with Martin Nieznanski), the last of which culminated in a gigantic performance noise nightmare that nearly destroyed the Gizmo in Galesburg, IL in 1994.
In 1998, after working on tape-wrecks and selling off every instrument he owned in his bedroom, he ventured to move his music concrete into the computer realm. It all went downhill from there. He worked as producer with various elements of the Midwest's dark-ambient and industrial scenes (including remixes and collaborations with Paved in Skin and C17H19N03) until his relocation to San Francisco in 2001.
In 2002, Lance's first CD was released. Titled "Anthropology" and assembled by John Bergin of various tracks completed between 1999 and 2001, hovering between the various influences of Pierre Henry, Morton Subotnik and the then dying "Glitch" and "Drum n Bass" factions of electronic music.
Currently producing and currating events throughout the Bay Area while trying to straddle the gap between the "avant-garde" and the "electronic". He has played in improvisational groups with Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Rent Romus, Philip Gelb, Joseph Zitt, LX Rudis, Dina Emerson and many more. He has also opened for such notable electronic acts as Kid606, Sagan, Wobbly, Uprock and Meg Lee Chin among others. More here

Robert Anbian & The Unidentified Flying Quartet with
E. Doctor Smith & Charles Unger
Robert Anbian & The Unidentified Flying QuartetFrom the San Francisco poetry underground comes the voice of Robert Anbian, backed by electronic percussionist E. “Doc” Smith and Bay Area sax legend Charles Unger, plus keyboardist Sam Peoples and bassist Mike Shea. UFQ makes its own magic inspired by the music of Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, and Bobby Hutcherson, with infusions of Brian Eno, the Grateful Dead, and something else. Notes Anbian: “I call the post-fusion, world beat jazz these guys play ‘acid-bop’ – it’s got more possibilities for poetry than the typical verse-chorus cadences of popular music.”

Known for his lyrical-epic “WE” series, and such topical effronteries as “Haikus for the White House,” Anbian has been described by fellow poet Richard Hack as “a passionate virtuoso steeped in these times and deep with tradition” [whose] “poetry crackles with currency – hiply linguistic turns of natural originality, rhythmically brimming with a tempestuous taste of ecstasy, reason, and love.” Dusty Dog Reviews declared him “a genius or a Venusian.”

E. Doctor Smith
, inventor of the Drummstick, (born December 2, 1956 in Naples, Italy), began his musical journey as a E. Doctor Smithteenager playing percussion in the District of Columbia Youth Orchestra and in Maryland’s Montgomery County Youth Orchestra. Inspired by the Miles Davis fusion bands of the mid-70s, he continued his studies with Paul Sears, drummer of the Muffins. His first group, Oranus Rey, featured guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist Ed Howard, and saxophonist Tim Chambers.
In 1980 Smith moved to New York where he met fellow Music Building tenants Madonna (entertainer) and her co-writer, Stephen Bray. With Bray, Smith performed in the Breakfast Club (band) and The Same. The Same was produced by Brian Eno and featured keyboardist Carter Burwell, guitarist Chip Johannsen, singer Cloda Simmons, bassist Stanley Adler, and the motto "Semper Mutants." Now living in San Francisco, Smith performed at the Edgetone New Music Summit of 2006 with horn player Eric Dahlman. In March 2007, Smith will release a new Drummstick 2 CD, a long-distance collaboration with the original Drummstick band and other musical friends (and the re-release of his first Drummstick CD) on Edgetone Records.
Smith also produced and performed on an Edgetone release entitled Robert Anbian and UFQ: the Unidentified Flying Quartet. This timely and troubling work of jazz and poetry features poet Robert Anbian, saxophonist Charles Unger, keyboardist Sam Peoples, and bassist Mike Shea

Charles Unger Charles Unger has performed for numerous years at Les Joulin's Jazz Bistro on Ellis, and the Rasselas Jazz Club on Fillmore, to the delight of regulars, tourists, purists and jazz aficionados alike. Unger first arrived in San Francisco in 1968, at the impressionable age of eighteen, and during the famed "Summer of Love." Unger stayed a week during that visit, and in 1969, he came back again, this time for a two week stay. According to "In Search of the City" writer Louis Martin, Unger "was hooked". "A year later he moved to San Francisco. He played mostly rock and R & B back then. He can't pinpoint exactly when he started playing jazz but says, "It's always been in the background. It's one of those things you grow up playing in school. In school bands they try to throw in a couple of jazz tunes."
Members of the group also include: Sam Peoples -acoustic & electric piano, samples & Mike Shea - acoustic & electric bass

Saturday July 28th
OutSpoken Presents
Drawn from Sources: Inquiries into the sources, intent and challenges inherent in experimental music, and its place in our creative and social fabric

Discussion Panel: This Music Defies Categorization
Moderated by Greg Scharpen (KALX FM)
Merlin Coleman, Peter Martin (Eddie the Rat), Jake Rodriguez (The Bran… POS), and Pamela Z
Artists reflect on individual strategies, and the challenges, for creating work from multiple traditions of music, theater and movement.

21 Grand Gallery map
416 25th St. @ Broadway, Oakland 3pm
Free admission 3pm

Saturday July 28th Co-Presented by KFJC 89.7 FM
& KUSF 90.3
Critical Mass, Sounds on the gritty side of the fence...
Van Boven, Eddie the Rat, Jesse Quattro, High Vulture, Gowns

21 Grand Gallery map
416 25th St. @ Broadway, Oakland 9pm
Tickets @ the Door $12 General $8 students/seniors @ the door
Advance Tickets $10 General Only

High Vulture [Bruce Anderson, John Moremen, Bill Raymond]
High Vulture, Bill Raymond, Bruce anderson, and  John Moreman"Led by the incinderary guitarist of the famed group MX-80, Bruce Anderson and his improv cohorts, drummer John Moremen, and bassist Bill Raymond, High Vulture, screeched, swooped, soared, and even soothed most effectively under Anderson's guidance and special effects. This music is not for the squeamish, however, if you are bold enough to take the journey with High Vulture, you may find them a trip well worth taking." -E. Doc Smith,

Called one of America's "Unknown Greats" by Guitar Player magazine,
Bruce Anderson is best known for his playing in MX-80, the hard-art combo he founded in 1975. Outside of the near constant 30 year activity of that group, Anderson has been active with MX-co-founder Dale Sophiea in the abstract O-Type, and the bleak dualilty of The Gizzards and Half Life. Labeled as avant garde and heavy metal, Anderson has described his playing as a "mathmatical modernist in mourning." His 1995 full-length album Brutality was a compilation of two late-'80s cassettes. Outside of related projects in the MX-orbit, Anderson has worked with The Residents, Angel Corpus Christi, Henry Kaiser, Screaming Gypsy Bandits during the early '70s, and most recently High Vulture and French Radio. More here
Jon Brumit, Wayne Grim: Van Boven
Van Boven Van Boven starts with an indie rock aesthetic, and takes it to ominous extremes…combining avant-rock
concepts with dirty underground blues and melodic
meandering…their music is both inspiring, and thoughtfully aggressive.

Jon Brumit composed and improvised music incorporating percussion, electronics, sampling, found objects, and signal processing has been labeled "physically debilitating" and "intellectually refreshing" by art critics, and his performances have been declared "disarmingly powerful" and "extremely adventurous and explosive [for ambient music]" by rock and noise musicians. Not bad for an artist whose last release was made entirely with garbage from the San Francisco Dump.
He has performed and exhibited his sound work nationally at venues including SF MoMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Sony Metreon, DC's Black Cat, Baltimore's 8 x 10, SF's Luggage Store Gallery, Detroit Art Space, Chicago's Buddy Gallery, Cranbrook Museum of Art, Olympia's Voyeur, and Oakland's Black Box. He has performed, recorded, and collaborated with former members of The Swans, June of 44, the Shaking Ray Levis' Dennis Palmer and Bob Stagner, Gino Robair, Wayne Grim, Lisa Mezzacappa, Bob Boster, Allesandro Olla, and numerous others.
His works have been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel International, ABC, NBC, CBS, and WGN Chicago, among others.
Wayne Grim is a musician and sound artist who lives in Berkeley, California. He has performed and recorded with Nada Brahma, Burning Ghat, Saturn Maps, Et Saw God, Steve Berson's Acoustitronics, Interloper, and other east coast and Bay Areaw artists.
"As a composer and improviser, I user a variety of guitars, Ud, Saz, Adungu and other stringed instruments, computers, electronics and percussion to create music. Currently, I mostly enjoy collaborating with other musicians and making music for film and video"
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Jesse Quattro
Jesse QuattroJesse Quattro is a composer and vocalist. She sings with Secret Chiefs 3 on 'Book of Horizons' as well as forthcoming releases by the group. She has a duo Old Timey Music project with Eric Landmark of the Numbers, harmonizing on murder ballads and sacred hymnals circa 1910 and prior. While completing her BA in Music Performance/Composition at Mills College in Oakland, she also writes backyard folk-ish songs with guitar and releases about one solo album a year. Her current solo albums are 'Neurotic in the Afterlife', available through her myspace page (see link above), and 'Closer to the Wolf' available through Utech Records. Jesse Quattro's musical projects and bands range from singing with EyeHateGod and Carniceria (metal) to Bulgarian Voice Ensembles, Noise and Freak-Out Jazz Improv. Bands that she has sung for include: The Abstractions, Saint of Killers, Carniceria, Fall of the Bastard, Moe!kestra, Old Timey w/ Eric Landmark, Slaughterhouse Flies, NoLogo, and Secret Chiefs 3.
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Eddie the Rat
Eddie the RatEddie the Rat began in 2000 as an avant- (something) group led by composer/multi-instrumentalist,
Peter J. Martin. Beginning as a one-man electro-acoustic experiment, Eddie the Rat
evolved into an ensemble of up to 15 musicians. The current quartet has been performing actively for the last year and a half.
Martin desribes Eddie the Rat music as "head music for your feet": conceptual in inspiration, primal and visceral in execution. Amoeba Records calls it "sexy avant-garde." Inspired by Indonesian gamelan, American & European folk, and modern 12-tone music, Eddie the Rat tries to bridge the gap between ritual, roots, and concert music.
Eddie the Rat is a music group as much as a musical form onto itself as directed by Martin's personal compositional and bandleading style. The ideal is to cultivate each member's artistic personality into a coordinated musical expression, rather than highlight individual capabilities through soloing, etc...What might sound like "free-form"
is carefully composed and meticulously rehersed, with the arrangements being intended to work for any idiom such as a rock band, musique concrete, or orchestra. It's All Part Of The Ongoing Construct.
Dan Ake - Lobro, Spike, 2x6
Ronnie Camaro - bass, vocals
Peter J. Martin - piano, cajon (left foot), bass drum (right foot), vocals, Balinese gangsa, Long- Boy, Proto
Molly Tascone - vocals, recorder, glockenspiel, steel drum, triangle
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California woven, The Gowns synthesize several musical interests: the formal minimalism and elasticity of folk music, the abrasion of crass-era anarchist punk, the directness and lyricism of grunge rock and the alienating, arguably anti-human time bending techniques of modern digital signal processing. They like to write songs that might fool you into thinking you'd heard before. They want to tell the bleakest and most affecting memories and fantasies of their childhood and adolescence.
Their first ep, 'dangers of intimacy', was released by whitman, a freaky denizen of riverside CA, on his 'folktale' handmade cdr label, in 2005. Their second project RED STATE will be released on cardboard records in brooklyn.
They have and continue to tour the country with thier cracked digital storytelling gospel noise", too wimpy for "rock", too ugly and self-sabotaged for "folk", too simple and straightforward for "free" music group.

Erika Anderson grew up in the dive bars and rotten graveyards of saouth dakota. she played guitar and oscillators in the cultworthy southern calfornia noise-folk outfit Amps for Christ, co-fronted the halloween hospital rock band Blue Silk Sutures with Tara Tavi, and has her own impressive stable of 4track acoustic death rock songs. she is a fierce and beautiful nordic freak and an effortless memorizer of pop lyrics.
Ezra Buchla was born in the same crumbling berkeley mansion the gowns practice in today. he is the son of synthesizer inventor don buchla and is an accomplished music technologist in his own right. he contributed the signature disjointed horrorshow vocals, noise slices and sour church melodies to the first 4 (or six?) albums by the los angeles rock band Mae Shi, thereby garnering piles of jittery praise and crushing disdain. he has also recorded an absurd number of half-baked solo and collaborative experiments.
Jacob Felix Heule is an improvising drummer and multi-instrumentalist whose music spans the spectrum from overwhelming brutality to reductionist austerity. Free improv, noise, black metal and gamelan all have influenced his aesthetic and technique.
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