Thursday, December 17, 2015
Hollow Bush (Bryan Martin & Rodger Stella)
Fisher/Millevoi/Verrastro (sax/guitar/percussion improv)
Malcolm Tent (CT folk-punk, from Ultrabunny and ex-Bunny Brains)
Peace Feather (State College psych)
House show at 4500 Kingsessing, Philadelphia
$5 suggested donation. BYO refreshments
Door opens at 7:30 pm
Clavius Productions presents the annual Malcolm Tent Kingsessing jamboree. Also on the bill are West Philly’s Nick Millevoi and Scott Verrastro in a sax/guitar/percussion improv trio with Toronto’s amazing Colin Fisher, and State College’s Peace Feather, who will be joined by Niagara Falls members Noah Levey and Norm Fetter doing some synth/guitar kosmische blissouts.
Colin Fisher (Toronto)
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Colin Fisher is an active voice in the Improvised and Creative Music Community in North America.
He has been most active with duo project Not the Wind, Not the Flag which includes percussionist Brandon Valdivia. They have a substantial recording output that includes releases on Healing Power, Medusa, Inyrdisc, Already Dead Records, Barnyard Records and others. They have an upcoming vinyl release on Pleasance Records as well as a live concert recording with William Parker, coming out on New Atlantis records.
I HAVE EATEN THE CITY is an improvising trio featuring cellist/keyboardist/
Recently Colin recorded a record with NYC/Philly band Many Arms, who then released their record “Suspended Definition” on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. A subsequent US/Canada tour followed the release of their collaboration.
Colin is a member of the bands Bernice, Body Help, Caribou Vibration Ensemble, Ask the Oracle, Prince Enoki Insect Orchestra, and was a member of the AIMToronto Orchestra who performed at the Guelph Jazz Festival playing the music of Anthony Braxton with Mr. Braxton conducting and playing with the orchestra. He was also a member of the Woodchoppers Association who had a successful tour with West African Griot masters Jah Youssouf and Abdoulaye Kone, played guitar in Isla Craig’s Continental Drift, and was a member of Anna Linda Siddall’s band.
Colin has appeared and collaborated with: Anthony Braxton, Deily Mori Tounkara, Jah Youssouf, Rhys Chatham, William Parker, Dominic Duval, Sabir Mateen, Many Arms, Neil Haverty, Joe McPhee, Maury Coles, David Daniels, Chris Kelsey, Paul Hession, Mark Hundevad, Jean Martin, Metal Kites, Barnyard Drama, Nif-D, Eric Chenaux, Evan Shaw, Jason Hammer, Nick Fraser, Joe Sorbara, Glen Hall, Ronda Rindone, The Constantines, Caribou, Born Ruffians, etc.
Colin also received a Canada Council recording grant in 2007 that was used to create a duo recording with Jean Martin called The Little Man on the Boat which was released on Barnyard Records.
“With his involvement in the math-jazz trio Sing That Yell That Spell, I HAVE EATEN THE CITY and in the local improv scene, there is no doubt that Colin Fisher is one of the best musicians in Ontario. An unfairly skilled saxophonist and guitar player, Fisher’s hands dart around his instruments with amazing precision and creativity, showing off the Stratford, Ont.,-based virtuoso’s obviously varied musical tastes. Fisher has a way with strange chord shapes and menacing loops that fold into one another to make slightly creepy and altogether exceptional jazz compositions. Fisher will play any club that will have him and will help out any band that needs him, proving to be a truly versatile musician who is only happy when an instrument is in his hands.” (Neil Haverty-Dose)
Nick Millevoi is a Philadelphia-based guitarist who explores and expands upon the sound of the electric guitar through frequent use of non-traditional tunings, feedback, and raw noise. On his most recent solo-guitar releases, Numbers on the Side (Ivory Antler, 2014) and In White Sky (Flenser Records, 2012), Millevoi combines his 6- and 12-string electric guitars with drones and extreme volume to create a startling new sound. Nick is a member of the noise-rock-free jazz trio Many Arms, who have two releases on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Nick makes one half of the duo Archer Spade with trombonist Dan Blacksberg, who have performed music by composers Mick Barr, Gene Coleman, Dave Soldier, and Johnny DeBlase.
Drummer/percussionist Scott Verrastro utilizes a plethora of sticks, brushes, bells, shakers, cymbals and gongs, metal, contact mics, and household items — in addition to a traditional drum kit — to coax a wide palette of sounds. Verrastro received a degree in music literature from Northeastern University in Boston and continues to examine many forms of music, including all styles of improvisation and traditional folk. His improv psych band Kohoutek veers from drony Krautrock-inspired psych to abstract noise freak-outs and everything in between. Verrastro also plays in an all-percussion duo with Nathan Bowles (of Pelt/Black Twigs/Spiral Joy Band) and the Philly ensemble Curanderos (an improv collaboration between Bardo Pond and Kohoutek), and often accompanies multi-instrumentalist John Stanton in Kuschty Rye Ergot and guitarist Jeff Barsky in Insect Factory. Verrastro has also collaborated with saxophonists Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra Arkestra), Peter Brotzmann, Elliott Levin, Paul Flaherty, and John Dikeman, and has performed with JANDEK, vibraphonist Khan Jamal, George Kinney (of Golden Dawn), Damo Suzuki (of Can), Richard Pinhas (of Heldon), multi-instrumentalists Mike Tamburo and Little Howlin’ Wolf, and bands such as Bardo Pond, Fern Knight, and United Bible Studies.
“I’ve been bashing away at one form of music or another since 1983. I’m a founding member of Broken Talent (known to punk record collectors the world over), Bunnybrains (globally recognized noisemongers), and Ultrabunny (a better version of Bunnybrains), I’ve been slinging my punk rock acoustic guitar full time since 2008.”
Peacefeather is a psychedelic band from State College, PA which uses analog synthesizers, drum machines and old-school FX to create improvised melodies and songs. Some guitar feedback and skateboarding on weed have been included at times.
The new Kohoutek LP, Curious Aroma (whoa, see cover above!) was published in November by MIE Music UK!
Order here (UK & Europe): MIE link with Soundcloud sample MP3
Order here (USA at Forced Exposure): http://www.forcedexposure.com/Catalog/kohoutek-curious-aroma-lp/MIE.034LP.html
Nathan Bowles & Scott Verrastro collaboration, available at MIE
Kohoutek live on cassette tape, recorded 2013. Published by Heavy Hound, available at shows & stores
Vinyl only – Available on Prophase Music
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