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Featured CD:

Confront Collectors series 42
Damon Smith / Sandy Ewen

Valle De México

10/28/2014 "Desbordamientos" at Cine Tonalá, Mexico City, Mexico

Sandy Ewen - guitar, objects
Damon Smith - double bass

Recorded by Sandy Ewen
Mastered by Ryan Edwards

Limited copies available:
$15pp USA / $20 rest of the world Paypal to damon@balancepointacoustics.com Buy This CD

Ghetto Caylpso Reissue!!
Marco Eneidi / Peter Kowald / Damon Smith / Spirit Order CD & DL at Bandcamp

Alto Saxophone – Marco Eneidi
Double Bass – Damon Smith, Peter Kowald
Drums – Spirit
Painting [Cover] – Peter Kowald
Photography By [Inside] – Alan Anzalone
Photography By [Peter Kowald] – Allen Brightbill

This CD is dedicated to the memory of Peter Kowald 21.04.1944-21.09.2002 tags Buy This CD

In stock and available now:
Magda Mayas / Damon Smith / Tony Buck
Spill Plus Nuscope Recordings
Paypal damon@balancepointacoustics.com $14.95 US / $19.95 the rest of the world
Buy This CD

"Music for Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World"
Henry Kaiser, David Lindley, Jen Baker, Cheryl Leonard William Winant, Dannielle DeGruttola & Damon Smith.

OOP! Buy This CD

New! Full quality downloads at: balancepointacoustics.bandcamp.com

All titles are up now, plus new digital only releases. New releases $7, Back catalog $5 each! Buy This CD

Chan/Smith/Walter at Bandcamp

2013 Bug Incision release of Weasel Walter/Damon Smith/Charity Chan

"Formed in 2006 in Oakland California, this improving trio came together out of a love for randomness, noisy sounds, lyric brutality, and adventure eating. This album is dedicated to our 1510 evening in 2007 that features various forms of grilled octopi and improvised music."


Charity Chan (piano, objects)
Damon Smith (double bass)
Weasel Walter (drums)

Recorded at: 1510 8th street, Oakland CA, 2007 Mixed and mastered: Caribou Sonore, 2012

Includes immediate download of 6-track album in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire. Buy This CD

ug53 SANDY EWEN/DAMON SMITH/WEASEL WALTER CD $15.00 postage paypal = damon@balancepointacousitcs.com Buy This CD

Nate Wooley/Scott R. Looney/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter "Scowl" CD ug49 Edition of 300 real cds.


hear/download a free preview of this release at: http://weaselwalter.bandcamp.com/track/carps-daemon (PLAY LOUD!) A powerful, articulate improvised music release by this meeting of new generation West and East Coast American musicians. This quartet explores the outer limits of technique and abstraction while delivering serious impact. Scowl consists of more than 50 minutes of free improvised music by a quartet featuring trumpeter Nate Wooley, pianist Scott R. Looney, bassist Damon Smith and drummer Weasel Walter. The ensemble's music is a distinct sum total of four unique perspectives, drawing on a a wide palette of musical possibilities, dynamics and timbres. The music is fast, clearly delineated, compact and well-orchestrated, drawing from the sound vocabularies of 20th and 21st Century New Music forms. The recording is excellent and is best heard at robust volume on stereo speakers, just like in the good old days of high-fidelity. For fans of Bill Dixon, Evan Parker and Mats Gustafsson . . . Buy This CD

Fan The Hammer:

Henry Kaiser - electric and acoustic guitars, talking
Damon Smith - double bass, 6 string electric upright, 'cello, acoustic bass guitar, talking




The Henry Kaiser / Damon Smith duo has been active for well over a decade. These recordings span around 7 or 8 years. At this time it is a digital only release.

The cover is a collaborative ipod/iphone drawing by Raymie Iadevaia & Damon Smith

Raymie Iadevaia Buy This CD

Featuring Cecil Taylor alumni Marco Eneidi (alto), Marc Edwards (drums), Lisle Ellis (bass), Elliott Levin (tenor), Sun Ra Arkestra legend Marshall Allen (alto), bassist Damon Smith and manic Austrian reedist Mario Rechtern, Firestorm is a delerious concoction of new energy music that pushes beyond the stratosphere of sound!

You can send a paypal for $15 pp to damon@balancepointacoustics.com If you would like one. Buy This CD

A few copies of "Healing Force" are available You can send a paypal for $15 pp to damon@balancepointacoustics.com If you would like one.

Vinny Golia-reeds
Aurora Josephson-voice
Henry Kaiser-guitar
Mike Keneally-piano, guitar and voice
Joe Morris-guitar and double bass
Damon Smith-double bass
Weasel Walter-drums

Seven major figures from the art-punk, free-jazz, brutal prog, improvisational and modern jazz world come together for a ROCKING tribute to the unfairly ignored, misunderstood and vilified late period works of Albert Ayler. Buy This CD

Limited copies of the "Noisy People" dvd are available here. It is a Film by Tim Perkis featuing Damon Smith and other Bay Area Musicians. Includes footage of Gratkowski/Bryerton/Smith and Wolfgang Fuchs' Six Fuchs Project. Buy This CD

Improvised music form Oakland and Tel Aviv from the Jerusalem based Kadima Label.
Aurora Josephson - voice
Ariel Shibolet - soprano saxophone
Jen Baker - trombone
Scott R. Looney - piano
Damon Smith - double bass Buy This CD

New from Nuscope Records: Biggi Vinkeloe, alto saxophone, flute; Damon Smith, double-bass; Kjell Nordeson, drums, vibraphone Buy This CD

Forthcoming CD's

BPA -4
Hugo Ball: Sechs Laut- und Klanggedichte 1916 (Six Sound Poems, 1916)

Jaap Blonk / Damon Smith

Jaap Blonk - voice
Damon Smith - double bass

Blanton Museum, Austin, TX

Music for Meatyard:
Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten & Damon Smith - double basses
improvisations & graphic score by Damon Smith related to the work of photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Part of Soundspace at the Blanton 2-4pm

Salvage Vanguard Theater - 2803 Manor Rd, Austin,

Danny Kamins - baritone saxophone
Steve Parker - trombone
Sandy Ewen - guitar
Damon Smith - double bass

Part of NMASS 2015l

This quartet will use contemporary concepts of improvised music, putting texture, extreme dynamics and independence of line and idea at the forefront without excluding harmony. The lack of identifiable pulse or repetitive rhythms is an attempt both allow rhythm to be an equal element as opposed to structural support as well to allow the other materials to be heard on their own terms, since a standardized human response to repetitive rhythms suspends criticality.
That is my version - to make good improvised music it is crucial that the other three musicians have another story altogether.

Damon Smith, 2015

GalleryHOMELAND Houston

Friday, May 22 at 8:00pm
GalleryHOMELAND Houston
2327 1/2 Commerce St, Houston, Texas 77002

Imaginary Values presents:
Keith Rowe / Kjell Bjørgeengen + Rick Reed + Giacinto Scelsi

Admission TBA ($10 big space/$15 small)

Keith Rowe (France/UK) – guitar
Kjell Bjorgeengen (Norway) – live video


Rick Reed (Austin) - synthesizer


Giacinto Scelsi: Le réveil profond 1977
Damon Smith - double bass

14 Pews

All Three Duos!

Thursday, April 2at 7:30pm
14 Pews 800 Aurora St, Houston, Texas 77009 $10
Sandy Ewen & Henry Kaiser - guitars
Damon Smith - double bass

CD release concert for duo albums between all three musicians:

Vallle De México by Ewen / Smith on the British Confront label is due by the concert date as well as Lake Monsters by Ewen / Kaiser

Available now: Ewen / Smith
Background Information/a> &

Kaiser / Smith Relations

GalleryHOMELAND Houston

Home of Easy Credit + Ewen / Jensen / Rosaly / Horne + Håker-Flaten / Blancarte / Helton / Smith/

Sunday March 8th at 8:00pm
GalleryHOMELAND Houston
2327 1/2 Commerce St, Houston, Texas 77002
$10 admission, bar by Gallery Homeland!

Set One: The Home of Easy Credit :
Louise D.E. Jensen / Tom Blancarte

Set Two: Sandy Ewen / Louise D.E. Jensen / Frank Rosaly / Jonathan F Horne

Set three: Bass Quartet:
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / Tom Blancarte / Thomas Helton / Damon Smtih - double basses

Museum of Human Achievement, Austin

No Idea Festival 2015

Mazen Kerbaj
Michael Zerang
Damon Smith
Parham Daghighi
Steve Parker

More info and tickets:
No Idea Festival 2015

North Door, Austin

No Idea Festival 2015 8pm

First set Mazen Kerbaj

Second set Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Michael Zerang

Third set Kevin Drumm Jason Lescalleet

Fourth set Ignaz Schick Damon Smith Chris Cogburn

More info and tickets:
No Idea Festival 2015

North Door, Austin

Tom Blancarte Quartet, Damon Smith, Thomas Helton, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten 10:00pm

Louise Jensen w/Ralph White 9:00pm h

Plutonium Farmers 8:00pm

Austin/San Antonio/Houston

Henry Kaiser in Texas 2014


Thursday Dec. 4

Epistrophy Arts and The Church of the Friendly Ghost present

Henry Kaiser Quartet, Cactus Truck, and Friendship Cemetery at Museum of Human Achievement (Springdale and Lyons)

tickets $10 at the door all ages, byob

3 sets of music
7:30 Friendship Cemetery (Parham Daghighi and Steve Jansen) 8pm Cactus Truck (John Dikeman, Onno Govaert, Ava Mendoza) 9pm Henry Kaiser Quartet (HK, Damon Smith, Steve Parker, Chris Cogburn)

John Dikeman - sax
Ava Mendoza - guitar
Onno Govaert - drums

Henry Kaiser Quartet

Steve Parker - trombone
Henry Kaiser - guitar
Damon Smith - double bass
Chris Cogburn - percussion

Friday Dec. 5th:
San Antonio 8pm $10
High Wire Arts 326 W Josephine St., 78212 highwirearts.com

Henry Kaiser Quartet

Steve Parker - trombone
Henry Kaiser - guitar
Damon Smith - double bass
Chris Cogburn - percussion

Saturday Dec. 6th 14 Pews 800 Aurora Street Houston, TX 77009
Part of the 14 Pews Thermin Festival

A PAGE OF MADNESS Join us for a one time only Benshi experience to the cult silent Japanese film PAGE OF MADNESS a LIVE SOUNDTRACK performance by, Dok Gregory (theremin), Henry Kaiser (electric guitar, benshi) & Damon Smith (double bass) (The cost for A PAGE OF MADNESS and free beer is $15)

14 Pews Thermin Festival

Avant Garden, Houston

Thursday, November 20at 7:00pm $10

Avant Garden Houston 411 Westheimer Rd, Houston, Texas 77006

Imaginary Values & Balance Point Acoustics present the CD Release concert for North of Blanco

Jaap Blonk -- voice, electronics
Sandy Ewen -- guitar, objects
Damon Smith -- prepared double bass
Chris Cogburn -- percussion

Blanton Museum, Austin, TX

Soundspace at the Blanton Museum
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Free with Museum admission

Giacinto Scelsi Le réveil profond
(Cycle : Nuits II, 1972) pour contrebasse solo (Joëlle Léandre)
+ solo free improvisations

Damon Smith - double bass

click here for event info

Avant Garden, Houston

Imaginary Values presents: Patrick Crossland / Jerome Bryerton in Houston

Avant Garden 411 Westheimer

7pm. $10 Set 1: David Dove (Houston) - trombone
Juan Garcia (Mexico City) - double bass

Set 2: Patrick Crossland (Baltimore) - trombone
Sandy Ewen (Houston)- guitar, objects
Damon Smith (Houston) - double bass
Jerome Bryerton (Chicago) - percussion

Trombonist Patrick Crossland was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Growing up in southern Louisiana, he began playing trombone at age 10. He has worked closely with several prominent composers. Solo performances include the Walker Art Center’s “Festival Dancing In Your Head” (2001, 2002, 2005), the Darmstadt Course for New Music (2004, 2006, 2008), where he was awarded a Solo Performance Prize, and the “Utopia Jetzt!” Festival (Germany) where he performed his acclaimed “V for Grock” multimedia recital. In 2009 he premiered his “Krieg dem Krieg” project featuring thematic works for trombone and electronics. In addition to his activities as a soloist and chamber musician, he is an avid improviser, working with a wide range of musicians, dancers, and actors. He is a member of the Composers Slide Quartet, Ensemble Laboratorium, and Zinc & Copper Works. Recently relocated to the Baltimore area, he teaches trombone and other music courses at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Jerome Bryerton has been working as a free improvising percussionist for the past eight years. In this time, he has worked with some of the most respected players in the world. In October he was once again acquainted with Berlin multi-reedist Wolfgang Fuchs and San Francisco bassist Damon Smith; presenting two concerts as well as recording on CD (balance point acoustics). In September he worked with bass saxophonist Tony Bevan; with Bevan, he performed in San Francisco with local improvisers Scott Looney and Damon Smith. Last winter Jerome toured in Paris and Monacco with Chicago improvisers Carol Genetti and Andrea Polli. These performances were aligned with the multi media festival I.S.E.A. as, well as the Monacco dance forum. Jerome´s style strikes a resemblance close to the likes of European percussionists Paul Lovens, Paul Lytton, and Le Quan Ninh. Intent on using multi ethnic percussion as well as western percussion - simultaneously furnishing them with an odd assortment of orchestral metal and Chinese cymbals/gongs. Jerome believes that it is necessary to keep intact many of the European aesthetics revolutionized in the sixties and seventies; but which is also crucial is the synthesis of wit and experience of a modern American improviser. As a side note, Jerome has also worked with the following people: trumpeter Axel Dörner, reed player John Butcher, guitarist Henry Kaiser, reedist Peter van Bergen, reedist Jack Wright, cellist Fred Lonbergholm, trombonist Jeb Bishop, and also bassist Kent Kessler.

CotFG @Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, Tx

Set 1:
Color of Sound
Stephanie Phillips - viola
Seetha Shivaswamy - flute
Jessica Valls - double bass

Set 2:

Patrick Crossland (Baltimore) - trombone
Steve Parker (Austin) - trombone
Sandy Ewen (Houston)- guitar, objects
Damon Smith (Houston) - double bass
Jerome Bryerton (Chicago) - percussion

Cactus Music, Houston, Tx

1pm, Free
Sandy Ewen - guitar, objects
Damon Smith - 7 string electric upright bass
Weasel Walter - drums
Trio Album at Bandcamp

Beverages provided by St. Arnold

Salvage Vanguard Theater - 2803 Manor Rd, Austin,


Friday – 6/13/2014: Bourdon Ensemble, Weasel Walter/Sandy Ewen/Damon Smith trio, J.G. Thirlwell (NYC; Foetus, Manorexia) with Noveller, Kyle Evans (of Cracked Ray Tube), Scott Stark / Allison Leigh Holt (SF) film performance, Gary Wilson, Artificial Earth Machine, Stephen Farris

NMASS website

Avant Garden, Houston


Sandy Ewen - guitar, objects
Damon Smith - 7 string electric upright bass
Weasel Walter - drums
Trio Album at Bandcamp

Jenny Hoyston $10

Avant Garden, Houston

Ingrid Laubrock - saxophone
Tom Rainey - drums
David Dove - trombone
Damon Smith - double bass

Duo + Quartet

Rothko Chapel

Naldjorlak I (2004) by Éliane Radigue - performed by Charles Curtis
The Fields Have Ears (4) by Michael Pisaro - performed by The Nameless Sound Ensemble

Charles Curtis (San Diego): cello
The Nameless Sound Ensemble: Jawwaad Taylor, David Dove, Kurt Stallmann, Damon Smith, Ryan Edwards, Jason Jackson, Chris Cogburn

The Uptown, Oakland

Damon Smith returns to the Bay Area for the first time since August 2010. Improvisations with Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; Scott Looney, keyboard; Jacob Felix Heule, percussion. 8pm, free

Duende, Oakland, Ca

Roscoe Mitchell - winds
Sandy Ewen - guitar, objects
Damon Smith - double bass
Weasel Walter - drums

Luggage Store Gallery, SF

Bush of Ghosts + Aurora Josephson & Biggi Vinkeloe

Aurora Josephson - voice
Biggi Vinkeloe - alto saxophone & flute
Philip Greenlief - saxophones
Damon Smith - double bass
Spirit - percussion

Bush of Ghosts was formed & named by Philip Greenlief in the early 21st century. It is named after the famous novel by Nigerian writer Amos Tutuola. It was a working band for period that explores where free jazz and free improvisation overlap. An extreme sensitivity to timbre is the unifying principle.

The "rhythm section" of Spirit and Damon Smith have collaborated with a wide range of musicians such as Joëlle Leandré, Peter Kowald, John Tchicai, Peter Van Bergen, Marco EneIdi, Glenn Spearman, Wadada Leo Smith & Peter Brötzmann. Greenlief, one of the finest saxophonists in the world belongs squarely in this company.

The trio was augmented by trombonist Jen Baker in the past & for this concert they are joined by the amazing Aurora Josephson, who has a long history with all three musicians.

Sandy Ewen (Houston) - guitar, objects
Tony Dryer - double bass
Jacob Felix-Heule - percussion

Sandy Ewen is one of the most important improvising musicians in Texas. She has created a new improvisational language in her stereo, object-based approach to the guitar. While not the first musician to lay the guitar flat or use objects, the her detailed exploration of each object's sonic capabilities and and using each object as almost a second instrument separates her from those who rely on effects pedals or traditional guitar technique for their sound palette. She will play She will play solo and trio with Jacob Felix-Heule & Tony Dryer, who have a duo called Basshaters.


14 Pews

April 5th 8:30pm 14 Pews 800 Aurora St. Houston

Imaginary Values presents:


John Wiese is an artist and composer living in Los Angeles, California. He works primarily in recorded and performed sound with a focus on installation and multi-channel diffusions, as well as scoring for large ensembles. He has toured extensively throughout the world, covering the US, UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. He is also a founding member of the concrète grindcore band Sissy Spacek.


For his 14 Pews performance, John Wiese will screen a new series of experimental films.

An Improvised quintet performance by Steve Jansen / Parham Daghighi / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Chris Cogburn opens

$10 one free beverage from Southern Star Brewery with admission!
Facebook event here

CD copies of Jaap Blonk / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Chris Cogburn Should be available for the first time here.
Order at Bandcamp

Cactus Music, Houston, Tx

Nov. 16th 1pm free
Henry Kaiser
Improvised solos & duos with Damon Smith Cactus Music
2110 Portsmouth Houston, TX
Refreshments provided by The Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

Brand New albums:
Requia And Other Improvisations For Guitar Solo [#7645] Tzadik
Music for Werner Herzog's "Encounters at the End of the World"

2013-11-14 & 15
14 Pews

November 14th:
set zero:
Henry Kaiser–solo guitar + talking with short film

set one:
Henry Kaiser–guitar
David Dove–trombone
Damon Smith–double bass

set two:
Video with live sound: Ryan Edwards, Sandy Ewen, David Dove, Damon Smith, Rebecca Novak

November 15
set zero:
Henry Kaiser–solo guitar + talking with short film

set one:
Henry Kaiser, Sandy Ewen–guitars

set two:
Video with live sound: Ryan Edwards David Dove, Christopher Nelson, Damon Smith

Henry Kaiser presents a program of underwater video from 10 seasons of diving under the Ross Sea ice around McMurdo Station, Antarctica. He will self accompany his presentation with live solo acoustic & electric guitar, and will also joined by Texas improvisors Damon Smith, Sandy Ewen, David Dove, and others. Henry Kaiser, legendary guitarist who has played on over 250 albums, and a scientific diver with the US ANTARCTIC PROGRAM, marked his tenth deployment beneath the twenty foot thick ice of the Ross Sea in 2012. Mr. Kaiser has more Antarctic under-the-ice footage in films and TV shows than any other underwater cameraman, and probably more dives under fast ice than any other professional videographer. He was worked on 4 different feature films with Werner Herzog, including ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (the new soundtrack CD will be available at the concerts) and GRIZZLY MAN.

Henry Kaiser and Damon Smith (Houston) have collaborated for two decades resulting in over ten albums and two Werner Herzog soundtracks.

14 Pews. 800 Aurora St. Houston, TX. 8pm. $10.

The Owl, Austin, TX

Legendary guitarist Henry Kaiser (collaborator with Fred Frith, Jim O'Rourke, Diamanda Galas, Derek Bailey and countless others) makes a rare appearance in Austin with some local and Houston improvisers.

November 13, 2013 @ The Owl (1522 E. 12th St.) Austin, TX 8pm, $10 donation suggested NO SMOKING INSIDE

Two sets!

An experimental improv set with Kaiser + Steve Parker (trombone) Damon Smith (double bass) + Nick Hennies (percussion)

A power trio improvised "rock" set of Kaiser + Smith (7 string electric upright) + Hennies

Plus a special solo guitar set from Aaron Russell (Weird Weeds, Moonsicles, etc.)

Blanton Museum, Austin, TX

SoundSpace: Graphic Notation 2pm

Featuring Anthony Braxton's Composition No. 19 for 100 Marching Tubas!

Conducted by James Fei, Stefan Sanders, Chris Prosser, and Ben Stonaker.

Plus, featured soloists:
James Fei, alto saxophone
Kate Bass, soprano
Damon Smith, double bass (untitled composition by Cecil Taylor)
Caroline Wright, visual artist
Thomas Echols, modular synth and guitar
Molly Emerman, violin
Jeff Missal, trumpet
Joanna Martin, flute
Timothy Hagen, flute
Patrick Slevin, percussion

SoundSpace: Graphic Notation (+ 100 Marching Tubas!) + World premiere of James Syler's 3x3 Fanfares by the UTSA New Music Ensemble:

Ryan Coppin, violin
Natalie Rodriguez, flute
Josh Carpenter and Tabitha Horn, trumpets
Stefan Greenfield-Casas and Justin Gusky, horns
Danny Rodriguez, bass trombone Colton Chapman, electric guitar
Fabian Beltran, Jorge Martinez, and Mark Martinez, percussion

+ UTSA Trombone Quartet (Ruben Orduno, Derrek Cabrera, Celeste Castro, and Martin Palacios) performing Seismicity by Jim Altieri, a piece based on the seismographic readings from 4 locations during the Kobe earthquake in Japandouble

2013-06-29 + 07-17
Diverse Works

(Damon Smith) have an art work in an exhibition called "L’esprit de l’escalier" June 29 – August 17, 2013 at Diverse Works in Houston, TX. The opening is 7-9pm, Fri. June 29th.

My work includes video of short improvisations from Carmina Escobar, Sean Ali, Pascal Niggenkemper, Alfred Harth & Mike Watt. I have nine collage scores responding to the videos.

On Wed. July 17th there will be a trio performance:
Sandy Ewen - guitar, objects
Damon smith - double bass
Nick Hennies (Austin) - percussion


A talk on post-war music & art by Melissa Warek

more info here: diverseworks.org 4102 Fannin, Suite 200
Houston, Texas 77004
(entrance on Cleburne between Fannin and Main)

2013-05-27 to 06-1
Four Jaap Blonk Concets in Texas 2013

Video of Jaap in Texas last time They, Who Sound happens every Monday at Avant Garden 411 Westheimer from 7:30 to 9:30pm

On Monday, May 27 2013, They, Who Sound will feature Dutch improvisational vocalist and sound poet Jaap Blonk
in two ensembles.

Jaap Blonk/Lisa Harris/Ivette Roman-Roberto/Alauna Rubin &
Jaap Blonk/David Dove/Damon Smith

Jaap Blonk (Netherlands) - voice
Lisa Harris (Houston) - voice
Ivette Roman-Roberto (Houston) - voice
Alauna Rubin (Houston) - voice
David Dove (Houston) - trombone
Damon Smith (Houston) - double bass

$5-$10 suggested donation.

Wed. May 29th 6- 8pm Diverse Works on Wed. 6-8pm Free admission and free beer! 4102 Fannin, Suite 200 Houston, Texas 77004 (entrance on Cleburne between Fannin and Main)

“Flight Out of Time: an Introduction to the Life and Work of Hugo Ball” Melissa Venator PhD student, Rice University, Department of Art History A 20-minute (or less) lecture on Hugo Ball accompanied by a slide show.

Hugo Ball Six Sound Poems
Jaap Blonk (NL) - Voice
Damon Smith - Double bass

Austin & San Antonio:

Jaap Blonk -- vocals, electronics (Netherlands)

Solo and in quartet with:
Jaap Blonk -- vocals (Netherlands)
Damon Smith -- double bass (Houston)
Sandy Ewen -- guitar (Houston)
Chris Cogburn -- percussion (Austin)

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 8pm
High Wire Arts
326 W Josephine San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 827-7652
$10 admission


Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 8pm
Carousel Lounge
1110 E 52nd St Austin, TX 78723
(512) 452-6790
$10 admission

Menil Collection

Vivian L. Smith Foundation Fellowship Symposium The Menil Collection, Houston

May 10 & 11, 2013

Friday, May 10 - 6:30 p.m.
Menil Collection Lawn
1515 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006
Line Upon Line (Austin, TX) - performing Reich, Snowden and Xenakis

Saturday, May 11 - 5pm
Former Byzantine Fresco Chapel
4011 Yupon St, Houston, TX 77006
Lectures and Performances:
Dr. Liz Kotz - “Convergence of Music, Dance and Sculpture c. 1961”
Craig Hauschildt - "Karlheinz Stockhausen"
Dr. Leo G. Mazow - “Archive, Anthology, and the Later Career of Thomas Hart Benton”
Craig Hauschildt and Brandon Bell - "Fluxus Set", works by Ben Vautier, Robert Bozzi, Ken Friedman, Emmett Williams, George Brecht, Milan Knizak,Yoko Ono, Alison Knowles, and Peter Frank
Damon Smith - Benjamin Patterson, "Variations for Double Bass"
Prof. Simon Shaw-Miller - “Nam June Paik and Marcel Duchamp: An Ontology of Music”
David Dove/Abel Cisneros/Ryan Edwards/Jason Jackson/Ivette Roman-Roberto/Damon Smith - Cornelius Cardew, "Treatise" Benjamin Patterson's Variations for Double Bass, 1961 video

New Mexico & Colorado tour

Improvised music

Wed. Mar.13 Rio Bravo Fine Art, Truth or Consequences NM http://www.riobravofineart.net/
Thu. Mar.14 Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque NM http://outpostspace.org/
Fri. Mar.15 West Side Books, Denver CO http://www.westsidebooks.com/
Sat. Mar.16 The Modbo, Colorado Springs CO http://themodbo.wordpress.com/
Sun. Mar.17 in Pueblo CO at the Main Library, 3:30 pm
Mon. Mar.18 Benildus Hall, Santa Fe University of Art & Design

Biggi Vinkeloe - alto sax, flute (from Sweden)
Mark Weaver - tuba (Albuquerque NM)
Damon Smith - dbl-bass (Houston TX)
Video: Desert Sweets Tour Video

No Idea 2013: The Museum Of Human Achievement

2/22 Austin 8pm - 12am / $8 - $15 sliding scale The Museum Of Human Achievement

First set
Bonnie Jones

Second set
Sandy Ewen
Damon Smith

Third set
Catherine Lamb
Bryan Eubanks

Fourth set Alvin Fielder Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Milo Tamez Misha Marks

The Performance Loft

8pm - 12am / $8 - $15 sliding scale
The Performance Loft
805 Congress Ave (map)

First set
Jonathan Horne
Misha Marks

Second set Catherine Lamb and Bryan Eubanks present a series of pieces commissioned especially for No Idea 2013 featuring Austin ensemble Lunch Money -- Bob Hoffnar, Aaron Allen, Chris Cogburn.

Third set Alvin Fielder
Damon Smith
Remi Álvarez

The opening night in Austin places focus on gradations in composition and improvisation with sets ranging from commissioned compositions to first-time freely improvised meetings. Come celebrate our 10th year anniversary in the special ambiance of The Performance Loft in downtown Austin. Libations and catered hors d’œuvres provided by Tito’s Vodka, Saint Arnold Brewery, id soda, Emily’s Catering, East Side Pies, and others...

No Idea 2013: The Performance Loft

No Idea Festival 2013:

8pm - 12am / $8 - $15 sliding scale
The Performance Loft
805 Congress Ave (map)

First set
Jonathan Horne
Misha Marks

Second set Catherine Lamb and Bryan Eubanks present a series of pieces commissioned especially for No Idea 2013 featuring Austin ensemble Lunch Money -- Bob Hoffnar, Aaron Allen, Chris Cogburn.

Third set Alvin Fielder
Damon Smith
Remi Álvarez

The opening night in Austin places focus on gradations in composition and improvisation with sets ranging from commissioned compositions to first-time freely improvised meetings. Come celebrate our 10th year anniversary in the special ambiance of The Performance Loft in downtown Austin. Libations and catered hors d’œuvres provided by Tito’s Vodka, Saint Arnold Brewery, id soda, Emily’s Catering, East Side Pies, and others...


This Sunday, 7-9pm Texas time, Pete Gershon's KTRU show:

Damon Smith - double bass
Alvin Fielder - snare drum

The new Wilbur Ware album & unreleased music from Alvin's personal archive.
Listen live at: KTRU

DIverse Works

2pm Sat. Feb. 2nd Music for Tony Feher's Installation Diverse Works Art Space 4102 Fannin St. Houston, TX

Untitled Sound collage, 2012 by Sandy Ewen

My original idea was commission a sound collage from Sandy Ewen about specific ideas behind Tony's work. In conversations about it with Tony, he said there are no ideas behind his work (+ everything he has ever experienced). However, He loved the Idea and thought the audience should be in the installation, as if in a crowded train station. This is her first work in this medium. Her technique involves layering internet based sources. The audience should be in main space for this.

Installation Suite for trombone

The inspiration for this came from an incredible solo Mr. Dove did in Richmond Hall where he made subtle movement in the space. This piece involves him moving to all three distinct part of the installation - starting outside with the door open and the audience inside - and using it as a graphic score.

David Dove - trombone

Mild intervention I & II

This set of works is my second project under the influence of Ben Patterson. I also took into account the working methods of text based sculptor Lawrence Weiner and the composers of the Wandelweiser collective (www.timescraper.de). In the end it was Ben's work that exists in the psychological realm that seemed to fit best.

Both scores ask the performers to hold specific thoughts while carrying out the task of improvising music - as opposed to trying to express the ideas through sound.

Mild Intervention I for vibraphone & electric guitar
Nick Hennies - Vibraphone
Sandy Ewen - guitar

Mild Intervention I! for glass & percussion
Rebecca Novak & Chris Cogburn - glass & percussion

2012-11-6 & 7
Spring St. Studios, Houston

November 6 and 7, 2012, 8pm Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street, Houston

David Dove -trombone
Sandy Ewen -guitar, objects
Damon Smith - double bass
Juanjose Rivae - electronics
Carmina Escobar - voice
Remi Álverez - saxophone

Cine Tonalá: Tonalá 231, Col. Roma (Entre Aguascal

Damon Smith / Sandy Ewen duo
Dafne Vicent-Sandova / Xavier López duo

Aproximaciones a la música improvisada

México / Alemania / Austria / E.U. / Francia / España

Ciclo internacional de música improvisada que expone distintas lecturas y aproximaciones a nuevas prácticas sonoras, a partir de la proyección de la serie documental "On The Edge: Improvisation In Music", basada en la investigación del guitarrista Derek Bailey.

Domingo 28 de Octubre

Proyección de "On The Edge: Improvisation In Music" 18hrs / Entrada Libre

Concierto: 19hrs (2 sets distintos por fecha) / $80 pesos

Cine Tonalá: Tonalá 231, Col. Roma (Entre Aguascalientes y Tlaxcala), México, D.F.

2012-10-26 & 27
Sala Xochipilli, Mexico City

‎"II FREE MUSIC AGREEMENT/ACUERDO DE MÚSICA LIBRE" próxima semana 26 y 27 de Oct. conciertos y clases magistrales a cargo de:

David Dove -trombone
Sandy Ewen -guitar, objects
Damon Smith - double bass
Juanjose Rivae - electronics
Carmina Escobar - voice
Remi Álverez - saxophone

2012-10-18, 20, 21
Houston Contemporary Art Fair

Mitchell Center Booth: 7:30 pm Thurs., 7-9 Sat. 5-7 Sun. 2-2:20
Damon Smith (double bass, sticks, stones) plays Christian Wolf and John Cage.

Ryoanii, for solo double bass to Joelle Leandre, 1983 John Cage 1912-1992

Stones (1968-1971)

Sticks (1968-1971)
Christian Wolff, b. 1934

14 Pews

Keith Rowe / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith
Oct. 10th 8pm. $10-20 sliding scale
14 Pews 800 Aurora Street
Houston, TX 77009

Keith Rowe - guitar, electronics
Sandy Ewen - guitar, objects
Damon Smith - double bass, laptop, field recordings

Keith Rowe will also stage historic Scratch orchestra works with Gooseberry Marmalade.

Scratch Orchestra recordings:

Scratch Orchestra short history:

Keith Rowe Bio: Keith Rowe was in the forefront of the initial wave of European free improvisation, co-founding the AMM collective in 1965 and originating the tabletop guitar. The tabletop guitar has remained at the center of his ever-evolving table of electronics and gadgets ever since, becoming increasingly stripped down and minimal in recent years. Having mostly performed within AMM until the late 90's, he's since been involved in a wide range of projects, including a slew of the most prominent Erstwhile releases. He's the cornerstone musician of the label, and his wide range of releases over the last decade stands with the strongest bodies of work of the last century in improvised music.

Sandy Ewen plays electric guitar. Born in Toronto, Canada in 1985, Sandy Ewen received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Since then she has resided in Houston, TX where she pursues her musical and visual projects and her architecture license. Ewen has performed music throughout North America as a collaborative improviser and as a member the Weird Weeds. Lately, Ewen has been focusing on her visual art, frequently presenting it alongside experimental music. Ewen's visual art currently centers around projections. Ewen utilizes numerous slide projectors & countless handmade slides to shape and create space. These portable installations have been integrated into film, music and dance. The multimedia space 14 Pews has invited Ewen to be their 2012 artist in residence, allowing Ewen to present her visual art and musical performances. Sandy Ewen is a well known member of Houston's experimental music community. She is a regular contributor to the They Who Sound & Binarium concert series'. In 2012, Ewen will release at least four albums, which will include a duo with guitarist Tom Carter, a trio with bassist Damon Smith & drummer Weasel Walter, a duo with Damon Smith, and a rock album with Austin's Weird Weeds.

Gooseberry Marmalade is an evolving music and ensemble that performs improvisation, graphic scores, performance pieces and occasionally more traditional forms of composition. Sandy Ewen founded the all female group in 2009 as a way to capitalize on the under-utilized resource of creative women in experimental music.The group has changed its name to a different fruit flavor for every performance. Memorable moments of the ensemble include: the Pawpaw Pomelo show atop the Mekong Plaza on July 4th, 2010, wherein the band accompanied live fireworks with an amplified vocal perfomance; the Pina Colada show at NMAS in Austin, Texas wherein the band collaborated with video artist Rebecca Carlisle-Healy; the Durian Durian show at the Menil, which showcased site specific performance pieces. The group has a CDr release, but all the copies have gone missing. The CDr was fondly referred to as the "touchy-feely" album because of the fake fur that was glued on the covers.

2012-05-30 + 31
Spring St. Studios (+ 14 Pews)

John Butcher, Thomas Lehn and Gino Robair

John Butcher (London): tenor and soprano saxophones
Thomas Lehn (Köln): analogue synthesizer
Gino Robair (San Francisco): drums, percussion

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

at: Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios
1824 Spring Street Houston, TX 77007

with the Nameless Sound Ensemble:
Abel Cisneros - drums, percussion
David Dove - trombone
Ryan Edwards - guitar
Sandy Ewen - guitar, objects
Thomas Helton - double bass
Jason Jackson - saxophone
Alauna Rubin - clarinet, voice
Damon Smith - double bass
Michelle Yom - flute


Thursday, May 31, 2012 at: 14 Pews 800 Aurora Street, Houston 77009
trio performance

each night: $13 General Admission / $10 Students both nights: $20 Everyone under 18 gets in for free

For information call 713-928-5653 Or go to www.namelesssound.org

Nameless Sound presents the return of two favorite guests, saxophonist John Butcher and analogue synthesist Thomas Lehn, and welcomes percussionist Gino Robair for his Nameless Sound debut. John Butcher's work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked saxophone pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics, and as a solo performer who attempts to engage with a sense of place. solos are a study in subtle detail, nuanced acoustics, brilliant overtones, and powerful abstraction.

Since the early 1980s Thomas Lehn has developed an individual language of electronic music, rooted in his experience as an interpreting and improvising pianist in classical, contemporary and jazz music. The electronic equipment he uses consists of analogue synthesizers of the late 1960s, in particular the EMS Synthi A. Besides the substantial characteristics of its analogue sound synthesis, the facilities of this modular instrument allow him to act and react spontaneously to various structural elements of the music.

Gino Robair's unconventional approach to percussion puts a greater focus on melody and sound generation than on rhythm and timekeeping. It's typical for Robair to arrive at concerts with as few instruments as possible, challenging himself to make music from styrofoam cups, toys, electric motors, even his bare hands. He has performed and recorded with artists ranging from Tom Waits to John Zorn to Anthony Braxton, and is the proprietor of Rastascan Records, a label devoted to creative music.

The Nameless Sound Ensemble brings together the leading lights of Houston's community of creative improvisation, many of whom have had long-term associations with the organization as educators or students.

For information on Nameless Sound or directions go to www.namelesssound.org,

or call 713-928-5653

Alabama Art Kitchen, Tuscaloosa, AL

7pm $10The Alabama Art Kitchen · 2626 University Blvd. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 alabamaartkitchen@gmail.com

Alvin Fielder Quartet:

Jason Jackson - saxophones
David Dove - trombone
Damon Smith - double bass
Alvin Fielder - drums

2012-05-11 & 12
Secret Stages Birmingham, AL

Friday 9pm: Alvin Fielder Houston quartet
Jason Jackson - saxophones
David Dove - trombone
Damon Smith -double bass

Saturday 9pm David Dove / Damon Smith duo
David Dove - trombone
Damon Smith -double bass
Info, directions Etc.: http://secretstages2012.sched.org/

Mudlark, New Orleans, LA

Mudlark 1200 Port Street (corner of Marais) 8pm
Houston trio:
Jason jackson - saxophones
David Dove - trombone
Damon Smith -double bass


Donald Miller / Rob Cambre duo

Rice University

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 7pm
Location Rice University
Keith-Weiss Geology Building, Room 100

Introduction to Dada sound poetry
Kurt Schwitters' "Ursonate" Jaap Blonk, voice
question-and-answer session to follow

Avant Garden, Houston

They, Who Sound Presents:
March 19th 7pm Avant Garden 411 Westheimer Houston $5-10

Mixed improvised groupings with:
Jaap Blonk (NL) - voice
Jack Wright (PA) - saxophones
David Dove - trombone
Sandy Ewen - guitar, objects
Damon Smith - double bass

English Kills Gallery, NYC

9pm Nov. 19th, 114 Forrest St. Ground Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Jim Sauter (Borbetomagus) - saxophones
Sandy Ewen - guitar, objects
Damon Smith - 7 string electric upright, laptop
Weasel Walter - percussion

Part of a live action by artist Peter Dobil at English Kills Gallery more info here: http://www.peterdobillactionist.com/ &


Map & Subway:


Allways Lounge, New Orleans

WED. OCT. 26
Anxious Sound presents: Weasel Walter/Damon Smith/Donald Miller/Rob Cambre (quartet)
@the AllWays Lounge
2240 St.Claude Avenue, New Orelans, LA

The Blue Nile, New Orleans

Open Ears Music Series presents:
Weasel Walter / Damon Smith / Donald Miller (trio)
Simon Berz / Simon Lott / Bruce Golden / Justin Peake
@the Blue Nile (upstairs) 532 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA

Avant Garden

Avant Garden 411 Westheimer 7 to 9pm

Monday, October 3
Annette Krebs (Berlin) - guitar
Chris Cogburn (Austin) - drums, percussion
Sandy Ewen (Houston) - guitar
Damon Smith (Houston) - double bass
with an opening set by
Ryan Edwards (Houston) - guitar, voice

Super Happy Funland

8pm Aug 7th @ Super Happy Fun Land 3801 Polk Street, Houston TX 77003 (713)880-2100 $7

The Weird Weeds http://www.weirdweeds.com/

Weasel Walter Ensemble

Weasel Walter (drums), Seth Paynter (saxophones), David Dove (trombone), Thomas Helton (tuba), Sandy Ewen (guitar), Damon Smith (amplified double bass), Nick Hennies (vibraphone) http://nowave.pair.com/wea​sel_walter/

Lucas Gorham (Grandfather Child) solo guitar


Skinny's Ballroom, Austin

8pm Aug 5th @ Skinny's Ballroom (115 San Jacinto) $5

Weasel Walter Quintet featuring: Weasel Walter (drums), Carl Smith (saxophone), Jonathan Horne (guitar), Sandy Ewen (guitar), Damon Smith (amplified double bass) Weasel Walter is a composer and instrumentalist who founded the band The Flying Luttenbachers in Chicago in 1991 with late jazz cult figure Hal Russell and is a current member of Cellular Chaos and Behold...The Arctopus. Over the years, The Flying Luttenbachers included noted Chicago musicians such as Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Dylan Posa, and Michael Colligan, while creating an uncompromising and mercurial body of abstract music drawing equally from no wave, death metal, free jazz, gamelan, noise music, hardcore punk and modern classical. Walter moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003, where he formed the latest of many Luttenbachers lineups, remaining on percussion with the addition of bassist Mike Green (Burmese), and virtuoso guitarist Ed Rodriguez (ex-Colossamite, Gorge Trio). Singular guitar phenomenon Mick Barr (Octis, Orthrelm) joined the group in 2005. The Flying Luttenbachers ceased to operate in late 2007. In addition to leading various free jazz ensembles under his own name, currently he is a member of Burmese. On November 25, 2009, Weasel Walter announced that he was moving to New York City to join the band Behold... The Arctopus on drums and will be writing "new, more extreme material from scratch." Since moving back to New York, he has also formed Cellular Chaos with Marc Edwards (drummer) and Ceci Moss.

The Weird Weeds http://www.weirdweeds.com/

The Plutonium Farmers http://blog.plutoniumfarme​rs.com/

Fair Grinds Coffee House (upstairs), New Orleans

Anxious Sound presents:
DAMON SMITH (houston,TX) = bass
solo + with Bhob Rainey (soprano saxophone), Donald Miller (electric guitar), & Rob Cambre (electric guitar)
SAT. JANUARY 29, 2011
@Fair Grinds Coffee House (upstairs)
3133 Ponce de Leon
(Mid City/Faubourg St. John)
New Orleans, LA 70119
doors: 7:30 / showtime: 8pm

No Idea Festival, Austin

No Idea Festival Austin Trio with, Sandy Ewen - guitar, Chris Cogburn - pecussion
More info: http://noideafestival.com/

Flight Gallery, San Antonio

No Idea Festival, San Antonio
Duo with Thomas Helton - Double Bass
more info: http://noideafestival.com/

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Damon Smith performs Ben Patterson's "Variations for Double Bass" followed by a trio with Sandy Ewen & Jerome Bryerton. 6:30pm, free.
Pre-Concert music: "Polishing" by George Brecht


Radio broacast on KTRU in Houston 6-7 pm central time

Sandy Ewen - prepared guitar

Damon Smith - 7 string electric upright bass, laptop

Listen live at http://ktru.org/

Cy Twombly Pavillion, Menil Collection Houston

Bass duos with Thomas Helton in the Renzo Piano Desgined Cy Twombly Annex at the Menil Collection in Houston, TX

Premiering the graphic score: Six collages to Cy Twombly for two double basses

Performance Notes:

The primary concept behind these scores is simply to generate contemporary work out of great works from the past and to work across art forms with similar ideas. Which is very much in line with Twombly’s practice.

The collages contain a brass ensemble reduction of one of Twombly’s favorite works, Händel’s “Water Music”, referencing both classical double bassists often having to resort to transcriptions to engage with great music as well Twombly himself working from various translations of ancient texts to generate paintings. As well as poems from three of his favorite poets: Catullus, Rilke & Pessoa. They also contain plates from a small Braque book (who has a neighboring ceiling work to Twombly’s in the Louvre), as well as my own graphite lines (often “crossing out” notes or text), gouache marks & photos from the Mediterranean world and one from Oakland, California

Just as the graphite lines can be read as pure music, both the poems and written music can read as gestural or just as importantly any of the material can be read silently by the performers to create “active” silences between their own material. The pitches from Water Music could also be combined with the gestures of the graphic material.

The scores can be played in any order or any direction and can be used as self-contained compositions or as a framework for improvisational material.

Damon Smith 8/2010

Tex Gallery, Denton TX

Lou Mallozzi - objects
Damon Smith - double bass

inarium sound Series at Mekong Underground

Sunday Aug. 22nd 8pm. Binarium sound Series at Mekong Underground 2808 Milam st.

Double bass duo:

Thomas Helton/Damon Smith – double basses

1510 8th st.

Monday, Dec 7 2009 8:00 PM Studio 1510 1510 8th Street Oakland $6-10

Set 1 Gianni Mimmo - saxophone Scott R. Looney - piano Gino Robair - percussion

Set 2 RECIPROCAL UNCLES (Italy) Gianni Mimmo - saxophones Gianni Lenoci - piano

Set 3 Gianni Mimmo - saxophones Gianni Lenoci - piano Damon Smith - double bass Kjell Nordeson, Gino Robair - percussion

http://www.amiranirecords.com/gianni.html http://www.amiranirecords.com/gianni_lenoci.html http://www.balancepointacoustics.com http://myspace.com/smithdamon http://www.myspace.com/damonsmithsolo

21 Grand

Sunday, Nov 8 2009 8:00 PM 21 Grand 416 25th St @Broadway Near 19th Street BART Oakland $6-10

Hans Koch (CH) - reeds
Damon Smith - double bass
Kjell Nordeson (SE) - percussion

Hans Koch: 1948, Biel, Switzerland; bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, electronics.

Having studied at the Conservatory in Biel and Zurich, Hans Koch began his musical career as a classical clarinetist, working from 1973 to 1980 at the Music College of Winterthur. In 1978, he met Martin Schütz, also at the Conservatory, and they formed a jazz trio at the beginning of the 1980s, finally settling with the drummer Marco Käppeli. Performances eventually led to a recording of the trio on ECM and then a second disc the following year (1988) on Sound Aspects. In 1985 he won the best soloist award at the Jazzfestival Lugano and in 1986 was awarded the "Kulturpreis from the city of Biel". During the same period, Koch was also a member of Werner Lüdi's Sunnymoon, along with Martin Schütz, Stephan Wittwer and Paul Lovens. In 1987 he undertook a 6-month residence in New York and played in a wide variety of situations: with Andrew Cyrille, Butch Morris, Shelley Hirsch and David Moss & many others. This resulted in regular performances at Willisau and Nickelsdorf and a recording for FMP of X-Communication (Morris, Hirsch, Schütz, Lovens, Hans Reichel, Jason Hwang and J.A. Dean). In 1988, Koch was a member of the Cecil Taylor European Orchestra, the recording of which was released in the much-prized In Berlin box set from FMP, as well as the ground breaking all reed trio Holz Fur Europa with Wolfgang Fuchs and Peter Van Bergan

Hans Koch's solo CD, Uluru was recorded in 1989 and at the end of 1991 CHOCKSHUT (a near anagram of Koch and Schütz) was recorded, a sextet that included Fredy Studer. This was the beginning of the trio "Koch-Schütz-Studer", though their first recording with the descriptive and provocative title of Hardcore chamber music was not recorded for another three years, by which time Koch was working with electronics as an extension of his reeds, as well as with sampling/sequencing. In the ten years that have followed, the trio has recorded frequently and collaborated with a wide variety of musicians: from Egypt, from Cuba, with DJs, and with poetry/spoken word.

Zebulon, Brooklyn

Zebulon 258 Wythe Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211-3914 (718) 218-6934

10/27/2009 8:00 PM

Jack Wright - saxophone

Mike Pride - drums

Damon Smith - double bass

Moonstone Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

Lucky Old Souls Sunday, October 25, 2009 6:30pm - 11:00pm Moonstone Arts Center (aka Robin's Books) 110 S. 13th St., 2nd Floor Philadelphia, PA Lucky Old Souls and Dan Peterson present... a special Sunday dinner concert at Moonstone Arts Center with music from... TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCE TRIO Dan Peterson, reeds Matt Stein, bass Doug Hirlinger, drums JASON STEIN solo bass clarinet JACK WRIGHT Quartet Jack Wright, sax Jason Stein, bass clarinet Damon Smith, double bass Mike Szekely, drums

Venue: Plays and Players Theater, Philadelphia


Autumn Edition

Venue: Plays and Players Theater, 3rd Floor 1714 Delancey Place

presented with Plays and Players

Friday, October 23, 8pm Damon Smith - solo double bass + many other short sets

Heaven Gallery Chicago 1510 N. Mil

For the 2007 release Ausfegen (Balance Point Acoustics), this transcontinental quartet—bassist Damon Smith and guitarist Kristian Aspelin from the Bay Area and saxophonist Paul Hartsaw and drummer Jerome Bryerton from Chicago—set out to pay homage to German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys. But as Smith explains in the liner notes, they weren’t sure it was worthwhile to simply claim they were inspired by Beuys, so they decided to make the connection more explicit. For the art piece he called Ausfegen, Beuys swept Berlin’s Marx-Engels-Platz, then encased the broom and all the detritus he’d collected in a vitrine. On the album Ausfegen, the cuts have titles like “Garbage,” “Sand,” and “Paper,” and for one track Aspelin laid his guitar flat and played it with a broom. Of course that’s not to say the listener needs to know any of this to appreciate the group’s tensile and tactile free improvisation. The clanging and clattering commotion is daubed with terse, fluid phrases—a postbop gesture by Hartsaw, a rumbling arco flurry by Smith—and each player manipulates fast-flying extended technique in carefully calibrated communication. —Peter Margasak

21 Grand

Two Sets with Legendary Bassist John Lindberg Tuesday Jan. 13th @ 21 Grand $6-10 416 25th St @Broadway Near 19th Street BART Oakland

Set 1: JazzHopRevolution Featuring John Lindberg & Rahman Jamaal

"The compelling ensemble dynamically creating a cross-genre marriage of jazz and hip-hop."

Playing selections from their recent album: Tha Sound of Truth (Planet Arts/LindyEditions)

Set 2: Vinny Golia reeds John Lindberg & Damon Smith Double basses Weasel Walter Drums

www.johnlindberg.com www.jazzhorevolution.com www.myspace.com/rahmanjamaal www.myspace.com/johnlindberg www.balancepointacoutics.com www.ninewinds.com http://nowave.pair.com/weasel_walter/ www.21grand.com

21 Grand

Tuesday, Jun 10 2008 8:00 PM 21 Grand 416 25th St @Broadway Near 19th Street BART Oakland

John Butcher - soprano & tenor saxophones
Damon Smith - double bass, laptop
Weasel Walter - percussion

John Butcher (UK) is one of the most innovative and original saxophonists of any era. He is Joined at this concert of free improvised music by the prolific Oakland rhythm section Weasel Walter and Damon Smith.


The Empty Bottle

Tuesday 06/03/08
9:00 PM
Empty Bottle Chicago, IL

Guillermo Gregorio - alto saxophone, clarinets
Damon Smith - double bass
Jerome Bryerton - percussion


29-3-08, 9pm
Westwerk, Admiralitätstr.74, Hamburg
Lise-Lotte Norelius, live-electronics (Stockholm)
Damon Smith, double bass (Oakland, CA)
+ Nordzucker:
Birgit Ulher, trumpet
Lars Scherzberg, saxofon
Michael Maierhof, cellos


March 23 Archiduc Brussels, Belgium 9pm.

Fred Van Hove - Piano
Peter Jacquemyn, Damon Smith - double basses
Changed from 5 to 9pm

Blue Tomato

damon smith - bass, tom zlabinger - bass, andreas menrath - drums, hans falb - turntables, martin siewert - guitar, marco eneidi - alto saxophone Blue Tomato - Vienna


13-3-08, 8pm
HaTeiva, corner of Salame/Yerushalaim, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel
Damon Smith - double bass
Birgit Ulher - trumpet
24Limbs Orchestra:
Ariel Shibolet - soprano sax
Yoni Silver - bass clarinet
Roni Brenner - guitar
Michel Mayer - guitar
Shmil Frenkle - doublebass
Ofer Bymel - drums


8-3-08, 8pm
Pyramida, Madregot Miller 6, Haifa, Israel
Damon Smith - double bass
Birgit Ulher - trumpet
Adi Snir - soprano & tenor sax, clarinet
Roni Brenner - guitar
Michel Mayer - guitar
Ofer Bymel - drums

H7_Club für improvisierte Musik, Blinzelbar

1-3-08, 9 pm
H7_Club für improvisierte Musik, Blinzelbar
Gr. Bergstr.158, Hamburg

Liz Albee, trumpet, electronics (Oakland, CA)
Birgit Ulher, trumpet
Heiner Metzger, soundtable
Raed Yassin, electronics (Beirut)
Michael Maierhof, cello
Damon Smith, double bass (Oakland, CA)

Hagada Hasmalit

Tel Aviv Improvised Music Meeting
Hagada Hasmalit, Echad Ha'am 70, Tel Aviv, Israel
with Tanaka, Ariel Shibolet, Damon Smith and Birgit Ulher amongst others

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