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München Trio #1

Where: arToxin Galerie Kirchenstraße 23, 81675 München

When: 2019-12-12, 20:00

Performers: Damon Smith – Kontrabass (USA)
Udo Schindler – cl, bcl, cornet/althorn
Karina Erhard - Flöten

 https://www.artoxin.de Donnerstag, 12. Dezember 2019 um 20:00 Uhr

 

Die beiden Trios setzen konzequent ihren musikalischen Diskurs ohne Angst anzuecken fort - im Sinn von Gerhard Stäbler: Heute ist es viel dringlicher, dass wir dieses Glatte, diese Konvektionierung des menschlichen Denkens und Fühlens aufbrechen und um radikal dagegen zu opponieren.
Erlebbar ist live die Formung von ephemeren, extremen, genrefernen und klischeefreien Klangabenteuern – ein Gipfeltreffen der improvisierten Musik.  
 
 
Die beiden internationalen agierenden Protagonisten, der Kontrabassist Damon Smith aus den USA, und der lokalen Musiker Udo Schindler werden improvisierte Musik auf höchsten Niveau präsentieren. Zu beiden Performances habe sie mit Karina Erhard eine lokale Musikerin und mit Jaap Blonk aus den Niederlanden eine ‚Institution‘ der improvisierten Musik und Stimmkunst hinzugeladen. Es ist eine Performance in der Konzertreihe LOW-TONE STUDIES, die im Februar 2019 begann und bis Dezember 2020 fortgesetzt wird. Der Schwerpunkt dieser Reihe bildet der klingende Dialog von Kontrabassmusikern mit den Blasinstrumenten von Udo Schindler. Berühmte Protagonisten spielten bereits in diesem Kontext, nämlich Nina Polaschegg, Meinrad Kneer, Jonas Gerigk, Dine Doneff, Thomas Stempkowski u.v.a. Bereits eingeplant sind als Gäste im November 2019 Peter Jacquemyn (BE), in 2020 Wilbert de Joode (NL), Matija Schellander (SI), Uli Fussenegger (AT), Christian Weber (CH), Werner Dafeldecker (AT), eventuell Paul Rodgers (GB) etc., alles Hochverräter der internationalen Neuen, sowie der improvisierten und experimentellen Musik. 

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München Trio #2

Where: dasvinzenz – vorm. Theater Blaue Maus Elvirastraße 17 A, 80636 München-Neuhausen

When: 2019-12-15, 20 Uhr

Performers: Damon Smith – Kontrabass (USA)
Udo Schindler – as/ss, bcl, cornet
Jaap Blonk – Stimme (NL)

dasvinzenz – vorm. Theater Blaue Maus   Elvirastraße 17 A, 80636 München-Neuhausen Sonntag, 15. Dezember 2019 um 20 Uhr

https://balancepointacoustics.bandcamp.com/album/pioneer-works-vol-1-bpa-19

https://balancepointacoustics.bandcamp.com/album/pioneer-works-vol-2-bpa-9

https://balancepointacoustics.bandcamp.com/album/bpa-016-north-of-blanco

https://balancepointacoustics.bandcamp.com/album/bpa-4-hugo-ball-sechs-laut-und-klanggedichte-1916-six-sound-poems-1916

 

Die präsentierte genreoffene Musikform wird unterschiedlich bezeichnet, zum Beispiel als Neue Improvisationsmusik, AdHoc-Musik, Instant Composing.
Der Klangpartner von Udo Schindler, Damon Smith, ist einer der innovativsten, genreoffenen Musikerkollegen, nicht nur am Kontrabass, der transatlantische Zusammenarbeiten pflegt, der mit den Cracks der internationalen Szene zusammenarbeitete, genannt seien  ‚Altstars‘ wie Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen  Henry Kaiser, Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Brötzmann, Peter Kowald, Joe Mc Phee und Musikern der jüngeren Generation, mit denen auch Udo Schindler zusammen spielt, z.B. Jaap Blonk, Frank Gratkowski, Peter Jacquemyn. Seit 2001 betreibt er ein eigenes Label ‚Balance Point Acoustics Records‘.
Udo Schindler und Jaap Blonk als Duo setzen in veränderten Kontext die fruchtbare, kompromisslose und erfolgreiche Kooperation fort, die 2016 begann. Konzertausschnitte der zwischen den Musikern sich entwickelnden intensiven symbiotischen Klangkommunikationen des 84. Salons für Klang+Kunst in Krailling vom Juni 2018 sind im März 2019 auf CD erschienen: Hillside Talks-Relative Pitch Records RPR1089 … Reeds & Brass meet Voice & Computer. Und Schindler wird so Labelgenosse von Paul Flaherty und Christine Abdelnour, was denn sonst, die Klasse hat er nunmal… Blonk, ein Cyborg aus Spiel und Zeug. Schindler, gerade noch mit Pockettrumpet, jetzt schon wieder in Abgründen. Wo er sich mit Altissimo selber leuchtet. Wo Blonk einen Balrog-Blues anstimmt, elektronisch bepoingt.  Sowas nenne ich wahres Spiel ohne Grenzen und saukomisch dazu.  [BA 102 rbd] Rigobert Dittmann Die selektierten Tracks sind auch auf YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt7v7HvzGfY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKzpmlgqJbY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3od6i_R0Q6M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duW0IrirwFU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxm1fBLEivk&feature=youtu.be
 
Nicht nur Udo Schindler, auch Damon Smith arbeitet eng und kontinuierlich mit Jaap Blonk regelmäßig in den USA im Duo, Trio mit Sandy Ewen und Quartett mit Weasel Walter & Jeb Bishop (Tournee im November 2019) zusammen und haben CDs auf Smith’s Label BalancePointAcoustics veröffentlicht. Konzertankündigungstext: Bishop/Blonk/Smith/Walter Quartet 3 Performers: Jaap Blonk - voice, electronics Jeb Bishop - trombone Damon Smith - double bass Weasel Walter - percussion https://youtu.be/hhGTdOBDCQY https://youtu.be/l7eB_cy_uVI https://youtu.be/hhGTdOBDCQY https://youtu.be/5LhfyQPgV1k  https://youtu.be/HHL6mZPvFq4 https://youtu.be/A-lD9nxN2T8 "This new quartet debuted in the spring of 2019 with a series of concerts in the Northeast.  The band features the great Dutch sound poet and improvisor Jaap Blonk, trombone virtuoso Jeb Bishop, and the versatile and
powerful "rhythm section" of Damon Smith and Weasel Walter. Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and playful freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. The frenetically prolific bandleader/composer/multiinstrumentalist Weasel Walter summons myriad timbres from a (mostly) conventional drum kit, while also bringing a strong performative element to the proceedings. Jeb Bishop is an extraordinary improviser, composer, and simply one of the finest living trombonists, and has been a major voice in improvised music for more than 20 years. Tireless organizer and Balance Point Acoustics label head Damon Smith expands both the sound world of the double bass and the roles it can play in an ensemble. What happens or doesn't with this quartet is anyone's guess. The performances so far have run a gamut from delicate chamber textures to all-out electronic meltdowns."
 

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Trio: Sarah Ruth/Damon Smith/ Stefan Gonzalez

Where: Tradewinds Social Club, 2843 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75211

When: 2019-12-28, 9pm?

Performers: Sarah Ruth - voice +
Damon Smith - double bass
Stefan Gonzalez - percussion

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(Archival) Plane Crash + Ra-Kalam Bob Moses & Vinny Golia

Where: The Lillypad, Inman Sq, Cambridge, MA

When: 2018-04-14, 8pm

Performers: : Ra-Kalam Bob Moses - drums
Vinny Golia - Woodwinds
Plane Crash is:
Henry Kaiser - guitar
Damon Smith - double bass
Weasel Walter - drums

CD from this project here:

https://balancepointacoustics.bandcamp.com/album/bpa-18-astral-plane-crash

$15

A rare appearance by the long-running Plane Crash trio, featuring Henry
Kaiser (guitar), Damon Smith (bass) and Weasel Walter (drums), featuring
special guests Vinny Golia (reeds) and Ra Kalam Bob Moses (drums). Kaiser
was amongst the first wave of 1970's US free improvisers and his diverse,
endless discography is legendary. Formed in the Bay Area, the core trio
is a long-running unit, having worked together extensively in numerous
contexts and releasing "Plane Crash" (ugEXPLODE, 2009) and "Plane Crash
Two" (New Atlantis, 2015). Smith and Walter are now located in various
spots on the East Coast, making the trio collaborations a special event.
The Kaiser/Smith/Walter axis generally summons up wild, volcanic,
telepathic, loud free improvisation which takes no prisoners. The
complexity and intensity levels will undoubtedly be raised to
unprecedented new heights with the first time addition of both Los
Angeles-based workhorse mult-reedist Vinny Golia and mythic journeyman
drummer Ra Kalam Bob Moses.

(Archival) No Idea Festival 2018

Where: Austin, TX

When: 2018-02-22,

Performers: Thursday 2/22 set 3:
Birgit Ulher - trumpet, radio
Mij Yelend - flute, saxophone
Thomas Lehn - synthisizer
Damon Smith - double bass
Chris Cogburn - percussion & electronics

Friday 2/23 set 4
Akira Sakata - alto saxophone
Damon Smith - double bass
Stefan Gonzalez - drums



Feb, 22- 25

http://noideafestival.com/2018

 

Thomas Lehn analog synthesizer → vienna
Marcus Schmickler electronics → cologne
Judith Hamann cello → melbourne
Damon Smith double bass → Quincy
Bonnie Jones electronics → baltimore
Bhob Rainey soprano saxophone, computer → philadelphia
Juan García double bass → mexico city
Juanjosé Rivas electronics → mexico city
Birgit Ulher trumpet, radio, objects → hamburg
Sean O'Neill electronics, light → austin
Chris Cogburn percussion, electronics → austin / mexico city
Liz Tonne voice → dallas
- - percussion, electronics, text → vancouver

 

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(Archival) Joe McPhee/Jeb Bishop duo with Graham, Nicodemou, Smith

Where: First Parish Cambridge Unitarian Universalist 3 Church St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

When: 2017-11-02, 8pm

Performers: Joe McPhee - brass & reeds
Jeb Bishop - trombone
with
Forbes Graham - trumpet
Andria Nicodemou - vibraphone
Damon Smith - double bass

https://joemcphee.bandcamp.com/album/the-brass-city

 

Non-Event presents
in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the recording of Joe McPhee and Jeb Bishop's classic The Brass City CD
(released on Okka Disk, 1999)

JOE MCPHEE + JEB BISHOP (duo)
FORBES GRAHAM, ANDRIA NICODEMOU, DAMON SMITH
playing duo and quintet sets

FIRST PARISH IN CAMBRIDGE (Helverson Chapel)
3 Church Street, Harvard Square
8pm | $15 gen / $10 students & Non-Event members

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

"...His magical take on avant-garde sax remains one of the wonders of the scene. He still has one of the most beautiful tones on the planet, even when he’s reaching for jazz’s outer limits."

JOE MCPHEE is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician.

He began playing the trumpet at age eight, taught by his father, himself a trumpet player. He continued on that instrument through his formative school years and later in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany, at which time he was introduced to performing traditional jazz. In 1968, inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, he took up the saxophone and began an active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music.

His first recordings as leader appeared on the CJ Records label, founded in 1969 by painter Craig Johnson. These include Underground Railroad by the Joe McPhee Quartet (1969), Nation Time (1970), Trinity (1971) and Pieces of Light (1974). In 1975, Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger release Black Magic Man by McPhee, on what was to become Hat Hut Records

In 1981, he met composer, accordionist, performer, and educator Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of “deep listening” strengthened his interests in extended instrumental and electronic techniques. he also discovered Edward de Bono’s book Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, which presents concepts for solving problems by “disrupting an apparent sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle.” de Bono’s theories inspired McPhee to apply this “sideways thinking” to his own work in creative improvisation, resulting in the concept of “Po Music.” McPhee describes “Po Music” as a “process of provocation” (Po is a language indicator to show that provocation is being used) to “move from one fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones.” He concludes, “It is a Positive, Possible, Poetic Hypothesis.” The results of this application of Po principles to creative improvisation can be heard on several Hat Art recordings, including Topology, Linear B, and Oleo & a Future Retrospective.

In 1997, McPhee discovered two like-minded improvisers in bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen. The trio premiered at the Vision Jazz Festival in 1998 but the concert went unnoticed by the press. McPhee, Duval, and Rosen therefore decided that an apt title for the group would be Trio X. In 2004 he created Survival Unit III with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang to expand his musical horizons and with a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 100 recordings, he continues to tour internationally, forge new connections while reaching for music’s outer limits.

Trombonist JEB BISHOP has been active in improvised music and jazz since the early 1990s. Based in Chicago until 2012, he first gained attention as a member of groups including Flying Luttenbachers, Vandermark Five, and Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet. In addition to his own trio, he has led or co-led groups including The Engines, Lucky 7s, and Long Sidewalks, and has pursued free improvisation with dozens of collaborators from around the world, including Joe McPhee, Jaap Blonk, Han Bennink, Hamid Drake, and many others.

Bishop has been part of thousands of performances throughout North America and Europe, ranging from basement shows to major festivals, and has been recognized repeatedly in Downbeat Magazine's Critics' Polls and in the online El Intruso poll.

At the end of 2015, Bishop relocated to Boston, where he continues his ongoing working relationships with Boston-area musicians including Jorrit Dijkstra, Nate McBride, and Pandelis Karayorgis. New projects in Boston include the cooperative quintet Stereoscope and a brass trio with Forbes Graham (trumpet) and Joshua Reibstein (tuba).

FORBES GRAHAM is a trumpet player, electronic musician, composer, and visual artist living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. He has worked with a diverse array of musicians and currently is a member of Para Quintet, Rock Flint Contemporary Ensemble, Wild May, Grizzler, Construction Party, and Equal Time. He is the founder of the Rock Flint Artists Retreat, and has appeared at numerous festivals including High Zero, Full Force, and Vision.

ANDRIA NICODEMOU is a multifaceted musician from Cyprus, specializing in vibraphone and improvisation. She is a graduate from Corfu University in Classical Percussion and has received a Master's Degree from the New England Conservatory, in Contemporary Improvisation.

She has been working in diverse interdisciplinary art projects, with multi-media artists, dancers and actors in Europe and USA. She has worked with musicians such as Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, Marty Ehrlich, Ikue Morri, Tayler Ho Bynum, Tatsuya Nakatani, Ab Baars, Anne La Berge, Gianni Lenoci, Jim Hobbs, Marc Sanders, among others. She was a guest performer at the London Improvisers Orchestra (2015) and the Royal Improvisers Orchestra in Amsterdam (2014).


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(Archival) Gentle Traces of Transient Being - Performed by Ordinary Affects

Where: RISD Museum Providence, RI

When: 2017-07-23, 11am-5pm

Performers: Ordinary Affects:
Morgan Evans-Weiler, violin
Laura Cetilia, cello
James Falzone, vibes
Luke Martin, objects and electronics
Mark Cetilia, electronics
Luke Modolf, lap steel guitar
Steph Clarke, clarinet
Luke Damrosch, percussion
Damon Smith, bass

Ordinary Affects will perform Antoine Beuger's 'Gentle Traces of Transient Being' in its entirety. This 50 page score was written for the group in 2016 and the expected duration is to be about 5 hours. This will be the first full performance of the work. 

Please come and sit with us!