February 2, 2013
The Sonics and Mudhoney
Showbox at the Market, Seattle
Two quintessential Puget Sound bands of yore did what they have always done: rock the planet down to its roots. When we caught Mudhoney's act at Neumos a year ago in October they were the old guys, showing us how it was done in the old days. Put them on stage with The Sonics and suddenly they're the upstart kids. Both bands played fabulous sets, but it's hard to understate the impact, even 50 years along, of hearing The Witch, the song that launched 10,000 punk bands, played full out by the makers. Punkest geezers ever.
February 9, 2013
Seattle Improvised Music Festival
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
LaDonna Smith, Tari Nelson-Zagar, Monica Schley
Bartokian nightmusic found in the back of the cupboard. Nobody was looking so it got frisky. Violin and viola imitating theremin imitating violin and viola. Viola using woody side of the bow as steel. Harp and violin and viola con-pluck and con-bow. "Have a bow. You need one." Boxes with strings to make them go.
Craig Taborn, Greg Campbell
A common complaint about improvised music is that it too often follows the same trajectory: starts soft and slow, gets loud and fast. But it is not so very often that it occurs with the carefully measured increment and just perceptible gradations from bells & gongs bending pianissimo tones to the ten simultaneous games of speed chess that these gentlemen brought to life. Followed by a poem.
Landscape: a nocturnal plain hours from everywhere. Highways variously distant. None near. An immense dark sky. Trucks doppler by, interrupted by unseen landforms, twisted by airmasses shifting.
Trombone and mute and chair and human.
Complete and lovely.
February 5, 2013
King of May - Allen Ginsberg
Another day in the life of Mr. Ginsberg.
Banned Rehearsal 33 - (May 1985, Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Aaron Keyt, Neal Meyer)
A chorus of liberated intonation. We must have decided to do an entirely vocal session, and for quite a while it finds wonderful places and textures. After about 25 minutes I think we got light-headed, so it went all silly.
February 7, 2013
Banned Couple 8 - Banned Rehearsal
Two early sessions mooshed together - miniatured - tightly bound - a mutual interruption upon a murky hum.
In Session at The Tintinabulary
February 4, 2013
Banned Rehearsal 829 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt, Neal Meyer
|Since 1984, an argument in creative musical expression|
Banned Rehearsal at The Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
"Let's try a session playing instruments we don't know how to play." This simple suggestion in June of 1984 among three newly re-united musicians wrought an improvisational project of uncommon longevity and abundance. Nearly 29 years along, and with 829 recorded and numbered sessions behind us, we are still not entirely sure what we are doing. Charter members Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt, and Neal Meyer will be joined by long-time collaborator Karen Eisenbrey, and by our recent adoptee Steve Kennedy in an evening of noise and exploration. Having persisted these several decades happily in private workshop mode, the February 22 event will be the group's first public performance since 1997.
Saturday May 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Keith Eisenbrey and Neal Meyer at The Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
Music for solo piano:
Eisenbrey: Welcome to my planet. I come in peace.
Meyer: Cage - Solo for Piano