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    OPENSOUND: improvised and experimental music

    Presented by at Third Life Studio

    April 21, 2012


    OPENSOUND: improvised and experimental music

    Grizzler, big band of experimental improv!

    Set 1
    For Grizzler, by Jack Callahan
    Wave functions 1, by Forbes Graham
    The Order of Things, by gdg

    Set 2
    Selections from Scream, by Cornelius Cardew

    Set 3
    Free improvisations by Grizzler
    Gizzler is any or all of: Dave Gross, saxophone, LPs, Steve Norton,
    reeds, Forbes Graham, trumpet, Michael Rosenstein, electronics, Lou
    Bunk, assorted paraphernalia, Morgan Evans-Weiler, violin, David
    Michael Curry, strings and electronics, Jack Callahan, percussion, Vic
    Rawlings, cello/curcits, Jules Vasylenko, winds, Lou Cohen, wiimote,
    laptop, Angela Sawyer, gadgets, electronics, Jed Speare, laptop/field
    recordings, Joshua Jefferson, reeds, Matt Samolis, flute, Flandrew
    Fleisenberg, percussion, Poly Hanson, percussion

    Program Notes and Bios

    Grizzler is a large improvising band organized around a diverse group
    of Boston's best musicians. Individually and in other groups, these
    musicians have developed their own strategies for music making. In
    Grizzler, we each try to stay true to our own individual voices while
    creating a collective, spontaneous composition.

    Forbes Graham is a trumpet player, composer, and electronic musician
    currently based in the Boston area. He grew up in Silver Spring, MD
    studying and performing jazz, classical, and concert band music. As a
    teenager he discovered heavy metal and hardcore punk, genres which
    influence his pursuit of extreme sound to this day. His music is also
    influenced by numerology, poetry, cinema, marching bands, and the 80s
    in general (the era in which he grew up). He has performed at Festival
    of New Trumpet, Vision Festival, High Zero, amongst others.

    Jack Callahan, Amherst resident, solo percussionist and booker of
    countless basement shows. His music aims to create a total sonic
    takeover of the space, always by employing silence to gather souls
    towards a complete ecstatic takeover. (or, sometimes by). Sometimes you
    will ask, "is this record still playing"? Yes it is still playing.

    Called "One of Boston's steadfast explorers," by the Boston Globe,
    saxophonist David Gross has been performing for more than a decade.
    Among a slew of others whose names are perhaps not as recognizable,
    Mr.Gross has performed with Phil Minton, Eddie Prevost, Steve Roden,
    John Olson, Gino Robair, Martin Tetreault, Tom Carter, Glenn Spearman,
    Raphe Malik and many members of the Boston free-improv scene including
    Bhob Rainey, Greg Kelley, and Laurence Cook. Currently, Gross is
    transforming the saxophone into exactly what it is: a metal tube with
    keys, mouthpiece, and a reed. Reviews of his recordings have been as
    varied as "The range of textured noise that he cajoles from his
    instrument is impressive" to "lengthy episodes of fingernails ripping
    at a blackboard" and recently "the intimacy with which he approaches
    the saxophone, each screw in each latch, every fiber in the reed, every
    pad or valve, and all the negative space in between, is simply
    astounding". Gross has performed throughout the US and Europe including
    at festivals as diverse as The KNOB (Wichita, KS), Big Sur Festival of
    Experimental Music (CA), High Zero (Baltimore, MD), Improvised and
    Otherwise (NYC), The No Idea Fest (Austin, TX) and Autumn Uprising
    (Boston, MA) which he created in 1997. His most recent disk ,
    'untitled(or not yet)' (1pt8 seconds) a studio recording with James
    Coleman(theremin), Mike Bullock (contrabass) and Steve Roden
    (electronics) was just released. Future releases include a live
    re-issue of his band FETISH, with bassist Mike Bullock and
    percussionsit Tatsuya Nakatani (Weirdo Records) as well as his second
    solo disk 'this is the grizzle' (1pt8 seconds).

    Third Life Studio

    33 Union Square
    Somerville, MA 02143

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    Doors 7:30 pm
    Music  8:00 pm

    Phone: 617-650-2065

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