5/31/13 Secret Chiefs 3 played a six night residency at John Zorn's club The Stone, playing two sets a night. The first set I caught was a derainged selection of soundtrack compositions including pieces by John Carpenter and Morricone. The second set was one long undulating, surging piece, “Tesselations”, which revolved around one odd rhythm where they played modular cells based around four notes. For this set the core line-up of Trey Spruance (guitar) Timba Harris (violin) Toby Driver (bass, also of head honcho of Kayo Dot) Matt Lebofsky (keyboards) Kenneth Grohowski (drums) they were joined by incredible drumming of Ches Smith and guitarist Gyan Riley. Trey from Secret Chiefs 3, along with Jason Schimmel from Estradasphere, has been working on a remix of the Foetus track “Cosmetics” for the forthcomjng Foetus album release on Ectopic Ents
11/13 Barr Shea Dahl (aka guitar god Mick Barr of Krallice, Village Voice-annointed drummer-of-the-year Kevin Shea of Talibam and Child Abuse bass torturer Tim Dahl) have a new album out on Weasel Walter’s ugExplode label. To celebrate they created a hurricanic maelstrom at The Stone NYC, somewhere at the intersection of free jazz and free noise. The instruments stepped on each other, nagged at each other and assaulted the senses with unbridled fury. Don’t forget to breathe.
10/11 Secret Chiefs 3 played John Zorn’s book of Masada at a jam-packed Stone NYC. Zorn’s melodies invoked turkish delights, eastern promises and saturday night fever on the kibbutz played with deadly prog ferocity by the wizards in SC3. One barely knew which instrument to listen to lest you miss something mind blowing on the other side of the room. Particularly notable were Ches Smith’s dizzying drum patterns which were somehow simple and complex at the same time; while tricky time signatures collided, he collected half beats which he shuffled and doled out in subsequent bars with the mastery of a poker shark.
Secret Chiefs Vs Foetus? Hold your breath til 2013.
Tonight at The Stone in NYC, Amy X. Neuburg performed a solo set with laptop, mixer, drum triggers and live sampling. Her style is quirky and original. She sampled and layered her voice but it was not looped endlessly - she triggered complex patterns on the pads with drumsticks, used pitchshifting and created complex arrangements by switching between parts. She even covered a song by The Cardiacs. It might be obvious but its tempting to compare her to Laurie Anderson because of her subjects of life’s minutiae and use of technology, but she is unique,
Thinking Plague played an amazing show at The Stone in NYC tonight, as part of the Cuneiform Records series of curated concerts. They are tight, dark, disorienting and dazzling in their playing, dizzying in their complexity. The earlier show was by Hamster Theater, which also contains members of Thinking Plague. The concert was facilitated by the generosity of Bruce Gallanter at Downtown Music Gallery.
Manorexia - Armadillo Stance
Live at The Stone, NYC
JG Thirlwell- Laptop and compositions
Leyna Marika Papach - Violin
Elena Moon Park - Violin
Phillipa Thompson - Viola
Felix Fan - Cello
David Hanlon - Piano
David Cossin - Percussion
Filmed and edited by Jeff Davidson