Avant-garde super-group Haitian Rail released Solarists, their second full-length album, on New Atlantis Reocrds.
Solarists brashly charts the common spaces between creative noise rock and the jazz avant-garde, while shattering the restrictive barriers between them.
Formerly dubbed Ricart/Millevoi Quartet, the new lineup features:
Ars Nova Workshop, in partnership with the Archer Spade Performance Series presented the record release show for Perilous Architecture: Dan Blacksberg Trio’s latest brain child.
Dan Blacksberg, Trombone
Matt Engle, Bass
Mike Szekely, Drums
In the Dan Blacksberg Trio, the innovative and genre-defying trombonist brings an expansive and creative new vision to the cutting-edge jazz traditions of pioneers like Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and Albert Ayler.
Blacksberg has penned a set of music that pushes at the technical and timbral limits of his instrument, opening up into far-reaching sounds worlds while maintaining a melodic rootsiness.
Backed up by the powerful rhythm of Matt Engle (Shot X Shot) on bass, and Mike Szekely (Anthony Braxton Quartet) on drums, the Trio creates a driving mixture of noise, chromatic lyricism, and everything in between…
Perilous Architecture is available in Vinyl through No Business Records.
Or digitally through Blacksberg’s Bandcamp page.
Keir Neuringer is a musician and interdisciplinary artist who is involved in creative arts communities in Poland, Holland, and the US.
He has cultivated a personal and intensely physical approach to saxophone improvisation, plays analogue electronics and Farfisa organ, and sings and narrates text.
After training as a composer and jazz saxophonist in the US, he spent two years on a Fulbright research grant in Krakow. He then moved to The Hague, where he curated performances for audiovisual art and earned a masters degree from the experimental ArtScience Institute.
He now lives in Philadelphia and continues to travel widely to present his work, collaborating closely with Rafal Mazur, Ensemble Klang, and Julius Masri, among many others.
Neuringer’s solo saxophone album “Ceremonies Out Of The Air” has just been released and is available on bandcamp.
Devin Hoff is a Colorado born, Philadelphia based musician and songwriter. His main instruments are the double bass and bass guitar.
Hoff has worked in many musical contexts and with a wide array of jazz, free jazz, avant-garde rock, and folk musicians.
Some musicians and bands he has worked with include:
Nels Cline, Vijay Iyer, Xiu Xiu, Carla Bozulich, Ben Goldberg, Ken Vandermark, Howard Wiley and Good for Cows.
Hoff’s music is available on his bandcamp page.
Archer Spade and Erik Ruin weaved sight and sound in a collective improvisation using Electric and Acoustic guitar, trombone, and tapes; providing the soundtrack for layered images of disaster – both elemental forces gone awry, and societal breakdown- that splintered and shook into abstract form and color as Ruin manipulated piles of paper cuts and painted films on the surface of the overhead projector.
Erik Ruin is a Providence-based print-maker, shadow-puppeteer, founding member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and co-creator of the recent book Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (w/ Cindy Milstein, PM Press, 2012).
Archer Spade is an experimental chamber group comprised of trombonist Dan Blacksberg and electric guitarist Nick Millevoi.
Equally capable as composers, improvisers, and interpreters, Blacksberg and Millevoi are redefining and expanding the traditional composer/performer relationship in contemporary chamber music. From their base in Philadelphia, the duo is developing a dynamic repertoire of new works commissioned from contemporary composers and pieces composed by Blacksberg and Millevoi themselves.
Archer Spade is a new model for the creation and presentation of new music; a small, versatile, and efficient ensemble of multi-talented artists/interpreters designed to meet and reflect the current demands of innovative new music…
Thollem/Chase is the powerhouse, free-wheeling duo of the perpetually-traveling pianist Thollem McDonas and drummer Brian Chase of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and downtown NY improv scene. Their upcoming album: Dub Narcotic Session will hit the stores in May. Please check the homepage of New Atlantis Records for details.
Chase is a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up on Long Island, he started taking private music lessons at a young age, leading to a BM from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Though he works in a variety of contexts, Brian is probably best known as a member of the group Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a band that has toured extensively throughout the world and has been nominated for three Grammys.Brian is also very active in the experimental music scene.
McDonas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area rigorously studying the standard classical repertoire, then quit it all in his early 20s dedicating himself for many years to grassroots political activism (particularly anti-war efforts, deforestation issues and ecological restoration work). He’s now been touring for 7 years perpetually, and has released 33 albums of his own and in collaboration with others on 15 different labels in 5 different countries.
Tchmentreach is the name of a piece commissioned to Archer Spade by the Heavy Metal guitarist Mick Barr.
Jeremiah Cymerman and Mick Barr performed a set of their improvised music while Dan Blacksberg and Nick Millevoi premiered the commissioned piece. The performance took place at The Rotunda.
performed a set of their music at Studio 34 in Philadelphia, for the crowds of the Archer Spade Performance Series.
Alban Bailly, guitar
Bryan Rogers, saxophone
Matt Engle, bass
Dave Flaherty, drums
performed a set of their trumpet and live electronics music for the crowds of Archer Spade Performance Series at Studio 34 in Philadelphia, PA.
Toshimaru Nakamura, Tokyo’s experimental music artist, is visiting the United States for a week of performances with Many Arms.
Nakamura was joined by a collection of Archer Spade musicians for his first show:
Nakamaru and Many Arms’ show schedule is shown on the band’s website.