(Kris Tiner: trumpets/flugelhorn, Noah Phillips: guitar/electronics,
Nathan Hubbard: drums/percussion)
First assembled in April of 2005
a more or less ad hoc improvisation group on the so.cal.sonic festival
in Long Beach, CA, but the trio has evolved into an ongoing project
incorporating experimental brass, guitar loops and effects, homemade
hacked electronics with an uncannily synergistic brand of improvisational
interplay. These three composer/improvisers are among a handful of
jazz” musicians on the West Coast who are leading and recording
their own projects, expanding the roles and boundaries of their instruments
and finding creative new ways to negotiate the music of the moment.
Members of the group have worked with Wadada Leo Smith, Nels Cline,
George Lewis, Alex Cline, Leroy Jenkins, and Gerry Hemingway, among
Tony Luna - bass guitar, keyboards
David Anthony Sotelo- drums, keyboards, samples, accordion
Che Orozco - guitar, samples
Oxnard-based instrumental ensemble consisting of
an experimental blend of guitar, drums, bass, keyboards, and samples.
Symphony has played numerous venues in both Ventura and Los Angeles
Counties. While incorporating a diverse selection of films
inspiration, they create music which includes influences from Boxhead
Ensemble, One Mile North, Tarentel, Tear Ceremony, Carter Burwell,
John Cage, and The Kronos Quartet.
Burr has performed at the 2003 Vancouver Jazz Festival, 2002 Las Vegas
New Music Festival, soloed with orchestras throughout the U.S. and has
been a return performer and presenter at the annual National Flute Association
Convention. She has also been a featured performer for numerous L.A.
festivals: Line Space Line, EarJam, “Women Should Be Seen and Not
Heard,” West Hollywood Street Fair, Taste of L.A., CalArts’ Electro-Acoustic
Music Marathon, the Lira series, the Eagle Rock series, the Pasadena
Noon Concert Series, Concerts West and the Music of Changes New Music
In addition, Burr has premiered many new works by contemporary classical
composers as varied as James Tenney, Roberto Sierra, Alba Potes, Phillipe
Bodin, Daniel Rothman and David Avshalomov. Ellen has never been satisfied
with just being a masterful flutist. She has spent her performing career
pushing music in new directions, as exhibited by her many ensemble collaborations
with fellow improvisers: Adam Rudolph, Steuart Liebig, Brad Dutz, Jeanette
Wrate, Vinny Golia, Travis Baker, Harris Eisenstadt and duos with bassoonist
Sara Schoenbeck as well as Rare Birds, a live electronic flute and percussion
duo with her husband Steve Burr. She has also played with Wolfgang Fuchs,
Mark Dresser, James Newton and Yusef Lateef. Ms. Burr can be heard as
a featured performer on many independently produced CDs, including one
release of her own. Ellen has appeared on the public radio program “Morning
Becomes Eclectic” which is broadcast on KCRW in Los Angeles.
In addition to free-lance performance and improvisation, Ellen was the
subject of a feature article in Flute Talk magazine and has since contributed
a series of articles comprising a column on the business of music. She
has written and played for film, theater and dance, with over forty of
her compositions having been performed in the U.S. and Europe. In addition
to being a flute specialist for the S.M./Malibu school district, Ellen
has presented master classes at the National Flute Association Convention,
Internales Symposium de Darstellenden Kunste (Switzerland), Santa Monica
Folk & Jazz Festival, CalArts and Wildacres Flute Retreat.
Ms. Burr holds a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from Wichita
State University where she studied with visiting artist John Cage and
Pulitzer prize nominee Walter Mays. She went on to receive a Master’s
degree of Fine Arts in composition from California Institute of the Arts,
having studied with Morton Subotnick and Pulitzer prize winner Mel Powell.
She has studied flute with Jim Walker, Frances Shelly and Jim Hamilton
as well as attending master classes with William Bennett and Michel Debost.
In addition, she was awarded the opportunity to study with Jean Pierre
Rampal in France and received the Certificat de Stage.
acoustic and electronic drums, fx, sampler, synth
Patrick Rodriguez: synths, fx, sampler
Justin Cassidy: synth, fx, sampler
About the Transhumans:
Justin Cassidy and Patrick Rodriguez from "Send My Regards" join
Bob Sterling from "Soundproof." The Transhumans are uniquely
suited for those individuals plagued with fulgent imaginations, or who
have significant issues with modern popular music. Adjust your ears.
This music is one giant thought disorder.
Hay is a flutist, vocalist and pianist who extends the traditional
pre-conceived capabilities of her instruments. Her approach to music
incorporates the complexities
of contemporary classical technique with the spontaneity of free improvisation
resulting in startling interpretations of sound and intense ensemble interaction.
As a performer of the flute, alto flute, piccolo and ethnic reeds, she
emits unusual tone colors and soaring rhythmic structures augmented
manipulation. Her vocalizations range from primal to operatic, including
whimsical word play and lyrics from the stream of consciousness.
Hay is an active member of the Los Angeles and "left coast" music communities,
performing and collaborating in avant garde, alternative art rock, free improvisation,
electro-acoustical and contemporary classical ensembles such as U Totem, The
Motor Totemist Guild, The 5 UU’s , Otherparts, I Am Umbrella, Adam Rudolph’s
Go Organic Orchestra, The Emily Hay Collective, The Rich West Ensemble,
Surrealestate, The Jeff Kaiser Okodektet and The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble.
She is a featured
artist on Cuneiform Records, Recommended Records, Nine Winds Records, Meta
Records, pfMentum and Dragnet Records. She has toured and performed extensively
Europe, Canada and the United States with concert highlights at the Bimhuis/Amsterdam,
the Ottomat/Italy, New Music America Festival/Montreal, Art Rock Festival/Frankfurt,
Kulturni Dom/Yugoslavia and the Reithalle/Switzerland.
Born in rural Virginia, Emily Hay received a BFA in music from Bard College in
New York and an MFA in music from California Institute of the Arts. Emily Hay
studied musical improvisation with Karl Berger, Dave Holland and Roswell Rudd,
flute with Samuel Baron, Claude Monteaux, Julius Baker, James Walker and Patricia
Spencer, piano with German Diaz and Chet Swiatkowski, composition and theory
with Joan Tower, Mel Powell, Benjamin Boretz, Luis Garcia-Renart and Eli Yarden.
Michael Vlatkovich, trombonist, composer, and arranger, is one of
the leading talents among Los Angeles improvisational players. Located
on the West Coast since 1973, he is an emotionally charged performer,
comfortable in a variety of comfortable jazz and world music styles.
Vlatkovich has performed extensively in the United States, Canada,
and Europe. His improvisionally free music expresses raw power and
beauty in a minimally structured format.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Vlatkovich began studying music with the
school band in the third grade. He distinguished himself in high school
and was awarded a music scholarship to attend the St. Louis Institute
of Music. Prior to his education at the Institute, Michael took part
in an intensive six week workshop with internationally acclaimed saxophonist
Oliver Nelson and guest soloists, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Roland Hanna,
Ron Carter, and Phil Woods. Among his fellow students were Hamiett
Bluett, Joe Bowie, Julius Hemphill, and Oliver Lake.
In addition to leading his own diverse imaginative ensembles, Vlatkovich
has performed with a wide array of singers and instrumentalists including
Peggy Lee, Brian Setzer, Bryan Adams, Bobby Bradford, Gerry Hemingway,
Rob Blakeslee, Rich Halley, among many others. The trombonist has also
performed on sound tracks for a variety of television and film projects
including The Mask, Jingle All The Way, and the critically acclaimed
John Cassavette's film the Tempest.
In 1981, the composer formed Thankyou Records in order to document
the truly unique forward thinking musical concepts and ideas of both
himself and his music collaborators. (These recordings have received
critical acclaim in music publications and periodicals throughout the
United States and Europe. Many of them have been selected for the lists
of ten best jazz recordings.
Most recently the trombonist has been performing with his own ensembles,
and co-leading Transvalue with poet Charles Britt. Vlatkovich is also
a regular member with the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble and Rob Blakeslee
William Roper’s professional experience ranges from the symphony
stage to free improvisation groups. He has toured the United States,
Canada, Mexico and Europe with jazz and classical ensembles. His
musicianship is represented on recordings with the rock bands:
Thelonious Monster, The Fibonaccis and The Other Woman; poets:
Jimmy Townes and Mark Weber; avant ensemble: Motor Totemist Guild;
the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Parachute Express, and Chimurenga
musician Thomas Mapfumo. He has played and/or recorded with jazzmen:
The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, American Jazz Institute and
Los Angeles Jazz Institute ensembles, the Orchestre Surreal, The
Luckman Jazz Orchestra under James Newton, Bobby Bradford, Anthony
Braxton, John Carter, Jimmy Cleveland, Douglas Ewart, Vinny Golia,
Billy Higgins, Glenn Horiuchi, Clay Jenkins, Yusef Lateef, James
Newton, Charles Owens, John Rapson, Kim Richmond, Adam Rudolph,
Wadada Leo Smith, Horace Tapscott, Michael Vlatkovich and Francis
Wong. He has received performance grants from Meet the Composer,
Subito grants from the American Composers Forum, an ARC grant from
the Durfee Foundation and a C.O.L.A. Fellowship from the City of
Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Dept. He is cofounder and a performing
member of Judicanti Responsura, a tuba and percussion ensemble
specializing in contemporary classical and improvised music. He
was resident at the Djerassi Institute as the Gerald Oshita Memorial
Fellow in March 2000.
William Roper has done extensive work in the fields of theater,
dance and performance art. In addition to his own work he has collaborated
with such artists as Jackie
Apple, Linda Austin, Bob Carroll, Heidi Duckler, John Fleck, Anna Homler, Scott
Kellman, Dan Kwong, Jeff McMahon, Joseph Mitchell, Betty Nash, Gloria Newman,
Rudy Perez , Will Salmon, Joseph Santarromana, Eve Stabolepszy and Bernie White.
He has received a 1993 NEA New Genres grant to create a new work in collaboration
with video artist Joseph Santarromana. In 1989 he cofounded Tomato Sage Consortium,
a non-profit performance organization. This organization has received grants
from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the California Arts
In the visual arts he has received fellowships from the Brody Arts Fund and ArtMatters,
Inc. In 1990 he created a site- specific installation at New York's J.F.K. airport
under the auspices of the Organization of Independent Artists. His billboard:A
Flight of Angels, toured the Los Angeles area for four months in 1990.
For over four decades Ted Killian has explored his own personal approach
to guitar playing and music-making. He has established a reputation
for a unique and intensely-honed musical sensibility combined with
a highly evolved and eccentric guitar technique in solo settings and
in ensembles on stages all up and down the West Coast.
Ted’s playing spans the whole range between the tenderest subtlety
and most brutal sonic assault. His pfMENTUM debut CD Flux Aeterna has
achieved a surprising amount of worldwide airplay and critical acclaim.
Formerly from the Ventura/Santa Barbara area -- and not an infrequently
seen musical figure hereabouts in times past -- Ted now lives in the
kindlier real estate climes of Southern Oregon. However, he wants it
to be clearly known that no matter where he lives, or how far away,
Southern California will always be "home."
William C. Harrington was born January 10th, 1952 in Yonkers, New York.
His grandmother played piano at silent movie theaters and had quite an
influence on him: by the time he was a sophomore in high school, he was
working as a professional musician playing parties, roller-skating rinks,
While at Cal State Dominguez Hills (now UC Dominguez Hills) he studied
composition, performance, and electronic music with Richard Bunger, who
authored the classic book, “The Well Prepared Piano.”
After leaving college he worked in the wholesale record industry for
two years before going on tour. First with Natalie Cole doing lighting,
then with Gentle Giant, Frank Zappa (making a brief, credited appearance
in Zappa’s movie, “Baby Snakes”), LTD, Rick Derringer,
and Rick James, all in various technical positions.
In the 80’s he became the Supervisor of Operations, Videotape Operations,
Paramount Pictures Corp. In that capacity, he received four ATAS Emmy
certificates for contributions for “Cheers,” one for “The
Arsenio Hall Show,” plus one for best sitcom, again, “Cheers.” In
1990 he became a freelance videotape engineer - doing videoasst, 24 frame
playback - and Technical Director. Credits have included “Little
Black Book” and “Alpha Dog” as well as several sitcoms.
Urban Electronic Music was constructed using loops recorded over a 30-year
period, analog and digital synthesis, as well as traditional instruments
and found objects.
|Rich West: Heavenly
Incredibly rocking compositions and improvisations
of Rich West
Sample local cuisine, but come back on time....the evening of the
festival is packed with rock and jazz tinged
performances featuring new compositions with lots of improvisation.
The Choir Boys Acoustic Quintet
Andrew Pask and Jeff Kaiser
(photo by gregory taylor)
The Choir Boys (Kaiser and Pask) have been featured in
concerts and festivals in London, England, Los
Angeles, and yes, even Ventura. They also have shows coming up in Chicago
and Minneapolis. They like the cold, I guess. Their unique and original
take on electronics, horns and improv will be sacrificed
name of rocking
drums, guitars, bass guitars and wild horn blowing. But hey, electronics
will probably show up....
Andrew Pask is from New Zealand. He studied and played
in his home town of Wellington before heading off to Hong Kong where
he worked as a studio musician, performing on albums for Cantopop stars
and playing jazz all over Asia. Since arriving in Los Angeles in 1999,
he has become a part of the creative music scene there, playing with
Vinny Golia's large band,also in Vinny's clarinets project, with Steuart
Liebig in Lane End Merge Left and Stigtette, and with other people
like Nels and Alex Cline, Jeff Gauthier's bands, and with Jeff Kaiser.
Andrew's other interest is computers. He works for Cycling 74, a music
software company based in San Francisco and has been a freelance technical
consultant for the studios of Ice T, Michael Jackson, Moonshine Records
and Ed Shearmur. He has also performed and composed for the stage and
film for numerous projects from Asia to America. For the Choirboys
project, Andrew has developed a generative sound processing rig for
modifying the sound of his acoustic instruments.
Jeff Kaiser is a vegan and plays entirely too much chess
on the internet. He is a big fan of yoga and green tea, as well as
cigars and scotch. He also plays the quarter-tone trumpet with electronics
and has performed with many groups and individuals including the Vinny
Golia Large Ensemble, Eugene Chadbourne, The Choir Boys (with Andrew
Pask) and his own big band, the Jeff Kaiser Ockodektet. He owns and
operates two record labels (pfMENTUM and Angry Vegan Records) while
maintaining an active musical career touring, performing and recording
for films, other people and his own music.
Brad studied music privately throughout his youth. After
high school he studied at the University of North Texas and Berklee
college of music. In 1982 he moved to Los Angeles and began free-lancing
untill 1984 when he joined Maynard Ferguson and toured around the country.
Beside his nine solo c.d.s - KRIN, CAMELS, RAILROADS, GRILL, MAKING
ICE, OBLITERATION quartet, MY BONGO, JOHN HOLMES- BRAD DUTZ duos and
the first BRAD DUTZ c.d. he has co-produced twelve others and played
as a sideman for 210 titles . In 1995 Warner Brothers and Interworld
selected Brad to do eight video tapes for beginners entitled HAVE FUN
PLAYING HAND DRUMS. He can be heard on TV shows KING OF THE HILL, FAMILY
GUY, AMERICAN DAD, ENTERPRISE and FIREFLY.
Some of the movies that Brad has played on are
PRINCE OF EGYPT, SYRIANA, HILDAGO, RUGRATS GO WILD,
STAR TREK 5, OCEAN’S ELEVEN , ANCHORMAN, HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE , RUN DOWN
and I SPY. IMAX films : MYSTERIES OF EGYPT, MT. KILAMANJARO , AMAZON, and ISLAND
of SHARKS. In addition to playing mallets hand percussion is his specialty
. He has studied many instruments ; congas, berimbau, bata, bodhran, bones,
pandiero, djembe, tabla, kanjira, doumbec,riq and others.
While recording c.d.s for artists like ALANIS MORRISETTE, KISS, WILLIE NELSON,
MICHAEL WOLFF, TRIBAL TECH, DAVID BENOIT,RICK BRAUN, VINNY GOLIA, LEE ANN RYHMES,
MITCH FORMAN ,TERENCE TRENT DARBY, RICKIE LEE JONES, HANDS’ONSEMBLE and
even JEFF BRIDGES Brad tries to bring the strangest percussion instruments
he has to the session to create a unique sound . Every year he travels to colleges
and stores to do clinics and concerts on hand percussion and mallets.His endorsements
include VIC FIRTH, REMO,YAMAHA, PAISTE, and MOUNTAIN RYTHYM . Since becoming
a member of the part-time faculty of Cal State Long Beach seven years ago Brad
has finished two books, “Practicing music on hand percussion”and “Duos,Trios,and
Quartets for percussion”. Last year his Obliteration quartet was the
subject of a documentary film.
Recently relocated to Los Angeles, guitarist Tom McNalley
has been recognized as a major force on the creative music scene, working
as both a sideman and a leader. He has performed (and can be seen)
with a wide variety of musicians, including Rob Blakeslee, Michael
Vlatkovich, Rich Halley, Nels Cline, Bert Turetzky, Mark Dresser, Jeff
Kaiser, Alex Cline, Bert Wilson, Adam Diller, Tad Weed, John Stowell,
John Gross, Jason Mears and John Zorn, as well as with his own groups.
Upcoming releases include his new trio with bassist Joe McNalley (uncle, not
dad) and Alex Cline, as well as a quartet project with John Gross, and a duet
with Jeff Kaiser.
From Steuart Liebig: " Is my idea of what it would
sound like if Little Walter played in Ornette Coleman's band - - and
a wee bit of country and some seriously out-of-control playing. The
other guys in the band are Tony Atherton on alto saxophone, Bill Barrett
on chromatic harmonica, Joseph Berardi on drumset and percussion. This
is one of my compositional projects and I've written 39 tunes for it.
The first 13 are on our first disc "Locustland." The second
group of 13 tunes should coming out in the spring of 2006."
From Jeff: "These guys ROCK."
Wayne Peet Trio
Wayne Peet has become as ubiquitous, as he is mercurially
absent...finding a bio about him is hard. Suffice it to say, those
of you who know WHO HE IS, won't want to miss this VERY RARE performance
of a legendary and influential player.
Some facts about Nels Cline:
Born in Los Angeles in 1956.
Has a twin brother Alex (who plays drums).
Began playing guitar in 1967.
Plays guitar and writes music for a living.
Had no formal training.
In 1971 a guy named Bruce showed Nels how to play a major scale in
chords, causing a major epiphany.
Roger McGuinn, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, John Fahey, Duane Allman...
John McLaughlin, Fred Frith, Jim Hall, Ralph Towner, John Abercrombie,
Tom Verlaine, Thurston Moore, Otis Rush...
Studied harmony, orchestration & arranging, 20th Century harmony
and commercial harmony & arranging at Santa Monica College with
Rule Beaseley until going to work in retail record & book shops
for most of his adult life.
Most valuable musical training came from his work with multi-instrumentalist/composer
Eric von Essen, and from never turning down a gig.
First appearance on a record was in 1978 on Vinny Golia's Openhearted
album (Nine Winds).
Other artists Nels has performed and/or recorded with include:
Julius Hemphill, Charlie Haden, Mike Watt, Tim Berne, Mark Dresser,
Bobby Bradford, Thurston Moore, Lydia Lunch, Gregg Bendian, Mark Isham,
Bonnie Barnett, Quartet Music, The Geraldine Fibbers, Brad Dutz, Mary
Lou Lord, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Kaiser, Banyan, Bloc, Joel Harrison,
Jeremy Toback, Devin Sarno, fIREHOSE, G.E. Stinson, Osamu Kitajima,
Mark Weber, Two Dollar Guitar, Carla Bozulich, Wayne Peet, Walter Thompson,
Elliott Sharp, James Carney, and the West Coast Modern Day Punk Rock
Nels has scored two low-grade films:
Welcome, Said The Angel
His own projects have included:
The Nels Cline Singers (Current)
Nels Cline Trio (1990-1997)
an early quintet
a 6-piece called Destroy All Nels Cline
a quartet with Mark Dresser, Billy Mintz & Zeena Parkins
an improvising acoustic guitar trio with Rod Poole & Jim McAuley
Blue Mitt Ensemble
Many duo collaborations, including with:
Carla Bozulich (Scarnella, Carla Bozulich & Friends), Devin Sarno,
Gregg Bendian, Woody Aplanalp, G.E. Stinson, Elliott Sharp, Thurston
Moore, Christopher Garcia, and painter Norton Wisdom.
California Music Award for "Outstanding Jazz Artist"
LA Weekly Music Awards for "Best New Genre/Uncategorizable Artist."
Artists currently working with most often:
Wilco, The Nels Cline Singers, Scarnella, Vinny Golia, Scott Amendola
Band, Devin Sarno, Banyan, Gregg Bendian's Interzone.
Born in Sioux City Iowa, Russell grew up in a family
musicians and started playing drums on his father's knee
at age 5. Both grandfathers were professional musicians.
His mother's father was a "boogie-woogie" piano player
and his father's father was a jazz trumpet player and big
band orchestra leader. His father was a jazz drummer who
played with the "Ink Spots". His two brothers were a
trumpet player and a sax player, and both played drums as
well. His love for drums drove him to pursue this calling. At
12 he started playing gigs at his grandfather's nightclub
and by the time he was 19 he was touring with Chuck
Berry. The following year he toured with Muddy Waters.
He moved to New York City and studied with Roy Haynes
as well as attended jazz workshops in Harlem. From 1974
to 1976 he toured and recorded with rock legend, Tommy
Bolin. In 1977 he studied East Indian rythms with Colin
Walcott at Naropa Institute, Boulder Colorado. From
1979-1981 he toured with jazz legend, Freddy Hubbard
and took part in the 1981 Bo Diddly tour. 1982-1990 he
toured with Jose Feliciano. He recorded for the Laverne &
Shirley Show, under Bennett Salvey, the Merv Griffin Show
under Mort Lindsey, musical director between 1983 and
1985 during down time from touring. Later he also
recorded for the Northern Exposure TV series. The
Independent film, "Stanley's Gig" also featured his talents
on the sound track. He toured with French pop icon,
Michel Jonasz from 1997 to 1998. Studied with
International jazz drummer, Billy Higgins in 1998. Between
tours he spent his time recording and performing in the LA
He has worked and recorded with a large variety of artists
including Jimmy Smith, Billy Preston, Robben Ford, Jeff
Berlin, Raul De Sousa, Jose Jose, Carol Kaye, Jane Getz,
Eric Reed, Eric Marienthal, Wilton Felder, Rob Mullins,
Ravi Coltrane, Dale Fielder Quartet, Michael Ruff, Mike
Miller, the Fowler Brothers Air Pocket Band(former
members of the Frank Zappa Band), Michel Danton, Steve
Barta, Barry Wedgle, Kim Stone, Tom Scott , Rick
Zunigar, George Bohanon, John Heard, Frank Zottoli,
Ronald Muldrow, Dwight Trible, Kenny Garrett and many
In addition he also performed with world
renowned Pops Symphony Orchestras:
Chicago Pops, Atlanta Pops, Boston Pops,
Vienna Pops, Berlin Pops and East Berlin
Currently Russell Bizzett resides in North San
Diego County. He spends his time recording,
freelancing, teaching and working with a
Colorado based Record company, Exit
The late Allen Ginsberg called
Dorothea Grossman's poetry, "clear, odd, personal, funny or wild-weird,
curious and lucid." The award-winning poet lives, works and writes
in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Blue Unicorn, Southern Poetry
Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Gypsy Anthology, Poetry Motel, Zuzu’s
Petal Quarterly, The Poet’s Band Company, Raw Dog Press, Pearl, The
California Quarterly of the California State Poetry Society, The IMP Irregular,
ArtLife, Pool and Rhino. Her book, “Cuttings: Selected Poetry 1978-1988” was
published by Tango Press in 1996. “Poems From Cave 17” was
published in 1996, and “Museum of Rain” was published by Take
Out Publications in 2001. Her recent CD, “Call And Response,” (on
the pfMENTUM label), features her reading her poems with improvised musical
responses from trombonist Michael Vlatkovich.