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Nels Cline / Gerald Cleaver / Larry Ochs Trio Dec 11 @ Spirit


Mon Dec 11 7:30 pm doors $20 adv/$25 door  21+ show
Spirit  242 51st St Lawrenceville 412-586-4441

an evening with bicoastal avantjazz / free-improv supertrio
featuring members of Wilco and Rova Sax Quartet

Tickets on sale Oct 1 at: Juke Records (Bloomfield), Dave’s Music Mine (South Side), Caliban Books (Oakland), Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill) and online at Brown Paper Tickets. http://clinecleaverochspittsburgh.brownpapertickets.com/
Service charges may apply.

Guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco), drummer Gerald Cleaver, and saxophonist Larry Ochs (Rova) are three experimental icons, individually and collectively drawing upon the outer limits of free jazz, structured improvisation and bicoastal noise punk.

The Trio began as a duo of Ochs and Cleaver, premiering at The Stone in New York in September 2014. Ochs then vowed to play at least one concert a year with Mr. Cleaver. Cline and Ochs, both living in California, had known each other for decades, and Cline was featured since 2003 in Rova’s Electric Ascension bands. The trio was born in Brooklyn in 2015, since then performing only 6 concerts in the northeast USA, including expansion groups with Marshall Allen (Sun Ra), Michael Formanek, Hank Roberts and Ches Smith. The three look forward to performing annually in the USA when they’re all available.

“The guitarist Nels Cline, the saxophonist Larry Ochs and the drummer Gerald Cleaver share a feeling for exploratory narrative and bristling texture.” (NY Times, May 2015)

Jazzmaster assassin NELS CLINE might be as close as the modern avant-garde gets to a household name. Before joining indie rock institution Wilco in 2004, Cline divided his energy between improvised contexts alongside Julius Hemphill, Vinny Golia, and brother Alex, and more song-oriented settings like Carla Bozulich’s alt-country outfit Geraldine Fibbers and Mike Watt’s Crew of the Flying Saucer. Cline continues to occupy the narrow space between pure sound and song, as exemplified by his longstanding Singers trio with drummer Scott Amendola and bassist Trevor Dunn, and his recent duo with guitar prodigy Julian Lage.

In his own words, Michigan-bred, New York-based GERALD CLEAVER’s multifaceted approach to the drum set balances “static sound and extreme dynamics, melodicism within heavy texture, deep-rooted groove, unchained abandon, and the power and revelation of recurring form.” Cleaver made a name for himself through enduring partnerships with Vision Fest regulars like Roscoe Mitchell and Charles Gayle, but lately critics have been abuzz about his new musique concrète-cum-free rock quintet Black Host with Darius Jones, Cooper-Moore, Brandon Seabrook, and Pascal Niggenkemper. Pitchfork’s Hank Shteamer described 2013’s Life in the Sugar Candle Mines as, “a well-tended hot-house: feverish and bracingly weird, yet also purposeful and shrewdly strategic.”

LARRY OCHS is best known as a founder of the Rova Sax Quartet, a San Francisco institution that focused right from the start on the application of improvisational strategies within the context of contemporary compositions, beginning in the late 1970s and continuing right up to the present day: 40 years old in 2018. Equally inspired by modernist 20th century composition and the more worldly, abrasive strands of 60s free jazz – as well as by fellow musical pioneers around the globe – Rova and Ochs became widely celebrated for the lengths they would go to stretch the performance parameters of notated music through early collaborations with Henry Kaiser, Anthony Braxton, and John Zorn. Ochs’ connection with Cline began in the late 1990’s and culminated with the Celestial Septet, a band comprised of both Rova and the Nels Cline Singers, with a fantastic CD release including a long, ecstatic Ochs composition, as well as tours from 2009 – 2011. Ochs and Cleaver have performed off and on as a duo since 2013; a duo CD release (coming in 2018) – a beautiful , haunting set of music called “Songs of the Wild Cave” – will document their 2016 live recording made inside a secret cave in the Dordogne area of France; a cave that contains upwards of 150 Pleistocene-era paintings. It’s a unique recording in which the cave itself seriously influenced the music, becoming essentially the third member of a trio.​ Ochs’ many bands and recordings are described at http://www.ochs.cc/

September 24, 2017 at 5:59 pm Comments (0)

PNME Solo Showcase: Violinist Nathalie Shaw

Nathalie Shaw will give a solo showcase performance as part of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2014 summer season. Her program will include both acoustic works by Alain Celo, David Stock, and Roger Zahab and electroacoustic works by French composer Sébastien Béranger and Mario Davidovsky. The concert takes place Wednesday, July 23 at City Theatre. Nathalie talked with me on PNME “media day” and here’s what she had to say about the program.


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July 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm Comments (0)

Robert Dick Lecture, Aidan Baker and Insect Ark at Garfield Artworks

I’ve been so busy putting together the video interviews with Robert Dick that I’ve neglected a couple things that are happening real soon.

First off, there’s a noise/post-rock/ambient… show happening at Garfield Artworks featuring Aidan Baker and Insect Ark (AKA Dana Schecter) happening at Garfield Artworks TONIGHT at 8 p.m., so check it out if you can.

Second, in between his performances with Alia Musica, Robert Dick is giving a free lecture at Pitt on Friday at 4 p.m. It’s titled Successful Composition with Extended Techniques, sumpin’ he knows a little about. Come on over to Pitt to hear him.

April 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm Comments (0)


March 3, 2013
8:00 pm

Cover Photo

A night of various freak music at The Shadow Lounge with:

DOLORES BOYS [Brooklyn, NY | Psychic Mule]

“a DIY junction between industrial, goth rock and contemporary noise… the duo sustains the angst as the soundtrack to their horror scenario drifts from chaos to eerie calm.” – Deli Magazine

“The way the Dolores Boys straddle the nu-Goth and neo-Surf vibes is well done…the atmosphere of the music isn’t some foggy graveyard on a cold autumn night, its hot, claustrophic and urban. Unending daylight, blinding hot sun.” – Cassette Gods

HUNTED CREATURES [Dynamo Sound | 905 Tapes]

Cosmic psychedelia inspired by the Grateful Dead, Jan Hammer and Judas Priest.

8CYLINDER [Rhinoplex | Unmapped North]

Gameboy audio software and music.

“Early 8cylinder material was fast, aggressive breakcore ‘people would move to it; it’s not really dancing, it’s more of a freak-out kind of thing’ — but the most recent 8cylinder releases, on [Unmapped North], is more downtempo and cerebral. There are beats, but there’s also noise and sound sculpture.” – Pittsburgh City Paper

ONEWAYNESS [Erie, PA | Onomastic]

“Onewayness is the synth-drone guise of Erie, PA’s Adam Holquist, whose output has been steady growing via radioplay and mostly self-released work. His debut full-length is released on his own Onomastic label in an attractively yet simply printed CD-R. Holquist is resourceful, citing synths, field recordings, and live instrumentation among other things as sources; all of these show up on Blue Star. While wearing its influences pretty heavily on its sleeve, this is som.e interesting stuff that should bode well for what I imagine will be a bevy of future releases.” – Travis Bird/Foxy Digitalis

February 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm Comments (0)

Aaron Dilloway at The Shop

November 1, 2012 8:00 pmtoNovember 30, 2012 11:00 pm

The Shop
$8, All Ages

tcrps and Dynamo Sound Collective Present:



“Aaron Dilloway is an experimental musician. He has been releasing and recording music since the age of 16. He was a member of experimental bands Couch, Galen and Universal Indians. He is a former guitarist and tape manipulator for the experimental band Wolf Eyes, which he left in 2005 to live most of that year in Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently he runs the noise record label, record store and mailorder Hanson Records, which he began in Brighton, Michigan in 1994. Hanson then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan for several years, before finally settling in Oberlin, Ohio, after a brief return to Ann Arbor. He performs solo using eight track tapes and vocal sounds, and records modular synthesizer music as Spine Scavenger. Recently, he has played with an ever-changing cast of sound artists under the name The Nevari Butchers. He is a major enthusiast of urine recycling.” — MTV.com



“Keeping up with Wolf Eyes’ myriad side projects has always been a losing battle, so we’ll save you some time by saying this: Nate Young’s recent run of Regression records is worth a listen even if you despise noise music. That’s because it’s not really noise at all. More like extended episodes of pure dread, true to Wolf Eyes’ unsettling ethos, yet eminently listenable if you enjoy feeling a little creeped out…” — Self-Titled Mag



Joe Roemer, Nick Painter and Edgar Um gettin’ bizzay. Historic reunion show.


Haunted loops, drones, sounds and beer.

November 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm Comments (0)

A Night of Audible Stunts

September 15, 2012
8:00 pm

The Shop
Admission TBA soon.

Jack Wright – saxophones. from philadelphia and ny, born in pgh in 1942. “the johnny appleseed of improvised music”. you may have heard him play with tatsuya nakatani and michel doneda. and you may not have.

in duo and trio with:

Evan Lipson – contrabass, from montreal, maybe philadelphia. also plays in normal love and satanized.

Ben Bennett – percussion, from columbus ohio. secret ingredient.

and if that ain’t enough, there’s:

Anthony Levin-decanini – magnetic card readers and tapes, from chicago, now pgh.

8cylinder – synthesizers, circuit bent effects pedals, drum machines. carries big stick.

September 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm Comments (0)

Thu 4/19 @ Garfield Artworks: CHRIS CORSANO (NYC exp. percussionist..w/Bjork, Sonic Youth, etc)

Thursday April 19 8 pm all ages welcome $7.00
Garfield Artworks, 4931 Penn Avenue

New York City-based experimental percussionist

with special guests
CAPA Antithesis (high school New Music ensemble)
and Satyr/Elfheim (solo guitar improv…releasing new CD)

Corsano’s CV:
Bjork’s touring drummer (appeared on her 2007 album ‘Volta’). Member of psych-drone trio Rangda (Drag City Records) with Ben Chasny (of Six Organs) & Richard Bishop (of Sun City Girls). Avant-jazz duos with saxophonist Paul Flaherty and Bill Nace (as Vampire Belt). Recordings and collaborations with Nels Cline (of Wilco), Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore (as Northampton Wools), Kim Gordon and Jim O’Rourke, UK saxophonist Evan Parker, outsider legend Jandek, and Italian bassist Massimo Pupillo, etc.

Here are some videos Corsano posted last week to help spread the word about his solo tour:

NYC percussionist Chris Corsano returns once again to Garfield Artworks for a solo performance.

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April 16, 2012 at 12:16 am Comments (0)

Waiting for the Singularity

So apparently, according to Patrick Burke anyway, once the Singularity emerges, we will be able to copy and paste our consciousness to multiple locations simultaneously. Which would be nice, because we wouldn’t have to choose between so many great new music events happening this weekend. I mean, don’t ask me! Do I look all sciency? In any case, there are once again, several excellent events happening all on Saturday night. You can check out a concert at Future Tenant by Matt Aelmore and Mike Purdue, head over to Garfield to here 8Cylinder et al unleash noise/electroacoustic/improv, or possibly catch the uber-amazing JACK Quartet at the Warhol. (FYI, the JACK concert was nearly sold out at 10 a.m., so emphasis on the possibly.) Is this a great problem to have or what?

February 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm Comments (0)

8Cylinder, Notaform, Maenads, Margaret Cox, and RJ Myato

February 25, 2012
7:30 pm

Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery
$5, all ages
Doors at 7:30

Ready for an evening of solid-state slugde, noise, dark ambient, space beach minaret, hard-to-hear sounds, finally-found sounds, and born-to-be-bad sounds like freezes, stutters, lags, crashes, slips, a variety of other sound mistakes, and junk noise metal? We knew you were. All to be found at Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery when Toronto’s Notaform joins Pittsburgh artists 8Cylinder, Maenads (Amy Hoffmann’s solo venture), Margaret Cox, and RJ Myato in a concert of experimental music encompassing all of the aforementioned descriptors. And more. Be there.


February 14, 2012 at 8:33 am Comments (0)

Cut Hands (William Bennett/Whitehouse), TM Eye, and Trogpite

February 21, 2012
8:00 pm

The Shop
Tickets: $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Pre-sales available at Sound Cat Records and Mind Cure Records.


Cut Hands

The newest project of William Bennett of UK noise/industrial legends Whitehouse.

“William Bennett, with or without Whitehouse, is a complicated man. Cut Hands, his latest project, might initially seem like a departure from the harassing Noise-critique of Whitehouse, but there are continuities….Cut Hands is one of the only truly thoughtful responses to the question of where Noise can go next, because it at once breaks with and continues it so profoundly. Afro Noise I is a remarkable record, whichever way you look at it, and it will be interesting to see how Bennett’s dedicated fans react to it. If he no longer says anything out loud, it’s because he doesn’t need to. Menacing, intricate and every bit as cerebrally scarring as any viciously dark synthpolemic, the sound does the work for him.”

The Wire Magazine, June 2011


TM Eye  and Trogpite

sets between acts from:

DJs Slinky and Tesco Jane

The Cut Hands US Tour is a project of Tesco USA

February 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm Comments (0)