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Evil Clown Shorties : Volume 2 (2023-2024) (Evil Clown)

While typically performing and releasing extended improvisations that last an hour or more, before each of the Evil Clown's Livestreamed performances they record a short improvisation, referred to as "Shorties", taking approaches that yield unique character to the longer works, collected here in 15 recordings with permutations of regular collective members.
 

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David Peck (PEK)-reeds

Michael Caglianone-reeds

Bonnie Kane-reeds

John Fugarino-brass

Bob Moores-brass

Eric Dahlman-brass

Vance Provey-brass

Glynis Lomon-strings, guitar

Tom Swafford-strings, guitar

Tor Snyder-strings, guitar

Aleksander Nivett-strings, guitar

DNA Girl-strings, guitar

Tim Mungenast-strings, guitar

Robin Amos-keys, synth, electronics

Eric Woods-keys, synth, electronics

Count Robot-keys, synth, electronics

Faruq Hassan-keys, synth, electronics

Moyu Zhang-keys, synth, electronics

Jimmy Zhao-Chinese folk instruments

Jiaxin Wan-Chinese folk instruments

Ziyi Gao-Chinese folk instruments

Yazhi Guo-Chinese folk instruments

Kaixin Hou-Chinese folk instruments

Albey onBass-bass

Scott Samenfeld-bass

Jared Seabrook-drums, percussion

Marc Edwards-drums, percussion

Steve Niemitz-drums,percussion

John Loggia-drums, percussion

Eric Rosenthal-drums, percussion

Jim Lucchese-drums, percussion

Dennis Warren-drums, percussion

Michael Knoblach-drums, percussion


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Label: Evil Clown
Catalog ID: 9367
Squidco Product Code: 34831

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Evil Clown Headquarters, in Waltham, Massachusetts, on September 30th to February 1st, 2024.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Here at Evil Clown, we specialize in long (concert length) works with very broad palettes. As the musicians change between many instruments over the length of a work, the sonority undergoes development, transforming across many different small movements and creating the form of the work as an emergent property of the improvised interactions. The pieces are approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes in length (tracked with a sports clock) which neatly fits on a CD and simplifies a lot of things required to produce music. The music breathes and transforms organically. I like this format, and the musicians in the Evil Clown Roster are all comfortable with it as well.

While this approach works well for me from an artistic/aesthetic perspective, the music industry is not well set up for long works especially in a streaming context. In early 2023, CD Baby, the company that I use to get our music to Download and Streaming vendors, changed their policy so that any disc with a single track (even at 70 minutes) can only be marketed in their system as a Single which sells for much less than a Full-Length release. Joel is always recording as we warm up and soundcheck at each session, so when this happened in Spring 2023, I was able to find a useful short track (less than 10 minutes) for each album in the Spring 2023 releases so that those recordings could be marketed with two tracks as Full-Length Recordings.

Since then, in advance of each YouTube LIVESTREAM performance, which is how these improvisations are nearly always created, we have recorded a short piece (approximately 5 minutes) which still fits with the long work within the 80-minute maximum length of a CD. I've been calling these pieces "Shorties", and they tend to be a bit different in character than the longer works from the same performances. Technically, they are the end of the soundcheck, but we are so dialed in at ECH that the mix is good to go.

This release, Evil Clown Shorties Volume 2 (2023/2024), collects 15 of these short improvisations from 14 albums performed by 8 different ensembles comprised of 33 musicians plus Joel at the mix. Evil Clown Ensembles are highly modular, the Ensemble name does not indicate a band that always has the same players, but instead a general sonic concept and perhaps a core unit. For Example, a performance is assigned to Leap of Faith if Glynis Lomon and I are both on it regardless of which guests from the Roster also participate. In the 4-month period covered by these 15 pieces, 5 are Leap of Faith albums and none of the ensembles are exactly the same.

As I write these notes, I compiled the tracks in an iTunes play list in the order of their performance dates last night and listened to it. I really enjoyed listening to these very different pieces flow into each other. In the future, I will continue this practice and release several albums of Shorties each year. I have created a new bandcamp page to offer these recordings since they contain all the various ensembles and don't really belong on the page for each band. They are a sort of sampler for the period of Evil Clown production that they cover, and I expect that some listeners will find they wish to hear the long work associated with the short track from this release."-David Peck, from the liner notes


Artist Biographies

"PEK (aka David Peck) is a multi-instrument improviser who plays all kinds of instruments including saxophones, clarinets, double reeds, percussion, electronics and auxiliary sound making devices of all kinds.

PEK was born in 1964 and started playing clarinet and piano in elementary school. In 7th grade he started saxophones, first on alto, then switching to tenor in high school. He spent 10 years playing in rock bands and studying classical and jazz saxophone with Kurt Heisig in the San Jose CA area before moving to Boston in 1989 to attend Berklee where he studied performance with George Garzone. While Berklee was an excellent place to study harmony, voice training and other important aspects of a conventional formal music training course of study, it was not a very good environment for learning contemporary (or pure) improvisation (apart from his work with George). PEK did find, however, that Boston had a thriving improvisation scene, and it was here that he developed his mature pure improvisation language.

During the 90s, PEK performed with many notable improvisers including Masashi Harada, Glynis Lomon, William Parker, Laurence Cooke, Eric Zinman, Glenn Spearman, Raqib Hassan, Charlie Kohlhase, Steve Norton, Keith Hedger, Mark McGrain, Sydney Smart, Matt Samolis, Martha Ritchey, Larry Roland, Dennis Warren, Yuri Zbitnov, Craig Schildhauer, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Leslie Ross, Rob Bethel, Wayne Rogers, Eric Rosenthal, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tatsuya Nakatani, James Coleman, B'hob Rainey and George Garzone.

PEK met cellist Glynis Lomon when they played together in the Masashi Harada Sextet which existed between 1990 and 1992. They developed a deep musical connection which they continued following the MHS; first with the Leaping Water Trio for a few years and then with the first version of Leap of Faith in 1994. Leap of Faith was very active in Boston from that time until 2001 and went through a series of several core ensembles which always included both PEK and Glynis. Other key Leap of Faith core members during this period were Mark McGrain (trombone), Craig Schildhauer (double bass), Sydney Smart (drums), Yuri Zbitnov (drums) and James Coleman (theremin). Leap of Faith was always a very modular unit with constantly shifting personnel and many different guests. The early Leap of Faith period concluded in 2001 with a dual bill at an excellent room at MIT called Killian Hall with George Garzone's seminal trio the Fringe.

At this time, PEK changed careers for his day gig, returning to college for a computer science degree and beginning to work in the structural engineering industry at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. He became far too busy to continue the heavy music schedule, and preferring not to do music casually, he entered a long musically dormant period.

Flash forward to early 2014. PEK was a regular mail order customer of Downtown Music Gallery, the premiere specialty shop in Manhattan for free jazz, contemporary classical and other new music. While in New York on SGH business, he went down to DMG and had a lengthy conversation with proprietor Bruce Lee Gallanter about the early Leap of Faith period. He then sent Bruce a package of about 15 CD titles from the 90s and was pleasantly surprised when Bruce managed to sell nearly all of it. This public interest in the old catalog spurred PEK into getting back into performance. He reformed Leap of Faith with Glynis Lomon (cello, voice, aquasonic), Yuri Zbitnov (drums) and newcomer Steve Norton (clarinets and saxophones) and started to record and perform in early 2015.

Now having access to financial resources always absent in the early period, PEK began to accumulate a huge collection of instruments both for himself and also to expand the palate of Leap of Faith and the other projects soon to follow. He acquired new recording equipment and many new saxophones, clarinets, double reeds, metal and wooden percussion instruments, electronic instruments, signal processing equipment and other sound-making devices from many cultures. He revived his old record label, Evil Clown, and created reissues and new releases for much of the early period work by Leap of Faith and many of his other projects to sell at shows, DMG and the internet (around 100 archival titles).

The Arsenal of equipment has a grand purpose: To establish a large scale aesthetic problem to use the instruments to make long form broad palate improvisations with dramatic transformation and development. The very broad palate enables the long improvisations to evolve with very different movements and pronounced development over their length. PEK started the Leap of Faith Orchestra, a greatly expanded Leap of Faith, to achieve this purpose along with a number of smaller ensembles which are sub-units of the full orchestra including String Theory (focusing on orchestral strings), Metal Chaos Ensemble (focusing on metallic percussion), Turbulence (horn players), Mekaniks (electronics) and Chicxulub (space rock). In all, the Evil Clown roster includes over 40 musicians who contribute to one or more of the various projects, with PEK participating in all of them. Leap of Faith has also had some special guests like Steve Swell (trombone), Thomas Heberer (trumpet), Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) and Jim Hobbs (alto sax). The Leap of Faith Orchestra happens whenever several of these groups play together at the same time, or the ensemble exceeds 7 or 8 players. The Full Orchestra is a special case discussed below.

The current roster is comprised in part of: - Core Leap of Faith: PEK, Glynis Lomon, Yuri Zbitnov (Steve Norton has since left to go to Graduate School) - Percussion: Andria Nicodemou (vibes), Kevin Dacey (perc), Joe Hartigan (perc), Syd Smart (drums) - Strings: Jane Wang (cello), Clara Kebabian (violin), Tony Leva (bass), Mimi Rabson (violin), Kirsten Lamb (bass), Brendan Higgins (bass), Silvain Castellano (bass), Rob Bethel (cello), Kit Demos (bass), Matt Scutchfield (violin), Helen Sherrah-Davies (violin) - Piano: Eric Zinman, Peter Cassino, Emilio Gonzales - Horns: Dave Harris (tuba, trombone), Charlie Kohlhase (saxes), Bob Moores (trumpet), Sara Honeywell (trombone), Forbes Graham (trumpet), John Baylies (tuba), Dan O'Brien (woodwinds), Zack Bartolomei (woodwinds), Kat Dobbins (trombone), Steve Provizer (trumpet, baritone horn), Matt Samolis (flute) - Electronics: Greg Grinnell, Jason Adams (electric bass, electronics) - Guitar: Dru Wesely, Grant Beale, Chris Florio - Voice: Dei Xhrist

Evil Clown is documenting the ongoing solutions to this aesthetic challenge by creating limited CD editions and digital download albums of every performance and studio session by this array of ensembles. Interested audience can track the development of the grand scale project over the many releases - over 80 albums recorded and released so far between Jan of 2015 and March of 2017. All of the bands are highly modular, changing personnel and instrumentation with each meeting. The result is an enormous amount of music that shares the same fundamental improvisational language but differs from event to event greatly both in sonority (overall sound) and specific detail.

For the full Leap of Faith Orchestra, PEK composes a graphic notation score to guide the improvisation. The full Orchestra is comprised of roughly 20 players from the roster and performs twice a year. Two performances have occurred to date - The Expanding Universe in June of 2016 and Supernovae in November of 2016. Composition for Possible Universes is completed and the work will be performed on May 28, 2017 with another performance (score not yet begun) scheduled for November.

The scores use a device called Frame Notation where written English descriptions of the overall sonority desired and simple graphic symbols are given durations for each player on their part along with direction on when to play and when not to play. The directions are put in little boxes called frames which are arranged on a timeline and are simple enough to be immediately understood by the performers. Horizontal lines, called Duration Bars, extend across the page indicating when each Event (the Frame + the Duration Bar) begins and ends. An Event can be intended for the full ensemble, a defined group within the ensemble (for example, Metal Chaos Ensemble), a custom group (for example, Tubas), or an individual (for example, Andria Feature).

Parts are the full score annotated with Hiliters so that each player's instructions stand out. They can clearly see their individual instructions, but can also see the big picture, enabling far more knowledge about the pending actions of the rest of the ensemble than typical in pure improvisation. The players track the elapsed time on a very large sports clock. There is no melodic, harmonic or rhythmic information specified. This system allows PEK to compose detailed Ensemble Events without having to notate pitches or rhythms which would require significant rehearsal to accurately achieve."

-All About Jazz (https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/pek)
5/23/2024

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Michael Anthony Caglianone is an American sax player, producer, recording, mixing & mastering engineer, voice-over actor, co-founder of Studio 7A West. Based out of Boston, MA. He is known for the band Zen Bastards.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/378779-Michael-Caglianone)
5/23/2024

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"Dedicated improvisor and electro acoustic pioneer, Bonnie Kane's music is formed from equal exposure to the avant-garde, hard core and the psychedelic.

Integrating saxophone, flute, feedback and electronics, her solo and group work traverse the genres of noise, free jazz and improvisation, psych rock, jam band, and bio-composition. She brought her "Fresh Sound Guarantee" to her first show at the Rochester Planetarium, performances at a Bosnian refugee camp, outdoor festivals, art spaces, rock, jazz, and punk clubs. She has toured nationally and worldwide, performing extensively throughout her Eastern USA base.

A bandleader since the 1990s, with over 30 releases, those she has performed and recorded with include: John Spencer, Tatsuya Nakatani, Chris Forsyth, Kevin Shea, Shayna Dulberger, Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut, Blaise Siwula, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Chris Welcome, Federico Ughi, Walter Wright, Andrea Pensado, Chris Strunk, and John Loggia. New collaborations are continually evolving."

-Bonnie Kane Website (http://bonniekane.com/bio/)
5/23/2024

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"John Fugarino received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He then attended the New England Conservatory of Music and earned a Masters in Music Composition. John has performed and taught trumpet in both the classical and jazz idioms. Has performed a wide range of music including Orchestral, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Free Form Improvisation and Microtonal Music. Currently John can be seen playing his own jazz compositions and lead trumpet with "The Hornzone" an R&B/ Funk band. John is a music teacher at the Butler Middle School where he teaches in the Midi-Music Lab and directs the school Jazz Ensemble. Trumpet recordings are on the Lyra Ohm label and Zoning Records. Orchestral music recorded by the Radio and Television Orchestra of Bratislava."

-Real School Music (https://therealschoolofmusic.com/instructors/john-fugarino/)
5/23/2024

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"Bob Moores Having spent most of his life flying under the radar working on obscure projects that may some day come to the light of day, trumpeter/guitarist/composer/improviser/artist/photographer/poet/conceptualist Bob Moores has finally started to emerge into the light playing in the free improvisation collective Fable Grazer and through his solo project Resonator.

Having played every kind of music imaginable on trumpet in every kind of setting from classical to funk to blues to R&B to pop punk and metal to jazz, in small and large ensembles, Bob has settled on playing only freely improvised music at this stage of his evolution, both in group situations and as a solo artist. Moores is an exponent of what he calls unschooled primitive coloristic guitar having started to play in earnest with Fable Grazer.

He has been composing music since he was a child and composes and arranges for a variety of ensembles types, instrumentations and genres."

-Evil Clown Website (http://www.giantevilclown.com/bio-bob-moores.html)
5/23/2024

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"- Performed with free jazz icon Hal Russell & his NRG Ensemble, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Travis Chandler Philharmonic, Auddity, Rakalam Bob Moses, DMJE quartet and DME trio. Dahlman has appeared on Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty's Discovery Channel soundtrack "Bridges".

- Music appears in the documentary film "The Bear Cult" (2015 Hyperion).

- Studied with Ingrid Monson, Dave Frank, Anthony Davis & John Luther Adams."

-Evil Clown (http://www.evilclown.rocks/bio-eric-dahlman.html)
5/23/2024

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Vance Provey is a trumpeter and freelance musician, arranger, composer, and educator.He has played with various bands in the Boston area, including HealingNewtown and the Arts Festival.

-The Newton Bee (https://www.newtownbee.com/12132013/snapshot-vance-provey/)
5/23/2024

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"Improvising cellist, vocalist and aquasonic player Glynis Lomon graduated from Bennington College in 1975 with a degree in Music/Black Music. At Bennington she studied with musician/composer Bill Dixon and continued to perform and record with his ensembles until his recent death. Glynis has also been privileged to play with Arthur Brooks, Jimmy Lyons, Cecil Taylor, Butch Morris, William Parker, Joe Morris, Greta Buck, Masashi Harada, Lowell Davidson, Raqib Hassan and many others. For almost a decade she and multi reed player PEK performed in the Boston area with their group Leap of Faith."

-Evil Clown Website (http://www.giantevilclown.com/bio-glynis-lomon-.html)
5/23/2024

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"Tom Swafford grew up in Seattle, studied composition with Louis Andriessen (Amsterdam), Olly Wilson (U.C. Berkeley) and John McDonald (Tufts U.), and has been active as a violinist and composer in a wide variety of music communities since his arrival in New York in 2007. He has presented concerts of his music at Roulette Intermedium and The Stone. He recorded and toured Europe in the group Kef, with bassist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz and guitarist Aram Bajakian. In 2015, his 11-piece ensemble String Power released its debut album. His musical theater piece, Bad Actor, was performed at the Tank in 2017. He recently recorded a duo album with bassist Zachary Swanson, and a trio album with Swanson and drummer Dalius Naujo."

-Tom Swafford Website (https://www.tomswafford.com/bio.html)
5/23/2024

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"Tor was the student of Sonny Sharrock and Joe Morris and hasbeen an active professional since the 1980s. He has performed and recorded with such musicians as Bob Moses, Kenwood Denard, John Medeski. He is also on faculty at NYC public and private schools. He is former faculty at Community Music Center of Boston."

-Kaufmann Music Center (https://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/lms/faculty/tor-snyder/)
5/23/2024

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"Tim Mungenast is a surrealist guitar shaman with an almost messianic sense of purpose.

He plays both mystical improv and 60s-flavored rock that flirts with psychosis, featuring odd chords and even odder lyrics (not to mention some really weird sounds). His improbably catchy songs often melt into loopy extended jams a la early Pink Floyd."

-Tim Mungenast Bandcamp (https://timmungenast.bandcamp.com/)
5/23/2024

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"Robin Amos is an American keyboardist and founding member of the band Cul de Sac. His first band was The Girls, a punk band that Amos founded in the late 1970s with George Condo, Mark Dagley and Daved Hild. He continued to explore that band's sound with his next band Shut Up, which he formed with guitarist Glenn Jones."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Amos)
5/23/2024

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"Originally trained as an electric bassist in funk and jazz in high school, Eric's interest in new music began after studying at Northeastern's Music Technology program, composing acousmatic music on the computer, with an interest in mixed electronic works for live performance, as well as algorithmic and chance operations. While at Northeastern, Eric honed his improvisation skills in the Electronic Music Ensemble, performing pieces such as John Zorn's "Cobra" and Stockhausen's "From the Seven Days".

After college, Eric began playing mandolin as a founding member of the improv collective Fable Grazer. Craving more of the sonic flexibility of his earlier computer music work, Eric was drawn to modular synthesizers in 2012, which has became his primary instrument. He records and performs solo work under the moniker Machine Machine that are largely unedited, improvised recordings. Last year, Eric went on his first nation-wide tour as the synth player in the psychedelic electronic folk trio Vilicon Sally."

-Evil Clown (http://www.evilclown.rocks/bio-eric-woods.html)
5/23/2024

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"Count Robot was created to carve audio stupidity into art. Since being conjured into existence, Count has been a member of the following active music projects; Astro Al, Amplissima, and Static Apparitions. In another form Count has also contributed words and occasionally performed with Georgia space metal rockers, Spaceseed. The Count has well over 40 recordings to his credit.

What else can be said about this space buffoon? He's wanted for public onstages displays of moronics in Austin Texas, Cullman Alabama, Portland Maine, and New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Bromsgrove England, and Massachuestts."

-Evil Clown (https://www.evilclown.rocks/bio-count-robot.html)
5/23/2024

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"Faruq is the son of Raqib Hassan who was a mentor of mine in the 90s - an amazing tenor player and bandleader who studied with Archie Shepp. Faruq plays synths and electronics - very different music than Raqib's - but his talent really shines through. He came to a session a few months back with Glynis and I invited him to join the Simulacrum Roster..."-David Peck, Evil Clown

-Evil Clown (https://evilclown.rocks/bio-faruq-hassan/)
5/23/2024

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Jimmy Zhao is a Boston area musician and improviser, performing on erhu, bandhu, other Chinese instruments and viola.

-Squidco 5/23/2024

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Jiaxin Wan is a guzheng and keyboard player from Beijing, China, who studied at Berklee College of Music and currently lives in Boston, MA.

-Jiaxin Wan Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100082838417789&sk=about_contact_and_basic_info)
5/23/2024

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Yazhi Guo: "Co-founder and founding President of the American Academy of World Music, performer, educator,and musical instrument reformer, active on the international stage. He is good at playing suona and a variety of Chinese and Western wind instruments. He is recognized by the industry as one of the best suona performers in the world, and he is committed to integrating Chinese music with world music. Graduated from the Traditional Music Department of the Central Conservatory of Music in1990, and stayed on to teach at the school; in 2000, he became the principal of suona of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO); in 2012 he went to the United States to study, and also gave lectures and held lectures at Harvard University, Philadelphia University of the Arts and Berklee College of Music concert. He won the Pro Musicis International Award in New York in 1998 and the Hong Kong Artist of the Year Award in 2013. In 2015, he obtained the Artist Diploma of Berklee College of Music, and He has led the Berklee College of Music Band to visit China and Singapore many times.. He has recorded more than adozen of solo albums, many of which were released globally. The Suona active core developed by him won the second prize of Science and Technology Progress Award of the Ministry of Culture in 1993; he also developed Polyphonic Hulusi and and Guzheng transposition double-slot bridge, which has attracted much attention in the industry. In 2021, Co-founded the American Academy of World Music and the "Two Tune" World Music Ensemble in Henderson House.

Art achievement:

Guo's invention of the suona "Living Core" was awarded the "Second Prize for Progress in Science and Technology" by the Ministry of Culture, which made a major breakthrough in the performance of traditional suona in converting all modes and temporarily changing sounds. Zhao Songting, the master of the flute, praised it as: "Small invention, great achievement". Now "live core" has been used by many people in ensemble and solo. Guo used the suona live core to cooperate with many composers to develop new suona works, giving suona a new position.

Awards:

In 1998, Guo won the Pro Musicis International Award at Carnegie Hall in New York, the United States. The American "Qiao Bao" described it as "an important step for Chinese national wind music to go global". In July of the same year, he was selected as one of the most outstanding musicians in China, and he performed at the concert to welcome US President Clinton's first visit to China, which was highly praised. In 2013, Kwok won the "Hong Kong 2012 Best Artist Award (Music)" and the "Chinese Culture Communication Contribution Award" issued by the Confucius Institute in the United States. In 2016, he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Governor of Massachusetts and the Mayor of Boston in recognition of his strong support for local culture and arts.

Artistic resume:

Yazhi Guo studied jazz at the Berklee College of Music in the United States and obtained the Artistic Diploma in 2015. In 2013, he was invited to participate in the Cleveland Arts Festival in the United States and the Chicago Summer Music Festival in 2014. He has participated in the Chinese New Year Gala held by the Confucius Institute in various parts of the United States for several consecutive years, and received the Chinese Culture Communication Contribution Award from the institute.

In June and September 2016, two concerts of fusion jazz "One night in Beijing" and modern classical music "Desert River" were successfully held in Berkeley Recital Hall (Caf Hall) and the world-famous Jordan Hall (Jordan Hall) successively. Different styles of concerts.

In the 1990s, Guo was a popular suona musician in the Beijing recording studio, recording suona music for hundreds of films and TV shows, as well as for the Spring Festival Gala over the years. Kwok is also a popular Chinese musician in the Hong Kong pop music industry. He has been invited many times to be a special guest in large-scale concerts by Hong Kong singers such as "Da Ming faction" Huang Yaoming, Li Hackin and Liu Meijun. CCTV "National Music Fragrance" and Hong Kong TVB "Tuesday Archives" produced special introductions for him, CCTV International Channel's 2007 special topic: "Hong Kong Character Yazhi Guo - Suona is also fashionable"; In 2007, he was invited to be the first national instrumental music of CCTV The judges of the TV competition performed "One Night in Beijing" at the awards TV show, which was refreshing.

Over the years, as a soloist, Guo has often cooperated with orchestras and folk ensembles of many countries and regions around the world; he has premiered many modern-style suona concertos such as "Calling the Phoenix", "Trace No. 4" and "The Great Desert". He has published more than ten solo albums such as Rivers of Water, Yazhi Guo's Wind instrument World, and Listening to Birds. CCTV has a special report: Guo Yazhi, a character in Hong Kong, "suona is also fashionable". In 2016, RTHK traveled through China and the United States and produced an exclusive interview documentary "Master" for him. The Geneva Forum commented: "He is the focal point of the stage, impressive" and was called "China's Louis Armstrong" by Boston Radio."

-Yazhi Guo Website (https://www.yazhiguo.com/bio)
5/23/2024

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Albey Balgochian performs on bass, who has performed with Cecil Taylor, Paul Rishell and has led his own band.

-Albey onBass Website (http://www.albeybalgochian.com/index.html)
5/23/2024

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"Scott is a lo1ng-time Boston based musician, composer and band leader. He moved to Boston in 1970 from the New York City area where he studied with guitarist Harry Lahey, pianists Keith McDonald and Gabe Julian and bassist Bill Holliday. He studied at Berklee College of Music and was a member of Razzmatazz a jazz, rock, fusion group and Trillium, an avante guard power trio in the 70s. He taught for many years including 5 years at the Guitar Workshop in Boston, the Open Road School, an alternative high school in Waltham, and the Cambridge School in Weston. He formed his group Muse Stew in 1990 which still performs his original compositions regularly. He has also led the Cal Tjader project featuring the music of the great Latin vibraphist. He has held down the bass chair of the Sounds of Swing big band for almost 40 years."

-Evil Clown (https://www.evilclown.rocks/bio-scott-samenfeld.html)
5/23/2024

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Jared Seabrook is drummer from Boston, Massachusetts, known for the groups Seabrook Power Plant, and The Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/4160820-Jared-Seabrook)
5/23/2024

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"Marc Edwards (born July 23, 1949) is a free jazz drummer who has played and recorded with artists such as Cecil Taylor, Charles Gayle, and David S. Ware. His influences include Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich. He is currently playing with a project with Weasel Walter, and with his own group, Marc Edwards Slipstream Time Travel, an afrofuturistic free jazz ensemble. Many of his solo works have a science fiction theme. He also plays in the band Cellular Chaos, his first foray into rock drumming.

Edwards was raised in New York City, and did not initially take an interest in music. He dabbled with several instruments, but it was during junior high school when he was able to get out of wood shop class by playing drums that he first played the instrument.

In 1994. Edwards returned to music after a lengthy hiatus. He formed Slipstream Time Travel and released their first record, Time and Space Vol. 1. Current members are Ernest Anderson III, Takuma Kanaiwa, Alex Lozupone, Gene Janas, Alexis Marcelo. This line-up's performance at the Dizzy Gillespie Fundraiser of 2012 was described as "a climactic point in the evening's program ".

Edwards was interviewed on WKCR New York City after the release of Time & Space, Vol. 1 and Red Sprites & Blue Jets. During the 1970s, Apogee performed live on the station two separate occasions. His trio with Sabir Mateen and Hilliard Greene, performed at WKCR again just before playing at the Knitting Factory's sponsored festival, the Texaco Jazz Festival in 1997.Marc Edwards at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn in 2011

In 2013, Marc Edwards contributed a version of "Amazing Grace" to a benefit album to raise funds for Donovan Drayton's release from prison and trial. He also released a CD with his new group Sonos Gravis, which was described as "freely fused out rock that takes "free jazz" and cranks it." The album was listed as #12 on Steve Holtje's Top Jazz albums of 2013, along with his release with Slipstream Time Travel called Planet X Just Blew Up!, which was #13. The New York City Jazz Record says that "Sonos Gravis could, in fact, be the conceptual merger of the New York Art Quartet, Black Sabbath and Last Exit, though despite signposts reflecting noise and free jazz, this music has little actual precedent".

Grego Applegate Edwards described his 2014 release, Sakura Sakura, as "very vibrant free rock, a sort of Ascension in the metal zone. It is bracing. You will either gravitate towards it by predisposition or not. And that has something to do with your open mind about a free metal blast or the opposite." He says of the 2015 release, Mystic Mountain, "This may be their most anarchically exhilarating album yet!".

For many years, Edwards played only jazz drums, but recently has started playing rock and punk."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Edwards_(drummer))
5/23/2024

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"Steve Niemitz is a percussionist and pianist with over 15 years of performing experience, 12+ years of recording experience, and 5 years of teaching experience. Well versed in a variety of musical styles including jazz, rock, punk, metal, classical, and experimental/avant-garde, Steve's teaching philosophy emphasizes creativity and independence as well as a solid foundation in practical skills such as music reading, drum rudiments, and technique.

Steve has studied drumset with Jerome Deupree (Morphine, Either/Orchestra, Bourbon Princess), Luther Gray (Tsunami, Ida, Jenny Toomey) and Jeff 'Siege' Siegel (Sir Roland Hanna Trio, Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Ravi Coltrane), and has been playing piano/keyboards for over a decade."

-Bearclaw's Academy of Music (https://bearclawsacademyofmusic.com/team/steve-niemitz/)
5/23/2024

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John Loggia is a Boston-area drummer who has worked with Bonnie Kane, Blaise Siwula, and the Evil Clown Collective band Turbulence.

-Squidco 5/23/2024

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"Drummer Eric Rosenthal is based out of the Boston area. The former student of Ed Blackwell has studied and performed more than American jazz drumming; he has also delved into West African traditional and South Indian classical percussion. Rosenthal has performed and improvised with Anthony Braxton, Mat Maneri, Pandelis Karayorgis, Mario Pavone, and the Either/Orchestra. He has performed all over North America and Europe, and appeared in Greece at the Patras Jazz Festival, at Montreal's North Sea Jazz festival, even at Finland's Pori Festival. Besides producing his own improvised music recordings, he also appears on CDs with the Hypnotic Clambake and the Zairean soukous band Freestyle. The late '90s found Rosenthal busy in the group Naftule's Dream. The band has two releases on John Zorn's Tzadik label, Search for the Golden Dreydl and Smash, Clap!"

-Evil Clown (http://www.evilclown.rocks/bio-eric-rosenthal.html)
5/23/2024

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"Michael Knoblach Percussion---Knoblach has played with Ad Frank, Twitcher, Reg Bloor (from Glenn Branca Ensemble), Cul de Sac, John Fahey, Jon LaMaster's Saturnalia, Neovoxer Ensemble, The Boston Village Gamelan, Kiniwe African Percussion Ensemble, Donald "the junkman" Knaack (ex-John Cage), The Calypso Invaders, The Valhalla Kittens, Emily Grogan, Ted Drozdowski's The Scissormen, The Trojan Ponies, Ken Lovelett, John Amaral, Tim Mungenast, Bill T. Miller and others. He played the New Year's Countdown in Copley Square for Boston, MA for a number of years. He has done soundtrack work for the Troma Films release "Terror Firmer." Michael has had extensive studies in Arabic hand drumming and classical Egyptian tambourine, as well as having studied tabla and North Indian classical music with Ali Akbar Khan and Swapan Chaudhuri. He studied drum set with Gene Piccolo (ex-Jack McDuff, ex-Woody Herman, ex-Glenn Miller Band and Piccolo was a long time student of Ed Thigpen (Oscar Peterson Trio, more...) and Shelly Manne (Stan Kenton, more...)). He is currently playing percussion with Dahlman & Nugent in the band Auddity and is playing washboard and old timey percussion with banjo/fiddle player Nicholas Bogosian, as well as other projects."

-Touhey Gallery (http://www.touhey.com/upcoming.html)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Einstein-Rosen Bridges 4:59

2. Polysemy And Homonymy 5:19

3. Counteracting The Disturbance 4:55

4. Chiaroscuro 5:55

5. Conflagration 5:14

6. Constants 5:20

7. Possible Outcomes Of Empirical Phenomena 5:17

8. Undiscovered 5:31

9. Robots On Parade 5:34

10. Eternal Series 1:58

11. Self-Sustaining Cycles 5:40

12. Giant Monster Insurance 5:18

13. Phases Of The Current 5:14

14. Ordinary Vectors 5:16

15. Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde 5:14

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