A wonderfully bizarre set of free improvisations from the Downtown NY trio of Andy Haas on sax and electronics, Michael Evans on drums, electronics, objects & voice, and David Grollman on snare, objects, balloon and voice, pushing the limites of free sound in intelligent ways.
Ghosts of the Holy Ghost Spermic Brotherhood
Label: Wee Space Tapes
Released in: USA
"Their mouthful of a name is equal parts mysterious, goofy, crass and mystical - which are as good as any set of random descriptors for this trio's improvised clamor. Not that you could peg their number if blindfolded; using any number of instruments and objects drafted to become instruments (balloons are apparently used frequently enough to earn a mention in the credits of their self-titled CD), there could be any number of people contributing to the often erratic din. The group includes saxophonist Andy Haas and percussionists David Grollman and Michael Evans, all creative musicians with a laundry list of collaborators but a more exclusive interest in the theatrical, making their shows as much performance art as concerts. Their tunes are given titles like ":" or "?" or "%" - fitting for a group that so often requires a shift from the standard."-Citypaper
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"Andy Haas has performed, recorded and collaborated with many musicians who were at the center of the creative avant garde music coming out of NYC by the '90s, such as John Zorn, Fred Frith, Ikue Mori, Thurston Moore, Marc Ribot, and more. Haas was an original member of Toronto's Martha & the Muffins, which formed in 1977. He played saxophones for the band through their 1981 release, This is the Ice Age. Through the '90s, Haas was most often found playing the didjeridu, such as on the fun and eclectic Knitting Factory compilation, Jewish Alternative Movement: Guide for Perplexed, and on his own album, Arnhem Land, released on the Avant label in 1997."-All Music (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/andy-haas-mn0000027819/biography)
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"Michael Evans is an improvising drummer/percussionist/ thereminist/composer whose work investigates and embraces the collision of sound and theatrics.While his primary instrument is an unconventionally altered drumset, his work with unusual sound sources includes found objects, homemade instruments, the theremin and various digital and homemade analog electronics.
As an active and versatile New York City musician, he has worked with a wide variety of artists of all sorts including Ron Anderson, Jeff Arnal, Audio Artists, Claire Barratt, Samm Bennett, Jac Berrocal, Carla Bley, Naval Cassidy, James Chance, Martha Colburn, Combustible Edison, Lol Coxhill, EasSide Percussion (ESP), Roger Ely (the Devil's Chaueffeur), Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Ken Filiano, Fast Forward (Gobo), Chris Ferris, Michael Gira (Angels of Light, Swans), Gisburg, Gilbert Godfried, God Is My Co-Pilot, David Grubbs, Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten), Susan Hefner, Steve Horowitz's Code Ensemble, Jarboe (Swans), Pamelia Kurstin, Skip LaPlante's Music for Homemade Instruments, Zach Layton, Gen Ken Montgomery, Neil Leonard, Aimee Mann, Karen Mantler, Sean G. Meehan, Donald Miller, Eric Mingus, Gordon Monahan, Joe Morris, Michelle Nagai, Anders Nilsson, Evan Parker, Andrea Parkins, Maxime De La Rochefoucauld, William Parker, Yvette Perez's Birdbrain, Yvette Perez's Mitra Sumara, Gino Robair, Lary Seven, Elliot Sharp, Moe! Staiano, LaDonna Smith, David Simons, Jesse Stewart, the Talking Band, Toronto Dance Theatre, Stephen Vitiello, Christopher Walken, Jason Willet, Peter Zummo's Noisy Meditation Band and John Zorn.
He toured internationally with God is my Co-Pilot in the 90's, performed solo percussion at Het Apollohuis in Eindhoven, Netherlands, with Gordon Monahan in Munich, Germany, and in an impromptu series entitled "Purgatory", presented by Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten) in Berlin, Germany. He toured Japan with percussionist Samm Bennett in 2005, went to Sweden with Anders Nilsson and "Fulminate Trio" in 2006, and performed with Fast Forward in "Music a la Mode" at Sophiensaele in Berlin in 2010.
His work with the theremin varies the quality of its sound through set-up and technique. On the theremin he has performed with dancers and in group settings playing experimental, jazz, rock, ersatz lounge and chamber music. In 2000, he was photographed playing a Moog ether wave theremin for the front of Bob Moog's Big Briar catalog. He has performed in multiple performances of the NYC Theremin Society's concerts 2005 - 2012 at Issue Project Room and at Joe's Pub.
He was selected for a composers fellowship to Music/Omi 2001, part of the International Music Colony @ the Art Omi International Arts Center, in Ghent, N.Y. During the summer of 2003, he participated in Baltimore's High Zero Festival, an ongoing, yearly improvisational festival featuring musicians from the USA and abroad. Every August since 2006, he has been happily teaching percussion workshops to children, performs as a musician and often times helps out by cooking meals at the Electric Eclectics festival (Festival Of Modern Music And Irritainment) in Meaford, Canada presented by Gordon Monahan, Laura Kikauka and Chris Worden.
He collaborates regularly with the choreographer Susan Hefner. Their sound/movement performance work has been previously produced at Roulette, The Chocolate Factory, Improvised and Otherwise, Dixon Place, Music with a View at the Flea Theater, the Birmingham Improvisation Festival, and elsewhere. The duo also presents salon performances at their home studio, MESH. In December 2013, they will perform at Experimental Intermedia.
He also continues his ongoing collaborations with: Bed of Daddle (with Gordon Beeferman and James Ilgenfritz), Fulminate Trio (with Anders Nilsson & Ken Filiano), Peter Zummo's Noisy Meditation Band, Ghosts of the Holy Ghost Spermic Brotherhood (with David Grollman and Andy Haas.)
Recorded examples of his work can be found on EasSide Percussion's "ESP" release on Avant records, "MESuperstar" on A.T.M.O.T.W. records, Karen Mantler's "Farewell" and "Pet Project" releases on XtraWatt records, "Just Drums 2 - The Project" (a compilation of 35 drummers) on Fever Pitch records, "MEJA" (Michael Evans/Jeff Arnal) on C3R records, Fulminate Trio: s/t on Generate records," Deviant Shakti: Ladonna Smith and Michael Evans" on Trans Museq records, "An Optimist Notes the Dusk" with David Grollman on Drag City Records, and "Ghosts of the Holy Ghost Spermic Brotherhood" on Resonant Records.
He has studied movement/sparring/drumming with Professor Milford Graves, drum technique with Joe Morello, tabla with Misha Masud, kanjira with Ganesh Kumar and Haitian/Afro-Cuban hand drumming with John Amira. He has studied musicianship with Helen Hobbs Jordan, composition with Richard Cameron Wolf, Blue Gene Tyranny and the theremin with Pamelia Kurstin."-Michael Evans Website (http://www.michaelevanssounds.com/about)
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"David Grollman is a percussionist from NYC who performs freely improvised music. He performs in art galleries, tiki bars, and venues of curious ambience made more curious by his mongrel sounds. David bows, scrapes, blows, slaps, rubs, caresses, abuses, and generally tests the limits of his instrument. Anything is game. Anything may be a participant if the musical conversation calls for it. Artist, instrument, audience, and environment become ambiguous terms, conspiring in a theatrical exploration of chance dynamics and serendipitous exchanges."-David Grollman 2/15/2017
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Recorded at 6/8 Studios in New York City, New York, in December 2015 by Perkin Barnes.
Andy Haas-sax, electronics
Michael Evans-snare drums, electronics, objects, voice
David Grollman-snare drum, objects, balloon, voice
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