Friday, November 10, 8pm #96–TELEPATHIC TELEVISION–JOSHUE OTT (3D animation), ROBERT DICK (flutes), ANDREW DRURY (floor tom)
TELEPATHIC TELEVISION is a multi-media trio that improvises with an intimate, real-time rapport rarely present in groups combining the visual and the sonic, or digital and ancient technologies. Lush visuals created via Joshua Ott’s self-generated algorithms morph with the inventive sounds from Robert Dick’s flutes and Andrew Drury’s percussion to form otherworldly nebula-scapes. This performance will premiere new 3D animation software created by Joshue Ott.
JOSHUE OTT is a visualist and software designer who creates cinematic visual improvisations that are performed live and projected in large scale. Working from hand-drawn forms manipulated in real time with superDraw, a software instrument of his own design, Ott composes evolving images that reside somewhere between minimalism, psychedelia, and Cagean chance. He has performed with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; with Son Lux at MASS MoCA; with Gina Gibney Dance at the Baryshnikov Arts Center; and frequently at venues throughout NYC, including Le Poisson Rouge and Roulette. Installation works include a large-scale audience interactive performance at the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik, Iceland; a collaborative drawing system installed on the IAC Center’s 120-foot-long video wall; and a collaborative drawing installation at the NASA Ames Research Center. Ott is also the visual mastermind behind the hit iOS apps Thicket, snowDrift, Falling Stars, and Pitch Painter.
ROBERT DICK, it is not an exaggeration to say, is a revolutionary of the flute, the person who has done more than anyone since its invention to expand its sound possibilities and methodologies. Author of seminal books on extended techniques for flute, inventor of the glissando head-joint, for several decades he has been the acknowledged leader of flutes ranging from the twelve inch piccolo to the six foot contrabass.
ANDREW DRURY is a composer/percussionist who employs a single floor tom or timpano as a wind instrument, as an acoustic filter and amplifier, and as a generator of sustained tones and multiple frequencies and timbres that he manipulates with laser precision. A long-time student of Ed Blackwell, Drury has performed recently with Joe McPhee, Annea Lockwood, Hank Roberts, Earl Howard, and Roswell Rudd. He leads the quartet Content Provider and tentet DRUM/BRIDGE, and performs regularly with Jason Kao Hwang, JD Parran, 1032K/Frank Lacy, and others.
Sunday, November 12, 6pm #97–patrick brennan’s fractal curvaceous + WE FREE STRINGS
NOTE the early performance time–6pm!
patrick brennan’s fractal curvaceous is… patrick brennan (composition/saxophone), JASON KAO HWANG (violin), PATRICK HOLMES (clarinet), ROD WILLIAMS & CHRIS FORBES (piano), RATZO HARRIS (bass), MICHAEL T. A. THOMPSON & REGGIE SYLVESTER (drums).
WE FREE STRINGS is a quartet of GWEN LASTER (violin), MELANIE DYER (viola), ALEX WATERMAN (cello), and MICHAEL WIMBERLY (drums).
Friday, November 17, 8pm #98–Soup & Sound Piano Series: NOAH BAERMAN/RANI ARBO DUO–RANI ARBO (vocals, guitar, fiddle), NOAH BAERMAN (vocals, piano, guitar) + Trio 149–JEN ALLEN (piano), NOAN BAERMAN (organ, synthesizer) CURTIS NOWOSAD (drums)
NOAH BAERMAN is a pianist, organist, composer, educator, author, and activist based in Middletown, CT. While he is best known for his work as a jazz artist and educator his search for the transcendent have led him in diverse directions in his musical style and his broader pursuits, such as the founding and direction of the non-profit Resonant Motion. His opening set at Soup and Sound will display his recent collaboration with singer-songwriter Rani Arbo, a partnership that has given voice to some of his most recent songs with words, many of them musings on the topic of mortality. Following this will be a set by Trio 149 as they prepare to enter the studio a few days later to cut their first album. A two-keyboard collaboration with pianist Jen Allen, the group focuses on uplifting and thought-provoking material, pulling together a variety of musical influences, from John Coltrane, Larry Young, and Thelonious Monk to Stevie Wonder, Sting, and Nina Simone.
Friday, December 22, 8pm #99–Soup & Sound Piano Series: ML, pianist (from Toronto), KEN FILIANO (bass), LOU GRASSI (drums) + RAS MOSHE BURNETT (saxophones, etc.)
Tuesday, January 9, 7pm–SOUP & SOUND #100! YAMASAKI/BUCKNER DUO + MiND GAMES
AMI YAMASAKI and THOMAS BUCKNER are two vocalists who conjure a strange magic with their extended voice techniques. Yamasaki claims her dream gig would be to be the wife of R2D2 in a movie. She is visiting NYC courtesy of a six-month Asian Cultural Council residency. Buckner is a long-time collaborator with the likes of Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Annea Lockwood and producer of the Interpretations series and Mutable Music.
MiND GAMES features ANGELIKA NIESCIER (alto saxophone–from Köln), DENMAN MARONEY (hyperpiano), JAMES ILGENFRITZ (bass), and ANDREW DRURY (drums). This performance is the CD release celebration for, Ephemera Obscura (clean feed), the second CD by this collective quartet, and the first US performance by Niescier since winning the prestigious “German Jazz Prize.”
FEBRUARY (date tbd)–SOUP & SOUND #101: DEEP ECOLOGY TRIO (JD PARRAN, CRISTIAN AMIGO, ANDREW DRURY) + COOPER-MOORE
292 Lefferts Ave. Brooklyn, NY (b/n Nostrand & Rogers) 2/5 Train to Sterling St.
$20 suggested donation for all events unless otherwise noted. Door opens 30 minutes before show.
SOUP while it lasts (no extra charge!) . BYOB. Feel free to bring some food or drink to share.
Soup & Sound is a program of Continuum Culture & Arts, Inc. a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. www.continuumculture.org