April 2nd – 9PM $5
An instrumental group that actually is as hard to pigeon-hole as itʼs membership
suggests, Chatoyant burst on to the Detroit music scene a little less than a year ago. Although the work of all four members is relatively well known there, Chatoyant represents a deﬁnite (if logical) deviation in their output. Collectively theyʼve tapped an energy that is distinctly from their individual work- or anyone elseʼs.
The mixture of spontaneous composition and rock aesthetics is nothing new- yet no one mines the potential of this combination in quite the same way as Chatoyant. Itʼs not a neck-up, intellectualized sound- though there are unrelentingly heady portions. But what dominates the sound is a Kaleidoscopic transformation of ideas that seamlessly moves the music forward into an improvised form. From tranquil to explosive, dense to spare, the band draws on the full range of musical expression and imbues it with a rhythmic intensity thatʼs an inditement of the temped state of rock music.
Guitarist Matt Smith has had a long and quietly inﬂuential career in Detroit music. Locally heʼs best known as the guitarist/singer of the psychedelic-pop perfection quartet Outrageous Cherry and as co-vocalist and guitarist in early alt-country pioneers The Volebeats, both of which are still active after about 20 years. But his most high proﬁle gigs are playing guitar with (Sixto) Rodriguez and keys in Crime and the City Solution. Heʼs produced records and played with a range of artists, including raw-soul legend Andre Williams and early garage-rock icon and producer Kim Fowley; Mattʼs also gigged behind Damo Suzuki and Rhys Chatham and uses Crazy Jimʼs guitar amp.
Drummer Crazy James Baljo is best known as the new guitarist of noise darlings Wolf Eyes, but he performs beautiful American Primitive guitar and (real) tape loop solo sets under the misleading moniker The 696 Blues Band. Crazy James was the original drummer of art-damaged punk outﬁt Human Eye and he plays his own drum kit.
Although heʼs had a notable career on double-bass and other strings, Joel Peterson only plays Crazy Jimʼs Fender Rhodes piano in Chatoyant. His diverse range of projects includes outer-limits improvisation in two groups with pianist Thollem McDonas (Soar Trio and BoxDeserter);2o year ethnic-rock hybrid Immigrant Suns; automaton-fueled art music with Frank Pahlʼs Scavenger Quartet; Afrobeat with Fela Kuti alumni Adeboye Adegbenro (Odu); and groups with Detroit free jazz leading lights: Faruq Z. Bey, Skeeter Shelton, Michael Carey and Kenneth Green (Faruq Z Bey Quartet, Kindred, Absolute Tonalist Society, Spectrum 3). Heʼs played with Jack Wright, Tatsuya Nakatani, Eugene Chadbourne, Rhys Chatham, Damo Suzuki, Amy Denio, Steve Cohn, Elliott
Sharp and many others.
Marko Novachcoff plays nearly every wind instrument in the world, from all corners ofthe globe. His versatility has put him in demand for many musical situations- including most of those mentioned above. His recorded output is most evident with the group Only A Mother and on Frank Pahlʼs various other projects. In addition, heʼs played with Lamont Young, Marcus Belgrave, Gerri Allen, Wendell Harrison, The Shaking Ray Levis, LaDonna Smith and other jazz, improvised and New Music notables. Crazy Jim doesnʼt have any wind instruments, so Marko plays his own.
April 6th – 9PM $8
Andrew Bishop/Gerald Cleaver/Tim Flood
Since 1996, the ensemble includes Andrew Bishop (woodwinds), Gerald Cleaver (drums) and Tim Flood (bass). Founded on a flexible dynamic and aesthetic variety this trio interprets a wide palate of musical frameworks. The group’s debut 2005 recording Time and Imaginary Time (Envoi Recordings) received widespread acclaim from The New York Times, Chicago Reader, All Music Guide, Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz-New York, All About Jazz-Los Angeles, and the Detroit Free Press, The Daily Texan, Downtown Music Gallery Notes and many blogs.
Andrew Bishop is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, educator, and scholar comfortable in many musical idioms. He maintains an international career and serves as an Associate Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Bishop’s two recordings as a leader have received widespread acclaim from The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, Chicago Reader, All Music Guide, Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz-New York, All About Jazz-Los Angeles, and the Detroit Free Press, among others. As a composer and arranger he has received over 30 commissions; numerous residencies and awards and recognition from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP); the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; the Andrew W. Melon Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; and a nomination from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He earned five degrees in music including a DMA in music composition from the University of Michigan.
Gerald Cleaver was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is 1992 graduate of the University of Michigan. While pursuing his degree he received a National Endowment of the Arts grant to study with Victor Lewis. He has performed with a wide variety of artists including Muhal Richard Abrams, Ralph Alessi, Franck Amsallem, Bruce Barth, David Berkman, Tim Berne, Ray Bryant, Kenny Burrell, Marilyn Crispell, Marty Ehrlich, Ellery Eskelin, Tommy Flanagan, Charles Gayle, Barry Harris, Mark Helias, Bob James, Hank Jones, John Lindberg, Kevin Mahogany, Roscoe Mitchell, Joe Morris, Andrea Parkins, Craig Taborn, Jacky Terrasson, Henry Threadgill, Mark Turner, Steve Wilson, Matt Shipp, Rodney Whitaker, and Reggie Workman. As a leader, Gerald Cleaver’s Veil of Names—featuring Andrew Bishop, Mat Maneri, Craig Taborn, Ben Monder, and Reid Anderson—recording Adjust (Fresh Sound New Talent), received a nomination for “debut record of the year” from the Jazz Journalists’ Association.
Tim Flood is a bassist and composer who has performed with Uri Caine, Frank Lowe, Hank Roberts, Roswell Rudd, and many others. His original electronic compositions and mixed-media installations have been shown at venues such as The Detroit Institute of the Arts, Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening Space, and the Sync ’05 Digital Art Festival. Tim is a graduate of the University of Michigan.