Oct 19 – 9pm – $10

Tim Daisy & Jason Stein
tim daisy

Tim Daisy is a Chicago based percussionist, composer and educator working in the fields of    improvised and composed music. Born and raised in northeastern Illinois, he moved to Chicago in 1997  and has since  performed, recorded, and toured with many acclaimed musicians and ensembles from both the USA and abroad. Working in a number of different environments, he has composed for solo percussion, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, dance, theater, and film.

Tim has had the fortunate experience to work with many of the most cutting edge musicians currently working in the filed of improvised music including: Ken Vandermark,  Jeb Bishop , Fred Lonberg-Holm, James Falzone, Dave Rempis, Steve Swell, John Tchicai,  Mars Williams, Joe McPhee, Michael Zerang, and Frank Rosaly, and Aram Shelton.

In 2001 Tim joined the acclaimed ensemble The Vandermark 5, making 6 recordings with the group, as well as the 12cd “Alchemia” box set, documenting the groups week long residency at the Alchemia Club in Krakow, Poland.

In 2002 he was  named one of 13 “Drummers For The Future” by Downbeat Magazine.

In 2010 Tim  was commisioned to compose an original percussion score for “Marchland.” A new work for modern dance choreographed by Carrie Hanson and performed by the Seldoms at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Tim has performed drums as well as showcased his original compositions at many festivals throughout North America and Europe including: The Newport Jazz Festival, The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Umbrella Music Festival in Chicago, The Wels Music Unlimited Festival in Wels Austria, The North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands and the Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival in Montreal, Krakow Jazz Fall in Krakow Poland, and the Monterrey Jazz Festival.

Along with his busy performance and composing schedule, Tim finds the time to teach private drum instruction both at his studio in Chicago as well as throughout the Chicago metro area.

In 2011 Tim received both the New Music America “Composers Assistance Award” as well as the American Society of Composers Authors, and Publishers “ASCAP Plus Award” recognizing his original contributions to American music.


Jason Stein was born in 1976 and is originally from Long Island, New York. Stein is one of the few musicians working today to focus entirely on the bass clarinet as a jazz and improvisational instrument. He studied at Bennington College with Charles Gayle and Milford Graves, and at the University of Michigan with Donald Walden and Ed Sarath. In 2005, Stein relocated to Chicago and has since recorded for such labels as Leo, Delmark, Atavistic, 482 Music and Clean Feed. Stein has performed throughout the US and Europe, including performances in festivals in Lisbon, Cracow, Utrecht, Barcelona, Debreccen and Ljubljana. He has had the opportunity to perform with a number of exciting local and international musicians including: Michael Moore, Jeff Parker, Oscar Noriega, Rudi Mahall, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, Jeb Bishop, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Urs Leimgruber, Pandelis Karayorgis, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tony Buck, Eric Boren, Kent Kessler, Tobias Delius, Michael Zerang, Michael Vatcher, Peter Brotzman, and Wilbert DeJoode.

“Stein is exhilarating, a young master of his fiendishly difficult horn. Stein is a player to look out for.”

– Chris May, All About Jazz

“Stein stands apart from the standard instrumental lineage. Whereas a player like Eric Dolphy or Michel Portal builds on wide intervallic leaps and verticality, Stein (like Michel Pilz, Rudi Mahall or John Tchicai) operates in a horizontal fashion, favoring a breadth of twists and turns more sideways than anything else, woven into a post-Ornette fabric.”

– Clifford Allen, All About Jazz



Oct 11 –  9pm  $5


Thollem McDonas
Silver Ochre
New Silent Films of ACVilla scored and performed live by Thollem Electric

The nomadic videos of ACVilla take us through doorways in the Rustbelt, into a spider’s life at a rest stop, to ice shadows in New Mexico, among other visions she’s found, waited for and/or created along her peripatetic life. 

Silver Ochre is a 47 minute series of short films ranging from 30 seconds to 4 minutes in length capturing  moments in time, each with their own story, and in stark contrast one from the other. Simple but often profoundly entertaining, these vignettes encourage the viewer to enter into their own present through individual creative interpretations of the film and music.
Thollem has scored these films and accompanies them live with a vintage electric piano and analog effects.
More: www.thollem.com/silver-ochre

About the artists
Thollem has been traveling perpetually throughout North America and Europe for 7 years, collaborating with perhaps thousands of diverse artists in this period; a random selection includes Nels Cline, Ava Mendoza, Brian Chase, Sara Lund, Damo Suzuki, Jad Fair, Mike Watt, Greg Saunier, John Dieterich, William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Martha Colburn, Matthew Barney.  Signal to Noise magazine marvels, “It seems beyond the capacity of one human being to contain so much densely-packed creative energy”.ACVilla has been traveling perpetually for many years now throughout North America and Europe documenting artists work and captivating scenes, seeing and listening to Life in new and unique ways.


Oct 2 – Doors @ 8/ show @ 9 SHARP-  $10


Guitarist Peter Walker came up in the Cambridge MA and Greenwich Village folk scenes of the Sixties. He recorded two albums for the Vanguard label in the late Sixties in a style best described as American folk-raga. He studied with Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, and was Dr. Timothy Leary’s musical director, organizing music for the LSD advocate’s “celebrations.”

Peter Walker’s 1967 debut album, Rainy Day Raga, features one of the first studio appearances by jazz flautist Jeremy Steig, as well as guitarist Bruce Langhorne, who recorded with Bob Dylan and many others. Rainy Day Raga is a gentle and beautiful fusion of Eastern and Western musical traditions, and one of the earliest examples of a style explored by Sandy Bull several years earlier. A second album, Second Poem to Karmela or, Gypsies Are Important (1969) found Walker going even deeper into Indian instrumentation, playing sarod and sitar. During this time, Peter played or was associated with such musicians as Lowell George, Fred Neil, Tim Hardin, and Joan Baez, among many others.

Walker settled in upstate New York in the early Seventies. In more recent years, he has developed an intense interest in flamenco guitar and, through regular trips to Spain, been accepted into the flamenco’s exclusive musical elite.




September 21 – 9pm –  $10

Tatsuya Nakatani & Nakatani Gong Orchestra

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Tatsuya Nakatani is a creative artist originally from Osaka, Japan.
He has been residing in the USA since 1994 and is currently based in Easton, PA.Since the late 1990s, Mr. Nakatani has released over sixty recordings in the USA and Europe and has performed countless solo percussion concerts through intensive touring. He has also collaborated with hundreds of other artists internationally and presented masterclasses, workshops and lectures across the USA and around the world.

Nakatani’s approach to music is visceral, non-linear and intuitively primitive, expressing an unusually strong spirit while avoiding any categorization. He creates sound via both traditional and extended percussion techniques, utilizing drums, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects and bells, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools and homemade bows, all of which manifest in anintense and organic music that represents a very personal sonic world. His approach is steeped in the sensibilities of free improvisation, experimental music, jazz, rock, and noise, and yet retains the sense of space and quiet beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music. His percussion instruments can imitate the sounds of a trumpet, a stringed instrumentor an electronic device to the extent that it becomes difficult to recognize the source of the sound. He has devoted himself to a musical aesthetic where rhythm gives way to pulse, often in a way that is not always audible or visible, in currents that incorporate silence and texture.Nakatani’s primary music activities include
solo percussion performance, N.G.O. (Nakatani Gong Orchestra) and collaborations with musicians and dancers both in live performance and recordings.

Tatsuya Nakatani has spent the past decade traveling and performing extensively throughout the United States and beyond. His constant touring fosters the raw and fresh quality in his music, which can only survive through an open willingness to share energy, culture, music and self on a global human scale. He has toured and performed in Japan, China, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, England, Scotland, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland,Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Argentina, Chile, Israel and across the USA, coast to coast. While touring, he also conducts master classes and workshops at schools and universities, emphasizing his unique musical approach and philosophy.
Tatsuya collaborates and performs with a wide range of artists, from internationally renowned musicians to students of all ages, occupations and musical skill levels.

Nakatani has performed in all sorts of venues worldwide, from international musicfestivals to local community centers, artist lofts to university concert halls, including a recent performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He values and appreciatesgrass-roots organized shows set up and promoted by local musicians and promoters in all types of settings. Nakatani also heads his own H&H Production, Nakatani-Kobo an independent record label and private recording studio based in Easton, Pennsylvania.

He was selected as a performing artist for the Pennsylvania Performing Artist on Tour (PennPat) roster and was also awarded a Bronx Arts Council Individual Artist grant.

NGO at Jack 2014(Peter Gannushkin)

NGO Nakatani Gong Orchestra 
NGO is a non-traditional music orchestra, directed by Tatsuya Nakatani, an acoustic sound artist and percussionist.
Originally from Japan, he has been residing in the USA for 18 years. He is now based in Easton, PA and New York city.
His original idea of NGO was create a rich harmony of multiple gongs, by sharing simple techniques to players and audiences. For each show, he gives specialized training to locally selected gong players. Each player is able to quickly learn about the gong instruments, playing techniques and sign conducting from the conductor Tatsuya Nakatani. This is an ongoing, successful growing project and the only bowing based Gong orchestra exist in the world. The Gong sound is simply magic to anyone. NGO has performed over 60 shows all over the USA since April 2011. Each performance has inspired spirit of all attendees. Many audience members say “I have never experienced this before”, in addition they describe having pure cleansing feeling after the event. 

Toledo NGO:

Silke Goudos, Matt Polofka, Joel Roberts & Rob Wallace





 Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S. Ware quartet and also for Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory before making the decision to concentrate on his own music.

    Mr Shipp has reached the holy grail of jazz in that he possesses a unique style on his instrument that is all of his own- and he’s one of the few in jazz that can say so. Mr. Shipp has recorded a lot of albums with many labels but his 2 most enduring relationships have been with two labels. In the 1990s he recorded a number of chamber jazz cds with Hatology, a group of cds that charted a new course for jazz that, to this day, the jazz world has not realized. In the 2000s Mr Shipp has been curator and director of the label Thirsty Ear’s “Blue Series” and has also recorded for them. In this collection of recordings he has generated a whole body of work that is visionary, far reaching and many faceted . 

Matthew Shipp is truly one of the leading lights of a new generation of jazz giants.


Bassist for the Matthew Shipp Trio since 2009. Michael Bisio invariably astounds audiences with the beauty of his tone and the intensity of his very personal musical language. His music has garnered 4 1/2 stars from DownBeat, Jazz Times states his music “resonates with intelligence, emotional depth and probing virtuosity.” Journalist Paul DeBarros in Signal to Noise notes; “For years free improvisers have explored the tactile aspect of performance, in which the nature of the encounter between the player and the instrument becomes the subject of the music itself. Bisio is one of the few musicians that has managed to meld this high concept sense of physicality with the soulful charge of jazz. His fiddle high,scraped overtones create a tangled choir that is impossible to resist; his expressiveness with the bow is unmatched. Having whirled the listener into a transportive state, he gently shows them the way out…”

“His expressive touch is distinctive.” The New York Times

As a recording artist Michael appears on 75 cds, he is leader on 11 cds and coleads a dozen. His recorded output has consistently meets with critical praise. Michael’s first international release, In Seattle, (Silkheart), was chosen as one of the “Best Jazz Records of the 1980’s” in the Village Voice. Connections, (CIMP), 2005, as reviewed in Cadence Magazine. “…this is another important disc from Bisio and company that highlights Bisio’s talents as a musician, composer and bandleader.” Fourteen releases in 2009 included two MBQ cds for CIMP and Not Two, two cds by Tomas Ulrich’s Cargo Cult, and Old Dog, By Any Other Name, (Porter Records) featuring icons Karl Berger and Warren Smith. 2010 saw the release of Session at 475 Kent,(MutableMusic) with the highly acclaimed pianist Connie Crothers and Blink of an Eye (Thirsty Ear) Scanner with The Post Modern Jazz Quartet. 2011 releases include Michael’s first solo effort Travel Music (MJB) and the highly lauded Matthew Shipp Trio recording Art of the Improviser (Thirsty Ear). In 2012 Elastic Aspects (Thirsty Ear) Matthew Shipp Trio hit the stands as did Floating Ice (Relative Pitch) duets with Matthew. Michael also features prominently on Matthew Shipp Greatest Hits (Thirsty Ear) 2013. “The fleetfingered and pitch perfect Bisio ends the piece with an absolutely jawdropping solo.” BBC Review, Bill Tilland

As a composer Michael has been recognized with nine project grants from various arts organizations, in 2003 he was awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship. Seminal studies in creative music processes were with Bill (William O.) Smith and Stuart Dempster.Early tenure with trumpeter Barbara Donald and saxophonist Carter Jefferson left an indelible mark on Michael’s music and spirit. Another major influence is Joe McPhee. Joe and Michael have created a body of work that includes two duo cds, Finger Wigglers and Zebulon, (CIMP) in addition to over a dozen other releases including: Port of Saints, (CJR), Joe Giardullo’s Shadow and Light, (Drimala), and Angels, Devils and Haints, Joe Mcphee and the World Bass Quartet, (CJR).

“…he is a marvelously inventive bassist that seemingly has burst forth over the years as a musical trunk rather than a branch. His technique is formidable, both pizzicato and arco, and he taps into a virtually inexhaustible wellspring of musical ideas when he plays.” Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Music Review


 AUGUST 25th  9PM  $5

Jason Stein, and Frank Rosaly /Paul Giallorenzo 

 Jason Stein, bass clarinet

Paul Giallorenzo, piano/synthesizer

Frank Rosaly, drummer/composer

Jason Stein was born in 1976 and is originally from Long Island, New York. Stein started his musical life as a blues-and-rock guitarist, but Eric Dolphy changed his life. After hearing the groundbreaking woodwind innovator, Stein replaced his guitar with a bass clarinet. He later studied with Charles Gayle and Milford Graves at Bennington College and at the University of Michigan with Donald Walden and Ed Sarath. In 2005, Stein relocated to Chicago and has since recorded for such labels as Delmark, Atavistic, 482 Music and Clean Feed. Stein has performed throught the US and Europe, including performances in festivals in Lisbon, Cracow, Barcelona, Debreccen and Ljubljana. Fan’s of the Chicago free jazz scene may recognize Jason Stein from his work in Ken Vandermark band Bridge 61, collaborations with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Jeff Parker, and featured roles in other midwestern ensembles. A flexible performer, he can go “mainstream” in the post-bop and free traditions or exploit novel situations, as, for example his work oboist Kyle Bruckmann in the experimental chamber jazz ensemble Wrack. His hard-driving presence on sessions with Peter Brotzmann and Fredrik Ljungkvist and his nuanced pitch and color manipulations for Lonberg-Holm and Parker demonstrate his versatility. The trio’s name, Locksmith Isidore, comes from Stein’s grandfather, a master locksmith who didn’t trust banks and hid his money inside an old sofa in his attic. The “loss” in the title refers to the calculations he made for the costs and benefits not having a bank account. He has had the opportunity to perform with a number of exciting local and international musicians including: Michael Moore, Jeff Parker, Rudi Mahall, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, Jeb Bishop, Michiel Braam, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Pandelis Karayorgis, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tony Buck, Kent Kessler, Tobias Delius, Nate McBride, Jack Wright, Michael Zerang, Michael Vatcher, Frank Gratkowski, Peter Brotzman, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Wilbert DeJoode, and Håvard Wiik.

  Paul Giallorenzo was born and raised in NY, Chicago-based improviser, composer, and sound designer using piano, synthesizer, and electronics in a wide variety of groups and contexts, ranging from jazz and improvised music to electro-acoustic / noise.

Current projects and releases include GitGO (Leo, 482 reeds/brass/piano/bass/drums); Paul Giallorenzo Trio featuring Ingebrigt Håker Flaten + Tim Daisy (Nottwo Records, piano/bass/drums); Gregorio/Giallorenzo Duo (Peira, clarinet/piano); Breakway (Peira, synthesizers/piano/percussion); Masul (Creative Sources, (bass saxophone/electronics).

Previously funded by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Swiss Benevolence Society. Performances in Europe, Brazil and throughout the US include a 2010 appearance at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Paul is producer, organizer, co-founder, director of the art gallery/music venue Elastic, producing hundreds of creative music concerts in Chicago since 2001.

Frank Rosaly  is a drummer and composer living in Chicago. He has been involved in the improvised and experimental music community since 2001 where he has become an integral part of Chicago’s musical fabric, navigating a fine line between the vibrant improvised music, experimental, rock and jazz communities. He contributes much of his time to performing, composing, teaching, as well as organizing musical events, while also touring regularly domestically and internationally.

Frank is currently active in many projects throughout Chicago as well as New York and in Europe. Some groups include Matana Robert’s Chicago Project, Rob Mazurek’s Mandarin Movie, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten Quintet, Scorch Trio, Jason Stein Quartet, Jeff Parker/Nels Cline Quartet, Josh Abrams’ Natural Information, Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Valentine Trio, Keefe Jackson’s Project Project, The Fast Citizens, The Jeb Bishop Trio, Jason Adasievicz’s Rolldown, Jorrit Dijkstra’s Flatlands Collective, Chicago Lucern Exchange, Hearts and Minds, Slow Cycle, Outskirts, Darren Johnston’s Chicago Quintet and others. Some performances in the recent past include collaborations with Thurston Moore, Peter Brotzmann, Tony Malaby, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Coleman, Paul Flaherty, Marshall Allen, Louis Moholo, Eric Boeren, Ken Vandermark, Michael Zerang, Walter Weirbos, Joan of Arc, White/Light, Male, Fennesz, Green Pasture Happiness, among many others.

Rosaly leads a sextet, Cicada Music, featuring James Falzone (cl), Jason Stein (bcl) and Keefe Jackson (cbcl), Jason Asasiewicz (vb), and Jason Roebke (b) performing music inspired by the cinematic experience. Frank also leads Green and Gold, a quintet featuring Cameron Pfiffner (reeds), Nick Mazzarella (alto), Tomeka Reid (cello) and Anton Hatwich (bass) exploring the music collaborations of Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons.

He is also involved in a solo project called Milkwork: a study in integration of electronically manipulated percussion instruments, improvising dense sound walls with controlled feedback, overdriven amplified drums. Frank blends sound-scapes designed through analog electronic synthesis with extended techniques on unamplified drum set.

Frank organizes and coordinates the Ratchet Series, a weekly showcase of creative music at the Skylark in Chicago. Frank is also faculty at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Frank earned a performance degree from Northern Arizona University. He has studied with Billy Higgins, Peter Donald, Bob Moses, Joel DiBartolo, Dom Moio, Steve Hemphill, Robert Schulz, Michael Vatcher and with the staff at the Jazz Record Mart.


August 17th _ 9PM _$10

William Hooker Trio + Steve Slivka & Jason Alder



William Hooker: Drums

Edward Ricart; Guitar

Luke Stewart: Bass

William Hooker is a percussionist at the heart of New York City’s storied avant-garde underground. Taken as a whole, his work reflects a lifelong commitment to advancing and evolving the historical continuum of jazz, while navigating a myriad of creative trajectories through new music. His discography spans more than 30 years, and boasts collaborations with David S. Ware, Andrea Parkins, Thurston Moore, Billy Bang, Lee Ranaldo, Roy Campbell Jr, David Murray, Elliott Sharp, Alan Licht, Nels Cline, William Parker, and many more. Each collaboration has been marked by a serious investigation of his compositional agenda, and the science of the modern drum kit. Hooker brings dramatic tension and human warmth to avant-garde jazz. Over the past three years, he has become progressively active throughout the Midwestern USA, while fostering an ongoing collaboration with Ohio-based multi-instrumentalist Edward Ricart. Like Hooker, Ricart’s work cuts a wide swath through a diverse range of the creative contemporary music underbelly, including the avant-rock power trio Hyrrokkin; free jazz/noise rock quartet Haitian Rail; free-rock duo Matta Gawa; and the Edward Ricart Quartet (alongside Herb Robertson, Jason Ajemian, and Andrew Barker), as well as collaborations with Marshall Allen, Merzbow, Peter Brotzmann, Paul Dunmall, Andrea Parkins, Rhys Chatham, Ches Smith, Travis Laplante, and members of the rock groups Black Flag, Fugazi, Bardo Pond, and Tortoise, among many others… As curator of New Atlantis Records, he has played an active role in nurturing a new community around the music, transcending the aesthetic constraints of experimental jazz, creative rock, and more… In this most recent iteration of the William Hooker Trio, Hooker has enlisted bassist Luke Stewart, a rising voice in Washington, DC’s independent music community. He performs alongside his regular ensemble Trio OOO with drummer Sam Lohman and legendary DC Free Jazz saxophonist Aaron Martin (named “Best Overlooked Jazz Elder” by the Washington City Paper in 2014). He is also frequent collaborator of saxophonists James Brandon Lewis, Elliott Levin, and Ras Moshe, electric guitarist Anthony Pirog, and has performed with Marshall Allen, William Parker, Daniel Carter, Lewis “Flip” Barnes, Khan Jamal, Tatsuya Nakatani, Ernest Dawkins, Adam Rudolph, and many more. He also helps to nurture DC’s Jazz and Experimental community, presenting challenging performances through Capital Bop and his own “Creative Music” series throughout the DC area.

This unit is poised to offer new points of entry to Hooker’s free-ranging aesthetic, marrying his bounding, propulsive rhythms and masterful technique to the angularity, energy, and electric backbone on supply from Stewart and Ricart.

jason alder

Jason Alder is a contemporary, improvising, and electronic musician. Originally hailing from the metro Detroit area, since 2006 he has based himself in Amsterdam. An active clarinet- and bass clarinet-, and sometimes saxophonist, he keeps a busy performance schedule as a soloist, improviser, chamber and session musician, and with various orchestras, jazz ensembles, bands, theater groups, and dancers in Europe and the United States. Always seeming to find himself on the musical fringe, Jason is a specialist in new and contemporary music. He has been working closely with composers while in Amsterdam, having premiered several pieces solo or as part of an ensemble. As an improviser he can be found playing in his electro-acoustic improvisation duo Sonido 13; improvising film soundtracks with Magic Lantern Show Orchestra; exploring music as it relates to movement with members of the improvised dance and theater community such as the Mono Dance Collective; and often playing with other members of the Amsterdam improvised and experimental music scene. Jason is also a member of the “psychedelic klezmer-jazz” quartet Payazen!, praised as The World’s Finest Buskers, which has taken him to the Glastonbury Festival and on tours around Italy, the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech & Slovak Republics, and Israel.

Steven P. Slivka is an experimental musician and composer currently living in Berwyn, IL.


JULY  31st _9PM



Peter J. Woods of Milwaukee, Wisconsin performs short works that blend dark absurdist theatre and harsh noise to create a wholly engaging and subliminal disturbing universe from minimal but stark sound, lighting and costuming. On this tour, Woods will be presenting two new works: “Comedy,” a dark absurdist farce which will appear on next years “Impure Gold, pt. II” LP and “SHADE,” a brand new performance that explores the unintentionally destructive nature of activist and political art created by members of the oppressive class.




Sophia Nevada



June 21st 9pm- $5

wooden cities

Wooden Cities is both an ensemble and a collective of performers and composers seeking to help increase the performance and awareness of contemporary music in the Western New York area through unique, educational presentations. Formed in July 2011, the group served as a vehicle for director Brendan Fitzgerald to present John Zorn’s game piece Cobra. Since that time, the group has grown to include nearly a dozen performers and is constantly seeking new works by new composers while continuing to present works by some of the essential, yet underrepresented composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. We will be playing works by: John Zorn, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Pisaro, Julius Eastman, Steve McCaffrey, Charles Ives, J.S. Bach, Luciano Berio, and many works composed by members of the group! Wooden Cities is: Brendan Fitzgerald: director, sax, percussion, conductor Ethan Hayden: associate director, voice, composer T.J. Borden: cello Evan Courtin: violin Nathan Heidelberger: horn, composer Megan Kyle: oboe Michael McNeill: piano, composer Zane Merritt: guitar, composer


 JUNE 15th – 9PM ($5)


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Described twenty years ago as an “undergrounder by design,” Jack Wright is happy to inhabit the vast territory below the radar of the professional music world. Since 1979 he has been traveling through the US and Europe in search of interesting partners and playing situations, and open to whatever might happen. Now living in a small Pennsylvania town, at 71 he is still the “Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation,” as Davey Williams called him back in the 80s. And he is still inspiring players outside music-school careerdom. Whenever he plays today, all that he has traversed is present, from fiery, breathless free jazz to quiet, breath-filled, and often animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, “In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king”. For more info go to springgardenmusic.com, for sounds soundcloud.com/#jackwrightand writings jackiswright.wordpress.com/

Evan Lipson has operated as a musician since adolescence. In addition to WREST, he is currently active with the Normal Love and the Shaking Ray Levis. Past units include Satanized, Dynamite Club, Psychotic Quartet, and The Weasel Walter Trio. Lipson has performed throughout North America, as well as Brazil, Taiwan, and Japan. His music has been released on several imprints including SKiN GRAFT, UgEXPLODE, High Two, Public Eyesore, Badmaster, and New Atlantis. He currently resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he is scheming to actualize an all-in-one dystopian tiki lounge, performance space, mystical grotto, and occult ritual chamber.

Ben Bennett, living most of the time in Columbus Ohio, started playing music as a young child, with an interest in jazz that moved steadily towards the more avant-guarde, then to free jazz, and onward into the world of free-improv. Using extended techniques involving breath and friction, as well as the time-honored tradition of hitting things with sticks, he plays an evolving pile of frame drums, pre-tuned drum heads, metal things, tubes, and other objects that can be combined and recombined to get a variety of sounds. This set-up lends itself greatly towards being crammed in a backpack, strapped to a bike, dragged along the ground, or thrown down the stairs, generally without physical or psycological damage. Recent projects besides Wrestinclude: bst.cr – trio with Ryan Jewell and Wilson Shook, Rotty What – trio with Jack Wright and John M Bennett; Central Ohio War Coalition – with Mike Shiflet, Joe Panzner, and others; duos with Ryan Jewell, Jack Callahan, and Ben Hall; and solo performances. Ben will be resident at the Spring Garden Music house during Dec. and Jan. 2012-13. Bio and review: For sound and sight bites: Ben website


  May 24th ($5) 9pm

          Ben Miller / degeneration


          Dr Rhomboid Goatcabin


   Keir Neuringer

Ben Miller

Miller’s degeneration explores “prepared guitar” as a form of sonic degeneration. His self-modified mulitphonic instrument is equiped with several picups; 1 humbucker in standard placement, 1 humbucker suspended above the 1st fret, 2 piezo contact pickups (headstock/body) and a Hexaphonic pickup outputting each string separately. The bridge is not a saddled bridge – instead completely smooth so that the detuned strings are mobile and free to slide back and forth across it enhancing the guitar’s erratic microtonal sound. The aforementioned pickup that hovers above the 1st fret increases this microtonality further with the sounds that appear from this “opposite” side of the fretted/manipulated string. This is what provides the Stereophonic field according to the pickups in standard placement.

The guitar is placed on its back with its six strings strung below standard tuning with intonation more often arbitrary. Strings are excited by metal slides, springs, combs, chains, bows, eBows, etc. and “prepared” with binder clips, bolts, screws, and other found objects. String-sounds also occur below the bridge, above the nut, and from the guitar body itself. The use of a guitar pick and the traditional approach of playing a “guitar neck with frets” is rare. Retaining this unique mulitphonic output, Miller adds a score of FX pedals, a Casio SK1, analog tape, transistor radio, vinyl and the liberal use of a Bixby tailpiece. First altered in 1982, “The Zoo” (a deconstructed Gibson Kalamazoo) was one of many oddities integral to the sound of Ann Arbor’s willfully obscureGKW (God Knows Who).




Based in Toledo, Ohio. For several years, Dr. Rhomboid Goatcabin has been one of the most inventive and unpredictable sound artists in the area. With a heavy emphasis on improvisation and chance operations, Erik  navigates the listener thru an array of poised electronic collages and  a convulsing ritual of aural exorcisms , often achieved by tradition instruments, toys, household goods and random electronic devices. His sonic repertoire incorporates spontaneous performance art with a fine line between dreams and nightmares.


Keir Neuringer is a musician and interdisciplinary artist who is involved in creative arts communities in Poland, Holland, and the US. He has cultivated a personal and intensely physical approach to saxophone improvisation, plays analogue electronics and Farfisa organ, and sings and narrates text. After training as a composer and jazz saxophonist in the US, he spent two years on a Fulbright research grant in Krakow. He then moved to The Hague, where he spent eight years, curating performative audiovisual art and earning a masters degree from the experimental ArtScience Institute. He lives in Philadelphia and continues to travel widely to present his work, collaborating closely with Rafal Mazur, Ensemble Klang, and Julius Masri, among many others.

CEREMONIES OUT OF THE AIR, a double LP of solo saxophone improvisations to the memory of Esther Neuringer, will be released on New Atlantis Records in April 2014. Recorded in a single performance, CEREMONIES is a 79-minute technical, conceptual, and emotional tour-de-force, setting prodigious use of the circular breathing technique in relief against a wealth of compositional history and sonic terrain.


May 9th- 9PM   $5

The Weill Project is a collaboration featuring Bowling Green State University faculty colleagues Morgen Stiegler (voice), Thomas Rosenkranz (piano) and Rob Wallace (percussion).  The trio uses the compositions of Kurt Weill as a vehicle for improvised music that crosses in and out of the territories of new music, free jazz, cabaret and more…


Tom Rosenkranz, piano
Rob Wallace, drums & percussion
Morgen Stiegler, voice


To Morgen Stiegler, the stage is a vehicle – and one that resembles your grandfather’s ’56 Buick Special, no less!  Each performance is an opportunity to form a connection with an audience, an era, and a song.   Inspired by the allure of classic Hollywood and generation-defining musicians, Morgen seeks ways to engage audiences through nostalgia.

For more than a decade, Morgen has made a name for herself as a premier female jazz vocalist in Northwest Ohio, Southeast Michigan, and beyond.  She has performed with world-renowned jazz artists and Grammy Award-winning musicians.  In 2009, she released her debut album, “Reaching for the Moon” with guitarist Chris Buzzelli – a voyage that highlights her life’s musical progression through lyrical “snapshots.”  Notably, Morgen has been featured in Vintage Life magazine, The (Toledo) Blade, Detroit News, on WBGU TV, KISS FM’s Morning Rush,WGTE’s Portraits in Swing, and The Jazz Brunch on 101.5 The River.

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Thomas Rosenkranz enjoys a musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, and artist teacher. Since winning the Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association, his concert career has taken him to four continents. His repertoire extends from the works of J.S. Bach to premieres of works written exclusively for him, often including improvisation into his performances. During recent years, he has concertized in many of the major cities of Asia including Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Jakarta, and Bangkok.He has toured remote regions of Tunisia and Lebanon as part of the Cultural Ambassador program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. During the summers, he is in residence at the soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy where he engages pianists in the performance of new music. He is currently an Associate Professor of Piano at the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University.


Rob Wallace

Writer, musician, and teacher Rob Wallace holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has performed and/or recorded with a variety of musicians from various genres, including Pt. Hom Nath Upadhyaya, Colter Frazier, Tracy McMullen, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Yungchen Llamo, Allen Lowe, Getatchew Mekurya, Matana Roberts, and many others. His recordings can be found on the pfMentum and Ambiances Magnétiques record labels. He is the author of Improvisation and the Making of American Literary Modernism (Bloomsbury) and co-editor (with Ajay Heble) of People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is Now! (Duke).


MAY 2 – $10 – 9pm



Splitting his time between Chicago and São Paulo, Brazil, composer and cornetist Rob Mazurek is the quintessential international artist. A prolific and magnanimous collaborator, Mazurek leads numerous ensembles (Exploding Star Orchestra, Rob Mazurek’s Sound Is Quintet, Chicago Underground, São Paulo Underground, Tigersmilk and Mandarin Movie), all of which possess their own distinct identity.

Mazurek continues to expand his reach as a solo and multi-media artist with performance exhibitions and artist residencies, most notably at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas, the Abbey Royal de Fontevrau, France and Galleria Coletivo in São Paulo, Brazil.

Mazurek’s musical career spans over twenty-five years, with over 200 published compositions and recordings with Thrill Jockey, Delmark, Aesthetics and Submarine records, as well as other labels. His vibrant sonic palettes defy categorization. This has allowed him to collaborate with icons of varied genres including Bill Dixon, Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Anderson, Jim O’Rourke, Mike Ladd, Fred Hopkins, Luc Ferrari, Gastr del Sol, Noamnesia, Tortoise, Nana Vasconcellos, and Marcelo Camelo, among many others.



Micheal Kimaid: percussion/electronics
Gabriel Beam: guitar/modular synth



April 28th 9pm- $10


Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello, electric guitar)

Christoph Erb (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet)

Michael Zerang (drums, percussion)

fredChicago-based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm has played and studied music in a variety of situations from the Juilliard School to the gutter. A former student of Anthony Braxton, Morton Feldman, Bunita Marcus and Pauline Oliveros, his primary projects are his Valentine Trio and The Lightbox Orchestra. He is also a member of a number of ongoing collective projects (The Boxhead Ensemble, The Friction Brothers with Michaels Zerang and Colligan, The Flatlands Collective, Keefe Jackson’s Fast Citizens) as well as participating in numerous one off “ad-hoc” or frequently convening ensembles. He also currently plays in groups led by Joe McPhee (Survival Unit III), Peter Brotzmann (Chicago 10tet), and Ken Vandermark.

ChristophErb-600Christoph Erb (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet) was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1973. He currently lives in Lucerne, Switzerland. He performs regularly in Europe and the U.S with many musicians including: Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, Jason Roebke, Jason Adasciewicz, Josh Berman, Keefe Jackson, Tomeka Reid, Frank Rosaly, Nate Wooley, Jamie Branch, Jeb Bishop, Paul Lovens, Hans Koch, Urs Leimgruber, Martin Schütz, Christy Doran, Daniel Humair, Peter Schärli, Julian Sartorius, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Christian Weber, Christian Wohlfart and many others, He played several tours in Europe, USA and South America. In 2007 he has formed his own Label veto-records, and 2011 after a four month residence in Chicago the sub label for improvised musik veto-exchange. 2012 he received the Culture Award from the City of Lucerne.


Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms. Michael has collaborated with contemporary theater, dance, and other multidisciplinary forms and has received three Joseph Jefferson Awards for Original Music Composition in Theater. As a percussionist and composer, Michael has over eighty titles in his discography, has toured nationally and internationally to 34 countries since 1981, and works with and ever-widening pool of collaborators.


April 19th – 9pm $5

Home Of Easy Credit (NYC) & SAV (Denmark)Home Of Easy CreditQueens-based The Home of Easy Credit challenges the boundaries of free-improvised music, jazz, folk, and pop music with an iconoclastic approach that defies all those who seek to classify music by genre. Two musicians who met in New York in 2008 and were married one year later, Danish multi-instrumentalist Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen and bassist Tom Blancarte have teamed up musically as The Home of Easy Credit, releasing their self-titled debut album on Northern Spy in 2012. Taking their name from a department store sign in a dilapidated section of downtown Houston, Texas which they photographed while on tour there, the duo seeks to hold up a mirror to contemporary musical tastes to create a dark, beautiful and thrilling sound world that reflects upon the decline of contemporary civilization. Recently gaining notoriety for her improvised solo performances, Jensen uses a broad range of colors, drawn from a long lineage of Scandinavian artists including Jan Garbarek, Arve Henriksen and Björk but blended with saxophone sounds as diverse as Lee Konitz or Mats Gustafsson. An experienced veteran of the New York DIY music scene, Blancarte, who plays electronic futuristic jazz with the Peter Evans Quintet, hyperactive prog banjo/guitar shred with Seabrook Power Plant and provides hellish bass insanity to tubist Dan Peck’s improvised doom metal outfit The Gate, utilizes every trick in his book to underpin his wife’s apocalyptic musical narratives. The year 2012 promises to be an exciting year for the duo, as they plan an epic tour of North America in the fall and two tours of Europe in the spring and summer. http://northernspyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-home-of-easy-creditSAVSAV

(from Denmark): Vocals, guitar, electronics, and keys


Danish vocal/Guitar duo that focuses on experimental improvised music that pushes against the definitions of what is considered musical. With primarily self composed sound-scapes and songs; and with the beauty of true jazz standards they create sound of uncompromised intensity. Expressive-Melodic guitar playing and Theremin-like fragile vocals leads the listener through a sound-universe that questions the normal view on duo constellations. https://soundcloud.com/sav-music-1/meat-performance https://soundcloud.com/sav-music-1


April 3rd -9pm $5

Tom Hamilton/Al Margolis

Tom Hamilton


Tom Hamilton has composed and performed electronic music for over 40 years, and his work with electronic music originated in the late-60s era of analog synthesis. Hamilton was a 2005 Fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, participating in a residency at the foundation’s center in Umbria. Hamilton’s performing and recording colleagues have included Peter Zummo, Bruce Gremo, Karlheinz Essl, Bruce Arnold, Rich O’Donnell, Thomas Buckner, Al Margolis, id m theft able and Richard Lerman. Hamilton has released 15 CDs of his music; his CD London Fix received an award in the Prix Ars Electronica, and a 2 CD set of his electronic music of the 1970s was named one of The Wire’s Top 50 Reissues of 2010. Hamilton was the co-director of the 2004 Sounds Like Now festival, and he co-produced the Cooler in the Shade/Warmer by the Stove new music series for 14 years. Since 1990, Hamilton has been a member of composer Robert Ashley’s touring opera ensemble, performing sound processing and mixing in both recordings and concerts. His audio production can be found in over 60 CD releases of new and experimental music.

Al Margolis
Al Margolis has performed and recorded under the name If, Bwana since 1984, making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition. He is known as an activist of the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig Music, and is the co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions. Margolis is label manager for Deep Listening and XI Records; plays bass guitar in the legendary punk/post-punk band Styrenes; and continues his work as If, Bwana. He has recorded and/or performed with Pauline Oliveros, Ione, Joan Osborne, Monique Buzzarté, Katherine Liberovskaya, Adam Bohman, Ellen Christi, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jane Scarpantoni, Ulrich Krieger, David First, and Dave Prescott, among others.


March 19th

Coppice & Damon Sturdivant


Since its foundation in 2009, Chicago-based Noé Cuéllar & Joseph Kramer have departed from bellows and electronics to create original compositions, installations, discography, arrangements for performance, and sculptural objects.

Drawing from their expanding glossary of study, the duo is currently focused on live repertoire with custom instruments, prepared pump organ, and electronic processes.

Recently praised for “blurring sounds and centuries,” Coppice music has been released internationally, recently by Pilgrim Talk (US), Triple Bath (GR), Consumer Waste (UK), and Senufo Editions (IT).

Coppice has appeared at numerous settings and festivals in Chicago and the US, and internationally in Iceland, Sweden, Greece, and the Netherlands.

“Prepared pump organs, boombox, customized cassettes, karaoke machines, electromagnetic interference, microphonic oscillators could, certainly, add up to any sort of event, but in the patient hands of these two talented soundscapists from Chicago, what emerges are territories simultaneously warm and frigid, bleak and welcoming, robotic and sensual. The tapping of a blown reed submerges into a warm electronic wind as distant choruses grieve their bodilessness. These events change impressions according to space and volume, uncategorizable as gothic or post-classical, experimental or industrial, impossible to describe but NEVER boring, always morphing and ALWAYS presenting an important and completely unique point of view. Stunning!”

–Amoeba Records ”Music We Like” {2014}

damon sturdivantDamon Sturdivant

Yes, Damon is back in Toledo, Well steeped in all things psychedelic/new age/drone & freak out, Damon has generated an undeniable tone in Toledo, mainly in his development of the chaos-fueled Puffy Areolas. Sturdivant continued as a member in various midwestern groups including Detroit based garage band Tyvek.

In his solo setting, Damon focuses on classic synthesizers & effects, creating dark, highly maneuverable sequences driven by landslide-like drones.


January 27th


Sweet Talk is an exciting new trumpet, guitar and drums trio based in Brooklyn, New York. This trio utilizes their unique musical chemistry to explore new ground in the area between free jazz and sonic improvisation. Their sound is diverse, incorporating energetic improvisations, eerie melodies and beautiful lyricism into interpreting Jake Henry’s often sadistic, always intriguing compositions. The band is comprised of trumpeter Jake Henry (student of Tony Malaby, Ralph Alessi, leader: Jake Henry Quartet, Duo with Sean Ali), guitarist Dustin Carlson (student of Brad Shepik, Kermit Driscoll, member: Sunshine Soldier, Mutasm) and drummer Devin Drobka (student of Bob Moses, Nasheet Waits, member: Sons of Daughters, Jerry Bergonzi Quartet). Sweet Talk has been performing since the beginning of 2011 and has to date completed two tours of Canada and the United States to captivated audiences.