“The music is a delight, the continuity of the work lending an aether of enquiry, of investigation through shifting structures, liquid dissension and aggressive, conflicting textures … Overall I was reminded of Ornette Coleman as both composer and player … There is a very open feel about the album and each musician’s distinctive, transparent sound is bell-like in its clarity and this in turn distinguishes their contributions to the collective æsthetic. Five very fine musicians present an hour of exquisitely accomplished music.”
Brad Cohan has been providing super-intrepid and thoughtful reportage of the new/creative music scene here in NYC, and wrote the following about this week’s shows!
Last month, the Observer highlighted The 15 Best Metal Bands in NYC with sludge-metal crushers Bassoon leading the way. Not only will you get your chance to see Bassoon inflict its Melvins’y damage on May 2 at Gold Sounds, but the night before protean bassist/composer Stuart Popejoy shows off his avant-jazz chops as he joins forces with guitarist Brandon Seabrook and Talibam! drummer Kevin Shea for free-improv fireworks at Gowanus’ jazz hub, ShapeShifter Lab.
Don’t fret if you miss those gigs because come May 7, Popejoy, alongside an avant all-star group that includes violinist Sarah Bernstein, alto saxist Avram Fefer, trombonist Steve Swell and drummer/vibesman Kenny Wollesen, celebrates the release of the sprawling Pleonid.
A single, hour-long composition birthed from software Popejoy himself developed and broken up in seven-minute intervals, Pleonid’s mesmerizing angularity, dizzying patterns and conversational back and forth is both cathartic and intense.
The big one! With Kid Millions, Ava Mendoza on the bill.
Stuart Popejoy’s “PLEONID” CD Release
joined by Ava Mendoza solo guitar songs
and Kid Millions and Friends
$15 / 21+
Doors @ 7PM
7:30 PM AVA MENDOZA SOLO
original songs for guitar and vocal
8:30 PM KID MILLIONS AND FRIENDS
new music for percussion
9:30 PM “PLEONID” QUINTET
Steve Swell trombone
Sarah Bernstein violin
Avram Fefer alto sax
Stuart Popejoy bass
Kenny Wollesen vibes + drums
“Pleonid” is Stuart Popejoy’s composition for quintet released on Leo Records as LR-783. A single 60-minute piece presents ever-changing textures and moods, as five expert musicians interpret and explore shifting musical structures, contrapuntal motifs and trancelike chordal grooves. The piece was performed live in 2012 at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn NY, with Sarah Bernstein on violin, Avram Fefer on alto saxophone, Steve Swell on trombone, Stuart Popejoy on electric bass, and Kenny Wollesen on vibraphone and drumset.
“Popejoy points himself towards counterpoint via improvisation and customised software that he has designed making use of braid theory in doing the maths. There’s a real collective heat and sense of exploration that actually gets somewhere throughout this hour-long continuous work … [A] sparkling listen that unfolds into an Ornettian omniverse. Just be good to yourself and go listen!” — Marlbank jazz www.marlbank.net/even-more-dream-weaving/3822-hour-power.html
AVA MENDOZA (b.1983) is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, vocalist, composer and songwriter. Since 2002 she has been active playing er own music and in many different groups. In any context she endeavors to bring expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Mendoza has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded or performed with a broad spectrum of musicians including singer Carla Bozulich (The Geraldine Fibbers, Evangelista), Fred Frith (Massacre, Henry Cow, Art Bears), Jon Irabagon, Mick Barr, Nels Cline, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Weasel Walter and more. Her recordings are available on labels Tzadik, Weird Forest, Clean Feed, NotTwo, Unrock, ugEXPLODE, Resipiscent, New Atlantis, and more.
Friendly critics have called her an “avant-jazz virtuoso” (Brad Cohan, Village Voice), “a wizard on a semi-circle of effects pedals, but… equally adept with FX-less technique,” (Lars Gotrich, NPR). In 2011 she was featured as one of Guitar World‘s “10 Female Guitarists You Should Know”.
MATT NELSON “CRIMINALS” + POPEJOY/SEABROOK/SHEA
7:00 PM “CRIMINALS”
“Criminals” is the quartet of Matt Nelson, Jamie Branch, Brandon Lopez and Sam Ospovat, a mind-meld of stellar improvisers bringing the noise.
Matt Nelson tenor sax
Jaimie Breezy Branch trumpet
Brandon Lopez acoustic bass
Sam Ospovat drums
8:15 PM POPEJOY/SEABROOK/SHEA
“Popejoy/Seabrook/Shea” is a trio formed by bassist/composer Stuart Popejoy with Brandon Seabrook and Kevin Shea, upturning Popejoy’s minimalist jazz vignettes with Crimson-esque verve.
Stuart Popejoy electric bass
Brandon Seabrook guitar
Kevin Shea drums
$10 for both sets
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Between 1st and Carroll Str, off 4th Ave- Park Slope)
R-train (Union Street Station), Atlantic/Pacific Barclay Center Stop)
Parking is available on the same street. Nearest parking garage is on
2nd Street (cross street: 4th Ave); Street parking available on the streets
April 8 El Bar Philadelphia PA
April 9 Cherry St Station Wallingford CT
April 10 Geno’s Rock Club Portland ME
April 15 Oasis New London CT
with FATAL FILM
April 16 Flywheel Easthampton MA
Flywheel Artist Collective looks like a super-cool underground-ish vibe
Bad Alchemy (Germany):
Music Zoom (Italy): http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=27366#.WLkWWvLZ5v0
This live recording of the 2012 performance of my piece “Pleonid” is out on Leo Records! The band of Avram Fefer on alto sax, Sarah Bernstein on violin, Steve Swell on trombone, Stuart Popejoy on electric bass, and Kenny Wollesen on vibraphone and drums, did an amazing performance of my 60 minute piece which can now be yours in all of its jewel-case retro charm!
Our first outing in over two years! IRON DOG is Sarah Bernstein on violin/vocals/effects, Stuart Popejoy on bass/effects/synth, Andrew Drury on drums/breath/metallurgy. Here’s us in Philly in 2013:
Work 00 : a forum for experimental sound and music
1563 Decatur St
Ridgewood, NY 11385