The Somethin’ Else Electronic Music PotluckJune 9th, 2010

This Friday, June 11, 2010 is the first in a series of events put on by Jon Davis called The Somethin’ Else. This instance is subtitled Odd Couples and features duets that have one artist producing electronics with a second, in contrast, mostly acoustic player. The performers include the following:

Jon Davis & Elaine Evans
Brett Bullion & Chris Smalley (Burnsville)
Steve Goldstein & Scott Fultz
Tim Glenn & Jeremy Ylvisaker (Siamese Bug)
John Keston & Graham O’Brien (Ostracon)
Adam J To & Dejen Tesfagiorgis

The event is located at the Stevens Square Center for the Arts, 1905 3rd Ave S., Minneapolis, MN (above the 3rd Ave. Market). The music starts at 7pm and goes until 10pm. All ages are welcome. A $5.00 cover is optional if you bring food or drink to share. It’s a potluck!

Unearthed Music artist, Ostracon (John Keston on electronics and Graham O’Brien on drums), are performing at the show at 7:30pm. Expect to hear some angular GMS layers combined with Graham’s on-the-verge-of-chaotic drumming.

Experimental Music Mondays the FourthJune 2nd, 2010

Part four of the Experimental Music Mondays series begins at 9:00pm on May 31, 2010 at the Kitty Cat Klub in Minneapolis with Heizerbaum & Panderton featuring Andrea Steudel from MinneapolisArtOnWheels.org, with sound artist Luke Heizerbaum (actually I don’t think that’s his real last name, but let’s go with it). Expect to see some fascinating projections including images from a microscope of a vinyl record as it spins on a turntable.

Next up is Ostracon (John Keston on electronics and Graham O’Brien on drums), who perform generative, improvisational compositions using the GMS (Gestural Music Sequencer), that converts video input into musical phrases. Keston captures, layers, loops and processes melodic segments in real-time out of the stream of notes created by his gestural input, tailored with probability distribution algorithms. O’Brien accompanies these angular, electronic structures, with dynamic playing that, at times, verges on the chaotic. More about Ostracon can be found at audiocookbook.org and unearthedmusic.com.”

Closing the evening is Twenty Thirteen, “a trio, made up of Chris Robin Cox (Junkyard Empire, Minneapolis Free Music Society) playing electric trombone, Bryan Berry playing guitar through tons of effects and loops, and Kahlil Brewington laying down bad ass funky drums. The music is ambient, yet groovy as hell, and incorporates influences as diverse Portishead, Bitches Brew era Miles Davis, and classic hip-hop, drum n’ bass, and dub beats. It’s like nothing you have ever seen live. The band sometimes performs with a fourth member: a television, which sits facing away from the band, and channels can be changed by audience members; the band providing the soundtrack for a television they do not watch. It’s a bit of a social experiment.”