Polyorchard’s Fifth Anniversary Celebrations

Five Gigs to Celebrate Five Years

2017-12-01 Polyorchard performs at Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC) Aaron Bachelder, Vatel Cherry, Eugene Chadbourne, Michael Thomas Jackson, David Menestres. Part of First Friday celebrations in conjunction with an artist talk by Monique van Hinte. Event runs from 6-10pm, Polyorchard will perform at 7pm.

2017-12-04 Polyorchard’s Residency at Neptune’s Parlour (Raleigh, NC). Spontaneous compositions and another annoyances for clarinets and low strings, with Crowmeat Bob, Michael Thomas Jackson, David Menestres, Charles Phaneuf, and Dan Ruccia.

2017-12-05 Polyorchard Exsufflation Series at The Carrack (Durham, NC) with Crowmeat Bob, Jil Christensen, Bill McConaghy, David Menestres.

2017-12-11 Polyorchard’s Residency at Neptune’s Parlour (Raleigh, NC) with Jil Christensen, Bill McConaghy, David Menestres, Charles Phaneuf, Dan Ruccia.

2017-12-18 Polyorchard’s Residency at Neptune’s Parlour (Raleigh, NC) with Jason Bivins, Laurent Estoppey, Shawn Glavin, Bill McConaghy, David Menestres, Charles Phaneuf, Chris Robinson. Performance will include the US premiere of Estudios Edafonicos by Alan Courtis and a special duo set from Zkrabuj et chou et pâté.

 

The Exsufflation Series #4

The Polyorchard Exsufflation Series at The Carrack with special guest Andrew Weathers. Andrew and David will play a duo set followed by a group set from Polyorchard. Polyorchard will be performing a new work written by Andrew, the first work on Polyorchard’s ongoing Outside Series of commissions. The Outside Series features works from composers outside the core group of Polyorchard.

Polyorchard will be Jason Bivins (guitar), Laurent Estoppey (saxophones), Bill McConaghy (trumpet), David Menestres (bass), Christopher Robinson (saxophones), Dan Ruccia (viola).

Music starts at 8pm. Donations accepted. BYOB.

The Exsufflation Series #3: Polyorchard + Jack Wright

For the third edition of the Exsufflation Series at The Carrack on May 16th, we will be joined by special guests! The legendary Jack Wright (saxophone), Zachary Darrup (guitar), & Patrick Crossland (trombone) will be joining David Menestres (bass) & Dan Ruccia (viola) for an evening of free improvisation. Music starts at 8pm. Donations suggested. BYOB

 

On May 17th, the quartet of Jack Wright, Zachary Darrup, Patrick Crossland, and David Menestres will be performing at Neptunes Parlour. Doors at 8pm, Music at 9pm. $8

Lovesphere 22

I will be taking part in the Lovesphere 22 event in Greensboro, NC on Friday March 17 7:30pm at Greensboro Project (219 Lewis Street). Read about it below:

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Lovesphere 22 is the 22nd installment of a 67-year art festival that began in 1995 which takes place every year on the Spring Equinox.

Lovesphere is all about cross-pollinating generous and creating new audience experiences, and Lovesphere 22 will be pushing the envelope in new and innovative ways. GPS will be loaded with improvising musicians, each of whom carries a transistor radio. At 8pm, Lovesphere will broadcast a live solo musician—the great Laurent Estoppey— from WUAG-FM, and the musicians at GPS and across the world will accompany them. So, as one walks through the gallery, one can hear the same lead instrument with a constantly shifting rhythm section. Also, other musicians and groups can accompany from home or across the country, and we will later collect some of these recordings and mix them together—making it the largest recording studio ever created. Musicians include Ben Singer of Modern Robot, Dan Ruccia of Cyanotype, Vattel Cherry (the legend), Gwen Young of Knives of Spain, Gregory Miles Hoffman of Cenote, Sara Jane Mann of Van Reipen Collective and 1-0, and Andrew Beach. Also starring performance artist Lu Xu.

For more information, photos, recordings, etc. please contact Gary Heidt at psl@lovesphere.net of 336 897 7232.

 

http://www.greensboroprojectspace.com/upcoming/lovesphere

https://www.facebook.com/events/631797987012133

Color Theory in Black and White

Polyorchard - Color Theory in Black and White - booklet - page 1

 

In the two and a half years of Polyorchard’s existence the band has blazed a trail across the territories of modern music performing their own compositions (spontaneous or otherwise), collaborating with Merzbow, paying tribute to Sun Ra on his 100th arrival day, and performing Terry Riley’s In C on the 50th anniversary of its premier. Polyorchard is a flexible fighting unit morphing to fit the battle of the day in formations ranging from small scale trios to the sprawling madness of a double dectet. Polyorchard has shared bills with artists as diverse as Duane Pitre, thingNY, Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley duo, Michael Pisaro & Greg Stuart, Jon Mueller, and Half Japanese. Plans for 2015 include collaborating with Olivia Block, exploring the late work of John Coltrane, and further work with balloons.

Over one beautiful weekend in late September 2014 Polyorchard laid down it’s first studio recordings. Color Theory in Black and White represents two aspects of the trio personality. The first trio on the album is a string trio of Chris Eubank on cello, Dan Ruccia on viola, and David Menestres on bass. The back half of the album is occupied by the trio of Jeb Bishop on trombone, Laurent Estoppey on saxophones, and David Menestres on bass.

Color Theory in Black and White was recorded in glorious binaural sound by Dan Lilley and mastered by Andrew Weathers. Listen at maximum volume in front of your best speakers or get lost deep in the sound of your favorite headphones.

Black
Chris Eubank (cello)
David Menestres (bass)
Dan Ruccia (viola)

White
Jeb Bishop (trombone)
Laurent Estoppey (sax)
David Menestres (bass)

All music by Polyorchard ©2015

Binaural recording by Dan Lilley at The Store, Raleigh, NC September 27-28, 2014

Mastering by Andrew Weathers, Oakland, CA October 2014

Design by Lincoln Hancock

Liner notes by Emily Leon

Downloads & limited edition 2xCDr boxsets available at polyorchard.bandcamp.com

 

 

Chris Vitiello, writing in IndyWeek:

The revolving, motley assortment of classical, jazz and rock musicians have played practically every kind of music in every possible configuration in almost every Triangle venue, emerging as a vital and wonderfully vexing force of the area’s sonic fringes. But at last, and mere weeks before founder and sole constant David Menestres leaves North Carolina for New Mexico, Polyorchard have issued their first recording, Color Theory in Black and White. An impressive entry point into group improvisation, it arrives better now than never.

Polyorchard’s studio debut appears to pit strings against brass. On its “black,” first side, the trio of cellist Chris Eubank, violist Dan Ruccia and bassist Menestres deliver four tracks. (Ruccia is an occasional INDY contributor.) The second, “white” side contains six cuts with Jeb Bishop on trombone and Laurent Estoppey on saxophone, Menestres binding the two together. But this oppositional setup is a matter of presentation, not competition.

Still, it’s hard not to choose a team. Within passages that flow from microscopic sounds to lyrical swells and anxious moments that suggest Hitchcock soundtracks, the black trio offers plenty of classical toeholds. “Black 1,” the first and longest track on the album, shows Polyorchard’s penchant for establishing a motif but moving along before it goes stale. The action opens with a spidery crawl and builds full phrases from small scuttles. It develops until the sounds suggest the musicians working together to renovate a house, the audience left to listen from the basement. “Black 2” explores the percussive possibilities of the bodies and strings of the instruments. It’s simultaneously destructive and constructive, as though the group is playing while being bashed about by a windstorm.

The horns of the white trio offer fewer jazz echoes but instead breathe and burble with molten intensity. Their output feels more disparate and airborne, with the insect sounds of strings giving way to the honks and chirps of the birdlike horns. “White 1” echoes “Black 2” in its opening, fooling the ear into wondering if this is organized music at all, and not a field recording from some remote rain forest. The tracks take time in developing from a chatter of clipped, skittering sounds into declarative choruses of sustained notes and elaborated phrases. “White 4″doesn’t begin to cohere until around the six-minute mark, when it finds a bright melody and some momentum, suggesting something Stravinsky might have shoehorned into The Rite of Spring.

The album and track titles stem from an inexpensive, black-and-white edition of Josef Albers’ seminal 1963 treatise, Interaction of Color. Albers intended for the influential book to be an exhaustive teaching catalog of how color combinations can produce specific results to the human eye. In discussing harmony, he differentiated its visual and musical aspects. Albers described visual art as spatial and music as linear. Music was experienced as a single tone or set of tones moving “perhaps not in a straight line, but of necessity in a prescribed order and only in one direction—forward. Tones heard earlier fade, and those farther back disappear, vanish.”

With Color Theory in Black and White, Polyorchard shows how Albers’ definition of music is limited. Group improvisation requires a sustained attention not only to the present moment but to the music that preceded it as well as the many possible directions it could take. While some improvisers vie to get out in front of each other to show off their chops, the elements of Polyorchard get behind each other. This holistic surface never wavers, a byproduct of all those gigs during the last three years. The musicians are listeners first, players second.

April 13: Polyorchard opens for Michael Pisaro and Greg Stuart

On April 13th Polyorchard will be opening for the composer Michael Pisaro and percussionist Greg Stuart and the Nightlight as part of the Experimental Music Study Group.

From the EMSG:

Monday, April 13, Nightlight, 8pm – EMSG performance + Polyorchard + Michael Pisaro and Greg Stuart
Tuesday, April 14, The Carrack, 8pm – Michael Pisaro and Greg Stuart: numbers and the siren
Join the Experimental Music Study Group for a captivating two-night residency featuring California-based composer Michael Pisaro and South Carolina-based percussionist Greg Stuart. A member of the Wandelweiser collective, Michael Pisaro crafts intricate soundscapes that hover at the boundaries between sound and silence, drawing attention to the act of listening. Greg Stuart’s inventive percussion music explores alternative techniques including sustained friction, gravity-based sounds, and sympathetic vibration. For nearly a decade, Pisaro and Stuart have collaborated on heralded projects and released recordings on the Gravity Wave label, forging a close bond between composer and performer.
On April 13 at Nightlight, Pisaro and Stuart perform closed categories in cartesian worlds, ethereal music for crotales and sine tones; performers from the Experimental Music Study Group will perform Pisaro’s fields have ears (4); and local improv collective Polyorchard will perform a set. And at the Carrack on April 14, Pisaro and Stuart unleash the spellbinding numbers and the siren, a ninety-minute duo for percussion and electronics in which distant sounds seep into the main performance space from a separate location. Both nights will offer a typically EMSG mixture of the unfamiliar and the enchanting: we hope to see you there!
$7 cover


(Set order: EMSG, Polyorchard, Pisaro/Stuart, Crowmeat Bob/Patrick Gallagher)
*Note: there will be an EMSG discussion meeting at 6:30pm prior to the performance; if you are interested in participating, please email williamlrobin@gmail.com

April 5: House Show with Jacob Wick

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From Jeb:
The concert will feature trumpeter Jacob Wick, who’s playing a series of concerts in the Southeast around then. Jacob is an artist, writer, and improviser with musical connections to the communities in New York (including Jason Ajemian’s avant-party High Life), Chicago, and the Bay Area. He lives in Mexico City. Information about Jacob is at www.jacobwick.info .

You can hear some sounds from Jacob here: http://music.promnightrecords.com/album/objet-a
and see also http://jasonajemian.com/project/hilife

For this concert, Jacob will play a solo set, followed by a set with area musicians including Jeb Bishop, Dan Ruccia, David Menestres, Chris Eubank, and Carrie Shull.

The concert will start at 8 PM, and there will be a jar for voluntary donations. Feel free to bring your own beverage.

Dan Lilley’s home is a beautiful and unique setting for live music, and we are lucky and grateful to have the chance to present these concerts there.

March 10: Carrack FIT with Cyanotype

From Cyanotype leader Dan Ruccia:

 

A mess of free improv. Cyanotype this time is: Dan Ruccia (viola), David Morris (tuba), David Menestres (bass), Jason Bivins (guitar), Jeb Bishop (trombone), and more?

 

Hits at 8pm at The Carrack (111 West Parrish St. Durham, NC 27701 ).

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February 28: Polyorchard + Microkingdom

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Polyorchard + Microkingdom will be playing a house show on Saturday February 28 at 719 Devereux St. (Raleigh, 27605). Show starts at 8pm with an $8-10 suggested donation at the door, cash only.

Polyorchard will be Jeb Bishop, Chris Eubank, Bill McConaghy, David Menestres, & Dan Ruccia.

Microkingdom will be on tour supporting their new album Smooth Tendencies, released by Friends Records on Valentine’s Day. Check out a recent live performance from Microkingdom:

And the new album