POLYORCHARD + GHOST TREES
TUESDAY September 12
947 E. Main St, Durham, NC 27701
$5 suggested donation
Jil Christensen, Laurent Estoppey, Bill McConaghy, David Menestres, Charles Phaneuf
Part of the ongoing Exsufflation Series. Premiering new works written for Polyorchard by D. Edward Davis and Laurent Estoppey.
Followed by a set from Ghost Trees, Seth Nanaa and Brent Bagwell,
TUESDAY August 15 8pm
947 E. Main Street, Durham, NC
$5 suggested donation
The band will be Jil Christensen, Bill McConaghy, David Menestres, and Charles Phaeuf. We will be performing two works by David Menestres and one by Will Redman in addition to other odds and ends.
TUESDAY JULY 18 8pm
947 E. Main Street, Durham, NC
$5 suggested donation
Polyorchard’s Exsufflation Series 004
Performing some of Jackson Mac Low’s Gathas (composed between 1975-1980)
plus Arch Dry Pool, a new work written for Polyorchard by Will Redman.
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.
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
The second concert in the ongoing Exsufflation Series will happen April 18th at The Carrack (947 E. Main St., Durham). Polyorchard will be performing my new composition “Those of the Gray Wind,” very loosely based on the book of the same name by naturalist Paul A. Johnsgard, notated completely with concrete poetry techniques. The music starts at 8pm. The event is free and open to all. BYOB.
Duo version of Collapss (Laurent Estoppey & Steve Landis) open with video work by Emily Aiken.
the action of breathing forth or blowing; this action used as an exorcism in some rites of baptism
Polyorchard is pleased to announce The Exsufflation Series, a new monthly residency at The Carrack in Durham. Following on the heels of the successful monthly Free Improvised Tuesday series, The Exsufflation Series will focus on the grey area that Polyorchard has been mining for the last four years: the intersection of jazz, classical, & experimental traditions. In addition to free improvisation, the repertoire will be drawn from all manners of music with a special focus on spontaneous compositions from the ensemble, commissioning new works from members of Polyorchard and from other composers around the world, and selections from the repertoire of late twentieth/twenty-first century classical music.
The first date in the series, March 21, marks the first Polyorchard performance in NC since May of 2015. Performers for March 21 will include:
Laurent Estoppey (ensemBle baBel, collapss, Christian Marclay, etc.)
Shawn Galvin (New Music Raleigh, NC Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, etc.)
Bill McConaghy (MicroEast Collective, etc.)
David Menestres (leader of Polyorchard, Eugene Chadbourne, etc.)
Charles Phaneuf (hardest working man in showbiz)
On March 21, Polyorchard will be performing “An Answer to An Inquiry” based around a text of Agnes Martin.
The music begins at 8pm, every third Tuesday. The events are free and open to all.
Future dates in the series:
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.”
Allison Hussey’s Concert Preview in IndyWeek:
Much like taking a dip in a flowing river, you never take in the same Polyorchard show twice. Combining elements of free jazz, classical music, and whatever the hell else they feel like, Polyorchard is a free-form experimental music collective that challenges—and often outright transcends—boundaries of genre and style. The group went on an extended hiatus that began in the spring of 2015, when leader David Menestres decamped for a spell in New Mexico. Menestres has since returned and so, too, has Polyorchard. The group has long relied on a revolving roster of players, and this week’s iteration features Laurent Estoppey and Charles Phanheuf on saxophones, New Music Raleigh cofounder Shawn Galvin, and Menestres on bass. Tuesday night’s gathering is the first in a monthly series at The Carrack that runs through August.
The Carrack http://thecarrack.org/ 947 E. Main St., Durham, NC 27701
Polyorchard’s first album “Color Theory in Black and White” https://polyorchard.bandcamp.com/
Polyorchard performs “Between Know and Then” a tribute to Sun Ra on his 100th birthday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67MmaJlV9h0&list=PLjACqM_Pm2eiA00JAZizc5xJhootMqKFv
Polyorchard performs Terry Riley’s 1964 composition “In C” on the 50th anniversary of it’s premiere https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVwqgd_jwss&list=PLjACqM_Pm2ei6ImXQKnagWbEugQ9LP5YH
Live recordings https://soundcloud.com/polyorchard
Every society has rules that people deal with in different ways. What I basically create [in the game pieces] is a small society and everybody kind of finds their own position in that society. It really becomes, like, a psychodrama. It’s like scream therapy, or primal therapy. People are given power and it’s very interesting to see which people like to run with that power, which people run away from it [and] who are very docile and just do what they’re told [and those] who try very hard to get more control and more power. . . . It’s very much like the political arena, in a certain kind of a sense . . . [where performers] are having a little carrot dangled in front of them. And it’s interesting to see who tries to grab the carrot and who doesn’t. And a lot of times the people who try to grab the carrot, it’s pulled out of their hands by someone else in the band. So, it becomes kind of a scary, frightening thing to be in front of that band to see these people blossom and become the assholes that they really are.
Collapss + Polyorchard present John Zorn’s Cobra:
March 29 at The Shed 8pm (807 E. Main St., Durham NC 27701)
April 3 at Empire Books in Greensboro at 7:30pm (1827 B Spring Garden St., Greensboro NC 27403)
Scheduled to be participating:
Carole Ott (voice) Tadeu Coelho (flute) Steve Stusek (saxophone) Nick Rich (guitar) Jonathan Wall (electronics) David Menestres (bass, objects) Jason Bivins (guitar) Dan Ruccia (viola) Bill McConaghy (trumpet) Christopher Robinson (saxophone) Charles Phaneuf (clarinet) Laurent Estoppey (Cobra Commander)
John Zorn’s Cobra is a sort of musical game. The composer becomes the conductor, leading an ensemble of varying sizes by holding up cue cards, making some gesture or movement, and commanding a subset of players to respond to the instructions. By design, it’s incredibly mutable, capable of shifting from atonal paroxysms to dreamy drones without any sense of logic. For this performance, Raleigh’s Polyorchard and Greensboro’s Collapss combine for a two-show tour, starting in Durham tonight but ending in the Gate City April 3rd. For maximum edification, see both, and understand just how flexible games can get. —Grayson Haver Currin