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.
-John Zorn speaking about Cobra to Derek Bailey
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
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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Organized by Michael Pelz-Sherman, the Triangle Improvisors Collective will be playing The Shed (807 E. Main St., Durham, NC 27701) on Friday March 6 at 8pm. The TIC will be Michael with Julia Price, Chris Lipscomb, Jeb Bishop, Erik Okamoto, and David Menestres.
The next meeting of the Experimental Music Study Group will be February 26 at The Shed in Durham (807 E. Main St.). The meeting starts at 7:30pm and will be followed by Polyorchard performing the graphic scores of Anthony Braxton at 9pm. Braxton himself will be talking at The Pinhook at 6pm. And if somehow you don’t know, Anthony Braxton and Diamond Curtain Wall Quintet will be performing the next night, Friday February 27 as part of Duke Performances. A rare chance to see one of the giants of modern American music.
Polyorchard will be Jeb Bishop, Jil Christansen, Bill McConaghy, David Menestres, David Morris, Christopher Robinson, Dan Ruccia, & Heidi Wait.
More info on the EMSG at their website, including a sign up for the email list, the best way to keep up with their activites, including up coming residencies with R. Andrew Lee & Erik Carlson in March and Michael Pisaro & Greg Stuart in April. And while we’re on the subject of signing up for email lists, on the right side of this page there is a sign up for the Polyorchard email list. Sign up!
On Tuesday December 9 Cyanotype will be at The Carrack in Durham presenting graphics scores from Tibet and the UK. With Dan Ruccia, Laurent Estoppey, Heidi Wait, & me. Doors at 8, music at 8:30. FREE!
More from Dan:
This month’s edition of CARRACK FIT is all about graphic scores. Cyanotype will irreverently realize a few graphic scores from across the centuries, including a few pages from Cornelius Cardew’s epic “Treatise.” This month’s band will be Dan Ruccia (viola), Heidi Wait (flute), Laurent Estoppey (clarinet), and David Menestres (bass). Doors at 8, music at 8:30.
CARRACK FIT is a monthly musical free improvisation series at the Carrack in Durham, NC. It occurs on the second Tuesday of every month, curated by Dan Ruccia.
On Tuesday 11/11 Cyanotype will be taking over the Carrack for the regular monthly free free improvisation madness. This month will feature Dan Ruccia, Heidi Wait, Jamie Keesecker, Nathan Golub, Jason Bivins, and me. Doors at 8, music at 8:30. Free!
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Dan Ruccia is spearheading a new monthly improv series at The Carrack in Durham. This month, the happiness occurs on 9/16 after which the madness will take place on the second Tuesday of the month.
The first in a continuing series of freely improvised music on Tuesdays at The Carrack Modern Art, curated by Dan Ruccia. This month’s show will include Dan Ruccia (viola), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Chris Eubank (cello), Jamie Keesecker (horn), David Menestres (bass), Chris Robinson (bari sax), and Carrie Shull. Free admission!
I’ll be playing with Cyanotype at The Carrack in Durham on Thursday July 24 at 8pm. Cyanotype is Jeb Bishop, Jason Bivins, David Menestres, Crowmeat Bob, and Dan Ruccia.
Tonight I will be playing with Dan Ruccia’s Cyanotype at The Carrack in Durham. Cyanotype tonight will be Jeb Bishop, Chris Eubank, Jamie Keesecker, Dan Ruccia, and me. The Facebook event page promises dancers and writers too!
Tatsuya Naktani & Shane Perlowin will be playing 11/16 at Fellowship Hall in Durham (719 N. Mangum Street). Dan Ruccia‘s Cyanotype will be opening (with whom I will be playing).
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TATSUYA NAKATANI & SHANE PERLOWIN
Shane Perlowin is the guitar player from the wonderful and scrupulous Asheville instro-rock band Ahleuchatistas. Based in Pennsylvania, percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani animates a world of chimes, gongs, bells and snares, constructing widescreen and incredibly detailed soundscapes with his drum kit. Their debut duo record, Anatomy of a Moment, is a study in finesse and attentiveness, with two masterful players sidestepping egos to listen instead for relationships. With Cyanotype. SATURDAY, NOV. 16, AT FELLOWSHIP HALL. $8–$10/9 p.m
Hear the title track from Tatsuya & Shane’s new album releasing this month on New Atlantis Records/Nakatani-Kobo.