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 #2: Those of the Gray Wind

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.

Polyorchard will be Jason Bivins, Jil Christiansen, Laurent Estoppey, Bill McConaghy, David Menestres, & Charles Phaneuf.

Duo version of Collapss (Laurent Estoppey & Steve Landis) open with video work by Emily Aiken.

Photo of Polyorchard at the first Exsufflation concert March 21,2017. Laurent Estoppey, Shawn Galvin, Charles Phaneuf, & David Menestres. Photo by Emily Leon.

 

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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Carrack FIT: Hum & Rattle

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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Polyorchard May 22 at Neptune’s Parlour

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Polyorchard will be playing at Neptune’s Parlour on Thursday Nay 22, 2014.

8pm 21+ $5 suggested donation

The lineup will be Carrie Shull, Jason Bivins, Sara Bloo, Chris Eubank, Julianna Thomas, Bill McConaghy, Ken Moshesh, & Jamie Keesecker.

review of the 12/19 Polyorchard show

Will Robin reviewed the Polyorchard show on 12/19 for IndyWeek:

Polyorchard, Baby Copperhead, Tegucigalpan
Nightlight
Thursday, Dec. 19

“There’s more of us than you,” announced bassist David Menestres. His band began to play.

Performances by the improvisation collective Polyorchard typically have a bit more balance between audience members and musicians; at any of their Nightlight shows during the past year, there’ve been maybe four musicians on stage and at least five observers. But just before Christmas, only a handful of Nightlight denizens watched an ensemble of Justice League proportions share the space. There were seven players—or , as trombonist Jeb Bishop said, a “Polyorchardstra.”

Each Polyorchard performance is wholly distinct, forged in real time. At Nightlight, the musicians had no scores to play from or any pre-formed ideas. They interacted with each other on stage, listening closely to a quizzical variety of noises and forming them into dense webs. The 30-minute set began with a series of intimate rustles, emerging from Menestres’ bass and Dan Ruccia’s viola. Chris Eubank soon joined on cello (that string trio is one of the better iterations of Polyorchard I’ve heard in the past). From there, the sounds expanded outwards: Bishop’s softly growling trombone, Sara Bloo’s vocal murmurs, Jamie Keesecker’s trembling French horn, Jason Bivins’ hushed guitar. Each instrumentalist delved into extremes of technique.
With seven musicians coming toward you, one’s ear becomes drawn to individual sounds and how they mesh together in micro-interactions. The bluesy tone of the trombone can become the counterpart to a chiaroscuro viola melody.
The atmosphere would suddenly switch moods, too. At one point, a steady guitar/bass pulse emerged, with Bloo cooing in intense rhythm, echoing the ululations of Meredith Monk. And then, pure noise: Menestres squeaked on the back of his bass, and Bivins mashed into his guitar strings on his lap, while Bloo moved water around in jars. At one point, half a chopstick flew towards me, having broken out of Menestres’s hands as he hit it fiercely against his strings. The result of seven expert improvisers became greater than its parts.

read the full review here

 

 

 

Polyorchard & Baby Copperhead

We’ll be celebrating Polyorchard’s first anniversary at the Nightlight on December 19th with my good friend Baby Copperhead and Tegucigalpan. Baby Copperhead put out an excellent new album this year that you should definitely go buy. Joining me in Polyorchard will be Jeb Bishop, Dan Ruccia, Chris Eubank, Sara Bloo, Jamie Keesecker, Jason Bivins, and other kookie kids.

 

From IndyWeek:

This has been a good year for free improvisation in the Triangle. Legendary trombonist Jeb Bishop has landed in the area, and improviser Eugene Chadbourne hosted a month-long residency at Neptune’s last summer. But the highlight of this tiny yet vibrant scene has been the collective Polyorchard, which celebrates its one-year anniversary this week. The ensemble may be young, but it includes longstanding improvisers in its ranks—Bishop, bassist (and Polyorchard founder) David Menestres, cellist Chris Eubank, composer and violist Dan Ruccia, only by way of example.

Polyorchard has taken many forms, from intimate, unamplified string trio to a cacophonous group featuring Japanese noise pioneer Merzbow. Their music is often severe but always intriguing, conceived fully in the moment. There are no rehearsals nor any pre-performance planning; Menestres and company just show up and play, responding to one another’s sounds in real time.A bonus is the recent addition of eclectic vocalist Sara Bloo, who creates magical effects by singing into bowls (yes, bowls). Experimental banjo player Baby Copperhead and Tegucigalpan, a new solo project from Waumiss and Kingsbury Manx member Clarque Blomquist, are also on the bill. —William Robin

polyorchard:babycopperhead at nightlight

 

9:30pm $5/$7

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Baby Copperhead’s The Bee Song (with Brent Arnold, Jessica Pavone, Tom Swafford)

Tegucigalpan at Fellowship Hall in Durham 22 July 2013

 

 

 

Polyorchard’s Hopscotch Day Party

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Polyorchard is throwing a FREE day party at Neptune’s Parlour from 3-5pm on Saturday September 7 as part of the Hopscotch Music Festival. For this show, Polyorchard will be Jason Bivins (guitar), Chris Eubank (cello), Dan Ruccia (viola), & me (bass) + special guests.

The first special guest was confirmed this morning and is non other than then great Japanese musician Merzbow.

Neptune’s Parlour is located underground at 14 W. Martin St. between Fayetteville St. and Salisbury St, underneath King’s Barcade. Food available from Garland, located on the ground flour above Neptune’s.

thingNY and Polyorchard at MotorCo June 2

Polyorchard: 3 +1 (with Jason Bivins, Dan Ruccia, and Carrie Shull) will be opening for the ever interesting thingNY at MotorCo Music Hall in Durham on June 2 at 8pm. Free show in the Garage Bar. Bring the kids, we will hopefully warp their little minds.

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More about thingNY’s Patriot project

From thingNY:

A night of experimental music from New York and The Triangle, with an improvised set by Polyorchard and a verbose two-man opera about illegal immigration and national identity by New York guests thingNY.

About thingNY
thingNY is a New York-based 501c3 not-for-profit collective of composer-performers who create and perform theatrically charged experimental music, champion the work of avant-garde and contemporary classical composers, and collaborate across disciplines, media and genres. Since their first concert in 2006, thingNY’s projects have included three collaboratively created operas, their yearly SPAM avant-garde variety show, the IN HOUSE site-specific house concert/installation, programs featuring composers from Berio to Globokar to your next-door neighbor, a radio play by Beckett, and over a hundred premieres of new music.

This June, Jeffrey Young and Paul Pinto, members of thingNY, are going on a seventeen-city “Election Tour for a Stranger America” with their absurdly titled work, Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots, Run for Public Office on a Platform of Swift and Righteous Immigration Reform, Lots of Jobs, and a Healthy Environment: An Opera by Paul Pinto and Jeffrey Young. Created in 2011 as a parody of contemporary politics and politicians, the half-hour piece focuses on issues of immigration and national identity. Jeffrey Young and Paul Pinto collaboratively created the text, music, and staging, scoring the piece for their own voices, violin, percussion, a turntable, and lots of cardboard boxes. In …Patriots…, instrumental music alternates with sung and spoken words, zany and humorous topical quips alternate with personal, pointed critiques of the political zeitgeist, fully notated sections merge into structured musical and textual improvisations, and tonal harmonies mix with less traditional musical effects.

“Face it. This is why you live in New York”
– Time Out New York

“As avant-garde as anything I’ve seen recently – by which term I inexactly mean that it was more focused on how we live at this exact moment than on the traditional conventions of concert-giving.”
– Kyle Gann (PostClassical)

“Truly a thing of great beauty, and wonder. Thank god there are groups like thingNY (or maybe you’re the only one).”
– Art Jarvinen (composer/author)

“thingNY catapulted a slew of notes and words from the stage and we laughed at snatches of the hysteria.”
– Rebecca Lentjes (Bachtrack)

For more information visit:
http://www.thingNY.com/patriots