Free Improvised Music Series at Neptune’s Parlour (Raleigh, NC) night one, programmed by James Gilmore. Performing: Vattel Cherry, Laurent Estoppey, Shawn Galvin, James Gilmore, and David Menestres. Music at 8:30pm.
Eugene Chadbourne Presents the International Wonder of Weird Songbook every Monday in January at Neptune’s Parlour. Featuring a rotating army of weirdos including the Chadbourne Family Singers (Molly, Lizzie, and Jenny Chadbourne), Carrie Shull, Laurent Estoppey, James Gilmore. Dave Doyle. Joe Westerlund, myself, and other assorted oddities.
Doors at 8pm. Music at 8:30pm. $8 at the door.
Polyorchard will be opening for the great Jon Mueller on May 2 at Neptunes Parlour. Very excited to be opening for one of my favorite musicians (Death Blues, Volcano Choir, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Pele, etc.). The show will start promptly at 7:30pm.
Jon Mueller is one of music’s most versatile drummers. Pounding on the kick and cracking at the snare, he has served as the engine behind the rock-scrambling bands Pele, Collections of Colonies of Bees and Volcano Choir (essentially a collaboration between that last act and Bon Iver). As an improviser, he’s created long-form, stamina-demanding pieces that turn simple beats into pulsing, tantric drones. And as a bandleader, he built Death Blues, a cathartic and communal collective that treated symphonic forms, gospel choirs and string arrangements as methods for going loud and triumphant. For this solo tour, he will create an immersive, meditative soundworld using a hand drum and wordless vocals that he loops and mutates in real-time. Don’t be surprised if the set rattles your perception; Mueller’s ecstatic explorations have a tendency to do that. With Polyorchard. 7:30 p.m., $10, 14 W. Martin St., Raleigh, 919-833-1091, www.kingsbarcade.com. —Grayson Haver Currin
Within a 40 minute solo performance of percussion and voice, using a hand-made Arabic bass drum and looped wordless vocals, Mueller conjures world music and sound while remaining very particularly other worldly. Drawing from minimalism and a variety of musical and non-musical disciplines, including meditation, trance, and physical stamina, Mueller’s solo performances have been described by audiences as resilient, intense, and meditative.
The aim of Mueller’s solo performance is to engage an audience in listening practice by creating a variety of input both recognizable and not, understood and not, which causes a unique experience in each individual.
Jon Mueller has been a drummer and percussionist for over twenty-five years, performing throughout North America, Europe, United Kingdom, and Japan at places such as New Museum (New York), The Arnolfini (Bristol, UK), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, (Montréal, QC), Issue Project Room (New York), Guggenheim Museum (New York), Alverno Presents (Milwaukee), Hopscotch Fest (Raleigh), SXSW (Austin) and Cafe OTO (London, UK). His recordings have been released by record labels such as Table of the Elements, Type Recordings, Hometapes, Important Records, SIGE Records, Taiga Records, and others. A founding member of the bands Volcano Choir, Collections of Colonies of Bees, and Pele, he has also worked with musicians Rhys Chatham, Jarboe, James Plotkin, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Marcus Schmickler, Asmus Tietchens, and Z’EV, dancers Molly Shanahan and Heidi Latsky and filmmaker Scott Kawczynski, among others. In recent years, Mueller has directed the multi-disciplinary project Death Blues, encouraging presence and celebration of each moment. More info at www.rhythmplex.com.
“An audacious ringleader for new music.” – Pitchfork
“A complex experience you touch, live in, and meditate on.” – NPR
“Cerebral, emotional, and spiritual in nature.” – A Closer Listen
Polyorchard performing live at Neptunes Parlour in Raleigh, NC on July 15, 2014
Jeb Bishop – trombone
David Menestres – bass
Dan Ruccia – viola
The good Dr. Chadbourne returns with a band of kranks & kooks to finish what we started last summer. Every Monday in February New Directions in Appalachian Music returns to Neptunes Parlour. In change from last summer, the show starts at 9pm and there will be one 90 minute set. According to the Doc “this is to try to make sense of the audience attendance patterns we experienced in the past and of course eliminates the hassle of fetching musicians from the bar at breaktime.“
9pm show, suggested donation of $8-12. Read more here.
Nate Wooley and Ken Vandermark, both giants of current American free jazz and experimental scenes, convened as a duo in the summer of 2013. The pair issued the resulting live recordings last month as East by Northwest, a nine-track set that finds Vandermark’s saxophones and clarinet and Wooley’s trumpet to be wonderfully expressive partners. They both have the ability to be plaintive and brooding or spastic and restless, qualities that make their navigations of even very familiar pieces feel invigorated. A weekend dance club, Neptune’s is becoming one of the Triangle’s better weeknight listening rooms thanks to engagements just like this. —Grayson Haver Currin
Monday 10/27 sees the final show in Polyorchard’s October residency at Neptunes Parlour with a wild incarnation of the band known simply as Polyorchard X Formation. Come see the freaks and geeks! 9pm $5 suggested donation.
Monday 10/20 is the third night of the Polyorchard October residency at Neptunes Parlour. This night will feature a large ensemble formation of Polyorchard with a focus on winds and brass. Performers include Jeb Bishop, Laurent Estoppey, David Jordan, Jamie Keesecker, Bill McConaghy, David Menestres, David Morris, Bob Pence, Chris Robinson, Carrie Shull. The program will include variations on Eva-Maria Houben’s von da nach da and a new tune of mine called More Birds in Rhyme (aka stupid bird songs).
9pm, $5 suggested donation at the door
Polyorchard starts our October residency at Neptunes Parlour on Monday 10/6 with a quartet formation featuring Jeb Bishop, Laurent Estoppey, Shawn Galvin, and David Menestres.
9pm, $5 suggested donation at the door