Red October

Red October

available October 15, 2017 from Out and Gone Music
Red October is the new live album from Polyorchard, featuring the quartet of

Jeb Bishop – trombone

Laurent Estoppey – saxophones

Shawn Galvin – percussion

David Menestres – double bass

Recorded live in concert in the basement at Neptune’s Parlour (barely more than a week after the studio sessions that resulted in the previous album Color Theory in Black and White), the quartet spins ideas with the tensile strength and malicious beauty of a spider working alone in the dark. Polyorchard is a flexible fighting unit, expanding and contracting as needed to face the battle of the day. The Red October quartet features players who have been the foundations for several strains of Polyorchard since its inception in December of 2012.

Red October is available from Out and Gone Music as a limited edition cassette or download. polyorchard.bandcamp.com/album/red-october

Liner Notes by Emily Leon desertsuprematism.com

Within seconds of listening to Red October, I felt as though I was the steel ball in a pinball game – the subject being manipulated inside of a glass box. I’m not suggesting cheap entertainment, but rather implying that, like the steel ball, this album propels you into the playfield: targets, holes and saucers, spinners and rollovers, gates. The gate motif often represents an entrance and an exit, a passage to a new beginning, and there are clear moments of a sounding procession throughout this album. Red October produces infinite possibilities of sound, and can be heard and experienced in infinite ways. There is an energy that consumes your consciousness, traps you in your own mind, and releases you as a means to undergo a transformative experience.

Perhaps Gaston Bachelard’s question featured in The Poetics of Space applies here, “In this drama of intimate geometry, where should one live?”

 

The Exsufflation Series at The Carrack

Exsufflation
ex·suf·fla·tion
eksəˈflāshən

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:
April 18
May 16
June 20
July 18
August 15

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.

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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/

“Color Theory in Black and White” was #11 on IndyWeek’s 25 Best Albums of 2015
IndyWeek review of “Color Theory in Black and White”

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

redrawblack at Nightlight

Polyorchard will be opening for redrawblack at the Nightlight on Tuesday January 14, 2014. This iteration of Polyorchard will include Chris Eubank on cello, Bill McConaghy on trumpet, Jamie Keesecker on French horn, Shawn Galvin on percussion, your favorite jerk on bass, and a couple of surprise kooks. Conspicuous Convulsion (Jason Aylward, Laurent Estoppey, Kenneth Ells, Crowmeat Bob, Drew Robertson) is also on the bill.

9:30 $6/$8

 

Check out redrawblack on bandcamp:

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Polyorchard + Lud + Half Japanese

Half Japanese

This night Polyorchard will be Carrie Shull (oboe), Sara Bloo (voice, percussion), Dan Ruccia (viola), Shawn Galvin (percussion), and I (bass). We start promptly at 8:30 followed by Lud and Half Japanese.

Thursday, October 24th at KINGS:

Half Japanese

Few of punk rock’s founding fathers could have anticipated the extreme to which Half Japanese took the music’s do-it-yourself ethos. Founded by brothers Jad and David Fair, Half Japanese was quite probably the most amateurish rock band to make a record since the Shaggs, all but ignoring musical basics like chords, rhythms, and melody. However, the brothers made that approach into a guiding aesthetic, steadfastly refusing to progress in their primitive musicianship over a career that lasted decades. Their unpredictable, full-of-life show is not be missed.

w/ Lud and Polyorchard

presented by Cat’s Cradle and Kings

$12 tickets
8pm doors / 8:30 show

www.kingsbarcade.com

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Polyorchard & Duane Pitre at Nightlight August 16th

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Polyorchard (Dan Ruccia, Shawn Galvin, Jeb Bishop, & me) will be opening for Duane Pitre at the Nightlight in Chapel Hill on Friday August 16th. Show starts at 9:30pm. This is Duane’s first show in the Triangle since his appearance at the 2011 Hopscotch Music Festival.

Read IndyWeek’s article on Duane: “Duane Pitre and the simple spell of seemingly difficult music”

Duane performing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit back in June:

Bridges, Duane’s new album on Important Records, is now available for purchase.

Polyorchard: 2+2 February 7

Polyorchard: 2+2 will be playing at the Nightlight in Chapel Hill on Thursday February 7. The 2+2 iteration of Polyorchard includes Jason Bivins, Jeb Bishop, and Shawn Galvin. We’re hitting at 9:30 followed by a performance of Terry Riley’s classic In C with a large ensemble led by Will Robin.

Read IndyWeek‘s coverage here.

$5 at the door.

Even though I am loathe to link to the great satan, there is a Facebook event page.

Read IndyWeek’s coverage here.

December 20 at the Nightlight

This Thursday I’ll be playing with a new group with the possibly disposable name of Polyorchard, consisting of Dan Ruccia, Shawn Glavin, and myself (maybe with a special guest or two). We will be opening for my great pal Baby Copperhead. Also on the bill is Schooner and Organos. I think we will be playing first, around 9.

 

There is even a Facebook event page for people who still insist on turning over all their personal information to an evil marketing company.