Aug-Sep: Shows, Shows, Shows!

August & September – Live Music Series & Festival Show Performances
featuring Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, Brothers Grimm, Sisters Three, BRAIN GRIMMER, & plenty of local friends/favorites!

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LOST CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL  8/8 ᗘ 8/11

presented by Mine All Mine Records

Individual shows will cost $7, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting local music charities. Full-pass wristbands are available for only $12! ”  

Thursday, 8/8 @ the High Noon Saloon  | $7 ($12 full-pass wristband) 

8:00 pm | Bell Monks (Mad)
9:00 pm | Lovely Socialite + Nude Human (Mad)
10:30 pm | Fort Wilson Riot (Mpls)
11:30 pm | Softly, Dear (Eau Claire)

Saturday, 8/10 @ Bright Red Studios  | $7 ($12 full-pass wristband)

5:00 pm | SiLas Be w/ Pakapaka Lightshow (Mad)
5:45 pm | Bill Villain [Ambient Set] (Mad)
6:30 pm | Gregory Taylor (Mad)
7:15 pm | John Praw & the North American Council for a Moonless Tomorrow (Mad)
8:00 pm | [INTERMISSION]
8:45 pm | Sisters Three [DB Pedersen + Brothers Grimm] (Mad)
9:30 pm | Weather Duo (Mad)
10:15 pm | Chants (Mad)

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Saturday, 8/17  @ Dobrá Tea  

7:00pm | Brothers GrimmBorden/Merritt Duo (Buffalo, NY)

performance with Silent Art Auction

Zane Merritt – guitar, throat singing
T.J. Borden – cello, noisy exhalations

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Sunday, 8/18 Broom Street Theater  | $6  all ages

7:00 pm | Broom Street Sessions | Bucky Pope + BRAIN GRIMMER

presented by Broom Street Theater, Dane101.com, & Arts Extract Podcast

” Join us for our most adventurous session yet.

Frank “Bucky” Pope featuring Dave Adler and Calvin Thorne: Bucky Pope of Madison punk greats the Tar Babies plays with his new trio.

Brian Grimm makes bizarre, hip-hop-inspired instrumentals under the name BRAIN GRIMMER (BEATS EP) and will conjure them up with help from an MPC here. 

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> Preview Stream Brain Grimmer’s new 20 track (Sketches) BEATS EP 2 on Arts Extract Podcast!

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Sunday, 9/1 @ Rock County Folk Symposium IV

BRAIN GRIMMER ‘Daytime Transcendence’ set

on Guzheng & Guqin Chinese Zithers

BC Grimm on cello with Julian Lynch 

Times TBA ||  Brain Grimmer (early day set) // Group of the Altos // Julian Lynch // Milo (Rapsmith) // Kalispell // Pioneer (WI) // Icarus Himself // Double Ewes // DJ Golden Donna // late nite Count This Penny ||

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Saturday, 9/7 Frequency  | $10

COLOR FIELD FESTIVAL FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC  9/4 ᗔ 9/7

7:00pm | Brothers Grimm

8:00pm | Anubis Quartet (Chi)

” The Brothers Grimm open with a set of originals, followed by Anubis Quartet, playing adventurous new music for saxophone quartet including Rasch by Franco Donatoni, New York Counterpoint by Steve Reich, and a new work for saxophone quarter and soprano by Monte Weber. 

Color Field Festival also features guest artists TIGUE  percussion trio (NYC) & Clocks in Motion percussion ensemble (Mad)

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7/12 | MICHAEL ZERANG (w/ Spires That In The Sunset Rise), John Christensen, and Brennan Connors & STRAY PASSAGE

JOHN CHRISTENSEN, and BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE
ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD presents MICHAEL ZERANG (w/ special guests Spires), JOHN CHRISTENSEN, and BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE

“Join us for an evening of improvisation @ Shockrasonica on Friday July 12 with percussionist, improviser and composer Michael Zerang as he performs solo on hand drums and set plus collaborating with various formations of Spires That In The Sunset Rise plus sets by Madison’s John Christensen on solo bass and free jazz trio Stray Passage.”

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MICHAEL ZERANG
Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms.

Michael has collaborated with contemporary theater, dance, and other multidisciplinary forms and has received three Joseph Jefferson Awards for Original Music Composition in Theater, in collaboration with Redmoon Theater, in 1996, 1998, and 2000.

As a percussionist and composer, Michael has over eighty titles in his discography and has toured nationally and internationally to 34 countries since 1981, and works with and ever-widening pool of collaborators.

Michael founded and was the artistic director of the Link’s Hall Performance Series in Chicago from 1985-1989 where he produced over 300 concerts of jazz, traditional ethnic folk music, electronic music, and other forms of forward thinking music. Michael has been a Board Member of Links Hall Since 1989. He continued to produce concerts at Cafe Urbus Orbis from 1994-1996, and at his own space, The Candlestick Maker in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, from 2001 – 2005.

Michael has taught as a guest artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in performance technique, sound design, and sound/music as it relates to puppetry; rhythmic analysis for dancers at The Dance Center of Columbia College, Northwestern University, and MoMing Dance and Arts Center; courses in Composer/Choreographer Collaborations at Northwestern University; music to children at The Jane Adams Hull House.

Michael currently tours and holds workshops in improvisational music, and teaches private lessons in rhythmic analysis, music composition, and percussion technique.

– w/ Madison Experimental favorites > Spires That In The Sunset Rise

JOHN CHRISTENSEN

Madison’s John Christensen will perform a rare solo bass performance.  John can be seen with killer groups such as free jazz trio Deconunisms  featuring Luke Polipnick (guitar), Devin Drobka (drums).

BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage is a jazz trio lead by saxophonist Brennan Connors. The ensemble embraces free and structured improvisation, original compositions, and groove based experiments. Geoff Brady (Yid Vicious) is featured on drums and percussion; BC Grimm on Contra-cello (and a variety of Chinese string instruments). The breadth of the group ranges from focused minimalism to fiery high energy music, all while maintaining a sense of narrative organization throughout performances.

7/4, 7/5, 7/7 | Lovely Socialite & WCQ4 Shows

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Poster art by Joe Ludwig

7/4 @ the Frequency (Madison)
9pm  $7  18+

Lovely Socialite – Jazz/Rock from Madison
[Going into the studio 7/8 @ Blast House Studios to record a new EP]
Dibigode – Jazz/Rock from Brazil
Glimpse Trio – California Post Rock

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7/5  @ Yield Bar (Milwaukee)
10pm  Free show!  21+

Lovely Socialite (Madison, WI)
Newlybreds (Milwaukee, WI)
Experimental rock trio

 Special blog feature about Lovely Socialite’s Return from Mine All Mine Records

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Art by Justin Richardson

Watercourse Quartet
Moonish Lodestar album release party
with special guest yoUToo (NYC)

7/7  7pm @ Dobra Tea 
$5 suggested donation for yoUToo
$7 MOONISH LODESTAR (11×17 Poster + CD or Cassette)
ᗇ $5 album/poster if you donate $5 at the register

 Check out the album preview by Madison Art Extract 

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Watercourse Quartet ‘Moonish Lodestar’ CD release party @Dobra Tea 7/7 7pm $7

Watercourse Quartet
Moonish Lodestar album release party
with special guest yoUToo (NYC)

7/7  7pm @ Dobra Tea 
$5 suggested donation for yoUToo
$7 MOONISH LODESTAR (11×17 Poster + CD or Cassette)
>> $5 album/poster if you donate $5 at the register

The boys are back in town!

On 7/7 WCQ4 returns to Dobra Tea to release Moonish Lodestar  – a 65 min, 8 track album featuring contrapunctus, avant-garde string quartet improvisations & Madison vocalist Page Foster on “beautiful lies”. (poster art by Justin Richardson)

the album will be available digitally through Mine All Mine Records & GrimmusiK

with special guest trio
yoUToo

personnel:
Brad Henkel – trumpet
Nathaniel Morgan – alto saxophone
david grollman – percussion

members of Swirm and Yolt (Prom Night Records)
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WCQ4 “Moonish Lodestar” poster art by Justin Richardson

>>Check out the album preview by Madison Art Extract 

See you Sunday 7/7 at Dobra Tea!

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This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH |Closing Weekend |Behind the Scenes (vid)

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It’s closing weekend, get your tickets!

NoExit Performance
THIS IS NOT SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH
June 13th through June 29th 
The Irvington Office Center (Indianapolis)
William Shakespeare | directed by Michael Burke
Original Foley/Sound-Score
Composed by Brothers Grimm
Performed by BRAIN GRIMMER

Tickets: $20 General Admission | $15 Student/Senior

Thu, 6/13: 8pm – Fri, 6/14: 8pm – Sat, 6/15: 8pm
Thu, 6/20: 8pm – Fri, 6/21: 8pm – Sat, 6/22: 8pm
Thu, 6/27: 8pm – Fri, 6/28: 8pm – Sat, 6/29: 8pm

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Behind the scenes video of the recording session at Bradbury’s Coffee!

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Notes on the Score:

The concept for this score involved setting a foley/sound-design score > No melody & rhythm, but dissonant, atonal harmony, soundscapes & uncomfortable textures.  We began by going into Bradbury’s Coffee (Madison, WI) after hours and recording every sound that triangular room was capable of.  AJ was our sound-guide as we recorded: room noise, beams, ladders, stools, tables, washing machines, refrigerators, espresso machines, coffee grinders, various water drips, toilets, knives, and general kitchen-ware.  With this Bradbury’s audio (recorded by Jon Brumbaugh) and other foley recorded at home, we’ve created roughly 100 Sound Libraries for MACBETH – each library housing up to 128 ten-octave, velocity/pressure sensitive Sample Instruments. The end result is about 2,300 custom-constructed sample instruments nested into one-channel (maximum of 16,384 instruments per channel). Controlling these sounds in real time with Ableton Live 8 through Akai APC 40 & Keith McMillen QuNeo midi controllers, we hope to instantaneously surprise, inspire, pace, & effect the actors performances with our live sound-experiments.  

Macbeth set up: Ableton Live w/ Akai APC 40 & K. McMillen QuNeo

Macbeth set up: Ableton Live w/ Akai APC 40 & K. McMillen QuNeo

||Special thanks to Bradbury’s Coffee for letting us record ALL of the sounds in their space! Also, thank you Jon Brumbaugh for recording audio & Glynnis Ritchie for taking excellent video during the Bradbury’s recording session!
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NoExit | This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH 6/13-6/29 (Indy)

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THIS IS NOT SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH
June 13th through June 29th 
The Irvington Office Center (Indianapolis)
William Shakespeare | directed by Michael Burke
Original Foley/Sound-Score
Composed by Brothers Grimm
Performed by BRAIN GRIMMER

Tickets: $20 General Admission | $15 Student/Senior

Thu, 6/13: 8pm – Fri, 6/14: 8pm – Sat, 6/15: 8pm
Thu, 6/20: 8pm – Fri, 6/21: 8pm – Sat, 6/22: 8pm
Thu, 6/27: 8pm – Fri, 6/28: 8pm – Sat, 6/29: 8pm

“NoExit invites you to check into a world where not all things are as they seem… One part Shakespeare, one part Freud, and one part Parnassus, This Is Not Shakespeare’s Macbeth invites you inside a hospital turned imaginarium to witness how susceptible we all are to the power of our own imaginings.

From director Michael Burke (Medea, Pillowman, I Am Peter Pan) this site-specific work, built atop the original Shakespeare, examines the intrinsic connection between conscious and conscience: the idea that retribution comes from within and it is the demons of our own minds that bring us the greatest grief in the wake of our actions.

Pulling from imagery and practices of sanatoriums and asylums of old, and featuring original, live soundscaping by Madison, WI-based, The Brothers Grimm, devices of hospital lore become the stuff of nightmares, transforming the hospital gallery as the wards take an active role as characters and scene-setters in the mania of two particular patients who seem to be violently reliving the events in their lives that continue to torture their souls…

The Irvington Office Center will host …Macbeth, opening on Thursday, June 13, and running through Saturday, June 29.

Get Tickets!

Macbeth back lit in rehearsal

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MSND @ Bartell Theatre |6 shows down, 7 to go! |Score Talk

Strollers Theater | FB.Event | Isthmus | Bartell Theatre | DB Pedersen |

“Have you read the footnotes to this play?  I didn’t realize there were so many words for vagina –  it’s basically a porno!”  ~ db pedersen

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DB’s pit POV

Strollers Theatre
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
May 3rd through May 25th @ Bartell Theatre
William Shakespeare | directed by Greg Harris
Original Score by db pedersen & Brothers Grimm

$20 general admission
$15 for seniors, students, & Strollers members

Call || 661-9696 ext. 2
Web || strollerstheatre.org

second half of MSND runs…

Thursday, May 16, 2013 – 7:30pm
Friday, May 17, 2013 – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 4:00pm
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 8:00pm

Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 7:30pm
Friday, May 24, 2013 – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 8:00pm

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Notes on the original live score, composed and performed by Brothers Grimm & db pedersen >

In approaching the score for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, db pedersen presented the Brothers Grimm with theme sketches and initial cue concepts that had been developed with dir. Greg Harris. We then spent the next few weeks of April attending rehearsals, observing the actors develop their character. In the nights following these observations we’d convene to have fast paced cue-composition sessions. One by one, we deconstructed db’s thematic material and built them up from the ground as a trio – finding our strongest instrumentation as we went. Our goal was to reduce the sauce of these themes down to a flavorful, simple substance – and hit tech week with a lot of room to grown organically in our accompaniment to the actors.

Main instruments
AJ ~ classical guitar
BC ~ cello & guzheng
DB ~ vocal-foley/sfx, throat singing, shruti box, various flutes, animal noises

Implements & Sough!

  • Pot Lid “tree” (struck//bowed) 
  • bowed Saw 
  • various 

    Bells 

  • Slide 

    Whistles 

  • Woodblock 
  • Wup-Wob Cards (bent//bowed) 
  • boxes of Twigs//Branches 
  • … & etc!

// All material played on the 21 string Chinese guzheng 古筝 zither for this production’s score is in emulation of the European harp & hammered dulcimer. The entire instrument has been customized & re-tuned to fit different theme material in each register/octave. It is a completely unique tuning, never before used on the instrument, designed specifically for this show. [ ~Traditionally, the zither is tuned in multiple octaves of a single pentatonic scale; adapting pentatonic mode to fit the key, from D1 – D5]

MSND custom guzheng tuning, from low to high >

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~ and we hope here is a score fitted!

all photographs copyright Jonathan J Miner//J Miner Photography 

(except for musician pit photos)

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5/3 Opening Night | MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM @ Bartell Theatre | Bros. Grimm + db pedersen Original Score

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Strollers Theatre
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
May 3rd through May 25th @ Bartell Theatre
William Shakespeare | directed by Greg Harris
db pedersen & Brothers Grimm

$20 general admission
$15 for seniors, students, & Strollers members

Call || 661-9696 ext. 2
Web || strollerstheatre.org

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Love, Betrayal, Illusion and Laughter will all be there as Strollers gets “Back to the canon” with Shakespeare’s most recognizable and beloved comedy. But trust Strollers to treat you to a fresh look at the classics. Even if you’ve seen it a hundred times before, we believe you will find new and wonderful things to love in our final show of the season.

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Thou speak’st aright; I am that merry wanderer of the night.

I jest to Oberon and make him smile
When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile
–Puck

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Fri May 3, 8:00pm
Sat May, 8:00pm
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Fri May 10, 8:00pm
Sat May 11,  4:00pm
Sat May 11,  8:00pm
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Fri May 17, 8:00pm
Sat May 18, 4:00pm
Sat May 18, 8:00pm
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Thr May 23, 7:30pm
Fri May 24, 8:00pm
Sat May 25, 8:00pm
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5/4 11:30am | Julian Lynch @ Revelry Music & Arts Festival

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Revelry Music & Arts Festival | The Sett  |  Sat, 5/4  $5 ($10 day of)

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 pm   JULIAN LYNCH
12:45 – 1:30 pm   PHOX
2 – 2:30 pm CHANCE THE RAPPER ft. CRASHprez, RAGELIFE & Lord of the Fly
4 – 5 pm   THE MOWGLI’S

>complete festival schedule 

Julian Lynch will perform an early show at the Revelry Music & Arts Festival this Saturday, May 4th, 11:30am at The Sett. His band brings together musicians from various circles in the Madison music scene – featuring Julian on vocals/guitar, Joel Shanahan (aka Golden Donna) on bass guitar, Kenny Monroe drums & Jackie Kursel cello (of Pioneer > be sure to check out their new album Black Pasture!!), and BC Grimm on cello. It has been a blast learning & playing material from Julian’s pulchritudinous new album, Lines (4/5/13) – come out & hear us this Sat!

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Watch Julian’s new video for Gloves, Dir./Prod. by Sarah Kinlaw!

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Tomorrow on GrimmusiK > details on A Midsummer Night’s Dream opening weekend @ Bartell Theatre w/ live score by Bros. Grimm & db pedersen!

4/26 8pm COLIAS 1 ►Preview 3 Bros. Grimm + DB Ped. // Shakespeare scores

ᄽ|Preview COLIAS 1 TONIGHT 4/25 11pm on Gross Time w/ DJ EW/RadioTWC|ᄿ

  Fri, 4/26 8pm  

  Bright Red Studios | $7 Entry + CD | $5 Entry Only | All Ages  

COLIAS 1  RELEASE PARTY
BROS.GRIMM + DB PEDERSEN   (MAD)
NUDE HUMAN   (MAD/MKE)
ESKIMEAUX   (PHL/CHI)
CJ BOYD   (USA)

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This week we mark the birth&death-day of Willy Shakespeare …. and for those who know us, you are aware that the Brothers Grimm have been hard at work scoring two of the Bard‘s plays. 

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Brothers Grimm & db pedersen are putting the finishing touches on a live instrument score to accompany A Midsummer Night’s Dream this May – directed by Greg Harris with Strollers Theatre, Ltd at the Bartell Theatre (Madison).

 The production opens next Friday, May 3rd.

 for when, where, how much? check out the Isthmus Guide

௸ Tradgedy!

Directly on the heels of MSND’s closing night, the Bros. Grimm will head down to Indianapolis and perform their foley/sound-score for NoExit Performance‘s production of Macbeth directed by Michael Burke.

Macbeth opens Thursday, June 13th

see photos from our Bradbury’s Coffee foley recording session!

 

 ண here’s our 3rd and final preview for tomorrow’s COLIAS 1 release party!

Everything in this track that isn’t DB’s wonderful vocal performance is source sound from the Bradbury’s ladder, gathered during our Macbeth rec session. Including the ‘ah-ahk//gagaku’ style wailing-melody in the background!

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 – Ladder Study 1 (Alice Cooper’s Tears)