Upcoming Shows

As the year winds down I have a few shows around Florida to let you know about.

First up is a trio with Bryan Eubanks (Brooklyn, NY) and Kris Gruda (Winter Park, FL) at [Blank Space] Gallery & Lounge in Orlando on Friday, December 9th. Bryan Eubanks is focused on collaborative improvisation, solo musical projects, and sound installations. He has performed his work in live settings across the US, Europe, Japan, and Korea. Originally interested in the saxophone, his work has expanded to include computer music and instruments of his own design that incorporate open-circuits, samplers, radio transmission, and other electronics. More details to come.

Kris Gruda is a musician, musicologist, sound experimenter and explorer of space(s). His primary instruments are guitar and voice. He can aslo be heard on electronics, cassette tape recorder/player, kazoos, keyboards, objects, alternative plectrums (such as seashell or stone), bass guitar, ukulele, slide whistle, found objects/percussion, environmental and incidental sounds.

Next up is a mini-tour of two shows in a trio context with Wade Matthews (Madrid, Spain) and Jill Burton (Gainesville, FL): Sunday, December 11, 8:00pm at The Thomas Center in Gainesville, FL and Monday, December 12, 7:30pm at Urban ReThink in Orlando, FL.

American improviser, composer and author, Wade Matthews, has been living in Madrid, Spain, since 1989. Electronic music influences all of his work where he emphasizes the nature of sound as matter unto itself rather than as simply material from which to generate phrases. He is especially interested in the permeability of sound and sonic discourse to its surroundings and has extensively explored numerous aspects of site-specific improvisation. In 2007, he began to combine field recordings with electronic synthesis in a 2-computer setup that has since become his main instrument.

Jill Burton is a singular and extraordinary performance artist, vocalist, dancer and energy worker who has been consciously synthesizing her art form for over 40 years. She has developed such a unique style that it is difficult if not impossible to label or categorize her work. Performance healing? Energy art? Improv shamanism? With an extensive background in many traditional and modern music and dance techniques, she has always held a special interest in experimental performance and free improvisation. She has also studied and practiced many bodywork, energy work and spiritual healing modalities, always incorporating these with her performance work.

And one final duo show on Saturday, December 17 as part of Hal McGee’s Apartment Music series in Gainesville, FL. I will be partnering with the marvelous Ironing (Andrew Chadwick). It will also be available to view via justin.tv. The festivities will run from 3:00-5:00pm.

That should take us to the end of 2011. 2012 has much in store, including a late February performance of “The Fortune” at The Stone in New York City. But that is another post for another time.


The Fortune – now available from ILSE

A noose can bring about a lot of changes.

The Fortune is a contemporary take on Western Americana storytelling. The tale is sprinkled with shamanic mysticism and vivid depictions, told not only through the voice of the storyteller, but by the use of conversing electronics and reed instruments.

“An aural dialogue that portrays a story upon a sound canvas” was the initial concept that led to The Fortune. Story written and spoken by John Ajac. Conceived, arranged and performed by Jim Ivy.

Available directly from the ILSE music website for a mere $7. Buy one for yourself and one for a friend. Secret Santa everyone a copy.