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Venue:
Johnny Brenda's1201 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 8:00pm

Borbetomagus

2014-15 Season Finale

Jim Sauter, saxophone
Don Dietrich, saxophone
Donald Miller, el. guitar

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present this rare performance of legendary noise/punk/free improv trio Borbetomagus. Heavy noise, deeply coiled feedback manipulation, hair-raising electronic squeal and the ultimate in air propulsion explosiveness, all initiated by humans.

The words loud and aggressive only begin to scratch the surface of this proto-punk free jazz band.  Borbetomagus sets forth a sonic squall that obliterates and shocks the listener who comes to one of their concerts not knowing what to expect. While participants on the downtown New York free improv scene have long thrived on chaos and extremes in volume and timbre, none of them got there before this upstate New York ensemble. Borbetomagus has been pursuing their noisy muse since the late 1970s. Saxophonists Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich were childhood friends who, after meeting and sitting in with guitarist Donald Miller's band in New York City, formed Borbetomagus as a trio. Throughout the 1980s and a good part of the following decade, the group issued dozens of recordings on their own and other labels.

While the core trio listed above has been responsible for most of Borbetomagus's music, they have collaborated with Voice Crack, Tristan Honsinger, Peter Kowald and others. Sauter and Dietrich have also recorded a duo CD, and a collaborative CD with Thurston Moore. They are also considered widely influential on the Japanese noise music scene as demonstrated by the re-release of their limited Live at Inroads cassette on CD by the Japanese label P.S.F. Records. They have also been influential on many American free jazz and noise musicians such as Thomas Ankersmit, Sonic Youth, Pelt and Kevin Drumm.

Hatchers
Michael Roy Barker, drums + electronics
Brian Osborne, drums + percussion + tape loops

Hatchers is the electronics and drums duo of Michael Roy Barker and Brian Osborne. These two have developed a strong vocabulary after ten years of collaborating in George Steeltoe Ensemble and Sharks With Wings. Thier music explores influences from noise to post rock to free jazz to improvised music. Barker uses modified and homemade electronic instruments, drum machines, and modular synth, with Osborne playing a stripped down hybrid drum kit augmented by tapes, contact mics, bells and gongs. They are currently working on a full length LP that will be out in the fall of 2015. Osborne has studied with percussion master Milford Graves, and performs in the doom/free jazz duo The Gate. He has performed with Robert Beatty, Tom Blancarte, Daniel Carter, Tim Dahl, Peter Evans, Paul Flaherty, Frode Gjerstad, Michael Thomas Jackson, Oliver Lake, Joe McPhee, Dan Peck, Kevin Shea, Tamio Shiraishi, Panagiotis Spoulos, Nate Wooley, Spencer Yeh, Wretched Worst, Blastocyst, Paper Legs, Reverse Mouth, Dosdedos and more. In 2003 he founded his own record label, Heat Retention Records.

Will Guthrie
Will Guthrie, drums + percussion

Will Guthrie is an Australian drummer and percussionist living in France. He works in many different settings of music, including live performance, improvisation, and studio composition using various combinations of drums, percussion, found objects, amplification, and electronics. He plays solo and in various projects such as the Ames Room (with Jean-Luc Guionnet & Clayton Thomas), Elwood and Guthrie (with Scott Stroud), and the Sommes Ensemble (with Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, Julien Desperez & Maxime Petit). He co-founded Melbourne’s Make It Up Club, one of the centers of the city’s avant-grade. He has collaborated with Jérôme Noetinger, David Maranha, Keith Rowe, Anthony Pateras, Toma Gouband, Erell Latimier, Ava Mendoza, Adam Sussmann, Matt Earle, Ren Walters, Jean-Philippe Gross, Greg Kingston, Helmut Schafer, David Ades, Mark Simmonds, and more. His music has been released on labels such as Gaffer Records, Erstwhile, Clean Feed, 23five, Editions Mego, Ipecac, iDEAL and his own label Antboy Music.