November 2007

The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 8:00pm

Trevor Dunn's Schemes of Omission

Trevor Dunn, double-bass
Shelley Burgon, harp
Ches Smith, vibraphone
Travis LaPlante, tenor saxohophone

Schemes of Omission is a series of partially notated suites for varying ensembles that explore rhetorical devices, specifically those that omit sounds as opposed to including them. Essentially a map for improvisation in a chamber setting, a Schemes piece puts the ensemble in and out of focus with written themes and gives the performer room to react. The orchestration is such that "exit" is at least as important as "entrance" and that silence is a viable means of communication. Schemes I was written for bass, harp, koto and two bass clarinets; Schemes II for two electric guitars, drum set and upright bass. This is the third suite.

Trevor Dunn began taking music seriously in 1981 and is comfortable playing cut-and-paste metal, notated nu-jazz and/or improvised chamber music. He appears as a bassist on over 60 recordings including those by avant-rock bands Mr.Bungle, Fantomas and the Melvins and several groups led by John Zorn: Electric Masada, Moonchild and Asmodeus with Marc Ribot and Calvin G. Weston. Dunn lives in Brooklyn and tours constantly with some of these groups as well as Curtis Hasselbring's New Mellow Edwards and Andrew D'Angelo. As a composer Dunn has become increasingly active. In 2000 he composed a piece for solo prepared bass which was commission by EKCC at Lincoln Center and performed by Jon Deak. In 2004 he released his second CD by Trio-Convulsant entitled Sister Phantom Owl Fish. Recently he has been writing music for independent films, songs for a new rock band and a string quartet.

Shelley Burgon lives in Brooklyn and plays harp and computer in the avant-chamber ensemble Ne(x)tworks and the avant-rock band Stars Like Fleas. Her duo with bassist Trevor Dunn recently released a full-length, improvised, live record for Skirl Records titled Baltimore. In September 2007 Stars Like Fleas will release their highly anticipated second album for Talitres titled The Ken Burns Effect. For the 2008-2009 season, Shelley will join seven other stellar musicians in a collaboration with the legendary Merce Cunningham Dance Company as part of the Dia: Beacon Events series. She holds a BA in Jazz Studies from SFSU and and MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College. Currently she is working on a solo record of her original music.

Travis LaPlante has recorded and/or performed with Anthony Braxton, Gerald Cleaver, Mark Dresser, Michael Formanek, George Garzone, David Liebman, Mat Maneri, and Matt Wilson. Travis has been seen playing bass in a group called Shirt. He currently co-fronts the band Little Women with alto saxophonist Darius Jones and also plays sax and keyboards in Charlie Looker's Extra Life.

Born in San Diego, CA, Ches Smith studied percussion, improvisation, and composition with William Winant, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran. Smith toured with Mr. Bungle and co-founded Theory of Ruin (with Fudgetunnel/Nailbomb frontman Alex Newport), and Good for Cows with Nels Cline Singers' Devin Hoff. He currently performs and records with Good for Cows and Theory of Ruin, as well as with Carla Bozulich, Secret Chiefs 3, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Ben Goldberg, Annie Gosfield, and 7 Year Rabbit Cycle. In January 2006 he released a collection of solo percussion material called Congs for Brums.

The Eastern Seaboard
Seth Nanaa, drums
Jordan Schranz, double-bass
Brent Bagwell, reeds

The Eastern Seaboard is a Brooklyn-based trio with a penchant for impulsive exploration. In 2004, their debut CD, Nonfiction, was released on the Black Saint label. This was followed by a live disc, an experimental collage, and 2 LPs (2005's Won't Lovers Revolt Now? and the forthcoming Relapse) on Tigerasylum Records. Early 2008 will see the release of their newest effort, The Sound Power, on Black Saint. Believing 'why' one plays to be as more important than 'what' one plays, The Eastern Seaboard pledge allegiance to free and improvisational music.