Redolent Spires (2012) now on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, Rdio, Beats, G.Play & more!

4/15 |    The Brothers Grimm 2012 release Redolent Spires” 

Now available on all major digital music platforms.
Whichever music service you use,
- simply search for Redolent Spires & add it to your library!

* scheduled for release on Pandora next month

On Spotify > The Brothers Grimm – Redolent Spires

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click to purchase Redolent Spires on Google Play

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click to purchase Redolent Spires on Amazon

 

4/10 | Glimpse Trio w/ Stray Passage @ Mason Lounge

Thursday, 4/10  9pm @ The Mason Lounge

GLIMPSE TRIO   (San Francisco)

BRENNAN CONNORS & STRAY PASSAGE   (Madison)

A night of eclectic improvisation with feat. guitarist Mike Sopko + drummer Hamir Atwal. Joining the bill will be Madison’s own Brennan Connors & Stray Passage with Brennan Connors on sax, Geoff Brady on kit, & BC Grimm on contracello.  Special thanks goes out to the Mason Lounge for making this show possible!   > fb.event

Hamir Atwal studied at the Berklee College of Music on a scholarship studying improvisation/composition with saxophone great Joe Lovano and trombonist Hal Crook.  After graduating from Berklee, Hamir moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he collaborated/recorded with musicians such as clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg, Blue Note recording artist Greg Osby and saxophone legend Joe Lovano.  In addition to performing, Hamir has taught drum clinics at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Berkeley JazzSchool, and Music Academy International (Nancy, France).  He has performed internationally with notable musicians such as Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Ben Goldberg, and many more.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Mike Sopko, has been playing and studying guitar for over 20 years. Mike teaches and performs throughout the the US studying with a variety of teachers such as Dave Fiuczynski, Richard Smith and Bob Fraser.  He has developed an array of guitar styles, including jazz, classical, and Bluegrass. Over the years, he has played, recorded, and toured with such musicians as Thomas Pridgen, G. Calvin Weston (Ornette Colman), Mike Watt, and Martin Dosh. Mike teaches at the Avloni Academy of Music, where he has been the head guitar instructor since 2003. In 2010, Mike founded the Bay Area band, Glimpse Trio/Duo, with drummer, Hamir Atwal.  Glimpse Trio’s first album, 1985, was awarded “Editor’s Pick of the Month” in Downbeat Magazine by famed jazz/blues critic Frank Alkyer.

“a blend of jazz, rock and blues with infectious folkiness. . .” – Downbeat Magazine

” . . . an ever expanding trip.” – Sonic Masala
For more info. please visit www.glimpsetrio.com/
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New Release | dr. Bass + vicelikemiami = EP1

New Release S/O

dr. Bass + vicelikemiami (aka dbvlm) production-squad moniker of Indianapolis duo: bassist/composer Dace Robie & engineer/composer Matt Vice.  Their newly released EP1 sounds phenomenal, a lot of attention & craft went into this production – I highly recommend you check it out!

Track No. 5 – “Ready” features BC Grimm on 古筝 guzheng Chinese zither.

> Hiphop guzheng… need I say more?

EP1 features a fine spread of Indianapolis musicians, including:

Bashiri Asad (vocals), Sciren (vocals), Arianne Villareal (vocals), Mikial Robertson (vocals, guitar), Renee King (vocals), Shaan France (vocals), Tasha Jones (vocals), Theon Jones (vocals), Naz Khalid (vocals), Tony Nash (vocals), Phil Geyer (synths), Spivkurl (synths), Greg Artry (drums), Devin Ashley (drums), Nick Hartgrove (percussion), Jen Siukola (trumpet), Josh Thompson (trumpet), Nick Gerlach (tenor sax), Jimmy Wingett (baritone sax), J. Cody Arnholdt (trombone),

Buy/Stream the full album

 

Stray Passage w/ Sockrates Carnival of Sock Puppet Morals and Logic

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Fri, 02/21 8pm  $6  @ Mother Fool’s Cafe [Mad]

Brennan Connors & Stray Passage 

with the Sockrates Carnival of Sock Puppet Morals & Logic

  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 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.

Stray Passage will be joined by the Sockrates Carnival of Sock Puppet Morals and Logic. The Sockrates troupe employs dialogue, music and socks to convey the wealth and breadth of the human (and sock) experience. Tonight’s performance will feature selections from the Willy Street Co-op Reader Letters and will feature the vocal talents of Biff Blumfumgagnge, Alex Burke, Stephen Burke, Jim Goronson, Kia Karlen, Robin Kurzer Debbie Rabin, Urban Van Hoof, Maggie Weiser, and Jonathan Zarov  

SOCK PUPPETS & FREE JAZZ!!!

> here’s a preview of a new Stray Passage tune we’ll perform on Friday, enjoy!

2/8 | Traditional Chinese Music for Lunar New Year

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BC Grimm’s 高胡 (gaohu – fiddle) & 琵琶 (pipa – lute) | photo Diwas Sherchan

Traditional Chinese Music for

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration

Sat, 2/8 | 6:00 – 8:00pm @ Imperial Gardens East

4214 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704

This Saturday, I will be performing on three Chinese instruments from 6-8pm to celebrate the Lunar New Year at Imperial Gardens restaurant on the East Side of Madison.  Emay, our group leader, performs on 古筝 (guzheng – 21 string zither), Kyle plays flute & guzheng, and I will strum 古琴 (guqin – 7 string zither), 琵琶 (pipa – 4 string lute), & 高胡 (gaohu – 2 string fiddle).  We’ll perform all traditional Chinese music, so if your curious to hear what that sounds like – stop on by, eat some tasty Chinese cuisine & celebrate with us!

新年快樂! ~ BCG

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Head stocks of BCG’s 琵琶 pipa & 高胡 gaohu | photo Diwas Sherchan

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02/02/14 | Emay Music troupe backstage before their performance at the UW-Platteville Confucius Institute Lunar New Year Celebration!

1/9 | 7-9pm Dobra Tea – Thank You Show

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Thurs 1/9, 7-9pm @ DOBRA TEA

THANK YOU SHOW

BC GRIMMguqin, guzheng

DB PEDERSEN - throat singing, flutes, vox sfx

ERIC MILLER – bass viola da gamba

For three years The Brothers Grimm have been heading the experimental music series “Tea & Improv” at Dobra Tea.  Sadly, Dobra will close it’s doors this January, 2014.  We’ll have one last show on Thursday 1/9 as a way to say thanks to all who have worked/come out to enjoy these events since 2011.  DB, BC, & Eric will all perform short solo sets, as well as improvise together.

It can be difficult to find a welcoming platform for experimental & improvised music.  Dobra has been our enthusiastic home base for much of this Madison experience.  It has not simply been “a venue”, but a meeting place of disciplined philosophies, where music & tearoom perfectly alight in purpose – to have conversation.  In a vibrant, hue-struck room with no internet or to-go options, the result is meaningful discussion with close friends.  It was never the intent of our music to overpower the space (& people in it) to a hush, but rather to be another conversation & accept all happening sounds as music/inspiration.  3..2..1.. Now!  ~ All conversation is improvisation.  We fuel off the energy you give us and channel it back, vibrating the air.  No sound is excluded from this Cageian discourse ~ kettle boils, clayware scrapes, somewhere a laugh, all is music.

Perhaps the most important element of performance in Dobra has been a public space for unknowing teagoers to encounter “avant-garde”//”difficult-edgy-freaky-’nonmusic’music-skronky-improvised-noise…stuff”.  We’re thankful for situations where people may come/go at any moment, have lively chit-chats, not feel they have to be classically-stuffy/know-the-rules, & happen upon experimental music over the flowing cup.  Hearing such racketous free-for-all (beautiful to some…) on a record, coming at you through the speakers can be challenging for unpracticed ears – but having that be a live experience and seeing that the musician performing extended techniques is another breathing, sweating, emoting, human being that is trying to communicate something to you – is when this music becomes immediate & relateable.  The more you as an audience give of your energy/vibes – the better the conversation is.

We’ve released a couple of albums at Dobra, including: Moonish Lodestar (2013) by Watercourse Quartet & Redolent Spires (2012) by The Borthers Grimm.  Had wonderful performers such as:  Watercourse Quartet w/ Ben Willis, Pat Reinholz (aka Weather Duo + Brothers Grimm); Lovely Socialite, db pedersen, Eric Miller, Thollem McDonas (aka Thollem Electric), Brian Tairaku Ritchie, Sult w/ Jacob Felix Heule, Guro Skumsnes Moe, Håvard Skaset; Timbre, Samuel Lockridge, Brother Stripes w/ Timothy Russell & Nick Zoulek; Prom Night Records w/ Brad Henkel, Nathaniel Morgan, & David Grollman; Dale Kaminski, Joey Molinaro, Zane Merritt, TJ Borden, Wrest Trio w/ Benjamin Bennett, Jack Wright, Evan Lipson; Stray Passage w/ Geoff Brady, Brennan Connors & more! – The tearoom has also played host to local Hindustani & Carnatic Indian Music group Saaz, Baroque & early western period instruments, & Yuri on the Russian domra.

Thanks to Qi Hong for fostering communitea.

Thank to the close friends who have come out over the years to support  &/or participate in these happenings.

Thanks to all of the great Devoteas who have worked at Dobra & become a part of our lives.

Much love & one cup!

~ BCG   (on behalf of The Brothers Grimm)

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GrimmusiK 2013 Album Releases

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2013 was an exceptionally robust year of music for The Brothers Grimm – 2 live theater scores, 5 album releases, many collaborative live shows & a couple of guest features.  For your better discovery & enjoyment, we have put all our new 2013 albums in this one post (plus extra video goodies).

\\ Thanks to those who support our music live & online, we are ever appreciative!!

~ The Brothers Grimm

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JAN     Current of Air by Koala Yip 

We started off the year with an international premiere in Hong Kong featuring Live Dance & LED Art scored by the track Chakpur from The Brothers Grimm 2012 release, Redolent Spires.

LED + Lighting |  James Kong, Morgan Aasdam,  PC Sei
​Choreography |  Koala Yip
​Dancer | Christine He
​Score | Brothers Grimm

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APR     COLIAS 1 currated by Mine All Mine Records & GrimmusiK

2xCD | 25 tracks | 02h00m48s

Mine All Mine and GrimmusiK present COLIAS 1, the first in a new series of experimental ambient releases.  COLIAS 1 features many of Madison’s most prolific experimenters (with regional and national guests):: Nude Human, Wayfaraway, bell monks, Kurva Choir (w/ CJ Boyd), Pat R. & Emily Brown, Asumaya, Kathleen Baird (of Spires That In The Sunset Rise), Brain Grimmer, Melancholy Elephants, William Z. Villain, eskimeaux, James Mooney, John Praw, Gregory Tayor, Shawn Kenneth Pierce, *hitmayng, Corey Murphy, Dressed Up, Silas “Be” Ritchie feat. Brian Tairaku Ritchie (of Violent Femmes), Brothers Grimm & db pedersen, Troy Schafer, A.Rex, Thollem Electric, Ben Willis.

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JUL     Moonish Lodestar by Watercourse Quartet

CD+Poster or Cassette | 8 tracks | 65m18s

AJ ‘Huckleberry’ Grimm – Flamenco Guitar
BC ‘Grimmpa’ – Cello, Pipa, Guqin
Ben ‘Curious’ Willis – Double Bass, Vocals (track 4)
‘Saucy’ Pat Reinholz – Cello
Track 4 features Page Foster (Vocals)

(review via Arts Extract Podcast 07/01/13 >)

” Watercourse Quartet showcases the willfully unsettling improvisations of four players who’ve each left a distinct mark on Madison music. Several of the Quartet’s members play in the ambitious avant-jazz band Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps [...]; bassist Ben Willis has played behind Anna Vogelzang. Cellist/multi-instrumentalist Brian Grimm has recently played some live sets with Julian Lynch, and lately has composed everything from original scores for Madison theater companies to the cracked instrumental hip-hop of his project Brain Grimmer. Grimm and his brother A.J., record dense compositions under the name The Brothers Grimm. [...] the album mixes cello, upright bass, classical guitar, and Chinese stringed instruments in sometimes-scraping, playfully obtuse pieces.

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AUG     (Sketches) Beats EP 2 by BRAIN GRIMMER

Poster (w/ download codes for 7 albums) | 20 tracks | 44m34s

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          A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Sisters Three (aka Bros.Grimm & db pedersen)

dbl-side Poster w/ codes | 46 tracks | 53m12s

 | AJ Grimm – classical guitar | BC Grimm – cello & guzheng
| DB Pedersen – 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!

Original Live Theater Score for
Strollers Theatre
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
May 3rd – May 25th, 2013 @ Bartell Theatre
William Shakespeare | directed by Greg Harris

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This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH by The Brothers Grimm

dbl-side Poster w/ codes | 37 tracks | 01h34m50s

 performed by BRAIN GRIMMER | Ableton Live > APC40 + QuNeo

Original Live Theater Score for
NoExit Performance
THIS IS NOT SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH
June 13th – June 29th, 2013
@ The Irvington Center (Indianapolis, IN)
William Shakespeare | directed by Michael Burke

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Behind The Scenes: Bradbury’s Foley Sessions
Video by Glynnis Ritchie & Jon Brumbaugh

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\\ Unreleased albums/eps recorded in 2013 & scheduled for release in 2014 

The Brothers Grimm
[1]  ‘MACBETH: Sound Library Auditions, Vol I’    | 12 tracks | 60m15s
[2]  ‘MACBETH: Sound Library Auditions, Vol II’   | 10 tracks | 29m48s
[3]  ‘MACBETH: Sound Library Auditions, Vol III’  | 10 tracks | 40m29s
[4]  ‘MACBETH: The Complete Recordings’        |13 tracks | 17h21m08s

[5]  Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps  ’12 track Sophomore Release’
[6]  BRAIN GRIMMER – ‘Recycle Vol IV’

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12/14 | Tatsuya Nakatani, Gastrique!, Sapropelic Pycnic, Conjuror @ Shockrasonika

All the Time In the World & Ear Bleed present:

Tatsuya Nakatani
Gastrique!
Sapropelic Pycnic
Conjuror

Sat, 12/14 – 8:00pm
Shockrasonika 1218 E. Mifflin St Madison, WI
$5-10 donation for Tatsuya Nakatani, who is on tour.
Feel free to bring food & drink to share.

~ can’t wait for the show – see you there!!

Tatsuya Nakatani hand crafts his own gong bows.

Tatsuya Nakatani hand crafts his own gong bows.

Tatsuya Nakatani  –  bowed gong/ percussionist/ acoustic sound artist

Tatsuya Nakatani has spent the past decade traveling and performing extensively throughout the United States and beyond. His constant touring fosters the raw and fresh quality in his music, which can only survive through an open willingness to share energy, culture, music and self on a global human scale. He has toured and performed in Japan, China, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, England, Scotland, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland,Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Argentina, Chile, Israel and across the USA, coast to coast. While touring, he also conducts master classes and workshops at schools and universities, emphasizing his unique musical approach and philosophy.

Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO)

conducted by Tatsuya Nakatani

live at Teatro de la Psychomachia, Seattle, WA Oct 22, 2011

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Gastrique!  -  a new free improv quartet featuring

db pedersen, BC Grimm, JoAnne Pow!ers & Timothy Russell

Live @ STACKED: MPL Grand Opening

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Sapropelic Pycnic  -  incantations and divine lunacy

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Conjuror  -  narcotic/occult drone synths

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11/8, 11/9 | CASSINGLE SPLIT w/ LOVELY SOCIALITE//US, TODAY

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER THE CASSINGLE SPLIT ON MINE ALL MINE RECORDS

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER THE CASSINGLE SPLIT ON MINE ALL MINE RECORDS | art by John Praw Kruse

MINE ALL MINE RECORDS to release CASSINGLE SPLIT with:

LOVELY SOCIALITE MRS. THOMAS W. PHIPPS (Madison)

US, TODAY (Cincinnati)

11/8 Free, 21+ 10:30pm

@ Yield Bar (Mke)

11/9 Free, 21+ 10:00pm

@ Mickey’s Tavern (Mad)

Mine All Mine Records will release a split-cassette this weekend in Milwaukee and Madison, with new singles from Lovely Socialite and US, Today.

In July, Lovely Socialite returned to Blast House Studios and recorded their sophomore album, (yet unnamed).  Preview Socialite’s new single “All Things At Once” now on Arts Extract Podcast. – In addition, be sure to check out the first single “Star-Spangled” below, written by Corey Murphy:

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We are thrilled to join forces with US, Today!  If ever Lovely Socialite had a sister band, here she is!  If you dig Mrs. Phipps, come out on 11/8 & 11/9 to hear the good news of US, Today.

Jeff Mellott lays down driving DnB jazz drumming.  Joel Griggs fills the role of guitar & bass guitar, sometimes in funky singularity.  Kristin Agee, the group’s impressive multitasker, can be found spinning beryline vibraphone tones, while her extraterrestrial theremin work whisks by.

~ See you there!

photo by JP Kruse aka Jawbone Croosie

photo by JP Kruse aka Jawbone Croosie

10/26 @ Dobra Tea 9-11pm | Brother Stripes + db pedersen/BC Grimm

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10/26 DOBRA TEA 9-11pm

BROTHER STRIPES

DB PEDERSEN + BC GRIMM

This will prove our most challenging free improv session to date, as the Dobra Tea experimental music series takes on… Freakfest.  Your journey to the tea room will not be an easy one.  No doubt there will be endless visual entertainment & inspiration as we skronk.  Most importantly this All Hallows Eve Weekend, we celebrate the coming of Brother Stripes (more below).  Nick & Tim are exceptional performers and we gladly welcome them.  So come to Dobra – sip tea, open your ears, stay warm, and costume watch with us!

THE BROTHER STRIPES is the combined output of Nick Zoulek, Saxophonist and Percussionist Tim Russell. Their quest to produce an improvisational authenticity leads them through the depths of self discovery, constantly challenging both performer and perceiver to find commonalities in communicating this existence.

BROTHER STRIPES Improv for Sax, Perc, Dance, and Electronics

NICK ZOULEK performs Colin Stetson