BRUXISM # 18
Kevin Schlueter and Chris Muether return after a hiatus from their long-running drone/noise/ambient project. Cello and clarinet are usually prominently featured along with nuanced electronic treatments, hazy harmonics, and a painterly use of depth and texture. This will be a rare recent performance with no near future shows planned. Catch them while you can!
Greg Mills studied classical piano performance at the St.Louis Institute of Music and privately with Gail Delente and Jules Gentile. Mentored in jazz performance and theory by St.Louis Black Artist Group bassist Carl Arzinia Richardson, he gigged with Richardson performing jazz standards as the duo Epoxy in the mid 1970’s. In the late 1970’s he was associated with James Marshall’s Human Arts Ensemble. In 1980 Mills teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Jay Zelenka and for the next ten years performed and recorded as the improvising duo EXILES, amalgamating influences of the indigenous musical cultures of India and Africa with free improv and elements of the Euro-classical avant-garde. Throughout his thirty plus years of public performance, free improv on solo piano has been his mainstay while continuing to explore directed approaches to improvisation as diverse as ragas and tone rows. In the last few years Mills has continued his solo output, co-founded the Perihelion groups (trio, quartet, and ensemble), and curated a series of performances for solo improviser (Soliloquy) and duo improvisation (Just The Two Of Us). During this period Mills expanded his repertoire to include mallet keyboards, percussion and drum set and began developing what is today a virtuoso command of the melodica, a wind keyboard usually treated as a novelty instrument. Mills stands virtually alone as a proponent of the melodica’s more advanced musical possibilities. Mills current focus is the continuing discovery and exploitation of new approaches to improvised music and the development of new techniques for improvising on the piano.
Tracy Andreotti holds a Masters in Cello Performance from the St. Louis Conservatory and over the years has studied with Rhonda Rider, George Neikrug, Pete Spurbeck & Leslie Parnas. She currently serves as principle cellist for both the Winter Opera and the Union Avenue Opera, a position she has held for twenty years. During this time she has been principle cellist with various local orchestras including the St. Louis Philharmonic, the New City Chamber Orchestra, and the Gateway Festival Orchestra and has performed with chamber music groups and string quartets including a seven year stint with the award-winning contemporary music ensemble, Synchronia. For the last ten years she has worked with the Trinity Piano Trio which she co-founded. In addition to Classical music Tracy plays jazz, performing standards and original tunes with the groups Bridge and the Con Fusion String Quartet. In the realm of avant-garde/free improv music Andreotti co-founded the ongoing Experimental Art Night series in 2011 performing with local and national musicians including members of Alarm Will Sound. She was a member of the free improve trio Kierkegaard Youth for ten years and is one half of the free improv duo for cello and percussion, the Steve and Jennifer Project. For the last twenty years Andreotti has participated in New Music Circle concerts and workshops playing free improv with Jack Wright, Michael Schumacher, LaDonna Smith and Evan Parker among others. More recently she founded the improvising Vernacular String Trio in 2014. In 2015 she curated the Three Nights In September Festival of free improv music and for the last 4 years has worked with St. Louis poet laureate, Michael Castro providing improvised accompaniment in numerous performances. In 2015 Andreotti co-founded the Perihelion Trio.
—Jay Zelenka, Freedonia Music | freedoniamusic.org
Derek Strain has been involved in the Springfield, MO experimental music scene for around 15 years. His ensemble work includes: early noise group Emergency Surgery to a more recent project Encrypted Crypt which has been described as “Jazz excursions into spider pits, radios left on in abandoned malls…” and the free improvisational orchestra The Current Group. Several of these releases can be found in the Close/Far Recordings catalogue. DAS is his new solo project which yields the influence of Strain’s steady musical diet of free jazz, black metal, psychedelic rock, musique concrete, and drone music.
DOOR PRIZE: Rich O’Donnell “Dream Voices” cassette with digital download. Commissioned studio recordings of new electronic and percussion works for Close/Far Recordings. Edition of 100 on chrome tape. Art and Design by NNN Cook.
“Bruxism is a monthly concert series presented by Close/Far Recordings of mostly local sound art, improvisation, noise,
jazz, electronic & electroacoustic music on the last Thursday of the month at Schlafly Tap Room. All concerts will
feature free cassettes, prints, and/or zines.” www.close-far.com