Surface to Air, Brandon Seabrook & Jeremy Gustin, Good for Cows, Jean Louis, Nebadon

Surface to Air

Brandon Seabrook

Good for Cows

Good for Cows began as a duo in 1999 when Devin Hoff (string bass) and Ches
Smith (drums) would meet regularly to work on musical ideas from a rhythm
section's perspective. At first the two focused on creative interpretations
of jazz compositions, particularly the music of Thelonious Monk, Ornette
Coleman, and Charles Mingus. It wasn't long before their shared love of
independent rock ("punk") bands such as Black Flag, Minutemen, and Minor
Threat began to inform the duo's sound in their use of timbre, aggressive
energy, and personal voice. Equally important were devices such as
multidirectional rhythm, aural cues, and in-the-moment investigations of
distinctive sound worlds gleaned from study of contemporary
composer/performers Anthony Braxton, Vijay Iyer, Cecil Taylor, and Fred
Frith. Good for Cows have since written numerous compositions and
improvisations, searching for the strengths of the spare bass and drums
instrumentation. They released their self-titled debut CD in 2001 (Evander
Music), and a follow up, "Less Than or Equal to" on (former Deerhoof
guitarist) Rob Fisk's Free Porcupine Society label in summer 2003. Good for
Cows continues to tour nationally and perform in their native San Francisco
Bay Area.

Jean Louis


The members of Nebadon are Dominika Michalowska (voice and percussion), Kevin Shea (percussion) and David Buddin (filters and modulation). The music, by Buddin, is generated by the superimposition of several layers of sonic material with each layer moving at a different speed. It is typical of the temporal quality of our familiar universe where variable time structures are always going on at once.



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