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Ches Smith Trio featuring Craig Taborn and Matt Maneri at Bay View United Methodist Church

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016
2 sets at 7:30pm, $20

Bay View United Methodist Church
2772 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(414) 744-4036
http://www.bayviewumc.org/

Craig Taborn, piano
Matt Maneri, violin
Ches Smith, drums


Born in San Diego, CA and raised in Sacramento, Ches Smith came up in a scene of punks and metal musicians who were listening to and experimenting with jazz and free improvisation. He studied philosophy at the University of Oregon before relocating to the San Francisco Bay area in 1995. After a few years of playing with obscure bands and intensive study with drummer / educator Peter Magadini, he enrolled in the graduate program at Mills College in Oakland at the suggestion of percussionist William Winant. There he studied percussion, improvisation, and composition with Winant, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran. One of Winant’s first “assignments” for Ches was to sub in his touring gig at the time, Mr. Bungle (here he met bassist / composer Trevor Dunn who would later hire him for the second incarnation of his Trio-Convulsant). During his time at Mills, Ches co-founded two bands: Theory of Ruin (with Fudgetunnel / Nailbomb frontman Alex Newport), and Good for Cows (w/ Nels Cline Singers’ Devin Hoff). He currently performs and records with Xiu Xiu, and Secret Chiefs 3. He has also performed with Ben Goldberg, Annie Gosfield, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai, Fred Frith, and Trevor Dunn. In addition to Ceramic Dog, he also leads his two of his own projects, Congs for Brums and These Arches. He currently spends his time between Los Angeles, San Francisco and Brooklyn.

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Tim Berne’s Decay at West End Conservatory

Live at The West End Conservatory
5500 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53208
Phone: (414) 502-9378
www.westendconservatory.com

Thursday, October 22, 2015. 8pm $20

Tim Berne’s Decay ft.
Michael Formanek – Bass
Ryan Ferreira – Guitar
Ches Smith – Drums

Milwaukee and Madison and Surrounding areas. Here is your chance to hear Saxophonist/Composer Tim Berne’s new quartet as they embark on a tour that will culminate with the making of a new record.

http://screwgunrecords.com/

Please join us for an intimate night with some of the world’s leading voices in Creative Music and Improvisation.

DOORS AT 730PM – SHOW AT 8PM

——-$20 for 2 sets ——–

More Information:
Beyond his recordings as a bandleader, Berne has recorded and/or performed with guitarist Bill Frisell, avant-garde composer/sax player John Zorn, violinist Mat Maneri, guitarist David Torn, cellist Hank Roberts, trumpet player Herb Robertson, the ARTE Quartett and as a member of the cooperative trio Miniature.

Recent years have found Berne performing in several different groups with drummers Tom Rainey and Gerald Cleaver, keyboardist Craig Taborn, bassists Michael Formanek and Drew Gress, guitarists Marc Ducret and David Torn, and reeds player Chris Speed.

He is one-third of the group BBC (Berne/Black/Cline) along with drummer Jim Black and Nels Cline of Wilco. The group released a critically acclaimed album called The Veil in 2011.

Berne’s complex, multi-section compositions are often quite lengthy; twenty to thirty minute pieces are not unusual. One critic wrote that Berne’s long songs “don’t grow tiresome. The musicians are brilliantly creative and experienced enough not to get lost in all the room provided by these large time frames.”