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Rempis / Lopez / Packard at The Sugar Maple

Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 8 PM – 10 PM
The Sugar Maple
441 E Lincoln Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207

Dave Rempis (Reeds)
Brandon Lopez (Bass)
Ryan Packard (Percussion)

Show 8 pm / Doors 7:30 $15 (in the back room)

This working trio finds journeyman Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis alongside two of the brightest talents in a younger generation of improvising musicians. Bassist Brandon Lopez is a musician whose virtuosity knows no bounds, currently one of the most in-demand bassists on the New York jazz and improvised music scene. Percussionist Ryan Packard counters that depth with his own breadth of interests, working in contemporary classical ensembles, indie rock bands, and jazz groups alike around Chicago, not to mention his doubling abilities on electronics. These two together provide a formidable rhythm section that can veer from hard-driving grooves to luscious soundscapes with total ease.

Active since the summer of 2017, the trio made its first studio recording in March of 2018, released in early 2019 on Rempis’ Aerophonic Records imprint. This debut outing is titled The Early Bird Gets, and is perhaps the “jazziest” project any of them are involved with; a result that even the band members found surprising. But after honing their sound through live gigs in 2017 and early 2018, it became apparent that their free-improvised conversation kept returning to a similar destination: a three-way exploration of rhythm and tempo that left them working solidly within the jazz tradition. Not the one fixed into predictable stylistic corners, but the one defined by a spirit of boundless curiosity and exploration. A tradition they stretched back and forth like so much taffy.

The way these three unite into a groove is truly remarkable. Not as something to be closely adhered to, but as something to turn upside down, inside out, and ass backwards, as they expose every last facet of it. At times this means slowing it down, speeding it up, or splitting those two approaches up amongst the band simultaneously. At other times it means jumping to another dimension on the turn of a dime. And while that methodology may feel counterintuitive to the end result, it’s not. This band has a classic approach that has an inherent life and energy to it that dates back to the beginnings of jazz as an art form. It truly swings.

https://www.daverempis.com/rempislopezpackard

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Fire! with Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling & Andreas Werliin at The Sugar Maple

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 8 PM – 10 PM
The Sugar Maple
441 E Lincoln Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207

Fire! 8 pm / Doors 7:30 $15
Mats Gustafsson (tenor, baritone saxophone, live electronics), Johan Berthling (bass), Andreas Werliin (drums)

Fire! consists of members from The Thing, Tape and Wildbirds & Peacedrums. Fire! formed in 2009 to develop a fresh approach to improvised music drawing on influences from free jazz, psychedelic rock and noise.

Fire! has played and recorded with Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi.

New album The Hands was released on Rune Grammofon, January 2018. It is the trio´s sixth album and once again displays a totally uncompromising and intriguing mix of (mostly) heavy, dark and intensely burning music whether one decide on calling it jazz or rock.

Few bands in any genre generate so much raw visceral impact.(AAJ)
…makes Earth sound like Return to Forever. (Jazzwise)
…Mats Gustafsson, whose sax has never sounded more bloodied and bruised than it does here, now has a three-piece unit easily The Thing’s equal in sheer heft and force. (the Quietus)
Ducking clichés in taking a different approach, Fire! could be seen to be freeing up free jazz. (Record Collector)
The Hands is Fire!´s sixth release and it continues to fan the flames of the Scandinavian trio’s explosive soundworld. (BBC Music)

Party Knüllers w/ Jaimie Branch at The Sugar Maple

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 8 PM – 10 PM
The Sugar Maple
441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207

Join us for for an evening of music with Party Knüllers w/ Jaimie Branch Show 8 pm / Door 7:30 in the back room

Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello & electronics
Stoli L. Sozzleberg – drums & percussion

Described by The Wire as ” . . . mischievous gremlins at play . . . ,” Party Knüllers (Stoli L. Sozzleberg, drums, and Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello and electronics) was formed in 2013. The duo has recorded and performed around the US and Europe both on their own and with a variety of guests including synth wiz Jim Baker.

Jaimie Branch (trumpet) first played with Stoli L. Sozzleberg in 2015 and they immediately felt a connection. One reason they hit it off so quickly may have been their mutual long term friendship and collaborations with Lonberg-Holm. Branch has collaborated with Lonberg-Holm over many years on various projects, including the trio Sherpa, her rock band Free Coffee at the Banks, and his ongoing Lightbox Orchestra. In addition to the Party Knüllers, Stoli L. Sozzleberg and Lonberg-Holm have worked together on the quartet VCDC and a number of odd projects throughout the years including the trio GAP (Gorilla Ass Piano).

Jaimie Branch is a Brooklyn-based trumpeter working in the areas of improvisation and composition. In her practice, Branch is particularly interested in extending and expanding the technical limitations of the trumpet and the musical language of free jazz and improvised music. Before moving to the Red Hook part of Brooklyn in 2015, Branch was an active member in the Chicago creative music scene as a performer. presenter, and recording engineer. In May 2017, she made her debut recording as a leader entitled “Fly or Die” (IARC 011), which has been met with critical acclaim by The New York Times, The Wire, Jazz Times, The Observer and more.

Fred Lonberg-Holm is a cellist/composer currently living in upstate NY. His long history includes extended periods in Chicago where he was active in the free improvisation, experimental, noise, and pop scenes including the Vandermark 5, Wilco, and Peter Brotzmann’s Chicago Tentet as well as in NY where he played in numerous “downtown” projects including Anthony Coleman’s “Self Haters Orchestra” and God is My Co-Pilot”.
Current projects include Ballister (w/ Dave Rempis and Paal Nilssen Love), Survival Unit III (w/Joe McPhee and Michael Zerang) and the Sync (w/ Eve Risser, Mike Reed and Sylvaine Helary).

Stoli L. Sozzleberg is a Norwegian drummer, percussionist and improviser. His main focus is improvised music and that includes groups and projects with John Russell, Steve Beresford, Frode Gjerstad, Paal Nilssen-Love, Fred Lonberg-Holm, John Butcher, Lotte Anker, Joe McPhee, Ryley Walker and many more. He has a BA in Jazz from University of Stavanger (2007) and MA in improvisation from the Norwegian Academy of Music (2011). Stoli L. Sozzleberg tours extensively and he has played at festivals and clubs like All Ears, Blow Out!, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, DOM, End of the road, Fete Quaqua, Jazzaldia San Sebastian, Mopomoso, Okka Fest, Cafe Oto, Constellation and more. When Stoli L. Sozzleberg isn’t touring he spends time teaching drums and also programming and organizing the Blow Out! series and festival as well as Kongsberg Jazzfestival.

Survival Unit III – Joe McPhee, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang

Tuesday, May 30th | 8pm
The Sugar Maple
441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI

$15 General Admission

Joe McPhee (reeds, brass)
Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello, electronics)
Michael Zerang (percussion)

Legendary master musician and improviser, Joe McPhee, returns to Milwaukee with one of his essential bands, Survival Unit III. This trio features two of the most significant musicians from the Chicago scene, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang, who are both critically acclaimed on an international scale and rightfully so.

“They are firmly of the American post-Impulse! free jazz continuum, and they make no concession to anything much outside it, except of course that the tradition has often incorporated sympathetic innovations from the broader culture… reference to Jimi Hendrix and sound artist Maryanne Amacher, gives pretty accurate co-ordinates for the Survival Units’ musical range and stance. Their playing is an update and a progression of the tradition, and a seriously powerful and affecting one at that.”
– The Jazzmann

Paal Nilssen-Love & Ken Vandermark duo at The Sugar Maple

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 8 PM – 11 PM

The Sugar Maple
441 E Lincoln Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207

Paal Nilssen-Love – percussion
Ken Vandermark – reeds

The high impact duo of Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) and Ken Vandermark (reeds) has been working together at an accelerated rate since 2002, and they have put out seven eight of exceptional and wide ranging improvised music since then. Though they have both worked in many critically acclaimed groups- from the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Lean Left (with Terrie Hessels and Andy Moor of The Ex) to Double Tandem (with Dutch saxophonist, Ab Baars)- they have continued to return to their duo for more than a dozen years because it remains crucial to their creative output. Their concert at the Sugar Maple on January 25th will follow three days of recording at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.

Option Milwaukee presents Sam Pluta and Peter Evans duo

Sunday, November 6th, 7-9PM

The Sugar Maple
441 E Lincoln Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207

Sam Pluta (live electronics) and Peter Evans (trumpets) duo
Back room show – $15
7 pm (doors open at 6:30)

Peter Evans (trumpet) and Sam Pluta (electronics) have been collaborating since 2008 in a wide variety of contexts. Their work together has spanned small Jazz groups, large wind ensembles, through-composed works by themselves and others, and in educational contexts in the fields of improvisation an electro-acoustic music. Their work together has been featured in the Peter Evans Quintet, Rocket Science (with Craig Taborn and Evan Parker), Parker’s USA Electro-Acoustic Septet, the collective band House Special, ICE and the Wet Ink Ensemble. They have performed at major festivals and venues across Europe, Canada and USA, and have presented their work and ideas at several major colleges and universities.

In the duo format Pluta and Evans use all they have developed from their experience together to forge a new and dynamically interactive music. Since the release of their recording “Sum and Difference” in 2011, they have persistently honed and refined their duo music into a fully formed type of electro-acoustic chamber music. Improvisation and a commitment to the explosive energy of sound itself informs the duo’s approach to real time composition.

Their music bridges Evans’ efforts to explore new sonic worlds for a traditional acoustic instrument with Pluta’s customized and highly flexible software. Their instruments are at some points fused into a unified sonic entity indistinguishable as two voices, while at others engaged in violent counterpoint.

Their latest record, Event Horizon is upcoming on Pluta’s label Carrier Records, released in LP and digital formats.

some links:

https://vimeo.com/114201582

https://vimeo.com/88215213

Russ Johnson’s Headlands at The Sugar Maple

Thursday, September 29 at 8:00pm, $10 cover
The Sugar Maple
441 E Lincoln Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207

Russ Johnson – trumpet/compositions
Rob Clearfield – keyboard
Matt Ulery – bass
Jon Deitemyer – drums


Trumpeter Russ Johnson is a recent Midwest transplant after spending 23 years as an important member of New York City’s jazz community. He has 7 recordings as a leader or co-leader and performed on more than 75 recordings as a sideman. Russ has worked alongside many of the legendary figures in jazz including Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Bill Frisell, and Joe Lovano. In addition, Russ has recorded and/or performed with a long list of the most prominent musicians currently on the international jazz scene, including Myra Melford, Ken Vandermark, and Tony Malaby. Russ has performed in more than 40 countries across the globe.

The Russ Johnson Quartet is his latest project & features 3 Chicago musicians (Jason Stein – bass clarinet; Anton Hatwich – bass; and Tim Daisy – drums) with international acclaim. This group recently performed at the Umbrella Festival in Chicago in November of 2013, and the 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park. Their new recording “Meeting Point” was released in May of 2014 on Relay Recordings. “Meeting Point” received 4 ½ stars in the May issue of Down Beat magazine & has been listed among the “Best CD’s of 2014” in the January 2015 issue of Down Beat. Magnet Magazine recently placed “Meeting Point” on its “Top 10 CD’s of 2014” in the jazz/improvisation category.

October of 2014 saw the release of “Still Out to Lunch,” on the German label Enja. The group performs the music of Eric Dolphy, and recently headlined “Edge Fest” in Ann Arbor Michigan and has a January 2015 performance scheduled at NYC’s “Winter Jazz Fest.”

Noh Band / David Torn, Tim Berne, Dave King at The Sugar Maple

The Sugar Maple
441 E Lincoln Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207

Friday, October 28 at 8 PM – 11 PM
$25 — buy tickets below. Seating is limited
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2589398

NOHBAND
Tim Berne – alto saxophone
David Torn – guitars
Dave King – drums

NOHBAND is a new cooperative with Dave King,Tim Berne and Dave King.

Although David and Tim have been working together since the 90’s (Prezens), and Tim and Dave go back to 2007, (Buffalo Collision) this will be their first performance as a trio.