Apr 092017
 

Tim Kaiser, maker supreme, ambient maestro, and two-time Circuit Benders’ Ball performer, is returning to Nashville on Friday, April 14th to perform a special set at Make Nashville. On Saturday afternoon, he will lead a piezoelectric pick-up workshop.

Based out of Duluth, Minnesota, Tim creates his own instruments out of thrift store finds, children’s musical toys, automotive parts, and in a few cases, snow plows! He plucks, bows, loops, and bends the instruments into melodic, otherworldly ambient music. This profile by Make TV is a great introduction:

Opening the Friday evening show is Nashville keyboardist and circuit bender No Stress (Paul Horton). Paul plays in the jazz duo Concurrence and is a touring member of the Alabama Shakes. As the solo act No Stress, Paul uses circuit-bent toys, keyboards, and looping pedals to make music unlike anything you’ve heard.

Here’s Paul at the 2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball (under the moniker The Tree is Base):

Saturday afternoon from 12pm to 3pm, Tim Kaiser will lead a workshop on making piezoelectric pick-ups, the very same kind he puts in his kalimbas and bowed instruments.

Tickets are on sale now for both events. Details below.

Friday, April 14, 8pm
An Evening with Tim Kaiser and No Stress
@ Make Nashville, 947 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
All ages, $10 in advance, $15 at door.
Buy tickets here.

Saturday, April 15, 12pm to 3pm
Create a Piezo Electric Pick-up with Tim Kaiser
@ Make Nashville, 947 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
All ages, $15 for Make Nashville members, $20 for general public
Buy tickets here.

Feb 182014
 

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I’m torn. Thursday, February 20th features at least two must-see events in Nashville, and they overlap.

At 5:30 p.m., the swanky new art space Oz will host the very first “Thursday Night Things,” a series of art collaborations. This one features the immensely-talented musician Chancellor Warhol performing his new album in its entirety and collaborating with Theatre Intangible and Circuit Benders’ Ball participant Benton C. Bainbridge and filmmaker and Fort Houston founding member Jonathan Kingsbury. What will it be like? Since Jonathan runs a photo-booth company and Benton has been prototyping a video portraits system, I expect it may involve portraits of the audience. But who knows? What I do know is it’s your only chance to see Benton Bainbridge in the foreseeable future. Now that he’s moved back in New York City, he’s busy making art, directing music videos and vj-ing at One Step Beyond at the American Museum of Natural History.

“Thursday Night Things” is scheduled to run until 7:45 p.m., which means you’ll have to choose between it and the 7 p.m. screening of Bruce Baillie: Cinema of the Senses at Third Man Records’ The Light & Sound Machine. This is heartbreaking because series director James Cathcart called the retrospective “perhaps the program I’ve been most proud to present.” More from the press release: “Despite having been a cornerstone of the emerging cinematic avant-garde of the 1960’s—as well as a co-founder of Canyon Cinema and the San Francisco Cinematheque—Bruce Baillie has escaped recognition from all but the most committed film enthusiasts and scholars. His oft-imitated, rarely paralleled style of sensuous, nature-tethered cinema has inspired generations of filmmakers, most recently 2010 Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul. This program presents seven of Baillie’s rarely screened masterpieces from his most fruitful period.” Film Comment columnist Chuck Stephens will introduce the show.

As if the choice isn’t hard enough, you also have Greg Bryant, Paul Horton and Justin Cromer performing at F Scotts and Body of Light, French Lips, Dr. Jungle Cat and Commitment Bells performing at The East Room.

Oh Nashville, sometimes I hate you. But I love you. But I hate you. But I love you…

Sep 112013
 

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Mike Teaney, the Music and Theater Program Coordinator for Metro Parks, put together a great bill for the new space Centennial Black Box Theatre. Mike says that one of the missions of the Centennial Park room is to, “provide a platform/venue for creative people/groups whose work may lie ‘outside of the box.'”

To kick off the new series Free Form Fridays, Mike combined the free jazz sounds of Concurrence (Greg Bryant, Paul Horton) and the improvised overhead-projector visuals of Dig Deep Light Show (Brian Miles, Scott Sanders, Dave Shambam). Concurrence recently performed with Nasheet Waits at the Nashville Fringe Festival. Dig Deep Light show wowed art-crawlers at Saturday’s Bring Your Own Beamer show at Track One. Seeing them together might just make your brain explode. After the show, take a few laps around the Parthenon to clear your head.

The Concurrence/Dig Deep performance takes place at 7:30. At 8:30, there will be a screening of Miles Davis’ “Call It Anything” live at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.

Oh, and the Free Form Fridays series is FREE!

Free Form Friday w/ Concurrence, Dig Deep Light Show, Miles Davis Screening
Friday, September 13th, 7:30pm, FREE

@ Centennial Black Box Theatre
Located in Centennial Park near the corner of 27th Avenue North & Poston Ave.
Nashville, TN

Aug 142013
 

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Fans of free jazz and improvisation should take note of a show happening this Friday at Cafe Coco: Concurrence featuring drummer Nasheet Waits. The show is part of the multi-day Nashville Fringe Festival, full schedule here.

Concurrence is the Nashville-based improvisational duo of bassist Greg Bryant and keyboardist Paul Horton. Check out their Theatre Intangible artist showcase.

Son of drummer Freddie Waits, Nasheet Waits is a NYC-based percussionist who has performed with Andrew HillFred HerschWilliam Parker, Peter Brötzmann, Eddie GomezJoe LovanoMark TurnerJohn Medeski and Jason Moran. Check out videos of him with William Parker and Peter Brötzmann below.

This special show will be the first time Waits and Concurrence have performed together. It’s an absolute must-see. $10 admission at the door or in advance at  brownpapertickets.com. More info on the Facebook event page.

Friday, August 16th, 8pm, $10
Concurrence feat. Nasheet Waits

@ Cafe Coco
210 Louise Ave.
Nashville, Tennessee 37203