May 222012
 

Teaadora Nikolova

As Bowl of Dust quipped, Athens, Georgia’s BIRD NAMES, “remains an enigma of cross-category psychedelic multi-fi mayhem.” They’re passing through Nashville on Wednesday, May 23rd as the core version featuring David Lineal and Phelan Lavelle.

Also performing is the jaw-droppingly-beautiful music of  TEAADORA NIKOLOVA. The Bloomington-Normal songwriter is an incredibly rare talent. Years from now when this diamond-in-the-rough has attained  cult status, you’ll hate yourself for missing this show. Words won’t do. Hear for yourself in the video below.

The bill also features SQUARE PEOPLE and CHRISTLOVE. Starts at 10pm at the infamous Melrose Billiards. Cover is an any-sized donation to the touring bands. Don’t miss this one!

I talked with Bird Names about songwriting, recording, cricket sound effects, and life on this Theatre Intangible podcast. Check it out.

More info on the Facebook event page.

2600 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204

May 112012
 

Photo triptych of Peter Evans taken and created by C. Neil Scott.

Here at Noa Noa house, we never host shows on weekdays. Neighbors and stuff. So why are we hosting one this Tuesday?

Two reasons: PETER EVANS and TRAVIS LAPLANTE!!!

If you know anything about contemporary free jazz, you know the names Evans and LaPlante, two of the most important innovators in the New York jazz scene.

Here’s what Bowerbird says of Peter Evans:

Trumpeter Peter Evans is known for his super virtuosic cavalcade of furious blowing, madcap bebopping and nonstop circular breathing. He has an amazing list of collaborators, including: Mary Halvorson, Steve Beresford, Okkyung Lee, Keiji Haino, Jim Black, Evan Parker, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Brotzmann, and many more. Peter also performs contemporary new music as a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

And here’s what PopMatters had to say of Travis LaPlante’s 2011 album Heart Protector:

Solo saxophone albums aren’t as plentiful as, say, solo piano or guitar albums. As such, they are special. Yet no amount of listening to Anthony Braxton’s For Alto, Ken Vandermark’s Furniture Music or any of David S. Ware’s recent solo excursions could prepare me for the unaccompanied debut of Little Women member Travis Laplante. Heart Protector is a masterpiece that stands out in an already selective field, one that celebrates the creepy noises and spaces between the notes on a saxophone and creates a texture that owes more to Eno than Ewart.

SQUARE PEOPLE saxophonist CRAIG SCHENKER will also perform. Music starts at 8pm on the back porch of Noa Noa. We’re asking for an $8 to $10 donation to the touring musicians. If you consider yourself a fan of the cutting edge, DO NOT MISS THIS!

More details on the Facebook event page. Check out a video of Peter Evans with EVAN PARKER and FURT below. Incredible stuff.

An evening of solo improvisation.
Peter Evans, Travis LaPlante, Craig Schenker
Tuesday, May 15th, 8pm sharp
Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Feb 162012
 


I hear tell local rock band SQUARE PEOPLE just put the finishing touches on a new tell-all documentary: Square People: Mysteries and Secrets Unzipped. I know this because my roommate is Square People’s drummer and they shot said-video at my house while I was fighting off a stomach virus and painting the kitchen. Overall, a chill evening. Except for the 12 people in my living room, playing Grand Theft Auto while they waited for the next setup.

Alas, we must suffer for great art. Come see the movie premiere, Saturday, February 18th at Noa Noa (house). You may even spot a certain blogger in a cameo roll as an over-excited keyboardist.

The Facebook event page says, “Part performance feature, part biopic, part etc., SP:MSU is a thirty-minute, in-depth look at the band’s history and future… and now. Presented in startling high definition.”

The movie was shot by Drew Maynard, kick-ass local director who recently edited this gem. Square People frontman Chris Murray handled the editing duties.

My solo scoop & loop project ADVENTURE BOMB kicks off the show at 8:30. The film is at 9pm, followed by LESLIE KEFFER and 84001. All in all, an evening of mirth and mayhem.

Saturday, February 18th, doors at 8pm, show at 8:30
Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Square People: Mysteries and Secrets Unzipped
Leslie Keffer
84001
Adventure Bomb