May 302013
 
Greg Bryant

Greg Bryant

 

There are several great shows happening this weekend, including at least three featuring Theatre Intangible participants.

Joe Nolan says June’s First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl will be one of the biggest of the year, and I have no reason to doubt him. A highlight for music fans will be T.I. participant Joe “Jocephus Brody” Hudson’s new monthly music series at The Space Gallery. The first installment will be Textbook Punk (T.I. participant Chris Murray of Square People). This all goes down Saturday night from 6pm to 9pm at the Downtown Arcade.

On Sunday, you have a tough choice: Space music or free improv. There’s Gerber & Gerber w/ Torben Asp at Notable Blends at 5pm or The Greg Bryant Expansion feat. Paul Horton, James DaSilva, Giovanni Rodriguez and Josh Hunt at Nine48Jazz at 6pm. The Gerber brothers, Greg Bryant and Paul Horton have all appeared on T.I. in the past.

Notable Blends is the private coffee club of the Davis brothers (of Davis Cookware in Hillsboro Village). Todd and Tony Gerber blew minds at the Tim Kaiser Brick Factory show last year. Torben Asp is a space musician from Denmark who will be in town for this very special show. Dr. Michael O’Bannon from Atlanta will be doing the video projections. Plus, FREE coffee! Sunday, June 2nd, 5pm, Notable Blends, 434 Houston Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.

Nine48Jazz is one of Nashville’s most intimate jazz clubs. The Greg Bryant Expansion performance will be the LAST performance in their current space. Soon after, Nine48Jazz will be moving to a new location on Rosa Parks Blvd. Expect really amazing free improv music. More info on the Facebook event page. Sunday, June 2nd, 6pm, Nine48Jazz, 948 35th Av. North, Nashville, Tennessee 37209.

Greg has a great podcast called JazzWatch, featuring interviews with jazz greats. Check it out here.

Gerber & Gerber appeared on this T.I. episode. Greg Bryant and Paul Horton appeared on this one. Chris Murray, this one.

 

 

Aug 262012
 


Much to my dismay, I was performing at Cafe Coco last night while Jason Lescalleet, Todd Gerber, and Ephemeral Throne blew minds at Brick Factory Nashville. So I was very happy to learn that Todd recorded his set and posted it on his Soundcloud page! Check it out. It’s fantastic!

Aug 242012
 


I’m fascinated by tape loops. We experimented with really long tape loops on T.I. episodes Stone in Stream and Attrition. I even attempted to make a slot car tape loop. (Needs refinement.)

So it’s no surprise that I’m excited about tape loop master Jason Lescalleet coming to Brick Factory Nashville, Saturday, August 25th. As Chris Davis writes on the Facebook event page:

Jason Lescalleet is a high level musique concrete artist performing his music on reel-to-reel tape machines. His live performances are a fascinating journey down a rabbithole of sound…one of Lescalleet’s most striking talents is his ability to extract and build upon singular aspects of a sound…a microtonal universe of exploded details. Lescalleet is also an imaginative collaborator, having worked with some of the greatest contemporary sound artists–Aaron Dilloway, Joe Colley, John Hudak, Graham Lambkin, Greg Kelley and Bhob Rainey of nmperign and with Ron Lessard as a member of Due Process.

Watch a video of Jason performing live in Paris at the end of this post.

Also on the bill are lo-fi looper Todd Gerber and Ephemeral Throne, the new project by Aether Jag’s Bridget Venuti and local noisemaker Reid Campbell.

Todd makes ambient loops generated by the legendary Casio SK-1 keyboard. I interviewed him and his brother Tony Gerber on T.I. episode 90. Todd tells me that he won’t be breaking out the SK-1s for this show, but he will be bringing some of his current battery-operated favorites.

Bridget Venuti is a brilliant circuit bender and instrument designer. Check her out on T.I. episode 79.

Jason Lescalleet, Todd Gerber, Ephemeral Throne
Saturday, August 25th, 9pm
$7-$10 suggested donation to touring band

Brick Factory Nashville (inside Cummins Station)
Suite 126
209 10th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37203

Enter street level, walk to center of building
Take Elevator B to lower level
Turn right, you’re there.

Aug 152012
 

Gerber & Gerber live at Brick Factory Nashville

Today on the podcast, I interview brothers Tony and Todd Gerber. Tony and Todd have been making music together and separate since they were ages 9 and 3, first in Northern Indiana where they grew up, and later in Nashville, TN.

Tony Gerber wears many hats, including visual artist, virtual reality homesteader, and record label founder; but it’s his contribution to electronic, ambient, and space music that put him on the map. As a solo artist, with his band Spacecraft, and in dozens of other projects, Tony’s music has been featured in movie soundtracks, planetarium shows, and on the NPR program “Hearts of Space.” His alter ego and avatar Cypress Rosewood performs concerts in the virtual reality world of Second Life.

In 1992, Todd Gerber helped establish the Casio SK-1 keyboard as a valid musical instrument in his band UMLAUT with Troy Sharp, long before the instrument achieved cult-cool status. Soon after, he co-founded the bands drrdrr and Dinah Shore, Jr., and with the latter he performed on bills with Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Trey Gunn, The Amazing Delores, and Trans Am.

On May 7th 2012 at Brick Factory Nashville, Tony and Todd performed together for the first time in 9 years as the new project Gerber & Gerber. We play a clip of that performance on this showcase. You can download the full performance for FREE right here: Gerber & Gerber live at Brick Factory Nashville, May 7th, 2012. (Left click to stream, right click to save.)

Here is the full listing of the songs we play on this episode. (Ordered by band, album, title.) 1. Spacecraft, Hummel, Galileo. 2. Umlaut, SK-1 Works 1989-1994, Untitled. 3. Spacecraft, Spacecraft, Transmission. 4. Port of Saints, Falling Shadows. 5. Todd Gerber, Ponder Solo Work, Love’s Philosophy. 6. Gerber & Gerber, Live at Brick Factory Nashville. 7. Cypress Rosewood, Isle of Wyrms, Weightless in Flight.

Todd and Tony will be playing as Gerber & Gerber Friday, August 17th at the Midwest Electro-Music Experience in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tony will also play the festival Saturday, August 18th with Paul Vnuk, Jr.

Todd is performing in Nashville on a bill with tape loop master Jason Lescalleet, Saturday, August 25th at Brick Factory Nashville.

Tony and Todd have been at the heart of the Nashville experimental and electronic music scenes since the late 1980s. I’m incredibly excited to have them on the show!

On the episode, we discuss TonyGerber.com, Spacecraft, Cypress Rosewood’s YouTube channel, Dinah Shore Jr., Space for Music, the Casio SK-1, Tim Kaiser, City Skies Festival, Umlaut, Masterfonics, Brick Factory Nashville, Kirby Shelstad, Mary Mancini, Lucy’s Record Shop, Sudekum Planetarium, The Nashville Intelligence Report, Suburban Baroque, Don Evans, Gil Trythall, Moog Music, Giles Reaves, William Linton, Johnny Blackburn, John Rose, Diane Timmons, Rob Mitchell, Stephen Anderson, Matt Swanson, Hummel Planetarium, Nashville Parthenon, Second Life.