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Jun 022014


There’s a great lineup at Betty’s this Saturday, featuring Philippe Petit, XAMBUCA, Robert Bond, and trans*.

French sound artist Phillippe Petit, not to be confused with the high-wire artist of the same name, creates music with bizarre instruments like the Electric Psalterion, Hackbrett Cymbalum, and Yuri Landman’s Caterpillar Drum Guitar. He also employs turntables, synthesizers, and unconventional percussive objects. He’s worked with artists such as Lydia Lunch, Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle), and Murcof.

Asheville’s XAMBUCA is Chandra Shukla’s sound art project. Chandra has worked with artists such as Genesis P-Orridge and Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster).

Robert Bond is a Nashville percussionist, electronic artist, producer and composer. He was featured on Theatre Intangible episode 105. For this show, he’ll be performing a very special solo set.

trans* is a Murfreesboro sound artist utilizing minimalist, vocal-heavy harsh noise.

Phillipe Petit will not likely pass through Nashville again for a very long time, so don’t miss your chance to see some of the best sound artists around!

More info on the Facebook event page.

Philippe Petit, XAMBUCA, Robert Bond, trans*
Saturday, June 7th, 2014, doors at 9:30 p.m., music at 10 p.m., $5

@ Betty’s Grill
407 49th Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Jan 282014



Metro Parks’ Free Form Friday series returns to Centennial Park on Friday, February 7th with three experimental projects on the rise.

At 8 p.m. is Age, the infinite-sample-loop of Josh Gumiela and Luke Rainey. The duo is one of my favorite things in Nashville. Check them out on their Theatre Intangible artist showcase.

At 9 p.m. is the improvisational duo Regi Wooten and Robert Bond. Guitarist Regi Wooten is the elder sibling in the world famous Wooten Brothers band. Percussionist and electronic artist Robert Bond has worked with artists like The Yardbirds, Bo Diddly, Charlie McCoy and the London Symphony Orchestra. Together, they’re mesmerizing. Regi and Robert also appeared on a Theatre Intangible artist showcase.

Armed with three overhead projectors, liquids of many colors, plates, pans, and matted transparencies, Dig Deep Light Show will create live improv visuals all night. And my, aren’t you lucky, Dig Deep appeared on this Theatre Intangible episode.

Robert Bond & Regi Wooten

Robert Bond & Regi Wooten

Free Form Friday is a bimonthly improvised-arts series curated by Mike Teaney, music and theater program coordinator for Metro Parks. Previous editions featured ConcurrenceMark Volker, Carolyn Treybig, and Hyrkamonsta. This will be Dig Deep’s third appearance.

The concert is occurring at Centennial Park’s new black box theater, located inside the Arts Activity Center.

If you use Facebook, you can find more info on the Facebook event page.


Freeform Friday feat.
Dig Deep Light Show
Friday, February 7th, 8 p.m., Free show

@ Centennial Black Box Theater
Centennial Park inside Centennial Arts Activity Center
On 27th Ave, the next building after Springwater Supper Club


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Jul 062013


Here’s podcast 105: Robert Bond and Regi Wooten Artist Showcase.

We recorded this series of four improvs at The B Room in Nashville on June 18th, 2013. Regi and Robert are two Nashville musicians with long and fruitful careers who have only just recently begun performing together.

Guitarist Regi Wooten is the eldest of the Wooten Brothers, five tremendously talented siblings. Victor Wooten plays bass in Bela Fleck & The Flecktones and other projects. Roy “Future Man” Wooten is a percussionist, instrument designer, and drummer for Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Joseph Wooten plays keyboards with The Steve Miller Band and other projects. Rudi Wooten played saxophone in Rudy and the Ban of Brathazz, on his brother Victor’s albums and in various other projects. Sadly, he passed away in 2010.

When the Wootens were children, Regi assigned each brother with an instrument and taught them all how to play. The young Wootens toured the country extensively, opening for artists such as Curtis Mayfield, War, and The Temptations.

Regi teaches guitar in Nashville and performs with the other Wooten Brothers Band weekly at Third and Lindsley, a showcase now in it’s 21st year.

Robert Bond is a percussionist, electronic artist, producer and composer. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Music where he studied both jazz and classical. Robert has worked with The Yardbirds, Bo Diddly, Charlie McCoy, London Symphony Orchestra, Charlie Louvin, Sleepy LaBeef, Chris Stein of Blondie, 3kStatic, Les McCann, jpop star Hitoe and countless others. He has taught at Lavelle School for the Blind in New York, as artist in residence for Fundacio “la Caixa” in Spain, for the Osher Lifelong learning Institute at Vanderbilt University, and as Adjunct Professor at Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt.

Robert also opened the Zeitgiest Indeterminacies series at the new Zeitgeist space.

Regi and Robert took a unique approach to this session. They recorded an initial improv with Regi on electric bass and Robert on electronics. Weeks later — and on the date I was in attendance — they ran back the tape and recorded again with Regi on guitar and Robert on drums and additional electronics. This is essentially a quartet with two players improv-ing with past versions of themselves.

Since we were in his studio (The B Room) and the setup involved multi-tracking, Robert Bond recorded, engineered, and mixed this episode. I did some light mastering and assembled the four improvs.

See below for a video I took during the performance.

Thanks for listening!

Jun 292013


If you like extended technique and bass artistry reminiscent of Peter Kowald,  Thomas Helton and  T.J. Borden, you need to be at The Stone Fox on Monday, July 1st.

Darin Gray plays stand up bass and electric bass in extremely innovative ways. He has performed with Chris Corsano and Tatsuya Nakatani. As his wiki states,

He is best known for playing bass in St. Louis’ Dazzling Killmen, and with Jim O’Rourke in Brise-Glace and on O’Rourke’s solo albums.A prolific musician since the 1980s, Darin has appeared on albums ranging from noise to math rock. Besides Dazzling Killmen and Brise-Glace, he has played in bands such as Yona-KitYou Fantastic!Sad LewisGrand Ulena, and On Fillmore. Darin’s collaborators include Jim O’RourkeGlenn KotcheGastr del SolBunnygruntLoren Mazzacane ConnorsCheer-AccidentKevin DrummBobby ConnEarly Day Miners, and KK Null among others.

He’s also known to play an electric bass on his lap, reminiscent of the work of Nashville guitarist Brady Sharp. Fittingly, Brady will perform at Monday’s show.

Nashville guitarist William Tyler will perform a duet with Darin. Also performing are Michael Ross and Robert Bond. Michael is the editor of Guitar Moderne and a recent Nashville transplant. This will be one of his first Nashville shows, and I’m excited to see him perform. Robert Bond is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and overall awesome guy. We just recorded a smoking Theatre Intangible improv with Robert and guitarist Regi Wooten. Look for that next week.

William Tyler has a new album out on Merge Records. William appeared on the podcast here, and Brady appeared on it here, here, and here. For more info, check out the Facebook event page.

Darin Gray & William Tyler, Brady Sharp, Michael Ross & Robert Bond
July 1st, 9pm, $6 to $10
@ The Stone Fox
712 51st Ave N.
Nashville, Tennessee 37209