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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
08:00 PM

The Thing + Joe McPhee
with local trio Pocketful of Claptonite
Curator: Leslie Grove | Co-Curator: Justin Kau
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Free Jazz legend Joe McPhee The Thing
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  • We are honored that the Scandinavian trio The Thing will visit ATHICA during their US Tour!

    The Thing
    was established in 2000 as a high-energy forum for the meeting and melding-together of contrasting genres and traditions. When they began they focused on Don Cherry compositions--with the participation of Free Jazz legend Joe McPhee, they expanded their songbook to include other modern Jazz standards by the likes of Frank Lowe, David Murray, and Noah Howard. In turn, they've garnered a great deal of attention for their spirited takes on rock tunes by artists as diverse as The Sonics and P.J. Harvey.  Local trio Pocketful of Claptonite will open.

    Participating Artists

    The Thing + Joe McPhee
    Smoked Meat and BBQ Tour

    Joe McPhee (US) – Reeds, Pocket Trumpet
    Ingebrigt H. Flaten (Norway) – Double Bass
    Paal Nilssen-Love (Norway) – Drums

    Mats Gustafsson (Sweden) – Reeds - Apologies to all from The Thing and ATHICA, but Mats will not be joining the group on this tour due to his wife's need for emergency surgery.  We wish her a speedy recovery! 

    While Gutafsson, Flaten, and Nilseen-Love rank among the younger generation of European improvisors following upon the work of Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, and countless others, McPhee brings four decades of remarkably diverse experiences. From early classics like
    Nation Time and Trinity through his long stay in France to his 1990's re-emergence in the United States, he has created a body of work that features both free improvisation and experimentation with electronics, long-standing collaborations such as Trio X (with bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen) and surprising ad hoc pairings, influential solo work and guest-spots wherein the storied veteran imparts the wisdom of the past into the present music of the moment.

    Gustafsson, like McPhee a member of Brötzmann's popular Chicago Tentet, has developed an extensive body of work over the previous three decades with musicians in his native Sweden, the United States, Japan, and elsewhere. In the 1990's, he became a leading figure in Improvised music, leading acclaimed groups like the Aaly Trio and Gush, while also embarking upon long-standing partnerships in a multitude of settings with Barry Guy, Christian Munthe, Ken Vandermark, Paul Lovens, Roger Turner, and others. He has collaborated with dancers, painters, and poets; established four record labels; and distinguished himself from the Improvised scene with several notated works. His willingness to challenge the listener expectations and commercial norms extends from these interdisciplinary pursuits and The Thing's Rock-inflected improvisations to performances and recordings with The Ex, Sonic Youth, David Grubbs, and more.

    Flaten and Nilssen-Love have become known as Norway's heaviest Jazz-oriented rhythm section. Since 1992, they've played together in several groups, including School Days with Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, and Kjell Nordeson; the Scorch Trio with Finnish guitarist-composer Raoul Björkenheim; and Atomic, which combines them with Norwegian pianist Håvard Wiik and two Stockholm musicians, trumpeter Magnus Broo and saxophonist Fredrick Ljungkvist.

    The Thing's "Smoked Meat and BBQ Tour," starts off in Milwaukee, warming up before a two-day recording session in Chicago, then hitting the road doing a total of 12 concerts. Before ending up in Texas, the group will visit the Smoked Meat Festival in Ville Platte, Louisiana, hence the name of the tour.

    For more information:

    Pocketful of Claptonite produces "Appalachian Trance Metal," referencing the ghosts of the region with energy harnessed from popular and unpopular sources alike. The sounds they make are spontaneous - orchestrated and arranged through the lens of experience, trust, and enthusiasm. As the trio says, "PoC reshapes the classic guitar, bass, and drums format into something fresh and hopefully timeless. It’s about texture and contrast coupled with unrestrained melody and ultra-rhythmic propulsion. We like to have fun with our "serious" music."

    The band members are Darrin Cook on double bass, Jamie DeRevere on drums, and Killick Hinds on guitar and miscellaneous noisemakers. Darrin and Jamie are stalwarts in the Athens jazz and rock scene, having played together since childhood. They currently work in the band Efren, and have a longstanding history with Breathlanes. Killick is a heavy touring artist specializing in improvisation on unique stringed instruments, and has played and recorded with members of Mastodon, the Georgia Guitar Quartet, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Vandermark 5, and many others. The group's debut album, Ginger Baker did everything Eric Clapton did, but backwards and in high heels, is soon to be released.

    For more information and samples of the trio’s recordings:
    Killick's Myspace page
    Pocketful of Claptonite's Kickstarter project

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