This weekend, WFMU begins our month of curated Friday and Saturday nights at Brooklyn ISSUE Project Room. ISSUE Project Room is located at 232 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 [directions]. Full schedule here. All shows open at 8pm, $10 at the door.
The Pyramid Scheme Trio and Bing & Ruth bring an evening of delicate sounds and hopeful ambiances to IPR, presented by WFMU DJ Dan Bodah, who will also share his work with manipulated field recordings. All three come from different directions to a similar end -- the creation of habitable sound environments, from the post-jazz explorations of the Pyramid Scheme Trio, to the monumental minimalist melodicism of Bing & Ruth, to the dream chamber of Bodah's drones.
More info and artist bios after the jump
Artist Bios for Sept 5th w/ Dan Bodah
Bing & Ruth
Formed in 2006 by Brooklyn based composer and pianist David Moore, ambient chamber band Bing and Ruth utilizes a large number of traditional acoustic instruments to craft expansive soundscapes and quiet microtonal textures. With clarinets, voices, cellos, bass, percussion, and piano, the group calls upon a family of experienced musicians and improvisers who ably interpret Moore's slow-developing, visceral compositions. In addition to their unique live performances, Bing and Ruth currently has two albums to their name; 2006's self-titled debut and last year's Kenitle Floors. While a majority of the band resides in New York City, its official membership includes many friends currently scattered throughout the world.
The Pyramid Scheme Trio
Consisting of Victor Signore (saxophone), J Starpoli (trombone), and Josiah Cuneo (drums and percussion), the trio Pyramid Scheme creates original music with an experimental mindset. Freewheeling explorations of sound color and loudness fuse with original material and diverse approaches to musical communication. Using acoustic instruments, Pyramid Scheme's music reflects the band's experiences with audio and visual art, academic and esoteric knowledge,underground radio, technology and performance. Energetic, unconventional investigations into the nature of sound and musical creativity provide the essence of the music of Pyramid Scheme.
DJ Dan Bodah
Dan has been hosting experimental music on the radio since 1994. He has produced the freeform Airborne Event radio broadcast on WFMU since 1999, now airing from 6-9 AM on Sundays. Dan spins everything from avant garde crunk to acid folk junk and gypsy punk. He recently got back to his ambient sound collage roots with the Airborne Event Dronecast, a weekly WFMU podcast of field recordings immersed in honey and converted into new psychedelic landscapes.
Artist Bios for Sept 6th w/ Irene Trudel
David Garland's first album, 1987's "Control Songs," on the German label Review Records, included musicians John Zorn and Christian Marclay. In 1985 and '86 Garland was one of five improvising vocalists, with Arto Lindsay, Shelley Hirsch, David Moss, and Sussan Deihim, in "Dead Stories" and "Tower of Babel"—concert and theater projects by turntable pioneer Christian Marclay.
Garland's 2007 album "Noise In You" (Family Vineyard) is his most heartfelt and imaginative, and his first to be widely distributed. In "Noise In You" Garland has created a sumptuous experimental song cycle in which his voice is joined by the voices of some of the most creative of a younger generation of song-inventors: Sufjan Stevens, Diane Cluck, and others. David's voice can also be heard on WNYC as the host of Evening Music, Fridays through Sundays, and as host of "Spinning On Air."
Pete Galub cites a diverse range of musical influences from the likes of Thelonius Monk to 60's and 80's melodic guitar pop music a la the Byrds, Big Star, and the Chills, as well as folk/country tunesmiths like the Louvin Brothers and Michael Hurley, and raw punk groups like Wire and the Undertones. Pete has had the pleasure of sharing stages with the likes of Gillian Welch and Liz Phair and his music has received radio-play in the United States and Ireland, where he also lived for a year in 1999.
Greta Gertler grew up near the beach in Sydney, Australia and currently lives amongst construction sites in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her debut album "THE BABY THAT BROUGHT BAD WEATHER" (2003) brought her into the light as "a hot commodity on the New York music scene" (WNYC, Soundcheck), with a "spacious voice and a welcome weakness of lushly orchestrated 70s-style pop" (The New Yorker). In the move from Australia to New York City, and with the encouragement of a recording deal from Jarvis Studios, she was inspired to write and co-produce her first solo album with Noah Simon over a three-year period, featuring an astounding group of musicians that she met in the streets and subways of New York.
The young Israeli singer/songwriter is rapidly establishing a presence on the new international folk scene. Her debut album From A Window To A Wall was recently recorded and mixed by renowned Greg Weeks (The Espers) at his studio in Philadelphia. The album is set for a US/European release in spring 2008 on Weeks' new analog recording label Language of Stone (distributed by Drag City).
From A Window To A Wall features lush string arrangements backing up Noa's arresting singing and writing style. Noa is influenced by the likes of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, along with such contemporary icons as Diane Cluck, Smog and the Espers. Anova Music, Noa's Israeli management and label, released From A Window To A Wall locally in fall 2007.