Montague Phantom Brain Exchange #9

Evolutionary Jass Band from Portland, OR is a six piece ensemble that rips fire music over hackle-raising trance riddims. They "formed around 2001, with key members of the band having been longtime members of the seminal out-rock ensemble with the notoriously large membership, Jackie-O-Motherfucker. With a steadier (and smaller) lineup and a jazz language as the focus, the Jefrey Brown-led ensemble slowly but steadily became one of Portland's most unusual live bands- absolutely dedicated to a working-band family atmosphere, their unity and focused sonic vocabulary is astonishing and immediately accessible to their audiences. Early EJB music (the band then going as The Steele Street Revolutionary Jass Band) revolved around crescendoes of modal, looping riffs, recalling Ethiopian jazz-funk as well as the ecstatic vibe of 1970s afrocentric jazz visionaries like Sunny Murray. Now, the band has incorporated even more stylistic map-points, allowing them to manipulate a highly charged jazz language with confidence and ease. Combining their aforementioned influences with bebop compositional balance, Jarmuschian cinematic moodiness, torch song, New Orleans proto-jazz, and American band music, the band is quickly forging a powerful, brave, and singular musical voice. With a now-steady band lineup assembled from some of Portland's busiest musicians (guitarist Marisa Anderson and violinist/vocalist Daphna Kohn are talented songwriters in their own right), the band is recording new, ecstatic compositions for future release on Community Library, as wel as a special limited LP project slated for release on Portland's excellent Mississippi Records label."

Finally, a rematch with the full Slaughterhouse Percussion Duo! Some of you might remember back in May that they had to cancel last minute and Jake Meginsky soldiered on solo with diabolical control of his giant kettle tympani & arsenal of gongs. Well, this time expect to be paid in full. Jake Meginski (Bennington, VT) & John Truscinski (Brooklyn, NY) found eachother hanging from meathooks deep in the cooler of an abandoned slaughterhouse in Amherst, MA. Their hypnotic compositions are vast explorations of interwoven texture & rhythm utilizing drums, bowls, bows, and other debris. I said it then and I'll say it now, this ain't no hippy shit, their beats will sublimate your blood into vapor.

Ever since he split wmass for his new NoCal home, Raub Roy has been pouring batter for the Bay Area's infamous Noise Pancakes events, smooshing sounds into his propeller-driven sonic cuisnart, and probably roaming the streets with headphones & a parabolic reflector, scooping audio like a funky soda jerk. Now he's back for bit, and spilling his sampled splendor into our hungry ears. This show couldn't be more perfectly rounded out.

Lake Pleasant, Montague resident & esteemed mathematician George Shapiro is dropping serious knowledge with his lecture "Twistor Geometry and Lie's Line-Sphere Correspondence or, Complex Perspectives on the Space of Spheres in Space." He will not be pussyfooting, the abstract reads like getting punched in the face: "Classically, the space of spheres in space is described by four real parameters: radius and center point.. If one includes spheres of zero radius and spheres of infinite radius Sophus Lie observed that the space of spheres is a real projective variety described by a quadratic form of signature (2,4). Lie also observed that, locally, the space of spheres in space may be associated with the space of lines in space. I will show that by considering the more general situation of spheres in four-dimensional space one obtains a unified viewpoint via the complex geometry of Roger Penrose's Twistor theory." bleaow! I can't wait for the Q & A.