Friday Jun 11th 2010 @Pyramid Atlantic
New Atlantis Quartet, Screwed Anthologies, Layne Garrett, Das Hoboerotica
Originally commissioned by the gallery labotanica for the exhibit “Screwed Anthologies”, David Dove and Lucas Gorham bring their long history as collaborators to their exploration of an expansive (yet particular) musical sensibility.
With trombone, guitar, lap steel guitar, loops and effects, “Screwed Anthologies” (which became the name of the duo) improvises without preconceived structure. Preset compositions/forms are not used, but the two access the thick and languid feel of DJ Screw’s mixes as a guide through their own sound world, sounding something like a record of improvised music slowed down, with a dose of low drones, some achingly-slow-to-a-crawl blues, and a sampling of DJ Screw tracks (selected from the hundreds of mixtapes released by DJ Screw in his lifetime).
Screwed Anthologies connects seemingly disparate musical genres with a deep sense for how regionalism, experimentalism, tradition, and technology cross the lines of genre. Screwed Anthologies makes electro-acoustic improvisation with a love of the layers, thick textures, soulful expressiveness, deep bass, and unusually slow tempos that mark the music of DJ Screw.
DJ Screw was an artist who (in his short life) left a profound legacy that was both intensely regional and extremely influential beyond its region. His music was absolutely experimental, yet not self-consciously avant-garde. It had the urgency of improvisation in its raw construction and immediate creation (DJ Screw made somewhere between 600 and 1000 hundred-minute tapes in only 8 or 9 years). “Screwed Anthologies” crafts music with a strong influence from their fellow Houstonian, DJ Screw. They make it in acknowledgement of aesthetic undercurrents that connect artists across the lines of genre. They make music influenced by an artist who was one of the most radical to ever emerge from their city.
Screwed Anthologies will release a double CD in time for their Summer tour. For information go to www.elcangrejito.org
Bios on Lucas Gorham and David Dove are below.
Trombonist, improviser, composer, and educator David Dove grew up learning his horn in the public school band program, while at the same time playing electric-bass in punk rock groups. Before he was out of high school, he began a period exploring (formally and informally) a range of musical styles (including classical, jazz, experimental and 6 years in the band Sprawl). In the early 1990’s, he became dedicated to free improvisation, gigging and experimenting with a small group of like-minded Houston musicians (including New Zealander Paul Winstanley and the then-trio Charalambides). A degree of isolation, an eclectic musical background, and a commitment to creativity eventually led him to conceive of a new approach for music education. In 1997, Dove started working at MECA, an inner-city arts community center, where he began to develop this approach. In 2000, Pauline Oliveros (an important mentor) invited him to start a branch of The Deep Listening Institute (DLI) to further his education goals and bring contemporary musicians to Houston. In 2006, DLI Houston became Nameless Sound, an independent, Houston-based non-profit organization. Nameless Sound reaches over 1500 young people every year through creative music workshops in public schools, community centers, homeless shelters, and refugee communities. Dove has given performances and workshops all over the US and some internationally (Mexico, Canada, Scotland, Vietnam, Germany). He has collaborated with many of his favorite local/national/international artists (some well known, some less known).
Guitarist, lap steel guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Lucas Gorham first met Dove when he was a teenager in 1999. Lucas was playing guitar in a local ‘rock-en-español’ band. Nurtured on his parents’ record collection and turned on to Cecil Taylor by a hip math teacher, Gorham fit right in with Nameless Sound’s Youth Ensemble. By the time he was 19, Gorham had gained (through Nameless Sound) experience from workshops with some of the premiere names in creative music (including Pauline Oliveros, Joe McPhee, Eugene Chadbourne, Sam Rivers, Leroy Jenkins, and William Parker). Gorham went on to become a key player in Houston’s music scene (both ‘underground’ and ‘above ground’). He fronts (and writes for) Grandfather Child, a hard-rocking, heartfelt, and inspirational soul/gospel/boogie/blues quartet. Strongly affected by his time playing for a charismatic ministry, Gorham calls his band “church music without the religion”. His ecstatic tendencies (and experimental tendencies) are even stronger in his “Sad Gorilla” solo sets, where three guitars (two lap steels), voice, and looping pedals weave a raw-but-soulful web of grooves (and deconstructed grooves), blues, boogie, drone, noise, and improvisation (sometimes done in ‘guerilla’ style public performance). Gorham isn’t chained to his own vision. His wide range and open spirit have made him one of the most active collaborators in Houston’s busy improvisation scene.
 Dove’s frequent, occasional, and one-time collaborators include or have included: Tetuzi Akiyama, Susan Alcorn, Remi Alvarez, Frédéric Blondy, Kyle Bruckmann, John Butcher, Rob Cambre, Tom Carter, Eugene Chadbourne, Maria Chavez, Chris Cogburn, Anat Cohavi, Alex Coke, Cooper-Moore, Ryan Edwards, Sandy Ewen, Alvin Fielder, Sonia Flores, Juan Garcia, Aaron Gonzalez, Dennis Gonzalez, Stephan Gonzalez, Lucas Gorham, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Thomas Helton, Susie Ibarra, Matt Ingalls, Jason Jackson, Peter Kowald, Annette Krebs, Joelle Leandre, Thomas Lehn, John Martinez, Joe McPhee, Donald Miller, Heather Murray, Tatsuya Nakatani, Kurt Newman, Le Quan Ninh, Pauline Oliveros, Carlos Pozo, Bhob Rainey, Vic Rawlings, Matt Roberson, Kurt Stallmann, Jawwaad Taylor, Suzanne Thorpe, Liz Tonne, Roger Turner, Vu Nhat Tan, Susie Wasserstrom, Paul Winstanley, and many others.
New Atlantis Quartet
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD