Sunday Sep 2nd 2012 @Pyramid Atlantic

Low End for the Bottom Line - All Bass Festival Benefit

Join us for an evening of free jazz, non-idiomatic improv, and other music for acoustic and electric bass instruments.

Sean Ali and Pascal Niggenkemper (both prepared double bass)
PascAli is a contrabass duo featuring Sean Ali and Pascal Niggenkemper that is dedicated to exploring the terra incognita of music, sound and improvisation. The “prepared” bass is a central theme and method of PascAli’s music. Augmenting their instruments with kitchenware, aluminum cans, balloons, mallets, lampshades, and almost any other kind of found object imaginable, PascAli creates entire worlds and soundscapes out of the noises their basses produce in this altered state. This unique bass duo, unique even among the tiny world of bass duos, makes music that ranges from serene contemplation to manic frenzy, invoking the sounds of space and stillness on the one hand and visceral percussiveness on the other. Liberating the bass from its traditional role as an accompaniment instrument, PascAli brings the bass into the foreground with a tireless mission of discovering and unlocking new vistas of sonic and aural experience.

Gary Rouzer
Gary Rouzer (prepared bass, cello, amplified objects, field recordings) was born in Washington DC and works in the area between free improvisation and composition. His focus is on electro-acoustic sounds and the relation between musician and listener within the performance space while exploring
noise, silence, texture, and abstract sound.

Daniel Barbiero
(solo double bass)
A native of New Haven, CT, double bassist and composer Daniel Barbiero has been active in improvised and experimental music and dance in the Baltimore-Washington area for several years as a performer, composer and ensemble leader. His music reflects his background in minimal, modal and non-genre specific improvisation, and interest in verbal, graphic and other non-standard methods of scoring for small ensembles. His creative activities have included leading and composing for the ensembles Shape Memory Alloy, Third Object Orchestra, and The Subtle Body Transmission Orchestra; he has released work under his own name and with Ictus Records percussionist Andrea Centazzo, Blue Note recording artist Greg Osby, pianist Nobu Stowe, and electronic sound artist Steve Hilmy. Ongoing collaborations include work with the trio Colla Parte (with saxophonist Perry Conticchio and percussionist Rich O’Meara) the duo nine_strings (with sound artist Gary Rouzer) and the Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group.
"A bassist whose music is quiet, intelligent, and has elements of jazz, third stream and avant garde"
Free Albums Galore
"…a perfect classical-modern counterpoint"
Ettore Garzia, Percorsi Musicali
"Barbiero’s arco work is especially outstanding"
Greg Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Music Review

Ted Zook and Doug Kallmeyer Duo
(both NS basses)
T. A. Zook is primarily a nylon-string guitarist; however, in live performances he plays basscello and lap steel guitar through digital signal processors; at studio sessions, he also plays a variety of digitally-processed, non-traditional analog instruments such as bowls, rainsticks, slidewhistle, whistle-flutes, oceanharp, etc. T. A. Zook began his study of the guitar in Chile and Uruguay (the latter under the guidance of Luis Acosta), and continued upon his return to the U.S. in the early 1960s under Sophocles Papas (classical) and Frank Mullen (jazz). Beginning in 1999, he has been studying improvisation under David Darling.
Doug Kallmeyer, a.k.a. Dubpixel, has spent most of his time on the road mixing bands including Blonde Redhead, School of Seven Bells, and most recently Phantogram. Add to that list more live work with some more notable artists; Shellac, Sunny Day Real Estate and Rancid.

Michael Coltun (solo bass)
Michael Coltun is the prime mover of Tzadik recording artists LES RHINOCÉROS, the fiery young local jazz-rock band recently signed to the respected Tzadik label run by avant-garde composer John Zorn.

Luke Stewart (solo double bass)
A graduate of American University, he majored in International Studies and Audio Production, while keeping music as a personal focus.  He took saxophone lessons with Noah Getz, studying the classical canon of the instrument and participating in the American University Saxophone Quartet as well as his “Jazz Workshop”.  He also studied jazz on the acoustic bass with Joshua Bayer, while participating in the American University Jazz Ensemble.  Further study on the acoustic bass includes lessons with Herman Burney, Pepe Gonzalez, Ephraim Wolfolk and Steve Novosel.

Upon graduation, Luke has pursued a vast number of creative projects.  He joined and continues to play bass guitar and alto saxophone with DC-based indie rock band Laughing Man, who has performed at historic venues in the city including the Black Cat and St. Stephen’s Church, opening for national acts such as The Evens, Wavves and Wale.  He has also played saxophone with his own experimental group “Ziggurat” at various “DIY” spaces in DC.  As an electronic artist, he has been showcased in local exhibitions alongside legendary hip hop artist Grap Luva, and DC beatmaker Damu the Fudgemunk.  He is also a member of experimental electronic trio Mind Over Matter, Music Over Mind, which has participated in numerous festival performances, including Sonic Circuits’ Festival and Noise Fest at George Mason University.

On the jazz side, Luke has performed at many of DC’s historic venues including Bohemian Caverns, Twins Jazz, and HR-57.  He had the honor of studying and performing with saxophone great Hamiett Bluiett leading up to his 70th birthday performance at Liv nightclub in DC.  He also has performed with the legendary saxophonist Marshall Allen with Danny Ray Thompson, both seminal members of Sun Ra’s Arkestra.  He also has participated in a legendary performance with notable creative jazz musicians in an ensemble comprised of Ernest Dawkins, Lewis Barnes, Joseph Bowie, and Adam Rudolph. He has also been a member of the New York based Music Now! ensemble, performing alongside some of New York's finest improvisers including Ras Moshe, Jason Kao Hwang, and Bill Cole.

More recently he has helped establish, a DC-based jazz website, as its Avant Music Editor.  Through the site, he has begun a live jazz performance series dubbed the “DC Jazz Loft”, presenting some talented jazz artists in and around the DC area.  He has also presented other jazz performances in his “Red Door Loft” series, showcasing artists such as David Ornette Cherry, Khan Jamal, Juini Booth, and Elliot Levin.

During the day, he is the production manager for WPFW 89.3FM, as well as the host of a bi-weekly, eclectic jazz show that showcases music from various sources in Luke’s musical explorations.  Through WPFW he has had the privilege of working with some seminal figures in music and social justice such as Chuck Brown, Yusef Lateef, Randy Weston, Mumia Abu Jamal, and Amiri Baraka.

Sunday Sep 2nd 2012 @ 7 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

~ $10

Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD