"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery." ~ Francis Bacon
Pianist, composer, poet, improviser Eliot Cardinaux has worked in the free-music and avant-garde world for over 10 years. His piano sound is characterized by a light-handed touch and tone. His attention to detail in his work is exhibited in the editing process he has developed for his poetry, much like his process for composing, or mixing an album in the studio. His love and study of many musics as well as poetries, but specifically those which innovate, has helped him grow both lyrically and imagistically in his writing and his music.
He is known among the younger musicians on the East Coast and in parts of Europe for his personal approach as an improviser, poet and composer. He has served as poetry editor for the Boston Hassle, an online publication and community organization, and performs with groups and musicians such as American Thicket, the Mat Maneri quartet, the Mudbath Orchestra, Gestures, Osgood/Morgan/Cardinaux, Sandbox, In Example, Allen Lowe, Matthew Shipp, and Joe Morris.
He has penned seven poetry chapbooks to date, including Leaning Against the Mystery, The Virgin Clock, Guide to Torment, Treebones and Riddlepieces, time’schange (Studies in Mist: Abstracts from the Midnight Era), The Gown of Entry, and 21 Leaves. His poems have also been published in Caliban Online, and Big Big Wednesday, and he was recently asked to have his chapbook time’schange released through the Bloodroot Literary Journal as a full collection.
His first album as a leader, American Thicket, including both his piano playing and his poetry, released on July 8th 2016 on Loyal Label, features Mat Maneri (viola), Thomas Morgan (bass), and Flin van Hemmen (drums and percussion).
Eliot Cardinaux - AMERICAN THICKET
From the Minutemen’s jazz-centric econo-punk to the bristling twang-rock of the Meat Puppets, Seabrook Power Plant joins a wide array of musical references without ever slipping into the grips of replication. In part due to their unique instrumentation, the band’s unyielding vision and superb ability as a musical unit sets them apart from their contemporaries. Alongside Sun City Girls, Frank Zappa, and Henry Flynt, Seabrook Power Plant is crafting a sonic universe of its own through daringly unusual and adventurous music
Brandon Seabrook on guitar and banjo. Jared Seabrook is on drums and Tom Blancarte plays bass. SeabrookPowerplant.com
Scandinavian duo Invader Ace plays dance music through old tube radios with a tuba, a guitar and drum-machines. The duo consists of Anton Toorell (SE) on guitar and vocals and Peder Simonsen (NO) on tuba and drum machines. Instead of using computers or synths to produce dance music, the band built a custom rig of cheap diy-electronics and a wall of old radios used as amplifiers. Invader Ace are like audio recyclers, creating new contexts for their instruments to function in. They challenge the perceptions of what electronic music should be.
Invader Ace - DDIY EP
Michelle Arcila & Eivind Opsvik
Michelle Arcila has been described as “ a storyteller who uses very few words ”. Arcila was born in New York and has a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts. Her images have been exhibited at international venues, including Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz in Paris, the National Arts Club, and Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City. She has also photographed and served as art director for several album covers. Publications featuring Arcila’s work include Vogue Korea, Time Out NY, Metro Pop, Les Inrockuptibles and DownBeat. Her work appears in a number of private collections. She currently works in Brooklyn, Norway, and Costa Rica.
Eivind Opsvik is a Norwegian bassist/musician living in New York. His main projects are his band Overseas, the instrumental chamber-pop duo Opsvik & Jennings, and his solo music, which appears on ‘A Thousand Ancestors’. Opsvik also mixes, composes and produces music, and runs the Loyal Label record label. He played his first solo show at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in 2008 and has also performed solo at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC .
Opsvik has performed internationally in the bands of Paul Motian, Anthony Braxton, Tony Malaby, David Binney, and Nate Wooley, and collaborated with Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Martha Wainwright, Daedelus, Paal Nilssen-Love, and Craig Taborn, among others. Downbeat magazine had this to say about his previous release, Overseas IV; "Eivind Opsvik's new opus belongs to a unique musical universe...”
Michelle Arcila & Eivind Opsvik - A THOUSAND ANCESTORS
RJ Miller is a drummer, composer and keyboard player originally from Maine, now living in Brooklyn, NY. He's currently working in the bands of Jorge Rossy, Bill McHenry, Kira Skov, Nicolai Munch-Hansen, Richard Andersson, Aaron Parks, Jeremy Udden, and Albert Sanz to name a few. In 2013 RJ released his debut solo album on Loyal Label.
Sound Horn Ok Please
Sound Horn OK Please consists of four young musicians from the creative experimental music scene in Oslo, Norway, that have a free and spontaneous approach to playing and creating "pop" tunes. With vocals, Wurlitzer, guitar and drums as a starting point, they create music with room for both trembling guitar, echo-y wurlitzer, swirling counterpoint, rattling drums and a vocal that could be cold and dark or more gentle and quiet. They draw inspiration from bands as diverse as Beach House, Opsvik & Jennings, PJ Harvey and Wilco. Therese Aune on vocals, Anja Lauvdal on Wurlitzer, Are Rosseland on drums and Marius Klovning on guitar.
Sound Horn Ok Please - SOUND HORN OK PLEASE
Vinnie Sperrazza is a Brooklyn-based jazz drummer. His first album as a bandleader and composer, Apocryphal, was released by Loyal Label on September 9, 2014.
Originally from a small town south of Utica, New York, Vin moved to NYC a million years ago, just after the glaciers melted but before Tower Records closed.
He's played lots and lots of good music with many amazing musicians, but he feels really self-conscious about dropping names and all that so he's just not going to do it, save mentioning the late great Mr. James Williams, pianist, with whom Vin played many memorable concerts.
He's in lots of bands, spent a recent summer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as an actor (he played a drummer- not much of a stretch- and was definitely NOT in a Shakespeare play, groatsworthy though he feels himself to be), is on some cool records that have just come out (Dana Lyn/Vincent D'Onofrio Slim Bone Head Volt, Jacob Garchik Ye Olde), and as of this writing, is listening to rough mixes of the newly tracked Apocryphal II (with the returning cast of Loren Stillman, Brandon Seabrook, and Eivind Opsvik). Geoff Kraly will assemble the album and Loyal Label will release it in 2017.
Vinnie Sperrazza - APOCRYPHAL
Eivind Opsvik is a Norwegian musician who’s been living in New York for over 15 years.
His main instrument is the bass, but he also thoroughly enjoys experiments with recording and mixing, playing lap steel guitar, old organs, drums and composing music..
His main projects are Overseas, Opsvik & Jennings and his solo project.
He has released four records with Overseas, and his chamber-pop duo Opsvik & Jennings just released their fourth album; Lune, as a one-song-monthly digital release
In November 2014 Eivind released a box set featuring his solo music; A Thousand Ancestors, it's an audio/visual release in collaboration with photographer Michelle Arcila: A ten-track vinyl LP, ten photographic prints, each of which correspond to a track on the record, and a poster.
Eivind Opsvik & Michelle Arcila - A THOUSAND ANCESTORS
Eivind Opsvik - OVERSEAS IV
Eivind Opsvik - OVERSEAS III
also appearing on:
Opsvik & Jennings - LUNE
Vinnie Sperrazza - APOCRYPHAL
Jeff Davis - WE SLEEP OUTSIDE
Opsvik & Jennings - A DREAM I USED TO REMEMBER
Rocket Engine - WHAT IS THIS THAT STANDS BEFORE ME?
Sacks/Opsvik/Maneri/Motian - TWO MILES A DAY
Jacob Sacks plays the piano and on occasion also organs, harpsichord and old electric pianos. He grew up in Monroe, Michigan, but moved to New York right out of high school in the late 90's, since then he's made music with, among others, Clark Terry, Paul Motian, Joe Maneri, Charles Gayle, Eddie Henderson, Brian Blade, Tony Malaby, David Binney, Craig Taborn, Dan Weiss, Ben Monder, Kenny Wollesen, and Matt Wilson.
Jacob is also a magnificent teacher of music and bakes a mean cake!
Drummer Jeff Davis hails from Greeley, Colorado, but has been living and making music in New York for the past 15 years. You might know him from such groups as Tone Collector, CaCaw, Jon Irabagon's Outright or Denver General
He has been described by critics both as a force of nature and as a textural accompanist and his debut record as a leader; We Sleep Outside, is both maximalist and minimalist, go figure.
Saxophone man Jon has performed and/or recorded with musical luminaries such as Bright Eyes, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Iago, Billy Joel, Dave Douglas, Deborah Gibson, Frank Wess, Renee Fleming, Lou Reed, Jenny Lewis, Ron Sexsmith, and Ken Vandermark.
Jon’s conception of complete musical inclusion in his improvisation and composition is apparent in the wide-ranging body of work he has compiled in his young career: his quintet Outright! (Innova) that embraces the complete history of jazz while wrapping it up in group improvisation, his continuous additive duo project with drummer Mike Pride “I Don’t Hear Nothin’ But the Blues” (Loyal Label), his unapologetic 80s cover band, his Sonny Rollins Tribute, the freely-improvising RIDD Quartet (Clean Feed), as well as his long-time tenure in the self-destructing bebop cyborg terrorist band Mostly Other People do the Killing (Hot Cup).
Jon Irabagon with Mike Pride - I DON'T HEAR NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES
KAROKH is an experimental rock band emerging from Oslo, Norway. Delicately mixing kraut, noise rock, minimalism and folkish melodies, the band successfully evades the stereotypes of a specific genre. The music is eclectic, innovative and surprising while maintaining a clear and bold musical identity.
Challenging the notion of what an alternative rock band can be, KAROKH is always searching for new sounds and will leave you all but indifferent.
Ina Sagstuen - vocals
Thomas Husmo Litleskare - trumpet
Christian Skaar Winther - guitar
Jonas Cambien - synthesizers
Jan K Hovland - synthesizers
Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard - bass
Jan Martin Gismervik - drums
Karokh - KAROKH
Percussionist/composer Mike Pride was born and raised in the Portland, Maine area. He has been playing & composing music since he was a child.
Since his move to NYC, Mike has performed and recorded throughout the U.S. and North America, Europe, Asia, & Australia with many wonderful musicians including: Aarktica, Boredoms, Karen Borca, Tyondai Braxton, Anthony Braxton, Califone, Eugene Chadbourne, Nels Cline, Jim Denley, Trevor Dunn, Marc Gartman (of Low), Milford Graves, Haino Keiji's FUSHITSUSHA, punk-rock legends MDC (Millions Of Dead Cops), Pale Horse & Rider, Jack Wright, Otomo Yoshihide & John Zorn.
Mike Pride has been featured on over 50 recordings, many which he is a leader, co-leader or composer.
Mike also currently runs Funhole live Recording in Brooklyn, NY, and is an active painter/visual artist/designer.
Son of microtonal clarinetist, saxophonist, pianist, improviser, theorist, and composer Joseph Maneri, Mat Maneri began playing music with his father when he was only seven. Though Joseph is himself a near-legend among avant-garde and jazz musicians, son Mat has already surpassed his father's recorded output in the course of his relatively short career. Specializing in various violin derivatives, Mat plays the five-string viola, the electric six-string violin, and the baritone violin. He has worked with the Joe Morris Quartet, recorded numerous albums with his father, and also made guest appearances with Club d'Elf. His solo albums have been released on ECM, Leo Records, and the Swiss label Hat Hut.
Sacks/Opsvik/Maneri/Motian - TWO MILES A DAY
Opsvik & Jennings
A New York-based experimental chamber-pop twosome formed in 2003.
Jennings, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, focuses his energy mainly on song-writing and unusual guitar and banjo parts for the band. Opsvik, who grew up in Oslo, Norway, has made a name for himself primarily as a bassist in NYC, but also as a composer, record producer, and general multi-instrumentalist. Perhaps, in part, their unique sound is a result of their very different backgrounds and inspirations - Jennings has a quirky melodic sensibility stemming from his interest in a wide range of old and new pop music, while Opsvik is heavily involved in the improvised music scene and finds inspiration in his classical training. But they feed off each other in creative ways and use these differences to their advantage.
While most of their working time is spent exploring in the studio, they can infrequently be heard doing intimate performances around New York City; and the occasional summer show overseas.
A trumpeter by trade, Johnson also works with acoustic guitars and pianos which he blends in with electronics and samples. With influences stretching from Bob Dylan to Low and Fugazi, the scope of his work could only be wide.
Beyond his solo work with Up the Turret Mil, Johnson has contributed as a sideman to a number of projects. He also curates a music series at the Brooklyn performance space IBeam and is heavily involved in the Font Festival. Mr. Johnson grew up in Knife River in Minnesota.
A bunch of friends and a who's who from the experimental, indie rock and jazz scenes in New York City interpret the songs of the originators of heavy metal ; Black Sabbath.
A marriage of sorts of metal and free improv.
Rocket Engine’s members has been creating music with such other bands as Dynamite Club, TV on the Radio, Antibalas, Opsvik & Jennings, The Monkees, Fat Mama, Beyondo and The UP.
Rocket Engine - WHAT IS THIS THAT STANDS BEFORE ME?