Astral Spirits is incredibly excited to present a night celebrating 3 new tape releases from Boxhead Ensemble, Mike Majkowski & SSBT!
It'll be an early show at Studium starting promptly at 7pm until 10ish on thursday April 9th.
Suggested donation: $10
(we won't turn anyone away but please help support and give what you can to these artists as they have traveled from Berlin, California & Arizona to get here! AND Mike Majkowski & SSBT are going on a US tour and need some help for that!)
Mike Majkowski (Berlin)
Info on the performers & links:
BOXHEAD ENSEMBLE (tape release!)
This formation of Boxhead will feature, MICHAEL KRASSNER (founder/composer), TIM RUTILI (califone), ADAM BUSCH (manishevitz/sonoi) & NATE CROSS.
Boxhead Ensemble was formed Los Angeles, California, in 1991 when Michael Krassner was commissioned by Braden King and Larry Stuckey to record the music for their independent student documentary The Original Pantry Café. Krassner assembled local musicians who improvised the music comprising the score. In 1996, King invited Krassner to create the music for another documentary he had filmed, Dutch Harbor. Having moved to Chicago, Krassner became familiar with the local music and decided that Gastr del Sol would fit with the mood he was looking to create with the music. Reed player Ken Vandermark joined the group and the improvised score was released in 1997 as Dutch Harbor - Where the Sea Breaks Its Back. The film and its soundtrack received some acclaim and Dutch Harbor began touring Europe, with Boxhead Ensemble providing improvised musical accompaniment to every screening of the film. Some of the music performed at the showings appeared in The Last Place to Go, released in 1998. The group features an ever rotating line-up, which has included Edith Frost, David Grubbs, Glenn Kotche, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jim O'Rourke, Doug McCombs, Scott Tuma, Mick Turner, Ken Vandermark, Jim White. Krassner is the only consistent member.
After the tour of Dutch Harbor, Krassner drastically altered the line-up of the group and Boxhead Ensemble started recording studio albums. They produced Two Brothers in 2001, Quartets in 2003 and Nocturnes in 2006.
In 2010, Boxhead Ensemble composed the soundtrack to Braden King's feature-length dramatic film Here. The group also performed for the movie's premier at the Museum of Modern Art, where they improvised the score while screening the film.
MIKE MAJKOWSKI (tape release!)
Mike Majkowski (born 1983), is an Australian double bassist / composer living in Berlin since 2011. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, completing his Bachelor of Music in double bass performance with First Class Honours in 2005. Active across a wide spectrum of contemporary music, Majkowski has been working the fields of jazz, improvised and composed music since 2001. He has toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and Europe, and has conducted workshops on improvisation and composition across Australia, as well as within Germany and Poland.
Mike performs as a soloist, as well as with a number of collaborative projects which include work with Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck, Jim Denley, Axel Dörner, Lucio Capece, Robert Piotrowicz, Hailu Mergia, Morten J. Olsen, Konzert Minimal, and microtonal composer Kraig Grady.
Majkowski holds an active interest in developing, extending and refining double bass technique. He is currently exploring the spectral qualities of double bass resonance; through long-form composition, and with the use of precise physical actions. His music also explores the relationship between physicality and sonority, with the aim of creating a sense of stillness.
SSBT (tape release!)
SSBT is an Austin-based electro-acoustic trio razing notions of volume, tempo, and symmetry via duel horns, duel guitars, tape, and percussion. In addition to an April 2014 tour with sound artist John Wiese (Sissy Spacek), the free improvisation group has played concerts throughout Texas, Louisiana, Mexico City and most recently completed an August 2014 tour of the Northwest US and Canada.
SSBT features No Idea Festival Founder and Director Chris Cogburn on percussion; Steve Jansen – who has collaborated and shared stages with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Frank Rosaly, James Fella, and Christina Carter – on guitar, saxophone, and tape manipulation; and Parham Daghighi, an Iranian-American artist who focuses on electric guitar, alto saxophone, and vocal/text work that’s rooted in the Persian language.
After selling out of its first two debut cassettes on That’s Cool Records (Lucy and Winston, Helm’s Deep) in just a few months, the group is touring in support of its first release on the Austin-based label Astral Spirits.
New transplant to Austin via Chicago where he was a member of the groups Manishevitz & Sonoi, and releasing records on Jagjaguwar among others. Incredible songwriting that has many reference point way beyond typical singer/songwriter fare. His new solo LP "River of Bricks" will be out soon!