Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
BALLISTER with Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm & Paal Nilsson-Love
October 4, 2017, 8:30 pm; $10.
Featuring Dave Rempis on saxophone, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and Paal Nilsson-Love on drums, BALLISTER is a powerhouse trans-atlantic trio now on its US Tour in support of its new release Slag. As fans of the music will recognize, this is inevitably a hard-hitting group. The unabashed energy of Rempis and Nilssen-Love, coupled with the electrified cello antics of Lonberg-Holm, make for a powerful listening experience that combines driving grooves with noisy textures and occasional melodic interjections. These sliding and overlapping rhythms often give the music a feeling as if a rug is slowly being pulled out from underneath the listener while the music still maintains a strong forward momentum. Reference points include the Julius Hemphill groups of the 70’s and 80’s featuring Abdul Wadud, Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, and the early 70’s explorations of Miles Davis’ electric bands.