Born in San Diego, CA and raised in Sacramento, Ches Smith came up in a scene of punks and metal musicians who were listening to and experimenting with jazz and free improvisation. He studied philosophy at the University of Oregon before relocating to the San Francisco Bay area in 1995. After a few years of playing with obscure bands and intensive study with drummer/educator Peter Magadini, he enrolled in the graduate program at Mills College in Oakland at the suggestion of percussionist William Winant. There he studied percussion, improvisation, and composition with Winant, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran. One of Winant’s first “assignments” for Ches was to sub in his touring gig at the time, Mr. Bungle (here he met bassist / composer Trevor Dunn who would later hire him for the second incarnation of his Trio-Convulsant). During his time at Mills, Ches co-founded two bands: Theory of Ruin (with Fudgetunnel / Nailbomb frontman Alex Newport), and Good for Cows (wtih Nels Cline Singers’ Devin Hoff). He currently performs and records with Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Xiu Xiu, Tim Berne’s Los Totopos and Secret Chiefs 3. He has also performed with Jandek, Terry Riley, Iggy Pop, John Zorn, Annie Gosfield, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai, Fred Frith, and Nels Cline. He also leads a quartet called These Arches (with Mary Halvorson, Tony Malaby, and Andrea Parkins), and a solo percussion project called Congs for Brums. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Ches will present selections from his latest solo album Noise to Men under his moniker Congs for Brums featuring drums, vibraphone, live electronic processing, and other totally amazing shit.
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Ches Smith Shreds This and Many Universes
Shayna Dulberger is a bassist currently living and working in New York City. Her work is mostly known in the creative and experimental jazz genre. Since 2007 she has regularly worked with Bill Cole performing in New York City and at Syracuse University. She has recorded and performed with artists such as: Ras Moshe, William Parker, Chris Welcome, Daniel Carter, Stars Like Fleas, Walter Wright, and many others. She has performed in many festivals and series such as XFest (Lowell, MA), Rhythm in the Kitchen, KMB Jazz Festival, CMJ, “Brooklyn Next” BAM Festival, the Vision Festival, ABC No Rio’s C.O.M.A., and Neues Kabarett’s events at the Brecht Forum.
Dulberger’s most recent album, The Basement Recordings is a solo recording consisting of loops that are rhythmically cryptic. This album is a break from the style she is most well known for. It is repetitious and mellow, not aggressive and chaotic like her work with the downtown NYC free jazz scene. It is a nontraditional solo upright bass recording. Although her main influences are Peter Kowald, William Parker, Kent Kessler, Joelle Leandre and other well known bassists, there is barely a hint of it here. Instead, she is influenced by the rhythmic elasticity and percussion of Southeast Asia, The Thai Elephant Orchestra for their sense of space and rhythm, and Throbbing Gristle for their experimentation with reverb and delay.
On this album, Dulberger’s upright bass evokes the sound of other string and percussion instruments.“The Garden” sounds like a harp. “Yuko” (dedicated to poet Yuko Otomo) is reminiscent of the Japanese shamisen. You can hear wind float through glass vases on “The Swings”. The Basement Recordings contain no jazzy bass solos, no experimenting with licks and virtuosity. The focus is on space and meditation. For the New York City Jazz Record, Gordon Marshall wrote “No more than a patch of wilderness is The Basement Recordings uniformly beautiful and vibrant”.
Dulberger was born in 1983 and raised in Mahopac, NY. She attended Manhattan School of Music’s preparatory division during high school and graduated with a BM in Jazz at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.
Listen to a track from The Basement Recordings:
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Shayna Dulberger burns the fretboard like a hearth