Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sat, Oct 15 2022 8:00 PM

Mosswood Sound Series
3630 Telegraph Ave enter 2nd door on 37th St Oakland
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(#2) DUOS: Methods Body (portland) & Kinda Green

Portland-based duo METHODS BODY creates original sound art and music using custom tuning systems, involuted polyrhythms, and the cadences of language. John Niekrasz (drums and percussion) and Luke Wyland (keys and electronics) use bespoke live-sampling technologies and meta-cognitive compositions to inhabit waves of subliminal melody and deep, uncanny grooves.

KINDA GREEN is the long-standing duo project of Bay Area improvisers/composers stalwarts Tim Perkis (electronics) and Tom Djll (trumpet/electronics).

METHODS BODY (Portland) builds on the non-traditional tunings of Terry Riley, the experimental energy of Éliane Radigue and Silver Apples, and the refracted electronics of Aphex Twin to create a sonic language completely their own. Together, Wyland and Niekrasz have been pushing the bounds of rhythm and melody for more than a dozen years. Their duos, AU and Why I Must Be Careful, were lauded as groundbreaking and breathtaking. Both Niekrasz and Wyland are idiosyncratic innovators on their instruments and use performance as an arena for legitimate connection and energetic exchange. Methods Body’s first full-length album (released in 2020) is born from long-term composing and recording sessions held in old-growth forests and remote deserts.

When people such as Tim Perkis and Tom Djll decide that a musical enterprise will work better if a "drone-fart" is used in conjunction with "fucked" Hendrix samples, or simply because fragments of pop music are the ideal prologue to a world of hums and buzzes from outer space radios, then we're in for surprises. KINDA GREEN is chock full of these revelations, but also abounds in what's worryingly similar to the stillness of the brain, the listener perceiving only small fractions of sound, intruders in an empire of unconventional sub-telluric movements and sarcastic decorations. The hoi polloi might not understand it but this is a great duo, increasingly revealing its importance under amassed layers of unassumingly fascinating microcosms that probably not even their discoverers can give a name to. — Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

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