Apr 26, 2011
NORTHERN SPY RECORDS PRESENTS…..
C. SPENCER YEH/BEN HALL DUO
JON IRABAGON/MIKE PRIDE “I DON’T HEAR NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES”
C. Spencer Yeh was born in Taipei, Taiwan 1975, and now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is active both as a solo and collaborative artist, as well as with his primary project, Burning Star Core. As an improviser, Yeh is focused on developing a personal vocabulary using violin, voice, and electronics. As a sound artist/composer, Yeh explores with all aspects surrounding a work, aurally and physically, as elements key to the cumulative experience. He is concerned not only with the sensual aspects of ‘sound organization,’ but the gestural qualities as well. Yeh has collaborated with a deep and ever-growing list of artists and groups, including Tony Conrad, New Humans with Vito Acconci, Evan Parker, Thurston Moore, Amy Granat with Jutta Koether, Okkyung Lee, Justin Lieberman, John Wiese, Don Dietrich, Nate Wooley, Chris Corsano, Prurient, and Jandek.
Ben Hall is a drummer, percussionist, tympanist and a founding member of the 1/4 speed Michigan chamber jazz group Graveyards, as well as a co-curator of the experimental label brokenresearch. Other groups include Mêlée with cellist Hans Buetow and trumpeter Nate Wooley, Trauma with guitarist Chris Riggs, The New Monuments with Don Dietrich of Borbetomagus and C. Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core, a duo with violinist Mike Khoury, a duo with saxophonist Wally Shoup, a trio with Joe Morris and Chris Riggs, and a quartet with Vic Rawlings, Greg Kelley, and Chris Riggs.
“Mike Pride is the kind of musician that makes the current NYC underground so vital. He’s always challenging himself with new situations and breaking down barriers between different scenes, intermingling avant-rock, avant-jazz, free improv, and miscellaneous wackiness in a countless stream of projects.” – Michael Anton Parker, Downtown Music Gallery
Jon Irabagon, winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, has performed extensively as both a sideman and as a leader in an ever- expanding range of projects, from the most straight ahead to the most searching. Jon has studied under such divergent artists as Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, Dick Oatts, Jason Moran, Billy Drewes, Greg Fishman, Roscoe Mitchell, Greg Osby, Jon Gordon, Vijay Iyer, Evan Parker, and Victor Goines, and has performed and/or recorded with musical luminaries such as Billy Joel, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes, Joey DeFrancesco, Tom Harrell, Kenny Barron, Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Deborah Gibson, Renee Fleming, Michael Buble, Kenny Washington, Lou Reed, John Taylor, Rufus Reid, Jenny Lewis, Warren Wolf, Mary Halvorson, Ron Sexsmith, Nicholas Payton, John Hebert, Victor Lewis, Frank Kimbrough, and Evan Parker.