Sideways Shows For A Straight-Laced City

Resonant Interval #20: Gordon Grdina, Kenton Loewen, Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten, Stefan Gonzalez, Nick Cabrera, Jason Jackson

March 26, 2010
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Resonant Interval #20 features our most geographically diverse shows to date. Bassist Ingebrigt Hakker Flaten, who recently moved to Austin from his native Norway, is one of the definitive bass players of his generation, playing with punk jazz trio The Thing, the blistering Scandinavian quintet Atomic & many others across Europe and North America.

He is pulling double duty on this concert, playing in a trio with Canadian oudist Gordon Grdina and drummer Kenton Loewen & a quartet with three Texas natives–Jason Jackson & Nick Cabrera on reeds and Stefan Gonzalez on drums, each of whom have at least a dozen projects between them which range from grindcore to funk. It will be a thrilling evening to say the least.

The concert begins at 7:45 pm. As we have performers travelling from across the state and across the continent, there will be a cover charge on a sliding scale between 5 to 10 dollars.

Here are some links to the various projects of Sundays’ performers:

Zanzibar Snails (Nick Cabrera)

Grdina Trio:

The Thing:

Yells At Eels (Stefan Gonzalez):

Akkolyte (Stefan Gonzalez):

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Resonant Interval Sound Series #18: I Heart Lung, Rare Grooves & CJ Boyd

March 12, 2010
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This Sunday we are proud to welcome five formidable musicians passing through the Lone Star State on their way to NX35 and SXSW, gracing Houston with two evenings of exciting sound.

I Heart Lung (Chris Schlarb on guitar & Tom Steck on drums) , from Long Beach, California, stir up a potent blend of drone, free jazz, noise rock & the contributions of their many collaborators.  They have released records on Sounds Are Active, Asthmatic Kitty & Thor’s Rubber Hammer and performed across the United States.

Taken from their Sounds Are Active album Between Them A Forest Grew, Trackless and Quiet:

If I Were A Young Man Now

Maleem Ya Maleem

From their performance for the “40 Bands/80 Minutes” documentary:

Rare Grooves, also hailing from the LA area, play a slowed-down but no less eclectic variation on Minutemen-style punk, which is unsurprising given their recording collaborations with Mike Watt. Hear their most recent recording with him here.

Itinerant bass player CJ Boyd will be blowing back into town for this show. His perpetual touring has made him familiar to many people in Houston and across the world.

There will be several combinations of each groups’ personnel throughout the night, making for a very unique opportunity to see some top-notch improvisors playing to each others’ strengths.

Show details may be found on this excellent Michael Curtin poster:

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Upcoming March Resonant Interval Concerts

March 9, 2010
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It’s been pretty mad around here at Resonant Interval headquarters, so we wanted to take a moment to thank Together, We Are Instruments, Six Strings That Divine Water, J.D. Franklin & Josiah Gabriel for playing the last two concerts. It has been a real treat to see so much of the electric electronic music going on in Houston.

We are very fortunate to present several artists passing through town on their way to SXSW in Austin, NX35 in Denton & on some nationwide tours. Here are posters for this Sunday’s show and a special rooftop show occurring the following Tuesday.

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Resonant Interval Sound Series #15: Nicholas Rejack & Concrete Violin

February 20, 2010
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This week we will be welcoming another visitor from Austin at Resonant Interval, Nicholas Rejack. Nicholas works with maximalist drones generated from Max/MSP patches, which should be especially well-suited to the acoustic properties of The Husk.

Concrete Violin is the solo vehicle of Austin Caustic, a longtime participant in the Houston noise scene, dating back to KPFT’s “Funhouse” radio program (co-hosted with Vinal Edge’s Chuck Roast) in the mid 80s. He brings a unique performance dynamic to a sometimes stage-shy music community. This week’s set will be much more in the vein of dark ambient sounds wrought from his extensive effect-pedal circuit.

As always the show begins at 7:45 pm at The Husk (2808 Milam, between Khon’s Bar & Pho Saigon). A $5 cover charge goes directly to the performers. We hope to see you this weekend.

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Resonant Interval Presents Dan Higgs, Stellar OM Source, JD Emmanuel, Weird Weeds & Roomies! Tonight, 2/5, at The Husk

February 5, 2010
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Higgs Poster

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Resonant Interval Sound Series #13: Daniel Zajicek/Andrew Zukoski/Hsin-Jung Tsai & Chairs (featuring Charlie Naked)

January 24, 2010
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This Sunday promises a diverse pairing of top-notch performers, working across a variety of creative fields. The trio of Daniel Zajicek, Andrew Zukoski & Hsin-Jung Tsai unites piano performace, digital sound processing and real-time image manipulation. With curriculae vitae incorporating graduate work in composition & performance in both musical and theatrical idioms across America, Europe & Asia, this trio should provide an exhilarating axis of audial-visual interaction.

No less impressive is the cosmic jazz of Chairs. Featuring veteran Houston musician Charliey Naked, this quartet mines the richest veins of Albert Ayler, Sun Ra and other visionaries of the transporting power of jazz music, filtered through the spiky bite of the post-punk diaspora.

The show takes place at The Husk (2808 Milam, between Khon’s Bar and Pho Saigon) at 7:45 pm. A $5 cover charge goes directly to the performers. Thank you for supporting visionary music in Houston.

Performer links:

Daniel Zajicek

Andrew Zukoski

Hsin-Jung Tsai


Charlie Naked

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Resonant Interval #8: Melanie Jamison/Michael Waller & Lance Higdon/Robert Pearson

January 19, 2010
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Melanie Jamison is a visual artist pursuing her MFA in Houston. She was joined by Michael Waller who currently resides in New York City. They have both studied with La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela at The Dream House. More of Michael’s music can be heard here.

Local pianist Robert Pearson and drummer Lance Higdon played together for the first time in the second hour. Note the Insect Warefare shirt sported by Lance.

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Resonant Interval #7 (Recap): Amputee & Endless Blinding Sunshine

December 17, 2009
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Last Sunday proved to be one of the most memorably concerts we have had this year. There was a sizable and appreciative crowd in place to take in sets from Amputee (Adam Butera, graciously stepping in for Brent Fariss, who was unable to perform due to a friend’s passing) and Endless Blinding Sunshine.

Adam (who also plays in Kai/Ros and Exterminating Angels) elected to play from an angle catty-corner to the typical performance area, which made for interesting acoustic effects from the long part of the room and an interesting conundrum for which way the audience might face.

Endless Blinding Sunshine (Carlos Pozo and Steve Matis) artfully blended sine waves and cymbals for an enwombing set of drone.

Brief video clip of Endless Blinding Sunshine and audience:

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Resonant Interval #6 (Recap)

December 12, 2009
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Resonant Interval #6 played host to the impromtu ensemble Seal Meat (Meghan Hendley, Michael Curtin & Scott Ritter) and the cohabitating duo Roomies! (Ryan Edwards & Doug Falk).

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Resonant Interval # 5 (Recap)

December 12, 2009
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We beg your forgiveness for the dearth of posts lately. Here are some pictoral accounts of the last few shows.

Sunday December 6th

Resonant Interval played host to Robert Pearson, playing solo on electric piano, and Dave Dove, in a rare solo trombone performance. The audience was treated to a short duet at the end of the evening.

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