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May 5, 2012

Solo Drums+Electronics – The Edge – Birmingham – 05/05/12

Who
Solo Drums+Electronics
When
Saturday, May 5, 2012
TBD - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
79-81 Cheapside
Birmingham, England B12 0QH
Apr 24, 2012

Spring Tour + Festivals + Releases

So I’m doing a solo (drums+electronics) tour across the UK hitting up a bunch of classy cities (details below).

In addition to that, my post-jazz trio, A Greater Horror, is playing the Manchester Jazz festival, as well as releasing our debut EP at the festival.

Speaking of festivals, there’s also the Chorlton Art’s festival, and BEAM festival gig dates in the mix.

Speaking of in the mix (erm, kind of stretching it eh?), my string quartet + computer hard drive piece (It’s Made From Pieces Of From Pieces Of My Skin) should hopefully be premiered by the Distractfold ensemble in a couple of months too, with Angela Guyton making a documentary about the piece/performance.

In addition to the AGH EP release, I’m back in the studio with PA Tremblay to record a follow up to our last CD. Also have some studio time booked with Phil Marks, for a smoking drum duo we’ve been working on, and some more studio time with Richard Knight for a peculiar guitar+no-input mixer thing we’ve been kicking around.

All in all, some rather busy next couple of months. Do stop by some of the gigs and see the new setup/instruments in action.

5 May 2012 – Birmingham – Solo Drums+Electronics
9 May 2012 – Sheffield – Solo Drums+Electronics
10 May 2012 – Manchester – Solo Drums+Electronics
22 May 2012 – Manchester – The Noise Upstairs Ensemble
23 May 2012 – Chorlton – Solo Electronics
25 May 2012 – Manchester – Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern
30 May 2012 – Kent – Solo Drums+Electronics
6 June 2012 – Leeds – Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern
19 June 2012 – Manchester – A Greater Horror
22 June 2012 – Manchester – Drums with PA Tremblay
23 June 2012 – Manchester – Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern
24 June 2012 – London – Solo Drums+Electronics
29 June 2012 – Manchester – The Noise Upstairs Ensemble
5 July 2012 – Manchester – Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern
7 July 2012 – Sheffield – Drums with Federico Reuben
12 July 2012 – Manchester – Drums with Federico Reuben
14 July 2012 – Manchester – A Greater Horror
19 July 2012 – Manchester – Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern
26 July 2012 – Huddersfield – Solo Drums+Electronics

Mar 21, 2012

A Greater Horror – Kro Bar – Manchester – 21/03/12

Who
A Greater Horror
When
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
325 Oxford Road
Manchester, England M13 9PG
Other Info
A Greater Horror opening up for Splice Quartet.
Mar 3, 2012

The Noise Upstairs Ensemble debut gig – The Spread Eagle – Chorlton – 03/03/12

Who
The Noise Upstairs Ensemble debut gig
When
Saturday, March 3, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
The Spread Eagle (map)
526 Wilbraham Road
Chorlton, England M21 9LD
Feb 23, 2012

A Greater Horror – The Salutation – Manchester – 23/02/12

Who
A Greater Horror
When
Thursday, February 23, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
2 Higher Chatham Street
Manchester, England M15 6ED
Other Info
A greater horror is a post-jazz piano trio incorporating elements of free-jazz,
math-rock, contemporary classical, and electronics into something altogether different.
Feb 22, 2012

Tag Team Quartet – The Riverside – Sheffield – 22/02/12

Who
Tag Team Quartet
When
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
1 Mowbray Street
Sheffield, England S3 8EN
Other Info
Two hour straight performance where improvising musicians come in and out of an ongoing performance.
Nov 23, 2011

Takahashi\\\’s Shellfish Concern / COBRA Performance – Bluecoat – Liverpool – 23/11/11

Combine!

A new format from Frakture, an evening combining different artforms and performance styles. Tonight featuring, live paint, music and dance and John Zorn’s piece Cobra. An exceptional night and launch of “Combine” from the Frakture Team.

Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern,

Dave Birchall: Bekke Platt: dance/music duo

John Zorns’ Cobra perform by 20 musicians.

Takahashi Shellfish Concern

Angela Guyton – painting
Rodrigo Constanzo – electronics
Anton Hunter – electronics

Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern are an i mprovised music/visual art trio. Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern combines abstract expressionist visual art with experimental electronic-acoustic music to accentuate the similarities of both during improvised exchanges. Angela Guyton and Rodrigo Constanzo create a new event that requires the audience to consider this merger of music and art as a single expression.

The concept for Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern took shape in early 2006 back in their hometown, Miami, Florida. Rodrigo and Angela had both worked along similar lines in Failure, Arc of Beauty, and continued their collaboration after the group’s dissolution in 2006. Now based in Manchester England, Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern are performing with musician Anton Hunter across the UK

Dave Birchall: Bekke Platt : improvising duo comprising dancer and guitarist .

The duo started working together at the start of summer 2010 to develop works from a basis of improvisation and reflection on approaches they both brought from their respective mediums of expression. This collaborative process has lead to the development of a specific language of performance between the duo.

John Zorn’s Cobra : director Rodrigo Constanzo writes

”Cobra is either an often performed contemporary music composition, an improvisational game, a short attention span barrage of noise, a social experiment, or every piece of music you’ve (n)ever played or heard. I can’t be certain as to which it is or isn’t but I do know that it involves a group of performers, rules that should be read/understood before hand, a rather poorly made set of cue cards, and sometimes dirty headbands.

One thing that I know for certain, from years of involvement with the piece, is that no two performances are anything at all alike, even with the same performers, on the same day. It is not uncommon to find yourself laughing at the serendipity that happens during a performance, only to be still and solemn not three seconds later when a hand gesture made by a performer drives the performance into a completely new direction. At it’s most basic, it is a piece by and for improvisers. A system, or structure, that allows performers to interact in a variety of ways, that can change at the drop of a hat. Beyond that, anyone’s guess is as good as mine.” RC

Who
Takahashi's Shellfish Concern / COBRA Performance
When
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
School Lane
Liverpool, England L1 3BX
Other Info
Combine!

A new format from Frakture, an evening combining different artforms and performance styles. Tonight featuring, live paint, music and dance and John Zorn’s piece Cobra. An exceptional night and launch of “Combine” from the Frakture Team.

Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern,
Dave Birchall: Bekke Platt: dance/music duo
John Zorns’ Cobra perform by 20 musicians.

Takahashi Shellfish Concern

Angela Guyton - painting
Rodrigo Constanzo - electronics
Anton Hunter - electronics

Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern are an i mprovised music/visual art trio. Takahashi's Shellfish Concern combines abstract expressionist visual art with experimental electronic-acoustic music to accentuate the similarities of both during improvised exchanges. Angela Guyton and Rodrigo Constanzo create a new event that requires the audience to consider this merger of music and art as a single expression.

The concept for Takahashi's Shellfish Concern took shape in early 2006 back in their hometown, Miami, Florida. Rodrigo and Angela had both worked along similar lines in Failure, Arc of Beauty, and continued their collaboration after the group's dissolution in 2006. Now based in Manchester England, Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern are performing with musician Anton Hunter across the UK

Dave Birchall: Bekke Platt : improvising duo comprising dancer and guitarist .

The duo started working together at the start of summer 2010 to develop works from a basis of improvisation and reflection on approaches they both brought from their respective mediums of expression. This collaborative process has lead to the development of a specific language of performance between the duo.

John Zorn's Cobra : director Rodrigo Constanzo writes

”Cobra is either an often performed contemporary music composition, an improvisational game, a short attention span barrage of noise, a social experiment, or every piece of music you've (n)ever played or heard. I can't be certain as to which it is or isn't but I do know that it involves a group of performers, rules that should be read/understood before hand, a rather poorly made set of cue cards, and sometimes dirty headbands.

One thing that I know for certain, from years of involvement with the piece, is that no two performances are anything at all alike, even with the same performers, on the same day. It is not uncommon to find yourself laughing at the serendipity that happens during a performance, only to be still and solemn not three seconds later when a hand gesture made by a performer drives the performance into a completely new direction. At it's most basic, it is a piece by and for improvisers. A system, or structure, that allows performers to interact in a variety of ways, that can change at the drop of a hat. Beyond that, anyone's guess is as good as mine.” RC
Nov 5, 2011

Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern @ Tubers Music – St. Margaret’s Church – Whalley Range – 05/11/11

Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern at Tubers Music in Whalley Range.

For more info/pictures/sound visit :
http://www.takahashisshellfishconcern.com 

Who
Takahashi's Shellfish Concern @ Tubers Music
When
Saturday, November 5, 2011
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
St. Margaret's Church (map)
Rufford Road
Whalley Range, England M16 8AE
Oct 21, 2011

Improv duo with Johnny Hunter – St. Margaret’s Church – Whalley Range – 21/10/11

Who
Improv duo with Johnny Hunter
When
Friday, October 21, 2011
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
St. Margaret's Church (map)
Rufford Road
Whalley Range, England M16 8AE
Other Info
Performing an improv set on acoustic piano with Johnny Hunter on drums.
Oct 18, 2011

New Piano Trio – Sandbar – Manchester – 18/10/11

New piano trio with Mauricio Pauly on electric bass and Alex Tod on drums.

Who
New Piano Trio
When
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
120 Grosvenor Street
Manchester, England M1 7HL
Other Info
New piano trio with Mauricio Pauly on electric bass and Alex Tod on drums.
Feb 10, 2011

16 Figures

16 Figures

I’m very excited to release “16 Figures”, a improv trio CD I recorded last year with Ray Evanoff and Iain Harrison. After recording Ray’s duo ATEMNT for The Noise Upstairs records last year I proposed an improv project to Ray, which quickly turned into a trio with Iain on sax. The original idea was to have lots of short improv pieces, but after rehearsing and discussing ideas, we scrapped the short pieces idea and just left it completely open. I sort of glazed over what the actual idea was from the start for the sake of everyone involved, but let me just say that it involved a movie with Vin Diesel….

Continue reading »

Mar 28, 2010

NUS Label Launch Party

Label Launch Party

After joining The Noise Upstairs last year, Anton and I put a lot of things in motion to help The Noise Upstairs grow and improve. Among them have been excellent workshops, podcasts, and now a new Sheffield Noise Upstairs, but one of the biggest has been The Noise Upstairs Records. We just released our third CD by the amazing Huddersfield duo Atement (formerly Gift of Life, which performed back in November last year). We decided it was finally time to make a big deal about it so we had a label launch night party. Continue reading »

Feb 13, 2010

GEMDays Festival

gemdays

After speaking at the Max/MSP Symposium at last years GEMDays Festival, PA Tremblay mentioned that he’s going to try to get me to perform at this years festival. One year later, it came to pass. I shared the night with Phil Archer. We were both interviewed before the concert, which was wonderful to hear how similar our paths had been, even though the results were rather different (we were both still playing on the ‘circuit-bending’ night). Continue reading »

Jan 25, 2010

Xiu Xiu & me and you

Xiu Xiu

So like, one of my bands, Deaf To Van Gogh’s Ear is opening up for Xiu Xiu next month (February 23rd). This is super, absolutely, truly, amazing. It’s the second time we’ve opened up for someone ‘starstruck-able’, the first time being when we opened up for Extra Life last year.

Awesome.

Nov 17, 2009

Piano + Laptop Improv

Piano and Laptop

Had the opportunity to open up for Ingrid Laubrock as part of The Noise Upstairs Presents. Since the venue (Cross Street Chapel) has a nice grand piano, I decided to forgo my recent ‘solo drums’ improv and do a piano set. I invited Scott Hewitt to join me on Laptop/Sampling. We hadn’t rehearsed prior to the gig, and had only played together as part of larger ensembles at Inclusive Improv sessions, so it it’s pretty fresh as far as fresh goes. Continue reading »

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Rodrigo Constanzo
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