June 2007

Avant Gentlemen's Lodge4028 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $5 General Admission
Friday, April 27, 2007 - 8:00pm

James Plotkin-Tim Wyskida

James Plotkin, el. guitar
Tim Wyskida, drums

James Plotkin has been involved in making difficult music for over half his life. Whether writing, performing, or producing, his recordings have been invariably unique and extreme. Each release is usually a complete departure from the last, satisfying the need to explore different and sometimes uncharted avenues of sound and composition. More recent projects display a return to the aggressive, intense style that had originally drawn listeners to his music. Plotkin's body of work to this date consists of over 100 releases across many formats. He has recorded and performed with Franz Treichler, Michael Gira, Mick Harris, Ikue Mori, and John Zorn among others, and has been an integral part of groups including Scorn, Old, Khanate, Phantomsmasher, and Death Ambient.

Tim Wyskida has been playing drums in various groups for over 20 years. His early years were begrudgingly spent playing with a variety of conventional jazz and rock bands. Over the past 10 years he has been collaborating with less conventional musicians that delve into less explored areas of sound. His current groups include Blind Idiot God - an instrumental trio that worms their way through loud, uptempo, complex, precise compositions -, Downriver - an instrumental quartet that plays clean, melodic, monotonous passages with improvised drums and pedal steel guitar -, and Khanate - a primitive ambient metal quartet that bashes their way through aggressive, time stretched compositions.

As a duo, Plotkin & Wyskida have released a CD on the cult Archive label consisting of stream-of-consciousness inventions for guitar and drums. Themes arise, permutate into new themes and then fall into chaos. The dissonance becomes melodic upon further investigation. Rhythms stutter and threaten to solidify, but then refuse. Too dirty to be jazz, yet too free to be rock, their work lies slightly beyond these restrictive terms.

Normal Love
Carlos Santiago, violin
Alex Nagle, guitar
Amnon D. Freidlin, guitar
Evan Lipson, bass
Eli Litwin, drums

Stoking the community since 2006, Normal Love is a Philadelphia based quintet comprised of amplified violin, two electric guitars, electric bass, and drum set. Their music generally has a loud and brutal aesthetic with compositional influences ranging from African minimalism to serialism to death metal, but rarely within the same piece.

Jacob Felix Heule, drums + saxophone
Jay Korber, drums + saxophone

San Francisco's Ettrick is a self-destructive free jazz/black metal assault featuring two multi-instrumentalists rotating through every permutation of their drum and sax duo. Jacob Felix Heule and Jay Korber explore the extreme sounds that can be wrenched from their instruments through brute force - screaming through saxophones, throwing drums and other such impolite extended techniques. The doubled instrumentation provides a situation to explore playing contrasting and complimentary styles on like instruments. Weasel Walter (Flying Luttenbachers, XBXRX), Moe! Staiano (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Moe!kestra!) and others have joined Ettrick on stage for trios and quartets of drum/sax multi-instrumentalists.