Date(s) - 02/11/2020
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Royal Room
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- Dan Rosenboom – cornet, electronics, trumpet
- Gavin Templeton – saxophone
- Jake Vossler – guitar
- Jerry Watts, Jr. – bass
- Gary Novak – drums
Absurd in the Anthropocene – out January 31, 2020 via Gearbox Records – is in line with Rosenboom’s abstract musicianship and virtuous experimentalism but, naturally, pushes the envelope. The record’s inspirations run the gamut from Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman to Frank Zappa, Soundgarden, and Squarepusher, and its title refers to the complicated and often surreal times in which we live.
“This album is about responding to our modern world in a way that is reflectively critical yet frenetically joyous,” Rosenboom says. “Maelstrom and cognitive dissonance are everywhere, online and on the news. People cherry-pick what they want to believe and discount factual data. Inequity is rampant. In the face of such overwhelming chaos, turning toward our inner humanity is a powerful move. I want to take all that emotional fuel, and turn it into something creative, spontaneous, and beautiful.”
A musician dedicated to exploration and expression, regardless of anyone’s imagined boundaries.
– Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
A singularly creative voice whose unique aesthetic encompasses an array of idiosyncratic influences…a lyrical virtuoso with a commanding tone, whose expansive trumpet technique is saliently paralleled in his diverse writing…an artist on the rise.
– Troy Collins, All About Jazz
Bad Luck performs in another cosmos from most bands. With more than a decade of collaboration, Neil Welch (saxophone + live electronics) and Christopher Icasiano (drums) “bear down on you like a cyclone of fire” (The Stranger). Based out of Seattle, Bad Luck is a genre-defying supernova of electronics, metal, folk and jazz.
Saxophone/electronics player Neil Welch and drummer Chris Icasiano spent years making epic long-form compositions (and three albums) in the tradition of free jazz legends like John Coltrane. Their new album, Four, recorded at Avast Studios with Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Marissa Nadler) slams the epic energy of those free improvisations into shorter, rhythmic forms. Welch screams and breathes into his horn, acoustically creates chords, and uses electronics more familiar to guitar players. Icasiano does things that seem impossible with four drumsticks at once.
Outside of music’s commonly accepted beat exists an emancipated, implied meter, an empowered and truly free human expression.
…an avant garde jazz duo known for its near-omnipotence on the scene…
– Seattle Magazine
IMAGE by Aubre Hill