Thollem McDonas and The Sisters Three, Sept. 22nd

•September 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment



This time, we welcome Thollem McDonas and The Sisters Three. Doors open at 7:00 pm for this 7:30 pm performance. Tickets are $10.

Thollem’s solo piano work is a constant flow full of nuances and collisions of his studies of 350 years of keyboard musics and those found in the ever-changing environments along his perpetual travels. “Thollem McDonas does what few can: He combines extreme imagination with terrific post-classical chops and an ability to communicate through melody. A fresh, disciplined avant-pianist with an attractively extreme viewpoint.” (Greg Burk – LA Weekly)

“An intense and virtuosic keyboard improviser” (TimeOut, NY), Thollem ”inhabits a world uniquely his own, rhythmically, harmonically and formally. A true original.” (Terry Riley)

“The Sisters Three are: my brothers, my sisters, my challengers, my keepers, my fellow mossy stones, my companions in chaos.” – Huckleberry Grimm

The Sisters Three (Brothers Grimm + db pedersen), ‘so wither’d and so wild in their attire, that look not like the inhabitants o’ the earth,’ – on this autumnal equinox performance – invite you to both celebrate Summer’s end and to encourage the return of Fall. Bring elements of Autumn, memoirs of Fall. By time The Sisters Three convene this September 22nd, the current embers of Madison’s cicada choir will be totally absent as will all the anxious energy spun by Summer’s zeal. Provided silent sanctuary, The Sisters Three will pay special homage to those courageous leaves which cast off chlorophyll pretensions and reveal the wide spectrum of their honest selves.


The Laubrock/Rainey Duo

•May 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment



This Surrounded By Reality concert features an evening of contemporary jazz brought to you by Tom Rainey and Ingrid Laubrock who make up this drum and saxophone duo. Join us at Audio for the Arts, (7 S Blair Street, Madison, WI) on June 3rd, 2014 at 8:00pm to be a part of this Duo’s only performance in Wisconsin this year!

Ingrid won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2004,was nominated for the BBC Jazz Award for ‘Rising Star’ in 2005 for her soprano and tenor saxophone performances.

“Tom Rainey is a player who swerves between avant-garde notions and a mainstream sensibility and when he plays the smell of invention is in the air”
Joseph Woodard, L.A Times

Tickets are just $10 at the door and are limited to 35.
This concert will be recorded for later broadcast.

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•February 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The Jeff Herriott/Trevor Saint duo

Due to an injury to one of the performers, this show has been canceled.


Trevor Saint is a dynamic percussionist and improviser specializing in the glockenspiel; he performs on a rare instrument with an extended range of pitches. Now based in Brooklyn, the Wisconsin native returns to Madison for an evening of music with old friends and collaborators. The Jeff Herriott/Trevor Saint duo combines Trevor’s love of the glockenspiel (and other resonant metals) with Jeff Herriott’s ability to electronically alter reality at the edge of perception. They create soundscapes that shift slowly from one texture to another, often improvising within fixed structures. The Lawton Hall/Trevor Saint duo will be exploring new sonic worlds as a duo, with Trevor’s clear, shimmering bells contrasting Lawton’s mechanical sounds created with computer-controlled slide projectors. This performance will dig deeper into the elusive idea of “nostalgia”, which Hall also explored in the installation Cyclic Histories (for M.L.) and the album Spirits of the Age, two works (in two very different media) created specifically for the Sensorium gallery in Milwaukee.

Hobby Horse – Sunday, January 13 – Audio for the Arts – 8pm

•January 7, 2013 • Leave a Comment


Hobby Horse

Dan Kinzelman: Sax/Clarinets/Voice/Flutes

Joe Rehmer: Bass/Keyboards/Voice/Percussion

Stefano Tamborrino: Drums/Percussion/Melodica/Voice

Alternating between hypnotic and mysterious vamps and moments of explosive dynamism, the music of Hobby Horse combines elements drawn from free jazz, ambient music, rock and electronic music. The widely varying experiences of the three members enrich a music which evades genre limitations while nonetheless maintaining a strong connection to their jazz roots.

Hobby Horse first performed in 2008 as a traditional sax trio, but their more recent efforts have seen a tendency to explore the sonic limits of the trio by using non-traditional instruments such as tin whistle, recorder, glockenspiel, melodica and choral arrangements. This adds an almost orchestral dimension to the repertoire which places original tunes written for the band alongside tunes by Tom Waits, Robert Wyatt and Thelonius Monk.

Doors 7:30   Show 8pm

@ Audio for the Arts


Tres Hongos @ Audio for the Arts, Thursday, January 3, 8pm

•December 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Tres Hongos is a trio comprised of Bay Area trumpeter Jacob Wick (White Rocket, HighLife), pianist Marc Riordan (Wishgift, Old Idea) and percussionist Frank Rosaly (Fast Citizens, Mandarin Movie, Rolldown), both from Chicago. The trio explores long and short form improvisation that draws influences from a wide range of sound and music traditions, from the improvised to the strictly composed. Their improvised performances are characterized by sudden, playful shifts between static harmonies and tones, modular melodies, pointillistic interplay and dense, percussive assaults. Tres Hongos is three modern musicians in suits.

tres hongos press pic

Benjamin Bennett + Brothers Grimm, Monday, 11/26/12, 8pm, Audio for the Arts, 7 S. Blair St.

•November 15, 2012 • Leave a Comment


Ben Bennett started playing music as a young child, took up the drums in middle school, and has always been attracted to improvisation. His interest in jazz moved steadily towards the more avant-guarde, then to free jazz, and onward into the world of free-improv. His current music stems mainly from various forms of free-improv: maximalist, reduced, noise, etc. A desire to get the most varied and visceral array of sounds from the simplest instruments has led to an ongoing process of distilling the drumset to its essential sound-maker, the vibrating membrane. Using extended techniques involving breath and friction, as well as the time-honored tradition of hitting things with sticks, he plays an evolving pile of frame drums, pre-tuned drum heads, metal things, tubes, and other objects that can be combined and recombined to get a variety of sounds during a performance. This set-up lends itself greatly towards being crammed in a backpack, strapped to a bike, dragged along the ground, or thrown down the stairs, generally without physical or psycological damage.For over a decade the Brothers Grimm have been performing string music together on Guitar, Cello, and Chinese string instruments. Separately, Brian studied Chinese music in Hong Kong and AJ studied Flamenco in Granada, Spain. They draw upon these experiences in addition to contemporary classical music forming flexible approaches in composition and improvisation practices.


He Can Jog with Tom Hamer, Greg Taylor and Geoff Brady – November 17 – 8pm – Audio for the Arts

•October 23, 2012 • Leave a Comment

He Can Jog is computer musician Erik Schoster and friends from Milwaukee Wisconsin. As He Can Jog he has released three full length records and a smattering of EPs, remixes, and sundry recordings on a number of small labels including Nomadic Kids Republic, Listening Party, Audiobulb Records and The Leaf Label. XLR8R calls it music to “please both laptop scientists and kids wanting something pretty to listen to while driving a car.”

Tom Hamer is a drummer and percussionist from Madison.Over the years he has played drums in many rock and experimental groups (The Romulans, Station Wagon, Vortex, Dangerous Odds and Fuzzy Logic). His ongoing collaboration with pal Gregory and friends gives him the opportunity for more subtlety and textural work, utilizing amplified sundry found items (pine cone, bottles, bowls, etc.) as resonant objects.

Gregory Taylor is an improvising laptop performer from Madison. He has performed globally as a solo artist and in various improvisational groups that include percussionist Tom Hamer, synthesist Darwin Grosse, laptop composer Brad Garton and mandolinist Terry Pender (as PGT), and with avant-Trumpeter Jeff Kaiser (as the Desert Fathers). In addition, Gregory hosts the weekly radio/webcast program of electronic and experimental music RTQE on WORT-FM.

Geoffrey Brady is a percussionist/thereminist who resides in Madison. The youngest of six children, Brady plays in local ensembles such as The Alison Margaret Quartet and Yid Vicious. He is a married homeowner with two cats who mainly wears Golden Toe socks.