The debut of Mars Guitars / forthcoming Chicago dates…

This past Sunday was the debut of Mars Guitars, a new quintet led by Mars Williams on reeds, Peter Maunu, Brian Sandstrom and Steve Marquette on electric guitars and yours truly on drums and percussion.

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Below are a few clips taken by Mink Oil from our nearly 2 hour gig (sorry about the quality – the room was very dark and we were very loud):



I will be back at The Owl on Sunday, October 25th w/ The Mars Williams Quartet as part of Mars’ month-long Sunday residency. Additionally, I will be joining Dave Rempis (reeds), Peter Maunu (guitar, violin, mandolin) and Albert Wildeman (double bass) at Splice Series at Chicago’s Beat Kitchen on Wednesday, November 4th. Hope to see ya there…


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“Oninbo” now back in print and other news…

After a long break in updates I’m pleased to announce that my debut release with bassist Darin Gray, …Oninbo, is now back in print on archival quality CDr. It is available now over at the YOKE page. Darin and I will also have copies on hand on upcoming tour dates. For those interested in a digital version it is available for download at my BANDCAMP page.

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As I mentioned above, Darin and I will be doing another brief tour in mid-November in support of our second release entitled For Four. For Four is a complete 38-minute set recorded live on May 3rd, 2014 in Champaign, IL. The initial pressing features two-color screen printed sleeves (printed by In Case Of Emergency Press) and will be released on CDr in an edition of 50 copies on November 20th, 2015.

Additionally, Tashi Dorji and I are in the mixing stages for a full-length release due out in 2016. More on that later…

Lastly, upcoming dates, solo and ensemble:

Thursday, October 8th – solo performance at Wounded Galaxies Festival w/ James Ilgenfritz (NYC), Tony Brewer (Bloomington) @ The Bishop (123 S. Walnut St.), Bloomington, IN

Sunday, October 11th – quintet w/ Mars Williams, Peter Maunu, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Marquette @ The Owl (2521 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Chicago, IL

Sunday, October 25th – quartet w/ Mars Williams, Peter Maunu, Kent Kessler @ The Owl (2521 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Chicago, IL

Wednesday, November 4th – quartet w/ Dave Rempis, Peter Maunu, Albert Wildeman @ The Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont Ave.), Chicago, IL

Official mid-November duo dates w/ Darin Gray coming soon…


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Mars Williams Quartet live debut now streaming…

The debut live performance by The Mars Williams Quartet (Mars Williams, Kent Kessler, Peter Maunu and myself) is now available to stream for free. It includes both of our full sets from Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, recorded Monday, July 22nd, 2015 as part of the OPTION series. Check it out below!

We will be back in Chicago at The Owl on Sunday, October 25th. See you there…


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Back from Asheville!

I had the great privilege of spending this past week in Asheville, North Carolina playing, recording and generally sharing good times with the always incredible Tashi Dorji. I cannot overstate the level of spiritual satisfaction I experienced on this trip. Tashi and I have only known each other a short while but it often feels like we’re old friends, both personally and musically. I will be patient but I must admit I’m very excited to (eventually) share these recordings with the listening public!

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I am pleased to extend an enormous thank you to Tashi, Patrick Kukucka (recording engineer extraordinaire – check out Hi Z lo z), Meredith, Effie, Mille and little Jetsun, Rae, Thom Nguyen, Jamie Hepler, Ross from Villages and the great people of Asheville for their kindness, support and accommodation…and excellent food. A positive, healthy head space is vastly important to me, especially while traveling and trying to tap into creative potential (finding the “magic”), and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you!

IMG_1342Good times at Black Mountain.

IMG_1358Live shot from the Lazy Diamond in Asheville. Photo by Thom Nguyen.

IMG_1367Notes on a napkin from an audience member regarding my solo set in Asheville. Putting “knee healer” on my resume.

MANAS (Tashi & Thom) has a new double cassette out on New Body Tapes, as well as a forthcoming LP on Feeding Tube and another tape on Körper / Lieb. Do yourself a favor and check out what they’re doing. Free rock of a very high order…

opensexduomutantfestiiOpen Sex duo photo at the Back Door in Bloomington by Craig Bell.

Additionally, I had the pleasure of playing with John Dawson as Open Sex at Mutant Fest II yesterday in Bloomington. Unfortunately I didn’t get to attend most of the day but I was stoked to catch killer sets from Timmy’s Organism and The Gizmos. Thanks to Meagz and Alex for having us along…what a week…!

Here’s a live clip from the show (also by Craig Bell):

I’ve added a few new shows to the LIVE page including a duo gig w/ Keith Jost on Friday, July 24th opening for Chicago’s Tim Daisy and NYC’s Daniel Levin. Also of note, I will be returning to Chicago on Sunday, October 25th to reconvene with Mars Williams, Peter Maunu and Kent Kessler as The Mars Williams Quartet. Our recordings from our debut performance at Experimental Sound Studio will be streaming imminently…

Lastly, Lech and Open Sex both have cassette releases on the horizon. Keep an ear to the ground for ’em…


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