By Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Mary Halvorson & Weasel Walter - Lapis Lazuli Nights (MP3)
(Former) Flying Luttenbacher Weasel Walter has been busy since the project's disbandment last November: from sessions with Sun Ra saxist Marshall Allen to 88BOADRUM and xbxrx gigs earlier this year to a neverending flow of free-jazz projects and one-offs, the Oakland drummer/multi-instrumentalist is constantly moving. This week he's coming to the East Coast for a string of improv dates with a rotating cast of collaborators.
Tonight, Wed Sept 17, Weasel Walter Trio - Weasel Walter (drums), Perry Robinson (clarinet), Reuben Radding (bass) - plays the Dabora Gallery in Greenpoint, with Zs, MV Carbon, Skeletons, Symbol and Dome Theatre.
Friday, Sept 19, he's at Zebulon, as a quartet with Lisle Ellis (bass), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon) and Nate Wooley (trumpet).
Then, Monday, Sept 22, the Delancey in Manhattan hosts the Peter Evans-Weasel Walter duo, Jeff Gretz Group, and double-drummer act Marc Edwards-Weasel Walter group (Weasel Walter (drums), Marc Edwards (drums), Tom Blancarte (bass), Peter Evans (trumpet), Paul Flaherty (saxophones), Darius Jones (alto saxophone). Doors at 7:30pm, $7.
Earlier in September, Walter's label UgExplode Records released the vinyl-only Oculus ex Abyssus, a quartet recording with Walter and NYC trumpeter Peter Evans who appears Monday. Also released this month was a Peter Evans/James Fei/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter CD-R, and last April saw Weasel Walter and NYC guitarist Mary Halvorson (who appears on some of the out-of-town dates listed below) join on a CD called Opulence.
Walter also pulls drum duties with Polyvinyl thrash-punk band xbxrx, which is currently writing and recording a new full-length for spring 2009 release, as well as putting together a singles collection for January 2009. xbxrx.com on the new record: "[it] may be a good mix of 'real' sixth in sixes/wars type songs, experimental improvisation ala 'sounds', and some totally new craziness we have never tried before."
Check out the video Weasel Walter w/ saxist Aram Shelton below for a taste of his improv stuff. All dates are down there too...
Weasel Walter/Aram Shelton Duo Part 3
(P.S. download Luttenbachers' second album Constructive Destruction here)
Weasel Walter - 2008 Tour Dates
Sep 17 - Weasel Walter Trio @ Dabora Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Sep 18 - Walter/Halvorson/Evans @ Ars Nova Jazz, Philadelphia, PA
Sep 19 - Walter/Schoenbeck/Ellis/Wooley @ Zebulon, Brooklyn, NY
Sep 20 - Walter/Halvorson/Evans @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, NY
Sep 21 - Walter/Halvorson/Evans @ Bug Jar, Rochester, NY
Sep 22 - Edwards-Walter Group @ The Delancey, New York, NY
Oct 09 - Elliott Levin Quartet @ 21 Grand, Oakland, CA