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by Andrew Sacher
Buke and Gase at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
After tonight's show, Father Murphy, who are here from Italy, head out on tour with Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches (which hits Bowery Ballroom this Friday 5/4). Their album was mixed by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier who is one third of, but not the drummer of, Les Bonhommes (that also features William Kuehn from Rainer Maria).
Other performances throughout the week include former Parts & Labor noisemaker Dan Friel and Bunnybrains on 5/4; a Tonic reunion featuring Mephista with John Zorn, Steve Bernstein's MTO and more; Extra Life's Charlie Looker, Greg Fox, & Jamie Saft and Glass Ghost on 5/11, gonzo drummer Greg Fox and Hubble on 5/12, a powerhouse grouping of Ryan Sawyer, Colin Stetson, Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh Quartet on 5/13, and Matana Roberts and Ches Smith on 5/15, among others.
Buke & Gase don't actually play any of the shows they curated but they do play the Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry fest on May 4 at BAM.
The second half of May at the Stone is curated by Gyan Riley.
Check out the full schedule below...
MAY AT THE STONE:
5/1 Tuesday (TD)
freddie (vocals, guitar) Chiara Lee (vocals, keyboards, percussion) Vittorio Demarin (drums, viola, vocals)
Greg Saunier (vocals, guitar, bass) William Kuehn (drums) Deron Pulley (bass, guitar)
5/2 Wednesday (JC)
Sam Kulik (voice, bass trombone, guitar) Shahzad Ismaily (guitar, drums, voice)
Performing classic song-poems, songs from Sam's new album "Escape from Society," and ritual improvisations.
Why I Must Be Careful
]ohn Niekrasz (drums) 5eth Brown (rhodes piano)
5/3 Thursday (KR)
Booker Stardrum (drums) Weston Minissali (synthesizer ) Steve Marion (guitar)
Chris Corsano (drums)
5/4 Friday (NY)
5/5 Saturday (KR)
Travis Laplante Quartet
Travis Laplante (tenor sax) Mat Maneri (viola) Michael Formanek (bass) Randy Peterson (drums)
Travis Laplante (tenor sax) Darius Jones (alto sax) Andrew Smiley (guitar) Jason Nazary (drums)
5/6 Sunday (JM)
Otto Hauser and Anders Griffen
Otto Hauser, Anders Griffen (drums)
Ben Syversen (trumpet) Xander Naylor (guitar) Jeremy Gustin (drums) Special guest Don Godwin (tuba, electronics)
5/7 Monday (RK)
A TONIC REUNION
Mephista with John Zorn / Steve Bernstein's MTO and several more special events
A SPECIAL NIGHT CURATED BY MELISSA CARUSO-SCOTT IN CELEBRATION OF THE DOWNTOWN PERFORMANCE SPACE TONIC! TWENTY DOLLARS
5/8 Tuesday (NY)
Ofir Ganon (guitar) Alex Nelson (vocals)
Ofir Ganon with guest Alex Nelson.
Adam Schatz & Thomas Whites' OPTIONCOPTER
The OptionCopter Players: Adam Schatz (workstation, whistle, sax)
Thomas White (clipboard, playbook, bass) Max Jaffe (drums) Jeremy Gustin, Booker Stardrum, Ian Chang (drums) Skye Steele (violin) Brandon Seabrook (guitar, banjo) Spencer Zahn (bass) Jas Walton (sax) Kirk Schoenherr (guitar) Jonah Parzen-Johnson (bari) Noah Garabedian (upright) Kirk Knuffke (trumpet) Curtis Hasselbring (trombone) Ross Edwards (keys)
A team based improvisation adventure, coached by Thomas White and refereed by Adam Schatz. There will be Time Ins and Time Outs, there will be buzzer beatings, and a whole lot of SUBS. White will coach and sub the players in and out, while Schatz will sample and resample the music as it progresses, through his future-perfect workstation, or the "Schatzophone" as others have so dubbed it. Funding made possible by the Fictional Foundation For Silly Ideas.
5/9 Wednesday (KR)
Nate Kinsella (glass harmonica, electronics) Mivos Quartet: Davey Vassallo (guitar) Attiss Ngo (bass) Luke Bergkoetter (drums, marimba, vibraphone)
Darius Jones, Tom Blancarte, Weasel Walter, Forbes Graham
Darius Jones (alto sax) Tom Blancarte (bass) Weasel Walter (drums) Forbes Graham (trumpet)
5/10 Thursday (TO)
Nick Podgurski (drums, vocals)
Arts & Sciences
Matt Nelson, Jacob Zimmerman (saxes) Michael Coleman (keyboards) Jordan Glenn (drums)
5/11 Friday (BS)
Charlie Looker (guitar) Greg Fox (drums) Jamie Saft (keyboard)
A special first-time improvised collaboration between Charlie Looker (Extra Life, Seaven Teares), Greg Fox (GDFX, Guardian Alien) and Jamie Saft (Masada, Tzadik recording artist).
Eliot Krimsky (vocals, keys) Mike Johnson (drums, electronics)
Greg Fox (drums)
Ben Greenberg (electronics, etc.)
5/13 Sunday (KR)
8 and 10 pm
Ryan Sawyer, Colin Stetson, Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh Quartet
Ryan Sawyer (drums) Colin Stetson (saxophones, reeds) Nate Wooley (trumpet) C. Spencer Yeh
5/14 Monday (SK)
7:30 and 9 pm
NEW MUSIC OBSERVATORY AT THE STONE
STEVEN BERNSTEIN'S MILLENNIAL TERRITORY ORCHESTRA
5/15 Tuesday (CB)
Matana Roberts and Ches Smith
Matana Roberts (sax) Ches Smith (drums)