Weasel Walter – a No Wave lecture @ Bard, Zebulon, other tour dates & free downloads
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Mary Halvorson & Weasel Walter - Lapis Lazuli Nights (MP3)
Weasel Walter @ Bug Jar, Rochester, NY, 9/21/08 (photo by Joe Tunis)
"I'm hard-pressed to find contemporary free jazz that I can relate to. I want to hear really violent fucked-up free jazz records, and I don't hear anybody else makin' 'em, so I make 'em myself." -[Weasel Walter in L.A. Record]
Drummer/composer/improviser Weasel Walter is visiting Bard College Thursday (3/5) to give a video lecture on "the NYC No-Wave sound, complete with rare footage and audio from bands involved in the movement." (Walter wrote an introduction to Marc Masters's book on the subject, No Wave.)
He then comes to Zebulon in Brooklyn on Saturday (3/7) for a jazz improv gig with NYC guitarist Mary Halvorson. The pair played together during Walter's last NYC stint in September. Expect a disquieting, dynamics-filled set that touches on both Halvorson's melodic debut CD, Dragon's Head, and Walters's tension-heavy drums.
Among the releases coming from WW's ugEXPLODE label is a possible Walter/Halvorson/trumpeter Peter Evans CD-R, out this summer. From MySpace: "i'm toying with the idea of putting out some stuff of that trio from our previous gigs, but haven't discussed it with them formally yet. there was a lot of video shot of two of the sept. shows, and we may release some of that as well."
Hardcore/metal group xBxRx, which features WW on drums, is currently mixing its next record, which Walter described as "some improvised tracks as well as songs...sonically rich and varied. totally intense, as usual."
The Flying Luttenbachers project is disbanded, but the group's punk & avant-jazz-filled second album, Constructive Destruction, featuring Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, Dylan Posa, Chad Organ and Weasel Walter, is now up as a free download at ugEXPLODE.
All tour dates and live videos (including Sept 19, 2008 @ Zebulon) below...
Weasel Walter Quintet (2-9-2009)
Weasel Walter Quintet > Performance 2-9-2009 from weasel walter on Vimeo.
Weasel Walter | NYC @ Zebulon | Sep 19 2008
Weasel Walter - 2009 Tour Dates
NO WAVE video lecture
March 5th - Annandale-On-Hudson, NY, Bard College
Mary Halvorson/Weasel Walter
March 7 - Brooklyn - Zebulon
Nondor Nevai Ensemble feat. Weasel Walter
Mary 8 - Providence, RI - The Dark Lady
w/ Sioux City Pete and the Beggars, Made in Mexico a.o.
Darius Jones/Evan Lipson/Weasel Walter
March 9 - Philadelphia - Philadelphia Art Alliance
Ava Mendoza/Devin Hoff/Weasel Walter
March 16 - Sacramento - Java Lounge
Sheik Anorak/Weasel Walter with guest Mario Rechtern
high energy gtr/drum improvisations
as heard on recent 10" split with Les Aus/Lydia Lunch on Gaffer Records
april 30 - Paris - venue tba
may 1 - Nantes - festival venue tba
may 2 - Bordeaux - La Centrale
may 3 - Clermont Ferrand - Raymond bar
may 4 - Lyon - Grnd zero
may 5 - Genève - cave12
Weasel Walter/Mary Halvorson/Peter Evans
fast, coherent and technically ridiculous improvisations
May 6 - Paris - Les Instants Chavires
May 7 - Berlin - Ausland
May 8 - Wurzburg - Cafe Cairo
May 9 - Graz - Lendwirbel Festival
May 10 - Vienna - The Rhiz
May 11 - Budapest tbc
Marco Eneidi/Weasel Walter
May 12 - Vienna - Celeste
May 13 - Zagreb - KSET
May 14 - need show Slovenia (need help)
May 15-May 20 - more shows, maybe France, Barcelona a.o. (need help)
Evan Parker/Peter Evans/Weasel Walter
May 22 - London - Tufnel Park Dome