Evil Genius (Portland/Los Angeles) is a forward-marching experimental jazz trio formed in 2012. The band is made up of Max Kutner on guitars (Grandmothers of Invention, Magic Band, Alphonso Johnson), Stefan Kac on tuba (Milo Fine, Jon Armstong, Hammerstein) and Michael “Bonepocket” Lockwood of drums and percussion (Atomic Ape, Deradoorian, Matt Kivel). The band’s unique sound has drawn comparisons to groups as wide-ranging as the Minutemen, This Heat and Captain Beefheart to jazz figures like John McLaughlin, Steve Lacy, Henry Threadgill and many more. They have received acclaim from the New York City Jazz Record, Bad Alchemy, Los Angeles Jazz Station, Downtown Music Gallery, El Intruso and more. In the words of Larry Koonse, “this band can do it all–whether its in your face rock, free wheeling open improvisation, 20th century classical music, or jazz–they can pull it off and upend all of your expectations.” Their debut album, “Bitter Human” was released in late 2015 and available through Orenda Records in Los Angeles.
The Dead White
“Following a debut CDr on Pete Swanson’s famed experimental label Collective Jyrk in 2006, The Dead White has been a fixture in underground ambient and noise circles in San Diego, Olympia, WA and Portland.”
“Uneasy Chairs is guitarist Patrick Neill Gundran. Free improvisation, noise and experimentalism explored live both solo and in collaborations. Based in Seattle, WA.”
“Seattle based artist Kole Galbraith approaches the electric bass with both conventional and unconventional manners to explore both the delicacy and gutteral cathartic possibilities achievable with one single instrument. Weaving sound and silence, Kole both mimics sounds found in nature as well as cosmic layers which result in very emotionally expressive pieces.”