To feature the release of Misdemeanors, Minor Vices performed at Sugar Maple, one of Milwaukee’s most supportive venues for new music. At the conclusion of Chris Burns’ welcome/introduction to the show, he tapped a “Publish” button on his phone, making Misdemeanors live to the general public. Along with the featured studio release, Minor Vices performed Motion Blur, a structured improvisation from the mind of Chris Burns.
While the entire performance was not released on video, preserving the new audio release of Misdemeanors, Motion Blur is available on YouTube.
Minor Vices has been performing for over a year now, and while we continue to grow as an improvisational group, we have become acutely aware that we have very little audio or video documentation. Fortunately that changed this past summer, when we gathered at the Kenilworth Square East studio space to record “Misdemeanors”.
Misdemeanors is a set of twenty-six miniatures, one for each letter of the alphabet. Written by Christopher Burns for Minor Vices, each movement sets a particular challenge or puzzle for the ensemble, who improvise in response to the given constraints. The result is vivid and imaginative music, articulated through bright colors and sharp contrasts.
After some minimal post-production work by Christopher, the final recording was released to BandCamp in October 2013. You can listen to, or download the entire release here:
I’m very excited about the opportunity to perform with Minor Vices next week. The performance will be next Thursday, July 11 (7:30 pm, UWM Recital Hall, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd., free admission).
Here’s a short description of the event from Christopher Burns’ previously released promo materials:
“Minor Vices is performing new structured improvisations created expressly for the ensemble. Part of the evening will be devoted to “Xenoglossia,” in a version quite different from what you’ll hear on the record — the software can be used to transform the acoustic sound of the six Minor Vices musicians live, creating an unusual hybrid between instrumental/vocal improvisation and electroacoustic music. The other new work is “Misdemeanors,” a prose score which poses a series of twenty-six challenges for the musicians to solve.”
Minor Vices is David Collins, saxophones; Adam Murphy, clarinets; Trevor Saint, glockenspiel; Kevin Schlei, percussion and electronics; Amanda Schoofs, voice; and Seth Warren-Crow, percussion and electronics, and Christopher Burns playing electric guitar and piloting the laptop.