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.
I have a couple performances coming up that I wanted to let everyone know about.
The first will be Sunday, December 16th with the Great Lakes Improvising Orchestra at Woodland Patterns, in my very own Riverwest neighborhood (Milwaukee). It’s an afternoon show, starting at 2pm, for a mere $4. The ensemble consists of 14 of Milwaukee’s finest composers-who-improvise and improvisers-who-compose, with a very diverse list of instrumentation: voice, winds, strings, guitars, electronics and percussion.
The second performance will be MiLO: A Very Special Holiday Extravaganza! The gang has decided to throw our hats into the “holiday ring”, complete with bad Christmas sweaters. I hope… well, maybe not. Some Christmas sweaters are pretty scary. [shudder] The event will take place on Thursday, December 20th at the Sugar Maple in Bayview (Milwaukee). This one starts at 8pm and goes on till we’ve had enough holiday cheer, beer, and have generally forgotten the rest of the lyrics to “O Tannenbaum”; if we all ever even knew them.
So once again, I’ve gone a couple months without a post. Summer has a tendency to be full of so many going-ons that this site takes a back seat. Oh well…
The performance at Sugar Maple was a great success and a good time was had by all. Something a little newer for the group was to break up all the performers into a variety of trio subsets. This is an evolution of some exercises we would play during rehearsals, where the entrance of a individual’s sound had to be accompanied by at least one other player, as he/she introduced something new to the overall sound. Sometimes this would occur during the same subset’s exit from the group sound. It became a way of organizing spontaneous coordination and adding a level of control to the overall density of our performances. As everyone really enjoyed how it was influencing our rehearsals, we thought we’d take it a step further for the Sugar Maple performance.
Below is a video I captured before my iPhone ran out of storage space, and the remaining trios that we got audio for. Unfortunately, we were unable to get anything else in it’s entirety.
Last item of note for that night, is a series of photographs taken by Paul M. Mitchell. The photos can be seen here.
This coming Friday, July 13th, MiLO will be performing at Sugar Maple in Bayview. The show starts at 8pm in the back room. There is no door charge. Check out the link for more information on Sugar Maple’s location, beer menu, and other events and on-goings. I’ll post some audio (and hopefully video) after the performance. See you there!