Setheyny Pen – toy piano, percussion
Walter Wright – electronics, video
“Loup-Garou [Werewolf] is collaborative group consisting of Setheyny Pen of Ralph Eats Dynamite and Walter Wright of Apocalypso Trio. The pairing of sound sources can at first seem unlikely or perhaps unsettling. The introduction of melody from the damaged primitive sounds of the toy piano jars some peoples idea of free improv sound. The result is playful and disarming at times, conflicting and challenging other moments.” — Josh Baker
Sunday August 1, Sara’s Best Minds show. Mary Ann, Setheyny and I drive to Beverly, MA. We arrive early, unload and check out the art in Sara’s apartment then set up outside in the backyard. Stephanie’s band arrives. The lineup is Psychic Tiger, The Sneaky Mister, Loup-Garou, Stephanie Lak Band and Daijel White.
Up first, Anthony Palocci and Judith Shimer, acoustic. We’re next, outside without a ‘room.’ It’s different. We lose the quiet stuff to the ambient sound of the neighborhood. We lose detail. We play loud (perhaps too loud, hard to tell). Stephanie Lak Band plays a short set. A neighbor complains about the noise. Daijel White start their set. The neighbor calls the police. At 8:30pm the police arrive and shut down the party.
Tuesday August 3, Umbrella Gallery, Fitchburg, MA . We unload as UNUNI start their set. Next up, Ditch Mimes, rock ‘n roll with a mustache. Black Steel Peacock then us. We move downstage nearer the audience. We’re inside, much better. Good set. We toss out miniCDs.
Located in a storefront on Main Street. Filled with refinished furniture, objects and art on consignment. An office and cafe to the side, performance space in the back, workshop and recording in the basement. The gallery reminds me of Manifesto, Boyd Nutting’s space in Niles MI. Similar look and feel. Thanks Ryan for inviting us and for the 17 BSP CDs!
Thursday August 5, Whitehaus Family Record, Jamaica Plain, MA. There’s a Red Sox game,traffic backed up. We arrive late along with Vic and Steve. A group in the dining room glued to the TV. Setheyny goes out for something to eat and bottle of wine. The audience drifts in.
Ben Bennett plays first followed by Jack Callahan. Both solo, both acoustic using found objects and deconstructed instruments. Both very good! Next up Vic Rawlings and Steve Norton perform Symptomatic, a piece exploring the “simultaneity of disparate languages.” They are very good. Next up us with Steve, on bass clarinet (& a weird drone instrument he found on top of the piano).
Here’s our set, recorded live –
Follow the Whitehaus link. Read a little about their history. A great place to experience creative music, poetry and performance. Thanks Adam!
Friday August 6, The SPACE, Lowell, open mic. With the gallery closed for the month, finally, we get to do this! Mary Ann and I go over early to an opening at WAS [Western Avenue Studios]. The SPACE is a recording studio, decidedly more commercial and mainstream than our usual venues.
I sign up to play early, going to Montreal the next morning. Tim Bergeron featured, it’s vocals and acoustic guitars. We play a short set. The MC likens us to “an acid trip from the ’60’s.” Is this as a compliment?
Saturday August 7, L’Envers, Montreal QC, Mary Ann, Setheyny and I leave at 6:30am. We stop in Vermont for coffee, then lunch. At the border they wave us through. We arrive in Montreal around 2pm, to the Musee d’Art Contemporain. We walk up and down Boulevard St Laurent. We load in at L’Envers then head out for dinner with Ellwood.
Here’s some pics of the space –
The show starts late, around 9:30. Ellwood Epps and Emilie Mouchous play first, trumpet and hurdy-gurdy with electronics. A great set. I enjoy the range of sounds produced and, especially, the responsiveness with which they interact. We play next. A good set. The first track is tentative but the second and third take off. Finally all of us play together. We end with Emilie setting fire to her talking statue while I respond, Theremin-like, on the Board Weevil.
Here’s our set, recorded live –
It was close to midnight. The party starts at the loft then moves on to a bar at 2-3am. They close the bar, return at 4am and move out to the railroad tracks behind the building. By 5am everyone is asleep.
Ellwood, Setheyny and I are up at 9am. We go shopping for bacon, eggs and potatoes. We make breakfast. By 12noon everyone’s up and we are on our way. They wave us through at the border. End of the summer miniTour, thanks Ellwood and Emilie. Let’s do it again this Fall. 8^)