The duo of Ernst Karel and Kyle Bruckmann (EKG) have released a clutch of compelling recordings over the past decade. Their public performances, however, have been relatively few and far between – several in 2006, 2007 and 2010. Their appearance in the series is all the more exciting for that reason.
My history of listening to their work began in 2005, with the duo’s stellar No Sign release on Sedimental, followed quickly by Group (with Giuseppe Ielasi), on the Formed label.
In 2010 I wrote enthusiastically about Karel’s location recording work on my blog, which led to his performing in the 2012 season. To host the pair now, eight years into living with their music, is a privilege.
EKG will present their realization of Feldman’s Oboe and Orchestra (for oboe and analog synthesizer), as well as an improvised set.
I heard Nathan Hanson for the first time in August 2008; it was an entirely serendipitous occasion (his performance with the Fantastic Merlins ensemble that night was not my intended destination). I have returned many times since then to hear him on tenor and soprano saxophones, in a variety of playing configurations. As I have shared openly with Nathan, my saturation point with both jazz (as it is widely practiced today), and the saxophone was reached some years ago. I mention this because for me, on the level of my personal history of listening to creative music, Nathan has plucked both the jazz-based improvisational approach and his instrument of choice from a field surfeit with burn-out, reaching again and again to make every note count. His sound cuts through schools, is improbably soulful, and more often than not, he sounds as if he’s playing for his life.
Join us on August 9th for an evening of risk and beauty.
Poster: the sixth in the 2013 series from Kansas City-based visual artist and musician Jason Zeh.