Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Nels on the March

He may be decamping soon for Neuva York, but wonk-wizard extraordinaire Nels Cline continues to conquer as many stages and studios as he can before senility starts in. Fresh from his memorable stint at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival last month in the sweltering heat of BAHston, where his personal ‘Stompbox Station’ installation and irradiating set with his punky little instrumental trio The Nels Cline Singers were obvious highlights, Sir Nels will be dropping back in these here hills early next month on a number of errands for the ear.

Professor Cline demonstrates his Magick Stompbox Musicquarium at the Solid Sound Festival

The Nels Cline Singers with special guest Yuka Honda perform "Thurston County" at the SSF (8/15/10)

First, he will fulfill some sort of music geek’s fantasy by guest playing with Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band along with Iggy Pop and Mike Watt (Oct. 1). Then he’ll mosey over to the 2010 Angel City Jazz Festival (Oct. 2-9) where he will play in no fewer than three different configurations: a trio with old buds Tim Berne and Jim Black (whose insane drumming and giant brandy snifter were highlights of last year); a group improv session with pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser and butoh dancer Oguri; and finally, the crowning glory, the premiere of DIRTY BABY, a long-awaited art/music/poetry hybrid project with producer David Breskin and artist Ed Ruscha. The three wize men were interviewed recently about DB by ArtInfo and Flavorpill already posted a thoughtful review. Yesterday, Mr. Cline brought The Singers (joined by Cibo Matto’s Yuka Honda on keyboards) into the NPR studios to perform for the network’s Tiny Desk Concert Series.

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