CHRIS CORSANO/BILL ORCUTT DUO
with IDEA FIRE COMPANY
and REUBEN SON
288 Norfolk Street
Drummer CHRIS CORSANO began a longstanding, high-energy partnership with saxophonist Paul Flaherty in 1998. A move from western Massachusetts to the UK in 2005 led Chris to develop a solo music of his own, incorporating sax reeds, violin strings, pot lids, adhesive tape and other household devices into his drum kit. The years 2007 and ‘08 were spent as the drummer on Björk’s Volta world tour, all the while weaving in shows and recordings with the likes of Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker & John Edwards, Virginia Genta, and C. Spencer Yeh on his days off. Returning to the U.S. in 2009, Corsano shifted focus back to his own projects, most notably a duo with Michael Flower, Rangda (with Sir Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny) and his solo work. In addition to the those mentioned above, he’s also played with, among others, Joe McPhee, Jessica Rylan, Akira Sakata, Jim O’Rourke, Jandek, Nels Cline, and Sunburned Hand Of Man.
Best known as the guitarist of Miami noise-rockers Harry Pussy, BILL ORCUTT was already a significant name in experimental noise circles when he released his solo debut. Long interested in cutting-edge art, Orcutt had a Master’s in English and had made several experimental short films, one of which sold to MTV in 1990. He also played in several local punk bands, most notably the Trash Monkeys, before forming Harry Pussy in 1992 with his wife, drummer Adris Hoyos. They worked together for the next five years, releasing a series of uncompromising and confrontational recordings on small labels and gaining acclaim from the likes of Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Sebadoh’s Lou Barlow. Towards the tail end of Harry Pussy’s existence in 1996, Orcutt completed his first solo recording, titled simply Solo CD. It was issued by the New York-based Audible Hiss label, and featured guest vocals from Hoyos as well as instrumental contributions from drummer Danny Arad and saxman Joe Cohen, among others. His most recent release is the acclaimed How The Thing Sings on Editions Mego.
IDEA FIRE COMPANY was formed in 1988 by Scott Foust (previously of XX Committee, Story Of Failure, and Anschluss) and Karla Borecky. During that time, they have released eight LPs, and a few tapes, 7”s, and CDs. These numbers seem low by recent standards, but (in addition to their peculiar financial situation), IFCO refuses to make the same record over and over again. These things take time. Quality over Quantity. Not fitting into a recognizable genre and actually making original music has its disadvantages. But IFCO soldiers on. Stranded on their own imaginary Island Of Taste, where IFCO conducts the Anti-Natural Beauty School and hosts The Impossible Salon. Sometime collaborators include Graham Lambkin, Dr. Timothy Shortell, Frans de Waard, Jessi Swenson, Meara O’Reilly, and Matt Krefting, who will be performing with IFCO at this show. IFCO’s fantastic music and critique of The Spectacle will continue. On and on. Despite the odds.
REUBEN SON is a multi-instrumentalist whose live performances and studio work most frequently includes utilization of guitars, tape machines, and modular synthesizer. His practice draws from multiple sources without adherence to specific compositional or conceptual frameworks. Most recently, his ‘breaking guitar’ pieces for live performance have focused on the fragmentation of linearity in performance-time and continues his ongoing work exploring opportunities for manual intervention within the context of electroacoustic music.