THE FRICTION BROTHERS
with Ernst Karel and Skinny Vinny
381 Congress Street
Boston (Fort Point) 8 p.m. / $10
THE FRICTION BROTHERS (Michael Colligan, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Michael Zerang) are perhaps the only dry-ice/cello/percussion trio in the visible world.
Begun in 2005 to perform improvised works that explore their love of scraping, rubbing, hitting and freezing various objects to the point of vibration, they have appeared at a number of questionable venues around Chicago. While their music often sounds electronic, The Friction Brothers make all their sounds mechanically. Each member has developed an expansive vocabulary of extended techniques on their chosen instruments. Zerang has raised the back scratcher to an essential component of the modern drummer’s stick collection. Colligan heats metal objects and then super cools them on a block of dry ice making them vibrate in the audible range. Lonberg-Holm creates a strange and unique grinding tone on his cello. Although the trio is relatively new, its members have worked together extensively for over 15 years in a wide variety of settings, from the seminal lower case quartet, Pillow, to the internationally known free improvised jazz powerhouse, Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Tentet.
ERNST KAREL plays analog electronics and location recordings. A rare Boston performance by this former longtime Chicagoan.
SKINNY VINNY is the duo of Andrew Eisenberg (percussion) and Josh Jefferson (saxophone). See their recent interview with Gordon Marshall at All About Jazz.