April Frequency Fridays: Controlled Bleeding + Truus de Groot + Bokeh + Mike Shiflet & Jeff Chenault
Our April 2013 Frequency Fridays show features eclectic experimental music trio Controlled Bleeding (NY), circuit bent/underground/experimental musician Truus de Groot (CA), sound art collaboration Bokeh (Mykel Boyd + Mandy Matz) (IL), and experimental music collaborators Mike Shiflet + Jeff Chenault. Date: Friday, April 5, 2013. Location: Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St. 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. Our Frequency Fridays 2012-2013 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
About the performers:
Controlled Bleeding is a prolific experimental music group based in Massapequa, New York. The group was founded by Paul Lemos, the group’s only consistent member. Most of Controlled Bleeding’s released recordings feature two main collaborators, Chris Moriarty and vocalist Joe Papa, who both died in the late 2000s. Since their first full-length release in 1983, Controlled Bleeding have released over 30 albums spanning several different genres, many of which were released on notable independent labels. Their cross-genre approach combined with the out-of-print status of many of the group’s releases is reminiscent of the work of other experimental and cross-genre groups of the 80s and 90s such as Coil and Swans.
Truus de Groot began her career with Fools Band, the precursor of what was later known as later Neil. She then founded the late ’70s experimental band Nasmak, followed by Plus Instruments, which they took to the U.S. with new band members, including Lee Ranaldo (who would later be part of Sonic Youth) and David Linton. Together with Jim Duckworth of the Gun Club and Jim Sclavunos (also briefly a drummer for Sonic Youth, and later the Cramps and Nick Cave ), she founded the punkabillyband Trigger & The Thrill. She also worked with Rhys Chatham. In the late nineties she released a number of solo records; her most recent project is a new Plus Instruments album, to be released in 2013.
Mike Shiflet is a sound artist living in Columbus, Ohio. His performance technique involves a combination of several analog noise generators with Macintosh computer and software, usually resulting in a mix of rich drones and fluttering, frequency-jumping noises. In addition to recording as a solo artist, he has been involved in a variety of groups ranging from the violin-led improv group Burning Star Core and the laptop duo Scenic Railroads to performance troupe Noumena and cathartic sludge/noise band Sword Heaven. From 1998 until 2008, he ran GMBY Records (known as Gameboy before legal threats from Nintendo) and released exactly 100 albums by improv and noise artists from across the globe. His newest releases include Llanos and Merciless.
Jeff Chenault aka Jeff Central has been involved in the Columbus electronic music scene since 1983. His early experiments were unannounced noise improvisations. In the late 80′s, he founded the Exoteque Music label and would release over 60 cassettes of original music. His multiple collaborations include James Towning of Fact 22, Mark Gunderson of the Evolution Control Committee, Andy Izold of 10-Speed Guillotine, and Chris Phinney of Mental Anguish. When not making noise, Jeff is also a producer, music historian, and staff writer for Tiki Magazine. He is currently producing a series of rare Exotica music for Dionysus Records.