Evolution of the Arm w/ Maria Faust
The Evolution of the Arm performs (mostly) acoustic composed, improvised, and semi-composed/semi-improvised chamber music. The group first convened in November 2017 for a concert at Villa Maria College; their individual and collective musical explorations continue to evolve. Watch a live performance here.
Megan Kyle: oboe
Evan Courtin: violin
Katie Weissman: cello
Michael McNeill: piano
Maria Faust (born in 1979 in Kuressaare) is an Estonian saxophone player and composer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Maria is best known in the fields of third stream jazz, modern big band music, improvised music and other more alternative music styles. She is a member and co-founder of Barefoot Records. Hear her music here.
Maria Faust is a multiple winner of Danish Music Awards 2014 in categories “Jazz Composer of the Year” and “Cross-over Record of the Year”. She has been nominated to Estonian Music Awards several times.
Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog
March 28th | Advance tickets $15, Door tickets $20
Black Iris is excited to be welcoming back the legendary Marc Ribot, this time with his band Ceramic Dog, in lieu of their upcoming record release. Look out for band's much awaited third album and first in five years to be released on April 27, 2018 in US (Northern Spy), Europe (Yellowbird), Japan (P-Vine)
“I got a right to say FUCK YOU!!!” is how the new album from veteran guitarist Marc Ribot’s trio Ceramic Dog starts off, with Ribot howling in anger at corruption, tyranny, life in general, and nothing in particular. Ribot certainly isn’t the only one piling-on, but if you’ve got a serious case of outrage fatigue, Ceramic Dog’s explosive cocktail of balls-to-the-wall abandon, chameleonic disregard for style constraints, political commentary, and absurdist humor is just the shot in the ass you might need. In fact, Ceramic Dog’s new album -- titled YRU Still Here?— directed in equal parts at themselves, the commander in chief, and the listening public -- arrives just in time to remind us that now is a moment when anger is not only necessary, and unavoidable, but also good for house plants .
Heart of the Ghost & CGI Jesus
Heart of the Ghost is an improvisational unit from the Baltimore/Washington area. Comprised of Jarrett Gilgore (Alto Saxophone), Luke Stewart (Double Bass) and Ian McColm (Drums), this group is the culmination of years of encircling orbits. Collectively encompassing a massive variety of interests and collaborators including James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, Tashi Dorji, and Dave Rempis. Themselves known players in the circles of improvised music; these three find common ground within their individual vocabularies: an aim to deconstruct and reshape canonized creative tropes into a new & stunning language.
Hear a live recording here: Heart of the Ghost/Pidgeon Records
We're always happy to have CGI Jesus back to Black Iris. Richmond, Va's favorite Thrash-jazz/Chamber-Punk outfit. Composer Kevin Eichenberger uses a unique mix of songwriting, counterpoint, and improvisation to create a distinct listening experience. They're high energy, ambitious and a whole lot of fun!
Hear their recordings here via Bandcamp: Live at Black Iris
Saturday, March 31, 2018 | 7:30 PM 10:30 PM | $6 - $10