Led by composer and bassist Christopher Dammann, Restroy is a frisson of transformation that dives into the intersection of improvised and contemporary American music. Restroy connects, dissects and evolves musical traditions to find a shared tongue, forge space for communication and provoke metamorphosis in both participant and listener.
Restroy’s 2018 self-titled release on 1980 Records wields patterns and textures as forms for improvisation. On each track, acoustic instruments are augmented and juxtaposed against electronic textures and noise. The result is an exuberant, lyrical series of inflection points and layered sonic spaces anchored by the great Avreeayl Ra.
The sextet is comprised of leading musicians from diverse musical traditions: Avreeayl Ra , drums; James Davis , trumpet + electronics; Paul Giallorenzo , synthesizers + keyboards; Mabel Kwan , piano + synthesizers ; Christopher Dammann , bass and compositions; and Kevin Davis , cello + electronics. Scott Clark will be filling in for Avreeayl for Restroy’s May 17th, performance at Black Iris .
Restroy’s 2016 release, Saturn Return (Milk Factory Productions), is considered “unusual yet accessible” ( classicalite.com ), “consistently inventive” (Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG) and as “a new sound that needs to be followed closely” (AXS.com). Saturn Return received national press and radio play, including on New York Public Radio's New Sound's podcast.
Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm | $6 - $10 | Full Bar