Improv Ensemble with Sarah Ruth, Lily Taylor, Liz Tonne, Omar Fraire, Ernesto Montiel, and Chase Gardner // CJ Boyd // Poet, Mike Soto

February 10, 2018
Show starts at 7:30
$10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
Top Ten Records
338 W. Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208

Improv Ensemble including DFW musicians: Sarah Ruth, Lily Taylor, Liz Tonne, Omar Fraire, Ernesto Montiel, and Chase Gardner.
DFW has been a hub recently of mixing talent into unexpected ensembles for performances. Together the musicians bring their own backgrounds and sensibilities to the tradition of free jazz improv. creating a sonic vocabulary among friends, but also creating a space for new ideas, sounds, and expressions.

CJ Boyd

Bassist turned vagabond C.J. Boyd uses bass loops and voices in order to try and stop time. On perpetual tour since March 2008, movement and stasis are both at the center of his music. Weaving together improvisation with a sparse, minimalist aesthetic, Boyd creates waves of sound, worlds of provocative unlived memories through a singular approach to the upright bass and electric bass guitar that makes everything near and far.

Though solo performance takes up the bulk of his time and effort, he occasionally tours with the improvised chamber orchestra Kurva Choir and has also released music with Chris Schlarb, Eliot Lipp, Move, and his electronic alias DJ Too Slow. Past projects include Desert Center, Rhonya, Like No Tomorrow, and he’s been known to join a band for a one-off or the length of a tour, such as with Paleo (AZ), Shy Hunters (NY), Real Live Tigers (TX), and Harm (AK). All the while, he also runs a small label called Obsolete Media Objects, which has released such lovely folks as Balmorhea, Aisha Burns, Dilute, and Nelly Kate.

His non-stop musical travels have been propelled primarily by a van that runs on vegetable oil while in North America, whereas frequent European tours will find him catching trains, buses, planes, boats, and cars. But regardless of how he arrives to the gig, the music is driven by a commitment to ceaseless discovery and re-invention. His oceanic sounds provide a home for the homeless and journeys to the homebound.

Mike Soto opens the evening
Mike Soto is a first generation Mexican-American, raised in East Dallas and in a small town in Michoacán. His current manuscript uses themes from the current drug war taking place along a fictional U.S./ Mexico bordertown. The manuscript can be described as a Narco Acid Western told in about forty five poems. It is written in lineage with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film, El Topo.