Wednesday, November 29 at 7 PM – 9 PM

at Top Ten Records

338 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75208


Tom Carter and Damon Smith are coinciding in town; they’ll get together and Stefan Gonzalez will join them for a very special free improvisation set. Music starts 7:30 sharp
Donations for travelling musicians are encouraged.


His electric guitar work weaves strands of melody, drone, fuzz, and charged silence into intricately detailed instant compositions.
Best known for his work with iconoclastic acid-folk improvisers Charalambides (which he co-founded with Christina Carter in 1991), Tom Carter has focused on solo performances and recordings since 2012. His 2015 double LP on Three Lobed Records Long Time Underground is the final installment of a trilogy begun in 2009 with The Dance From Which All Dances Come and continued with 2014’s Numinal Entry. Long Time Underground was selected as the number-one experimental album of 2015 by The Out Door/ Pitchfork.
He frequently collaborates with other musicians. His regular projects include a duo with No Neck Blues Band co-founder Pat Murano, Spiderwebs (with Houston guitarist Sandy Ewen), Sarin Smoke (with Peter Swanson), Badgerlore (with Rob Fisk, Ben Chasny, and others), and various ensembles with Bay Area sound artist and composer Robert Horton. Other fellow travelers have included Gate, Loren Connors, Jandek, Bardo Pond, Tom Surgal, Thurston Moore, Steve Gunn, Tim Barnes, Sam Shalabi, Marcia Bassett, Christian Kiefer, Paul Flaherty, Tetuzi Akiyama, Ensemble Economique, Helena Espvall and Matt Valentine, among many others.


His music is rooted in the tradition of “free jazz” and his live and recorded efforts focus on continuing and expanding the possibilities of the double bass and “instant composition. He studied music theory/20th century harmony with his mother Bobbie Smith (a classically trained pianist/composer). He had initial double bass lessons with Bill Douglass, next with Lisle Ellis, then classical studies with Kristin Zerneg and jazz with Michael Jones. He also had single lessons/attended workshops with Barre Phillips, Mark Dresser, Peter Kowald, William Parker, Ken Filiano, Mike Watt, David Holland, Joëlle Léandre and brass players Bobby Bradford, Butch Morris & Wadada Leo Smith and saxophonists Wolfgang Fuchs and John Butcher.
Damon has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including: Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra’s Arkestra), Henry Kaiser, Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Marco Eneidi, Wolfgang Fuchs, Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald. After many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and six great years in Houston, Texas working regularly with Alvin Fielder, Sandy Ewen, David Dove & Chris Cogburn, Damon moved to the Boston area in the fall of 2016. Damon has run Balance Point Acoustics record label since 2001, releasing music focusing on transatlantic collaborations between US and European musicians.

There’s not need of much introduction of Stefan around Dallas, Stefan is the younger of the Gonzalez family. Drummer, musical teacher and curator for Outward Bound Mixtape Sessions. Orgullo Primitivo is his urban gamelan-post industrial-grind solo project. He also part of the trio Mother III which might be Orgullo Primitivo raped by synths, noise, organic drums and poetry, and he is part of The Young Mothers, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten’s avant-free jazz-hip hop-post whatever sextet. Lately is been also in Ausukubus.