Baba Yaga’s Hut presents
Master Musicians of Bukkake + Flower Corsano Duo + KURTZ
July 22nd 2009
Master Musicians of Bukkake
Master Musicians of Bukkake ( MMOB ) began in the fertile music scene of the Pacific Northwest in 2003. Originally founded as a collective of musicians from the overflowing community in Seattle they include members of notable drone / noise / psych merchants Earth and Grails and MMOB has now solidified into a 7 piece cosmic psyche force. Main man John Schuller is joined by a parade of West Coast musicians, including Randall Dunn, Brad Mowen, Eyvind Kang and the deliciously named Milk N’ Cookies. In 2005 they released 'Visible Sign Of the Invisible Order' a recording of improvised ritualistic musical gatherings by the collective. On their debut LP this shadowy clan from the Pacific Northwest serve up slab after slab of smoky, ceremonial folk and, at first listen, the crazed tribal chants and heady Eastern instrumentation recall Seattle’s more (in)famous Sun City Girls. Recorded mostly outside deep in the Cascade Mountains and in large ensemble sessions at Aleph Studios, the record was in fact released on the Sun City Girls Abduction record label and featured honored guest appearances by none other than Alan Bishop and Charlie Gocher of the Sun City Girls themselves. Totem One (Conspiracy Records 2009), their latest release, forms part of a Northwest trilogy and marks a significant evolution from their first record. Like a reverse dark side of the New Age sound Master Musicians of Bukkake perform ritualistic electric excursions into the outer and inner reaches relying more on the electric power of psyched guitars, analog synth chants and exotic heavy percussion. Outer spaced Gamelan, dusty fuzz rock from celestial deserts, meditations of a deranged Krishna gathering, and the blurry acoustic guitar majesty of The Cascade mountains all reveal themselves here in epic form. Every sound and note played is put to tape by a group with a singular purging purpose and it echoes with the delusions of a West Coast Death cult. Totem One ( May 2009 ) is available on CD/LP/MP3 on Conspiracy records . MMOB follow this release with a string of UK dates before appearing at Birmingham’s Supersonic festival in July. Totem Two will be released on Abduction records in 2009.
Corsano – Flower Duo
This duo is an acutely musical collaboration between kinetic drummer Chris Corsano and Vibracathedral Orchestra’s Mick Flower on shaahi baaja (Japanese banjo). As a two-piece they conjure, sweat and divine a music that elevates through rhythm and ecstatic harmonics. It's a sound that's intimate and epic, raw and tender. The dynamic is great, eastern harmonics laced with a thrilling sense of discordance and melody, an explosive sight/sound that shudders the body and colours the mind.
Chris Corsano's drumming has to be seen to be fully appreciated. An 'into the void' musician who collaborates with a huge range of artists and can still pull off mad solo shit. It is a rare drummer that can hold his own with his customized kit, clatter practice and circular breathing drone exhortations but retain a dynamic and structure that works. He also self-releases a CD of distorted and spiked keyboard pieces on the Hot Cars Warp label to confuse those who try to pin him down. Loose-limbed, intense, even melodic, he exposes the audience to sounds and rhythms that defy normality. He moves light footed around the world sparking off into all kinds of collaborations playing with/alongside Jim O'Rouke, the Dimension X project, Sonic Youth, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Bjork, Mick Beck, Okkyung Lee, Evan Parker and Bill Nace among many.
Michael Flower is best known as a member of Leed's Vibracathedral Orchestra, a lynch pin of the improvising rock/noise/drone world. He has also played and released with artists such as Tony Conrad, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, MV&EE and his own Michael Flower Band.
Both Mick and Chris have vibrant solo, group and improvised projects but when the two men come together it's something else. The Duo's new 'Four Aims' album on VHF is something else like their album 'Radiant Mirror' album on Textile (2007) it is a beautifully expansive elemental sound pulling the listener into their detailed world.
Live it can be quiet and medative, then lift into a tribal, raw but acutely musical interplay between two musicians at peak power. As a duo these pair are dynamic (in a post-hardcore, improv sense) and heavenly in their mix of Chris Corsano's rhythm patterns, hand-claps and drums morphing into Mick Flower's eternal drone and ecstatic wall of amped pickings. They gel as duo to a startling degree and are able to enrapture audiences of all persuasions.