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Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston

The duo provides a comprehensive glimpse of what can happen, when two giants of the improv scene coalesce. The musicians' intuitive responses and on-the-fly excursions span a wide-ranging spectrum of styles and fabrics of sound. They render dreamlike notions and contrapuntal motifs amid various peaks of intensity. This jubilant union of the musical spirits features a potpourri of minimalist overtures, circular patterns, and flowing thematic initiatives.' - All About Jazz

Trevor Watts is well known for his involvement with innovative music. In the 60's with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and his own Amalgam. He went on to develop the unique sounding 10 & 14 piece Moire Music Groups in the 80's. Also the groundbreaking Trevor Watts Drum Orchestra in the 80's and moving towards the Moire Music Drum Orchestra of the 90's (ECM 1440 'A Wider Embrace'). Then Watts formed the Celebration Band, which was made up of young musicians who originally went to his workshops and he formed the band around them. For the last four years he has concentrated on a duo with percussionist Jamie Harris, this has now come to an end (Jan 2008). Latest CD of the duo is "Ancestry" on Entropy(USA)ESR 016. Trevor has played most of his life outside the U.K. and has taken bands to India, Singapore Arts Festival, China, Mongolia, Burma, Sarawak, Malaysia, Sudan, Cameroon, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, Barbados, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St Lucia, Trinidad, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brasil, Greece, Turkey, Azores Islands, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Czech republic, Hungary, Poland and the rest of Europe. All under his own name!

His bands have performed at many major festivals like Monterey Jazz Fest, San Francisco Jazz Fest, Chicago World Music Fest, Seattle Jazz Festival, Dallas Museum of Art Summer series, Washington DC July 4th fest, Womad, Berlin Jazz Fest, Khartoum International Festival, Tampere Jazz Fest, Clusone Jazz Fest, Saalfelden Jazz Fest, Wangaratta Jazz Fest(Australia), New Zealand Festival of Arts, Glastonbury, San Sebastian Jazz Fest, Vancouver, Toronto and Quebec to name a few.

Trevor has initiated some very important collaborations. The biggest being with his 7 piece Drum Orchestra and 28 musicians/actors/dancers of the black tradition of the Barlovento region of Venezuela's Caribbean coast. Their group was called Teatro Negro de Barlovento and the combined group project went under the name 'Una Sola Voz' taken from one of Trevor's Moire Music recordings 'With One Voice'. And they played concerts in Europe and South America in the early 90's.

He has also performed with Archie Shepp, Don Cherry, Steve Lacy and Bobby Bradford who was the first trumpeter with Ornette Coleman. And from the UK Tubby Hayes, Phil Seaman & Stan Tracey from the Jazz World. He has also collaborated with Adama Drame, one of the finest Djembe players in the World, he is from Burkina Faso and Cyro Baptista the Brasilian percussionist who also plays with Wynton Marsalis & John Zorn amongst others.

Veryan Weston is best-known for his work with such British avant-garde musicians as vocalist Phil Minton and saxophonist Lol Coxhill. He moved from Cornwall to London at the age of 22, where he began working as a freelance jazz pianist. In 1975, he received a fellowship from the Digswell Arts Trust in Hertfordshire which allowed him to revise a book he'd written on piano improvisation. While at Digswell, he co-founded and composed for the group Stinky Winkles (which also included saxophonist Simon Picard), and collaborated with potter Liz Fritsch and visual artist Stephen Cochrane. He also composed and performed music for film, the most notable being his work with Lol Coxhill on director Derek Jarman's Caravaggio (1985). Weston's interest in multi-media presentations led him to earn a degree in performance art from Middlesex University. He also earned a master's degree in music composition from Goldsmith's College University in London. In the '80s and '90s, Weston worked with the Eddie Prevost Quartet and Trevor Watts' Moire Music, and in duos with Minton and Coxhill. Weston has recorded for the Matchless, Acta, Ogun, and Leo labels, among others. In addition to being a prominent free jazz-oriented musician, Weston is also an accomplished mainstream jazz pianist.

Friday, April 17 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$12 advance RIGHT HERE / $15 at the door
(advance sales end at 8:30am on the day of the show)


The Hootenanny

Join Cica (Collaborations in Contemporary Art) as we host our first ever "Hootenanny" at Conundrum! This good old fashion musical party includes Brazilian Choro, electronics, classical, contemporary, tango, drums, percussion, and much more! Come hang out, listen to great music, and do some day-drinking to support local music projects.

Appearances include:
Duo Cortado (guitar duo)
ebb:flow music collective (flute and live processing)
Ventus Duo (bassoon and trumpet)
Michael Bies (composer)
The SC Percussion Society
flusSion (flutes and percussion)

Of special note is the EARgarden:
Sponsored and organized by Steci, this production combines gallery-style art observation with music for individual multiple-percussionists. Presented as an outdoor segment, audiences will have a chance to buy a drink and walk around Conundrum's backyard and experience interesting percussive music from unique and individual vantage points. The EARgarden follows a strict timeline, allowing for performances to overlap and interact with one another in a shared environment.

Saturday, April 18th
3pm to 6pm
General Public $6 / USC Students $4


Peace Potluck with Speaker Tom Clements, SRS Watch

Bring a labeled vegetarian dish and join us for a peace potluck. In honor of Earth Day, we'll hear from special speaker Tom Clements of Savannah River Site Watch about proposals to bring German HEU nuclear waste to SRS, the MOX program, and more.

6PM Dinnner
6:45PM Tom Clements presentation.

Free and open to the public.
Please RSVP. Share what food dish you are bringing if possible.

CONTACT David, 803-215-3263 or david@carolinapeace.org for more information

Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center,
www.carolinapeace.org

Sunday, April 19 2015
6pm to 8pm
$FREE!


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9 String Theory

The finest instrumental music from the around the world finds a fresh new voice in 9 String Theory: the unique musical collaboration of Russian domra virtuoso Angelina Galashenkova-Reed and award-winning American classical guitarist John Huston. 9 String Theory performs music of great variety and intense virtuosity, evoking musical traditions both ancient and modern, sharing with audiences the world's diverse musical culture.

Angelina Galashenkova is among the greatest living virtuosos of the Russian Domra (the ancient 3-string lute of Russian folk and Gypsy music). Born in St. Petersburg, at the age of eight she began musical studies at the St. Petersburg School of Music and continued her training at the Mussorgsky College of Music and the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Angelina won First Prize in the Russian National Domra Competition in 1990 and First Prize in the International Folk Artists Competition in 1991. She has performed throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, and the United States (including her Carnegie Hall debut in 1991).

John Huston has distinguished himself as one of the most exciting and expressive guitarists of his generation. Guitart International has praised him as "a formidable talent", the Fort-Worth Star Telegram described his "considerable energy and impressive virtuosity", and La Stampa has called his playing "...mesmerizing." The accolades for Mr. Huston's performance are numerous, including First Prize in the 2001 Aranjuez Strings International Guitar Competition.

Together as 9 String Theory, Angelina and John create acoustic sounds like nothing you have ever heard. A 9 String Theory concert is like a musical trip around the world, featuring Latin American rhythms, Russian Gypsy fire, Spanish flamenco, echoes of Eastern Europe, and songs from America. Concerts by 9 String Theory delight and excite the most diverse audiences, and their combined virtuosity will win over the most discerning music lovers.

Tuesday, April 21 2015
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
$10 adults / $5 students


The Writer's Block Poetry Show

The second in a series of monthly shows featuring the amazing Idlewild hosted by Queen It Shall Be.

Each month on the 4th Wednesday, this show will include an open mic, a segment called The Showdown and a feature.

The show will be begin promptly at 7:00 PM sharp! Sign-up for the open mic begins at 6:45 PM.

Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $7.00 at the door. Refreshments will be available for purchase within the venue.

Contact Queen It Shall Be for tickets at 770.727.5717, FB inbox or email at TWBPoetic@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 22 2015
7pm (doors at 6:45pm)
$5 advance / $7 at the door


Rob Mazurek Black Cube SP

Rob Mazurek's newest ensemble, Black Cube SP, features his long standing São Paulo Underground trio with the addition of Thomas Rohrer. Rohrer earned his stripes as a master of the keening rabeca (Brazilian viola) through intense studies with the instrument's leading practitioners in Brazil's northeast. This quartet features Mazurek on cornet and electronics, Mauricio Takara on drums, electronics and cavaquinho (brazilian ukelele), Guilherme Granado on keyboard, synths, and sampler, and Thomas Rohrer on rabeca and soprano saxophone. The group released it's debut record, Return the Tides, on Cuneiform on Oct. 14, 2014. Return the Tides is a startlingly cathartic and magisterial post-tropicalia modern psychedelic spiritual that's as riveting as it is ravishing. You can read more information and hear sound samples from Return the Tides HERE .

Thursday, April 23 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$8 advance RIGHT HERE / $10 at the door


Resonant Rogues ~~~ The Post-Timey String Band

The Resonant Rogues are hittin the road with their new album, Here & Gone Again! They are excited to come back to Columbia, SC, and share the stage with the Post Timey String band. Don't miss this show, as they have a busy year of touring ahead and won't be in Columbia again for quite some time. Mark your calendars and make it out!

Some words about the new album-
"After years of traveling, collecting stories, tunes, and heartaches, the Resonant Rogues have come home again to capture their original songs for posterity. Recorded at the renowned Echo Mountain Studios in the band's home base of Asheville, NC, Here & Gone Again marks a big step for the young band. It's release coincides with the two year anniversary of the group, which was founded by Keith J. Smith and Sparrow, the songwriters, sweethearts, and creative force behind the Resonant Rogues. Here & Gone Again, like the band that made it, wanders from the streets of New Orleans, to the Balkan region of eastern Europe, meanders through the Hot Clubs of France, and comes back to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. In addition to the group's core sound of vocal harmonies, accordion, guitar, fiddle, upright bass, and banjo, the album features special appearances by Je Widenhouse on trumpet (Squirrel Nut Zippers) and Matt Smith on pedal steel guitar (Honeycutters). The Resonant Rogues have created an album that spans genres, decades and continents, with lyrics that hit home and music that will take you far. The band will tour the east coast of the US in May and Europe throughout the summer of 2015 in support of Here & Gone Again, and to satisfy their adventurous spirits."

With a good mixture of quirky and serious, The Post-Timey String Band produce an interesting blend of folk, ragtime, and blues that hails influence from the old and the new. Kelley McLachlan creates the picture with her vocals/kazoo/mouth trumpet and keeps everything in beat with her rhythm guitar (and sometimes banjo!) while Sean Thomson colors everything in with an assortment of stringed instruments.

Friday, April 24 2015
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$10


Thrifted Sisters Vintage Clothing Sale

Saturday, April 25 2015
12pm to 4pm
FREE!


Dreiberg ~~~ 10 Car Pile-Up ~~~ Miles To Go

At long last, we're releasing our next record, #HereForTheAfter, at one of our favorite venues in town, Conundrum Music Hall! We'll be joined by our pals in 10 Car Pile-Up and Miles To Go, so it's gonna be good times all around. We're incredibly proud of this record and can't wait to get it into your hands, so make sure you're one of the first to experience it!

Saturday, April 25 2015
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$6


Marshall Chapman

Marshall Chapman is a native of Spartanburg, SC who has been living in Nashville, TN for over 40 years. To hear Marshall tell her story or to read about it, she comes from an affluent family. Although she never had to want for anything, her teenage years still left her soul empty. She found herself happiest when listening to music by Big Joe Turner and the like, while the family maid was ironing in the basement of their upstate home. Marshall has written two books. The first "They Came To Nashville" was created by musicians telling her what inspired them to move to Music City. The second, "Good Bye Little Rock N Roller", uses twelve of Chapman's most resonant songs as launching pads for stories that take us where she's been and reveal what went through her mind while she was traveling there.

Following a long conversation with Marshall and much reading about her career in music, I surely am finding her story an intriguing one. Below are a couple of excerpts I found in "Hub City Music Makers", a book written by Peter Cooper. He too spent many years living in Spartanburg, SC. Marshall is just one of those Peter was able to interview and write about in his book.

For this very special evening at Conundrum, it will be just Marshall and her guitar. Don't let that fool you, as this fine lady from the upstate of South Carolina is a Rock N Roller from the 70's and as you may know 'brings it' to every show!

Doors open at 7:00 and music begins at 7:30. Marshall will play two sets with a break in the middle.

Wednesday, May 13 2015
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
$15 in advance RIGHT HERE / $18 at the door