music Flickering Candle, Zentropy, Burgess Penquin
9:00PM - - - Price: $7
The Flickering Candle
The Flickering Candle is an experimental jazz group formed in 2007 from
various members of the Five Spot Jam session. Performing improvised
music, the group takes not prisoners in their quest for musical
enlightenment by seeking the guidance of the eternal flickering candle.
Tonight's particular configuration consists of Eric Fontaine on tenor and
alto saxophone, Mark Raudabaugh on drums, and Bill Graham on keyboards.
The name says it all. Sometimes the zen of the moment takes the sound into exciting directions, but often, the order and structure will break down and transform itself as entropy takes it's toll. Such is the nature of live improv, and such is the nature of Zentropy....
Once upon a time, keyboardist Allen Welty-Green (Z-Axis) had an epiphany - music could be more than structured suites and crafty arrangements. Sometimes music that is created spontaneously can connect with a listener on a different level. Music doesn't have to play by the rules. It can border upon chaos, but as long as it had a solid foundation, it will still grounded and accessible.
He soon teamed up with bassist Jim Cotton and drummer Davis Petterson (dp3 & The Ghosts Project), and in the waning weeks of 2007, Zentropy was born. A series of local and house concerts have followed, as Zentropy found a collective voice and built and refined their musical vocabulary. In 2009, Jim moved on to different endeavors and Zentropy recruited bassist Gabriel Monticello, M.A. (Guido's Hand).
It's improvised but is it jazz? It's spacey but is it jam? Listen and decide for yourself!
Burgess Penguin was formed in 2009 by bassist Phil McKenna with the intent of creating vivid colorful soundscapes in the moment and off the cuff, and with a biting sense of humor more times than not, drawing on influences ranging from psychedelic rock to jazz, late 19th/early 20th century classical music, music from cartoons and 70’s cop shows to name but a few.. Phil was previously involved in a studio based Prog-Rock project known as The Owl Watches, but wanted to move in a whole different direction altogether after feeling that the whole prog-rock thing carried with it a set of frustrating pre-conceived notions about how music should sound, (or more accurately WHO it should sound like).
Jeff McGahren (Keyboards, Guitar and Trumpet) brings a widely varied sonic palette and a wicked sense of humor to the band. His wealth of musical experience ranges from jazz to rock, film soundtracks. Musicals and more. He was picked for 2 odd reasons, his wealth of musical experience previously playing in cover bands, and his absolute disdain of doing so.
Dean Foggan (Drums/Percussion) is a 3rd generation drummer from Long Island NY with a dizzying variety of musical experience including playing with folks like the late Cornelius Bumpus (Doobie Brothers Band), Drew Zing (Steely Dan) and Kevin Harris (Santana), Clarence and Jake Clemens (Bruce Springsteen), Dave Mason (Traffic), Joan Osbourne, Jim Manone, Nancy Atlas to name but a few. Dean is always up for a creative challenge and charges at it like a panther., and particularly loved the idea of continuously improvised music with no pre-conceptions.