Everybody loves a good ghost story
but nobody believes in ghosts -- what's up with that!?
what's 'ghost music'?
Saxophonist Anthony Braxton has a whole series of
compostions called 'ghost music'...
there's 'ghost face killah' in hip hop..
in England there is a whole category of
music reckoning called ghost music ...
But it's kinda like the dude Lacan said somewhere:
the thing about the dead is not that they don't exist,
it's that they won't shut up, not living in haunted houses
or instruments as it were, but in heads...
nice 'n warm and dark in there.
second hald of the evening
will be devoted to guest conductions,
so bring your geistly baton.
Two nights of music, film and creativity
presented by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals
evening #1 includes the 50th Film Love event, and music by Colin Bragg and Victor B Bicycle
Colin Bragg Colin Bragg creates evocative soundscapes using acoustic guitar, based on composed pieces, improvisation, and found sounds. These soundscapes are influenced by the music of Brian Eno and Ralph Towner, and the more inward, moodier excursions of the ECM label. Colin holds a Master's degree in Composition from the University of Georgia and is composer-in-residence for Crossover Movement Arts. http://www.colinbragg.com/
Film Love #50 The fiftieth Film Love screening - exact program to be announced - will feature rare gems from experimental film history, curated by Andy Ditzler
Victor B Bicycle Victor B Bicycle performs highly infectious, bent-and-spindled songs, centered somewhere between the warmth of Caetano Veloso and the whimsical side of Syd Barrett, with an acoustic guitar style to match.
two nights of music, film and creativity
presented by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals
Evening #2 includes the 51st Film Love event, music by Daniel Clay and Nat Slaughter, and a set by Andy Ditzler with his band
Daniel Clay and Nat Slaughter's Collaborative Topologies These two Atlanta musicians and sound artists have embarked on a duo project, creating soundscapes using only field recordings made during their travels and their time in Atlanta. This duo project, called "Collaborative Topologies," is the latest manifestation of the long-running Public and Private artist collective.
Film Love #51 a selection of films on childhood and memory, curated by Andy Ditzler
Martin Arnold, passage a l'acte (1993)
From the maker of the classic Pièce Touchee, another labor-intensive, subversive, frame-by-frame deconstruction of Hollywood. This time, Arnold takes a family dinner scene from the film To Kill a Mockingbird, and creates stuttering loops of sound and image to reveal the meanings behind tiny movements and small gestures.
Matthias Müller, Alpsee (1994)
Müller's sumptuously colorful, Kenneth Anger-influenced film is a mysterious and memorable autobiographical glimpse of boyhood. "I could not take my eyes off the mellow colors of this film." - Christian Cargnelli
Andy Ditzler and Blake Williams, Dining Room (2006)
Dining Room was shot in one take within a single room and features a real-time monologue improvised during the shooting by Andy Ditzler. Alternately directing the camera movements and addressing the audience, Ditzler tells stories of the “pictures” taken during his life.
Andy Ditzler and band Andy Ditzler's songs are intricate musical mosaics: 21st-century pop songs with an overlay of jazz, samba, rock, and electronica. Holding it all together at the core are Ditzler’s piano, voice, melodies and lyrics.
On the first Sunday of every month, at 7 p.m., Eyedrum does a show on WREK (91.1 FM / www.wrek.org) that features nuggets from Eyedrum's archive of live performances.
After the show airs "live", you can listen to it via WREK's 7-day archive if you forget to tune in. Here are the direct links to Sunday Special streams: lo-fi or hi-fi. These streaming links from WREK expire 7 days after the show airs on the radio.
But wait, there's more! We now have a podcast available, for those of you who have discovered podcasting. You can also just download the whole show (right click on "download") although be forewarned that the file is over 50 MB in size. These podcast and download links will NOT expire for months to come -- download and listen!
This month we played Plastic People Of The Universe, Kevin Dunn (including a 13 minute interview segment), King Rat, Andy Ditzler and band, Colin Bragg, Alisdair Roberts, Suitcases, AIDS Wolf, Roger Ruzow & Bryan Fieldin, Zepubicle and finally Tatsuya Nakatani. Special thanks go to Robby Kee, Allen Welty Green and Andy Ditzler for providing the material for the show. Have a listen!
Ladies and Gents, Nomads and Magicians, art appreciators and art creators, friends and passerbys....
Come one come all to another evening of underground art, music, culture, and spontaneous creative combustion. Rising Appalachia will be the happy host of CONCRETE PANDEMONIUM this November 4th at Atlanta's own magestic art space, Eyedrum. For those of you who attended our March cd release party... the vibes will be similar but even more enticing. Think underground gala. Bizzar Bazaar. Poetry hitting the walls like fish scales at a New Orleans market. Fire dancers and fashion shows. Live record spinning and a set of some of OUR newly concocted songs from the road.
A percentage of all proceeds from CONCRETE PANDEMONIUM will go towards the operation and support of the non-profit arts group, Alternate Roots, (www.alternateroots.org) which bridges the gap between art and activism in the South.
A evening of underground music, poetry and culture from the southeast. Hosted by RISING APPALACHIA for the partial benefit of ALTERNATE ROOTS.
4 DAYS OF AWESOME! AT EYEDRUM (TUESDAY ONLY) AND AT LENNY's BAR (WED-SATURDAY)
THE KICK OFF PARTY AT EYEDRUM!
EXPERIMENTAL KICK OFF PARTY
BEANSTOLK DAY 1
EYEDRUM ART AND MUSIC GALLERY ALL AGES!
Toy Party Attack (CD RELEASE SHOW)
Club of Rome
AIDS WOLF have earned quite a name for themselves in
the last few years in the experimental noise scene. A
noisy discordant punk band from Montreal, with no
shame and limitations when it comes to their live
show. Fans across the nation have been riled up with
anticipation for this long awaited national tour. The
current Aids Wolf line-up has an all star cast of
Canadian celebrities featuring star Canadian booker,
Andre of Mandatory Moustache touring, Chloe and
Yannick of the infamous Seripop poster design company,
and also a new guitarist, formerly of Arcade Fire.
the Thirteenth Assembly
November 7, 2007 9:00PM - - -
The Thirteenth Assembly is a touring collective made up of four musicians and four different and musically distinct small ensembles. Styled somewhere between the classic r&b/soul revues of the 60’s and a post-modern traveling circus, the Thirteenth Assembly presents a selection of some of the fastest-emerging young artists and bands in New York’s creative music scene in one package. Over the course of an evening, each group performs a short thirty-minute set, offering a glimpse of the vibrant and varied stylistic diversity and creativity of this particular musical community.
Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomas Fujiwara Duo: Bynum and Fujiwara take the experiences of their fifteen-year collaboration to create a mix of pre-conceived elements and spontaneous improvisation in a stirring horn and drum duo.
"On True Events, a scintillating album, Mr. Bynum, a cornetist, and Mr. Fujiwara, a drummer, engage in a duologue crackling with improvisational energy but guided by compositional prescription.” – Nate Chinen, The New York Times
Mary Halvorson/Jessica Pavone Duo: A Brooklyn based collaborative ensemble that has been working together for four years composing and performing a unique body of music, drawing from classical, jazz and folk traditions while experimenting with new forms.
“They listen as though they're hotwired into each other's brain their taut structural discipline prompting a domino effect of great ideas." – Philip Clark, The Wire
Taylor Ho Bynum Trio (w/Mary Halvorson & Tomas Fujiwara):
A small group committed to the further exploration of the extensions of composition and improvisation pioneered by 20th century masters like Ellington, Ives, the AACM, etc, with a third millennial flavor and a trickster sensibility.
"With his keen ear and extensive repertoire of brass techniques both vintage and cutting-edge, Taylor Ho Bynum excels in settings both sophisticated and playful; his triomates - guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara - summon these moods and many more." – Time Out New York
Mary Halvorson -guitar
Taylor Ho Bynum-coronet
Roger Ruzow presents: Atlanta 4th Ward Improv Ens
November 11, 2007 6:00PM - 9:00PM Price: $5
Roger Ruzow Presents :New Southern Composition and performance at Eyedrum.
note 6pm start time!
Roger Ruzow Presents:
New Southern Composition and performance #2 performed by Atlanta 4th Ward Improvisational Ensemble
Members of the ensemble include: Colin Bragg (guitar), Jeff Crompton(alto sax), Ben Davis(Tenor sax), Ben Gettys(bass), Keith Leslie(percussion), Rob Mallard(tenor sax), Bill Nittler(bari sax), Roger Ruzow(trumpet) and Jamie Shepard(pecussion).
Compositons include works by: Adriana Figueroa(Agrentina) tango for saxophone quartet, Luca Vanneschi(Italy) solo percussion,Charles Waters(Charlotte) septet gothic metal, Keith Leslie (Atlanta), Jeff Crompton (atlanta)Roger Ruzow trio for clarinet snare drum and shortwave radio(Atlanta).
November 12, 2007 9:00AM - - -
...so don't come, no body here.
Concert for School of the Americas Watch
November 15, 2007 7:00PM - 12:00AM Price: $20 / $10 seniors + students
"This is the singin'est movement since Civil Rights," says Pete Seeger, who is a longtime supporter of the School of the Americas Watch movement.
The evening will open with Masankho Banda. Originally from Malawi and now residing in the Bay Area, Masankho Banda is a Dalai Lama "Unsung Hero of Compassion" and has worked alongside Bishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, as well as peace makers and justice seekers around the world. He will get the audience up on their feet to sing and dance and bless the evening.
The evening will continue with artists representing the Southeast through Alternate ROOTS - Brothers Carlton and Maurice Turner from Raymond Mississippi, collectively known as MUGABEE (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction) blend elements of hip hop, jazz, and spoken word; Alternate ROOTS director Carolyn Morris joins singers Etta Purcell and Debra Mazer as Winds of Change; and perennial Atlanta favorite Elise Witt brings her "Global, Local & Homemade" sound to the stage. Supporting each other with harmonies and instrumental accompaniment, the artists will take turns leading the group on their original, soul stirring songs.
The Musicians' Collective artists from the School of the Americas Watch come next with Francisco Herrera & Jon Fromer from the Bay Area of California; Anne Feeney sometimes called "the best labor singer in the US"; and the first half will close with the brilliant and hilarious satirists Prince Myshkins from Madison WI.
The second half of the concert will open with headliner Holly Near and Emma's Revolution joining forces on their exquisitte vocals blending of arts and activism. They will be followed by Dave Lippman aka George Shrub, the only singing CIA agent; Charlie King singing extraordinary stories of ordinary working people; bi-lingual singer/songwriter Colleen Kattau, and performance poet Chris Chandler.
The show will close with two powerful Atlanta groups - Rising Appalachia featuring the rockin' sister harmonies of Leah & Chloe Smith; and Andean musicians Vientos del Pueblo (Winds of the People) to send the audience out dancing and singing.
Admission for the Nov. 15 Concert for the School of the Americas Watch at Eyedrum Gallery in Atlanta is by donation: $20 general admission and $10 for seniors, students, and artists. Tickets will be available at Charis Books and More in Atlanta's LIttle 5 Points district. Seating is limited and this concert is expected to sell out, so purchase tickets in advance. Proceeds from the concert support the work of the School of the Americas Watch
Q: Why are all these world class musicians donating their time and talents to this movement?
A: They are part of the SOAW Musicians' Collective headed to Columbus Georgia for the weekend of November 16-18.
Masankho Banda was born in Malawi, Central Africa. Growing up in Malawi he learned about peace, diversity and community building from his elders in the village. Masankho realized as a child that drums and dance had the power to bring communities together and heal any divisions. Masankho moved to the United States in 1987 as a political refugee. His father spent twelve years (1980 to 1992) as a political prisoner under the brutal and harsh dictatorship of the founding President of Malawi. Seeing the injustices that his Father and Mother suffered under the brutal dictatorship, Masankho was inspired to work for peace and justice. Masankho has worked alongside Nobel Peace Laureates (e.g. Bishop Desmond Tutu), World Leaders, Healers, Entertainers and people who love peace and justice from all over the world. He brings his traditional Malawian learning and creativity together with his western education to effectively advocate for change. Masankho is the co-founder of the Institute for PeaceBuilding (IPB) (A project of Pathways To Peace), founder of UcanDanc' African Healing Arts, a member of Wing It! Performance Ensemble and a Certified InterPlay Leader. He also is adjunct Professor at John F Kennedy University and Holy Names University in the Bay Area. For his work around the world Masankho was awarded the Unsung Hero of Compassion by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2001. His work has taken him to Sierra Leone (working with child soldiers), to Croatia (volunteering in refugee camps with children and teenagers), working with African Youth Peace activists in South Africa. He has also visited 46 of the 50 US states working with various organizations, schools and churches to share his message of peace, diversity and justice.
An outspoken activist, singer, teacher, and recording artist, Holly Near has spent the past 35 years working for progressive political and social change. Over the years, Holly's powerful anthems have captured the mood of many movements and now her voice and messages are no less urgent than those of 35 years ago. Her latest recording, Show Up, is a pointed and provocative look at where society sits today-in a new millennium and now in the fourth year of a U.S. led foreign war. No topic is sacred to Holly Near. War, peace, love, family, corporation, government, addiction-they all come under her scrutiny on Show Up. But Holly is not merely an observer. She invites audiences to take a stand-to take the higher road of vision, peace, perspective, and leadership-and to Show Up.
Sisters Leah and Chloe Smith grew up in the bosom of the Southern Appalachian music renaissance. Born to a fiddlin' mother and a folk-sculptor father, they were raised with old-time melodies and contra dances as their lullabies, long before mention of the sound tracks of Oh Brother Where Art Thou and Cold Mountain. With influences in everything from urban jazz and hip hop, to roots music from around the world, they have created a style that is truly their own. Their simple eerie banjo and fiddle tunes and effortless sister harmonies are compared to that of Hazel Dickens, Rosetta Tharpe and Gillian Welch. Their 2 recordings "Rising Appalachia" and "Scale Down" have been praised by the international press and by fans on their recent tours to Ireland, Italy, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic, and across the U.S.
Brothers Carlton & Maurice Turner also known as M.U.G.A.B.E.E. have been performing professionally since 1995, working in communities across the South in residencies, workshops, performances and lectures, working with youth groups, adult learners, community centers, churches and schools. Their name, which is an acronym meaning Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction, describes a group divinely guided to be musicians, singers, songwriters, producers, playwrights, poets and teachers - and they do it all well. That may be because they see themselves as artist/vessels for the word, allowing it to move through them in various forms of hip hop, jazz, spoken word, rhythm and blues, and soul. M.U.G.A.B.E.E. is a continuation of the rhythms and sounds that are the foundation of the ancestral spirit of communication. When you hear the music, you hear the fire and soul of evolution.
Satirist/songwriter Dave Lippman has been known to take the air out of the windbags of the week, de-distort history, and rewrite the classics with parody and thrust. He is often replaced by the world's only known singing CIA agent, George Shrub.
The Prince Myshkins (Andy Gricevich, guitar, and Rick Burkhardt, accordion) have been performing together since 1995. Their original cabaret-tinged satirical songs about war, sexuality, medicine, talk shows, global warming, and having a beer with the president have been heard on NPR's "Morning Edition" and Pacifica's "Democracy Now!" and performed in venues across the US. Sing Out!magazine says "Anyone who aspires to write political satire should hear this brilliant duo."
"Bold, profound, moving, hilarious and transformative," emma's revolution is the duo of award-winning, activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O, who write songs that become traditions. "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" and "Keep on Moving Forward" are sung around the world. In the spirit of Emma Goldman's famous attribution, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution," emma's revolution brings their uprising of truth, hope, and a dash of healthy irreverance to concerts and peace & justice events across the US and beyond. emma's revolution's new cd is "roots, rock & revolution."
Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Anne Feeney is the granddaughter of an intrepid mineworkers' organizer, who also used music to carry the message of solidarity to working people. After two decades of community activism and regional performances at rallies, Anne took her message on the road. Since 1991 Anne has traveled to the frontlines in 40 states, Canada, Mexico, Ireland and Sweden. Her anthem "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?" is being performed by Peter, Paul and Mary. Dubbed the "minister of culture" to the movements for economic and social justice and human rights, Anne is "the best labor singer in North America" according to Utah Phillips.
"Great singer and organizer at the same time", Pete Seeger says of Colleen Kattau, a bi-lingual singer songwriter of New Song and Nueva Canción. Colleen combines music and activism, recognizing the guitarra armada or 'armed guitar' concept of Latin American troubadours, where the guitar and voice are mightier than the gun. Her recordings include About Time, Wideland and Sing it Down: Songs to Close the SOA, co-recorded with Jolie Rickman. When not strumming her guitar and composing, Colleen is teaching Spanish and growing vegetables on her farm in Central New York state.
Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. His repertoire covers a century and a half and four continents. He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people and has been at the forefront of arts and activism for over 3 decades.
Francisco Herrera is a powerful, bi-lingual singer/songwriter in the San Francisco Bay area. He is the director of Trabajo Cultural CAMINANTE, which is dedicated to support efforts for social change and community organizing through music. Of his work, he says "Our communities believe in beauty, our work for social justice is based on creating beauty and solidarity among each other. Culture is the thread by which we create this."
Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Jon Fromer has written some of the most compelling peace and justice songs of our time. His recording "We Do the Work" features songs that have been recorded by scores of contemporary activist musicians.
Born in Switzerland, raised in North Carolina, and living in Atlanta since 1977, Elise Witt takes her "Global, Local & Homemade Songs" around the world with concerts and singing workshops. She has sung everywhere from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Martin Luther King Center for Non-violent Social Change to schools, festivals, and community centers around the world. She has been on cultural exchanges in Nicaragua, South Africa, Switzerland and Italy. A composer and community activist, Elise uses her music to get people singing and to re-find community through the power of music.
Chris Chandler - spoken word - has worked with everyone from Allen Ginsberg to Ani DiFranco and Pete Seeger to Mojo Nixon. Utah Phillips says, "Chris Chandler is the best performance poet I have ever seen." Chris' video "Something's in the Air/ But it's not on the Airwaves" has just made Neil Young's top ten antiwar videos http://neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/lwwvideospage.html
Vientos del Pueblo performs Andean music, representing a fusion of cultures and rhythms combining African, European and American Indigenous roots. Featuring Andean instruments like the quena, charango, and bombo, as well as guitars and bass, the songs of Vientos Del Pueblo present a joyful experience that gets whole audiences up dancing.
SOA Watch seeks to close the US Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work. On November 16, 1989, six Jesuit priests, their co-worker and her teenage daughter were massacred in El Salvador. A U.S. Congressional Task Force reported that those responsible were trained at the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) at Ft. Benning, Georgia. In 1990 SOA Watch began in a tiny apartment outside the main gate of Ft. Benning. While starting with a small group, SOA Watch quickly drew upon the knowledge and experience of many in the U.S. who had worked with the people of Latin America in the 1970's and 80's. Today, the SOA Watch movement is a large, diverse, grassroots movement rooted in solidarity with the people of Latin America. The goal of SOA Watch is to close the SOA and to change U.S. foreign policy in Latin America by educating the public, lobbying Congress and participating in creative, nonviolent resistance. The Pentagon has responded to the growing movement and Congress' near closure of the SOA with a PR campaign to give the SOA a new image. In an attempt to disassociate the school with its horrific past, the SOA was renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in January of 2001. Last year's vigil at Fort Benning drew over 20,000 participants from all over the United States and Latin America. This year's event is expected to be larger still.
Zepubicle with Tatsuya Nakatani
November 16, 2007 9:00PM - - - Price: 8
Zepubicle is Punky. Arty. Doomy. Trancey. Folky. Scrapey. Noisy. Pushy. Pully. Southy. Worldwise. Undercomfortable corners, a series of postcards from distant times and places, narrower and wider in scope than your everyday. There are numerous and wonderfully supportive glitches that enhance the Technicolor antiqueness of it all. Listen as you would to a dribbling brook or crushing whirlpool. The music hovers at devastatingly quiet with the odd intrusion of, what's that, yes, saturation through volume, restoring at last the much-missed art of dynamic range. Scientists Levitate Small Animals, on Solponticello Records, is our first official release after several years of ferment. Beautifully recorded by sound mind Tom Lewis live before an audience at Mercury Art Works gallery in Athens, Georgia, December 2006; mixed and mastered by Killick. Join us and celebrate.
Zepubicle is made up of these interesting people:
Killick of Athens, Georgia recontextualizes and lays bare the joyous friction of composition/improvisation, hi-fi/no-fi, academic/popular,good/bad/indifferent, groove/chance, intentional/inevitable, controlling chaos and chaos-ing control with precision abandon whilst exorcising exercises in favor of substantial contributions to the aural landscape. Killick is best known as a performer on his sympathetic stringed H'arpeggione, which he plays with Appalachian Trance Metal aplomb.
Marshall Marrotte of Atlanta, Georgia is an improvising musician, amateur musicologist and sonic contortionist. He performs as often as possible with an assortment of fellow raconteurs and charlatans. Marshall plays baritone guitar and bass, revering and reinterpreting everything from New Orleans funk to art-rock missives, straddling the complete breakdown of the musical multiverse.
Jeff McLeod of Montgomery, Alabama is a multi-multi-instrumentalist and musical mayhemist making noise and soothing wounds with whatever he can get his hands on. Over the past 15 years he has toured, composed and worked with countless like-minded freakazoids all over the skin of the good Earth. Jeff performs on guitar and Chapman Stick with the distinction of very un-Stick-like execution. Drones, hot licks, and stutters dance with unabashed love for the Devil's chord.
Tatsuya Nakatani of Easton, Pennsylvania is our special guest, making a trio a true quartet. Originally from Osaka, Japan, Tatsuya brings his incredible depth and simpatico to Zepubicle. He is a truly a master musician, utilizing conventional percussion towards an idiosyncratic and complete soundscape. Tatsuya's control and restraint entangles tension and release, soaring above and below the music with beautiful form.
Grey Daturas from Melbourne, Australia, are best described as an improvisational, instrumental, noise-rock trio. Since their earliest shows in 2001 the band has been celebrated as one of the loudest and most uncompromising live acts in their homeland.
They aim to create the most ear blistering and earth crushing music possible. For Grey Daturas a major emphasis is placed upon pushing their musical concept at maximum volume.
Due to the improvisational nature of the band their live shows are where they are best represented and no two shows are ever alike.
New York based trio, PROJECT, is a dynamic young group that is exciting audiences with their energy and innovative style. Their sound can only be described as a fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop, and world music. Beatbox flutist, Greg Pattillo, has been hailed by the New York Times as "the best person in the world at what he does". PROJECT is a musical experience not to be missed.
Kevin Dunn, Vietnam, King Rat
November 30, 2007 9:00PM - - -
After a parenthood-driven hiatus of two decades — resulting more or less intentionally in a son and more or less inadvertently in a bass player — perennially penumbral cult songwriter-guitarist Kevin McFoy Dunn is stepping out of the shadows to return to live performance.
Supported by his backup band, the Common Article III — which features, along with keyboardist DJ Betsill and drummer Robert Schmid, his aforementioned scion Malcolm McFoy Dunn — the beefily diminutive Atlanta quinquagenerian is rolling out a roster of hyperliterate tunes drawn from his three 1980s albums (The Judgement of Paris, C'est Toujours la Même Guitare and Tanzfeld), 20 years' worth of (mostly) unrecorded material, and the whole century-old corpus of blues and rock.
As a player of stringed-and-fretted instruments, Dunn is known for an electric style at once cerebral, innovative, and uninhibited — "[He] makes his guitars sound like angry animals and natural catastrophes," rhapsodized the late Robert Palmer in a New York Times column from 1984 — and has recently excited considerable buzz within his hometown's alternative/experimental milieu for his explorations of the pop possibilities of the treated mandolin, the chitarra spagnuola and the mysterious chitarrone.
Present at, and to a substantial degree responsible for, the creation of Atlanta's new wave/punk scene in the mid-1970s, Dunn was a member of the storied Fans — whose frontman, bassist, and principal songwriter, Alfredo Villar, is to this day spoken of by students of the era in reverentially hushed tones — and went on in the early '80s to form the short-lived but hugely influential unit known as Kevin Dunn and the Regiment of Women. As a producer, he has directed his own projects — weaving shiny, vertiginous textures throughout the arrangements of his compositions — was instrumental in the rise of the B-52's (for whose single release on DB Recs he acted as production sherpa) and worked as co-producer with the celebrated Athens minimalists Pylon on the original vinyl version of the band’s recently rereleased first album, Gyrate.
Plans are on track for a simultaneous release on Dunn's private label Apokatastasis of an album of new works and of a retrospective selection of songs from the albums and singles; the current operating timeframe contemplates a date in mid-2008.
KingRat plays instrumental Dub Reggae, with hints of Funk,Latin,Jazz and Ska. We take the sounds of roots era Dub and add to it an eclectic improvisational element,using samples and loops in the mix. KingRat is mixed and dubbed live producing an arsenal of ever changing sound .