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Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Dave Rempis’ Ballister at Neptunes


Time: 10:00PM

Admission: $8 | 21+

Doors: 9:30PM

This free-wheeling trio first came together at a closed session in 2009, and as any fan of improvised music can imagine, the band hit hard from the first note and hasn’t looked back since. The unabashed energy of Rempis and Nilssen-Love, coupled with the electrified cello antics of Lonberg-Holm, make for a powerful listening experience that combines driving grooves with noisy textures and occasional melodic interjections. These sliding and overlapping rhythms often give the music a feeling as if a rug is slowly being pulled out from underneath the listener while the music still maintains a strong forward momentum. Reference points include the Julius Hemphill groups of the 70’s and 80’s featuring Abdul Wadud, Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, and the early 70’s explorations of Miles Davis’ electric bands.

The band currently has six releases under its belt, including Bastard String (self-released, 2010) Mechanisms (Clean Feed Records, 2012) Mi Casa es en Fuego (self-released, 2013),  Both Ends (Bocian Records, 2014, LP only), Worse For The Wear (Aerophonic Records, 2015) and The Ballister Monologues (Astral Spirits, 2015, cassette only/limited edition).  They’ve also toured both North America and Europe extensively in that time.

Next up, the trio is planning a full European tour in March of 2017, with an LP to-be-released by the Belgian concert presenters Sound In Motion on their new Dropa Disc label, and a new cd to be released by Aerophonic Records.  Both recordings were made on their 2015 European tour on back to back nights in Antwerp and London.

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