Saturday Swarm

February 25, 2012 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

Karl Evangelista and Rei Scampavia of Grex are debuting a new, poppy band tonight (Sat. Feb. 25) called Swarm Intelligence.

Appropriately, they’re playing at the Swarm Gallery in downtown Oakland. (Details of my one visit are posted here.)

The band includes the Grex duo (guitar, vocals, keyboards, violin?) along with Jordan Glenn and Cory Wright of Wiener Kids and Phillip Greenlief and Dan Seamans of The Lost Trio. Evangelista describes it as:

… part weird, poppy song structures and part improvising ensemble… Rei says it sounds like the Drive soundtrack, and I dug into my recent absorption of ambient free jazz (Marion Brown, Bennie Maupin) and out fusion (Selim Sivad-era Miles & Herbie’s Mwandishi) for inspiration. Trust me–hearing this killer front line solo over Jordan and Dan’s unbelievable hookup (oddly Motian/Hadenesque), mixed up with these impressionist piano interludes and rubber band guitar parts–it’s terra nova for everyone involved.

I particularly liked this part:

I’ve been writing my hand off trying to come up with the imaginary music that’s missing from my record collection, and this looks like it’s in the right ballpark.

The opening act sounds awesome, too. It’s guitarist Ross Hammond in a quartet populated by some longtime L.A. free-jazzers: Vinny Golia (sax), Steuart Liebig (bass), and Alex Cline (drums). They’ve got a new album that you can sample by clicking on the Hammond link or by going to Bandcamp.

It’s all being broadcast on KALX, too. But if you can make it out to be part of the live experience, I’m sure the bands would love to see you.

(More about Wiener Kids here and Lost Trio here.)

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