May 13, 2012

Avant-Garde Nashville

Believe it or not, there is a small but vibrant avant-garde music scene here in Nashville. It can be a little bit hard to find as the venues come and go and the mainstream press is largely indifferent. But there are all kinds of interesting things happening on the fringes of Nashville, including cracked electronics, experimental rock and free improvisation—you just have to know where to find it.

Well, let me hip you to a really exciting event: On Tuesday, May 15, Noa Noa will host trumpeter Peter Evans and saxophonist Travis LaPlante, both from New York, along with local saxophonist Craig Schenker in an evening of solo improvisation. Evans, of course, is a heavyweight player in the “out jazz” scene, touring the world and appearing on numerous recordings, including a solo trumpet CD, More Is More, released on Evan Parker’s psi label in 2006. LaPlante is a relative newcomer but his startlingly aggressive band, Little Women, made a highly acclaimed record for AUM Fidelity in 2010 and he has a new one out on Skirl titled, Heart Protector, an EP of solo saxophone pieces—the first vinyl release by this adventuresome label. 

Noa Noa is located at 620 Hamilton Avenue Nashville 37203 and the program begins at 7:00pm. This will be an evening of challenging and highly personal music and should not be missed!

See for yourself:


As you might have noticed, Sun Ra Sunday is on a brief hiatus but will return...eventually.

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