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Happy Year of the Dog! February Lunar New Years Eve edition of Fire Over Heaven welcomes Horse Lords’ saxophonist, Andrew Bernstein in a solo appearance, trumpeter Jaimie Branch and percussionist Jason Nazary’s Anteloper duo, and Patrick Holmes, Brian Wolff and Nick Lyons in an clarinet, tuba and saxophone trio (previously slated drummer, Michael Evans, will be unable to appear). Baltimore’s microtonal, polyrhythmic party-machine, Horse Lords, have rapidly become one of the most interesting bands operating at the moment and an integral part of their sound is the saxophone playing of Andrew Bernstein (though his cowbell work is nothing to shake a stick at either!). I caught a solo set for alto and max patches in Paris when 75 and HL happened to be crossing thru Europe at the same time and was floored by his radiant, circular pattern music for horn. I’ve been a huge fan of trumpeter Jaimie Branch since getting a hold of her Fly or Die record on International Anthem and am thrilled that she’ll be gracing the series with her Anteloper duo with drummer Jason Nazary. They both augment their usual axes with synths for this project so some interplanetary transmissions are bound to occur. Last but not least, clarinetist Patrick Holmes has put together an improvising super group of sorts with tubist (?) Brian Wolff and alto saxophonist, Nick Lyons. Jazz may be the lurking specter in the room. You can call it what you want, just don’t call them late for dinner.


7:30pm doors
8:00pm Patrick Holmes / Nick Lyons / Brian Wolff
9:00pm Anteloper
10:00pm Andrew Bernstein

Andrew Bernstein is a composer and sound artist based in Baltimore, MD. Working with collage, improvisation, and algorithmic composition, among other techniques, his output synthesizes themes of stasis, repetition, noise, and multiplicity. He is most well known as a saxophonist, but his work has taken form in compositions for acoustic and electronic instruments, audio visual websites, multimedia installations, solo and ensemble performances, and works for theatre, film and dance. Bernstein is 1/4 of the experimental rock band Horse Lords and since 2010 has been on the board of the High Zero Foundation. He has presented his work internationally and has released music on Hausu Mountain, Northern Spy, NNA Tapes, and Ehse Records.

Anteloper is the electric brain child of Jaimie Branch (fly or die, high life) and Jason Nazary (little women, helado negro, bear in heaven). Branch and Nazary have been playing together as trumpeter and drummer for years, since meeting at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2002, but in this duo both musicians include synthesizers to push further into the spectral space ship ether. With deep rhythmic passages, telepathic improvisations and effortless melodic negotiations, Anteloper pushes forward, swinging it’s horns all the while.

Patrick Holmes / Nick Lyons / Brian Wolff
Patrick Holmes is an NYC-based clarinetist who has quietly but steadily established that he is a reed player to watch. Over the last two decades he has lent his inventive and incisive playing to an impressive variety of groups including Electroputas (FOH August ’17), large ensembles led by Andrew Lafkas, Patrick Brennan and countless others. He’s maintained a steady clutch of improvising relationships all the while and has put this unusual clarinet, tuba and saxophone trio together for this occasion. Michael Wolff (of Drums & Tuba fame) will be holding down the low end, while Nick Lyons takes the alto saxophone chair.