collaborations

The Hub
An ensemble that explored a new genre called “Computer Network Music”, the six composer/performers of The Hub electronically coordinated the activity of their individual systems through a central microcomputer, “the hub” itself, as well as manually through ears,eyes, and hands. The Hub sought surprise through the lively and unpredictable responses of their systems, and instead of trying to eliminate the imperfect human performer, used the electronic tools available to enhance the social aspect of music making. The Hub is John Bischoff, Tim Perkis, Chris Brown, Scot Gresham-Lancaster, Mark Trayle, and Phil Stone.

Gratkowski-Brown-Winant Trio
The main interest of this trio is the process of instant composing. As all musicians have the background in composition and improvisation they are able to compose pieces with a clear inner structure collectively on the fly. The listening audience can therefore attend to the process of the creation of the music. Besides clarinets, saxophone, piano and vibraphone, the trio features live processed interactive electronics and „classical“ percussion instruments like gongs, tam tams, bells and tympani. Sometimes the instruments are used with extended techniques to blend into a sound-world which makes it hard to tell who is playing what. In their first European tour they performed at the „Donaueschinger Musiktage“ in Germany, which is the oldest and one of the most important festivals in the world for contemporary music.   Their live performance at Donaueschingen is included in their double-CD  “Vermilion Traces” on Leo Records, which also includes studio recordings prior to the festival made in the SWR Radio studio.

fuzzybunny
An electronic improvisation ensemble. Members are Chris Brown, Scot Gresham-Lancaster, and Tim Perkis. All three of them were members of The Hub, the legendary computer network band. They’ve also done other impressive things; look at their websites for details. fuzzybunny is their latest project, which consists of high-energy, dense live improvisation and composition, using an assortment of homebuilt electronic and software-based instruments

Glenn Spearman Double Trio
Formed in 1992 by the joing of two trios, The Glenn Spearman Trio and Room,
the Double Trio worked in the free jazz tradition pioneered by such musicians as Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman. It included Glenn Spearman, saxophone; Larry Ochs, saxophone; Chris Brown, piano and electronics; Lisle Ellis, bass; William Winant, drums and percussion; Donald Robinson, drums.

Room
This ensemble was formed in 1984 to explore compositions that include improvisation and live/interactive electronics. It included Chris Brown, piano/electronics and composition, saxophonist/composer Larry Ochs (also a member of the Rova Saxophone Quartet), percussionist William Winant (of the Abel-Steinberg-Winant trio), and Scot Gresham-Lancaster, electronics.

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