17 Meadow Street Btwn. Waterbury & Bogart
8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013
Nightlife | Singles
Good for Cows
Good for Cows began as a duo in 1999 when Devin Hoff (string bass) and Ches Smith (drums) would meet regularly to work on musical ideas from a rhythm section's perspective. At first the two focused on creative interpretations of jazz compositions, particularly the music of Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, and Charles Mingus. It wasn't long before their shared love of independent rock ("punk") bands such as Black Flag, Minutemen, and Minor Threat began to inform the duo's sound in their use of timbre, aggressive energy, and personal voice. Equally important were devices such as multidirectional rhythm, aural cues, and in-the-moment investigations of distinctive sound worlds gleaned from study of contemporary composer/performers Anthony Braxton, Vijay Iyer, Cecil Taylor, and Fred Frith. Good for Cows have since written numerous compositions and improvisations, searching for the strengths of the spare bass and drums instrumentation. They released their self-titled debut CD in 2001 (Evander Music), and a follow up, "Less Than or Equal to" on (former Deerhoof guitarist) Rob Fisk's Free Porcupine Society label in summer 2003. Good for Cows continues to tour nationally and perform in their native San Francisco Bay Area. Nebadon
The members of Nebadon are Dominika Michalowska (voice and percussion), Kevin Shea (percussion) and David Buddin (filters and modulation). The music, by Buddin, is generated by the superimposition of several layers of sonic material with each layer moving at a different speed. It is typical of the temporal quality of our familiar universe where variable time structures are always going on at once.