New Music!!! Pretty CD’s and Cassettes
Led by composer and bassist Christopher Dammann, Restroy is a frisson of transformation that dives into the intersection of improvised and contemporary American music. Restroy connects, dissects and evolves musical traditions to find a shared tongue, forge space for communication and provoke metamorphosis in both participant and listener.
Restroy’s 2018 self-titled Cassette/CD release on 1980 Records wields patterns and textures as forms for improvisation. On each track, acoustic instruments are augmented with and juxtaposed against electronic drones and noise. The result is an exuberant, lyrical series of inflection points and layered sonic spaces anchored by the great Avreeayl Ra. The release features cover art by Aimee McDavitt.
The sextet is comprised of leading musicians from diverse musical traditions: Avreeayl Ra, drums; James Davis, trumpet + electronics; Paul Giallorenzo, synthesors + keyboards; Mabel Kwan, keyboards + piano; Christopher Dammann, bass and compositions; and Kevin Davis, cello + electronics. Scott Clark will be filling in for Avreeayl for Restroy’s May 15th, performance at the Bridge PAI.
The release party will also feature a performance by Tavishi and Christina Carlotti Kolb.
Tavishi is the alias of Sarmistha Talukdar, an artist, musician, and scientist. She often tries to express discontent with what is traditional and conventional, invites the uncomfortable, and reflects on the socio-political issues of feminism, intersectionality, and non-conformity. Through her art and music she seeks to empathically connect with her audience, while trying to make peace between logic and emotion, traditional and modern, the East and the West. Her work can be found here. She also improvises in Womajich Dialyseiz, an experimental improv collective made up of women, femmes and gender non-conforming people, whose work can be found here. Her personal aim as an artist is to amalgamate science, art and music in a form that engages the audience, compels them towards action instead of apathy, as well as catharsis.
For the performance at The Bridge, Tavishi will be accompanied by the amazing choreographer and performance artist, Christina Carlotti Kolb.