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Sun Of Goldfinger

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

Guitarist David Torn leads a fiercely inventive improvisational trio. Info/tix


Guitarist David Torn has long used electronics and effects to coax his instrument into misty drones and wriggly warps, developing a style that blends the ethereal with gut-level instinct. In the new group Sun Of Goldfinger, Torn joins two other musicians who work on the cusp between jazz and avant-garde textural explorations, percussionist Ches Smith and saxophone player Tim Berne. The group's self-titled debut album for ECM, released this January, comprises three 20-plus-minute improvised pieces. The first, "Eye Meddle," creeps in from the atmospheric edge, as both Torn and Berne electronically layer themselves into the sonic equivalent of a granite-colored cloud and Smith gradually nudges everything into a bare rhythmic structure. Over time, this eerie mist bunches up into harsh, circular sax phrases and rampaging outbursts. Throughout the record, all the extremes of improvised music are on the table, from gorgeous restraint to punishing dissonance, and you can expect to get pulled between those poles a few times over at this show. —Scott Gordon

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