CHRIS COCHRANE & BATTLE HYMNS & GARDENS

JUNE 1ST::2012

CHRIS COCHRANE & BATTLE HYMNS & GARDENS

8-10:30pm @ galleryHOMELAND

Chris Cochrane (NY)

Battle Hymns & Gardens – Reed Wallsmith (alto saxophone, composition) andJoe Cunningham (tenor saxophone, penny whisle, composition) of Blue Cranes, bassistJon Shaw (Ez Weiss Quartet, Andrew Oliver-Dan Duval Hard Music Ensemble), and drummer Tim DuRoche (Dominic Duval, Frank Gratkowski, Matana Roberts and others).

Chris Cochrane is doing several shows in the Northwest to promote his Tzadik release, THEM music from a performance piece collaboration with Ishmael Houston-Jones and Dennis Cooper. Mr. Cochrane will be playing music from that CD as well as new compositions ranging from songs to walls of sound, to barely audible drones.

The full cast version of THEM, which includes Mr. Cochrane playing live, Ishmael and Dennis plus 9 dancers has performed at American Realness, NYC January 2011, Springdanse, the Netherlands April 2011 and at the Teenage Hallucination Festival at Centre Pompidou, Paris February 2012. It will also be performed in Tanz Festival, Berlin August 2012 and Poitiers, France April 2013

Chris Cochrane is a guitarist who has been composing and playing music in NYC for 29 years. Chris has played with Zeena Parkins, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Eszter Balint, Thurston Moore, Mike Patton, Henry Kaiser, Andrea Centazzo, Annie Gosfield, Tim Hodgkinson, Miguel Frasconi, Richard Buckner, Davey Williams, Ladonna Smith, Jim Pugliese and many others. He has composed music for Dennis Cooper, John Jasperse, Neil Greenberg, Nayland Blake, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Jennifer Monson, Circus Amok and others. He was in the bands No Safety and Curlew.

Battle Hymns and Gardens features Reed Wallsmith (alto saxophone, composition) andJoe Cunningham (tenor saxophone, penny whisle, composition) of Blue Cranes, bassistJon Shaw (Ez Weiss Quartet, Andrew Oliver-Dan Duval Hard Music Ensemble), and drummer Tim DuRoche (Dominic Duval, Frank Gratkowski, Matana Roberts and others).

Originally formed in 2007 as a free improvisation ensemble, BHaG have evolved into one of the most compelling units on the Portland scene, balancing original compositions reminiscent of Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman and Loft Jazz era giants like Sam Rivers with spacious, lyrical landscapes, a la Paul Motian and Roscoe Mitchell—as well as a healthy dose of deeply conversational interplay and humor. The players bring a bevy and bandolero of experience to the stand (from work with Blue Cranes, Decemberists, an array of US and European avant-garde jazz innovators – such as Perry Robinson, Paul Plimley-Lisle Ellis, Wally Shoup, Gust Burns,  Jack Wright, Marco Eneidi, Didier Petit, as well as with blues bands, Beijing Opera musicians, auctioneers, and Russian circus clowns) and deliver music that is cinematic, deeply human and ever engaging.

Battle Hymns & Gardens have appeared in Portland as part of the 2012 Portland Jazz Festival, they can be heard this summer at PDX Pop Now, and individually as part of the Creative Music Guild’s Improvisation Summit of Portland.  They are also working on an evening-length score for choreographer Tere Mathern Dance that will premiere in October/November 2012. Their first audio release will be available in summer 2012.