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NEWS (scroll down for upcoming gigs)


What A Year! 2015 saw the development and launch of a new site-specific performace installation series called iNMiGRATiON and revival of the sans le systeme project that first appeared on the original CROSSFADED Vol. 1 compilation way back in 2002, (featuring old friends Jeremy Ylvisaker, Mark Erickson, and Martin Dosh). This new SLS incarnation has added some of the best players in town, performing in an "orchestra pit" configuration that scores iNMiGRATiON's immersive environment with highly nuanced and textured group improvisations that expand throughout the space with roving horn sections and choir, and realtime live video projections by video artist Brian Dehler aka Pixelflex. After a successful 14-week residency at The Third Bird in spring and summer, we began to migrate, with two events at ICEHOUSE in October and December. You can see a short video trailer from the October event here. In 2016, we're excited to continue with newiNMi events at Icehouse Feb 16 and April 12, but also moving outdoors to new sites, beginning with the outdoor space at Public Functionary gallery in Northeast Mpls for Art-A-Whirl 2016 (May 21-22)..

On April 22 2015, The GRAVE TRIO launched a weekly "Grave Trio & Friends" residency night at the new Third Bird Restaurant and Bar on Loring Park (the old Nick & Eddie) with good friends Martin Dosh and Mike Lewis (Bon Iver, Happy Apple) sitting in with us. The following week, we were joined again by DOSH, plus Claire Taubenhaus (Tiny Deaths) as well as video artist Brian Dehler aka Pixelflex doing live, real time projections / video mixing. The new residency was a chance to create an installation experience that utilized the unique layout and vibe of the Third Bird, with live music, projections, and performance happening in layers throughout the space. Eventually, it grew beyond the Grave Trio and became the larger, morphing sans le systeme. Really special to have so many cool "friends" who joined us to make something special each wednesday night. The Grave Trio is myself, Ben Durrant (Crazy Beast Studio) and Ryan Lovan, (rhythm section/production team for Roma di Luna, Toby Thomas Churchill, and WAREY. Since 2011 we've been playing as both an instrumental trio and as a backing band for Channy Leaneagh (Polica) and Duluth singer-songwriter TOBY THOMAS CHURCHILL (The Alrights). We have released a few early instrumental trio recordings on our sound cloud & FACEBOOK PAGEs. We recorded with both Toby and Channy in 2014, and Toby's new record, "Where is My Rumspringa Darling?" was released on Chaperone Records to rave reviews.

WAREY is The Grave Trio + Channy Leaneagh. After performing a handful of live shows in summer and fall 2014, we headed into the northwoods studio at SPARTA SOUND with old friend Rich Mattson in early December to record a bunch of songs. In 2015, after a three month winter residency at Icehouse and a spot at First Avenue's "Best New Bands 2014" showcase, we focused on finishing recording and mixing our album. As we got busy again with our other projects (Polica, sans le systeme, Grave Trio)we decided to wait on releasing the WAREY album, feeling like we hadn't quite gotten the results we wanted in the recordings, and wanted to wait until the time was right to take another shot at it. Stay Tuned. New Polica record comes out in March!

LATEDUSTER returned for our first show in over a year, performing at ICEHOUSE in Minneapolis in November 2014 with Halloween, Alaska. We were joined by Dennis Conrad on turntables and Devon Gray on keys, two regular participants in sans le systeme's newiNMiGRATiON series. Great photos and links at our Lateduster facebook page. Stay tuned for more developments....

Check out this great video for Toby Churchill's song "Belong" from his debut record, DEATH.

Emily Johnson / Catalyst's new performance installation, SHORE, premiered in June 2014 as part of Northrop's Grand re-Opening season in MInneapolis. SHORE is the third part of a trilogy of works that began with The Thank-you Bar,(2009) and continued with Niicugni (2012). Creation of SHORE was a collaboration between myself, choreographer Emily Johnson, 3 time Obie-award winning director Ain Gordon, and singer songwriter Nona Marie Invie (DARK DARK DARK) along with Fletcher Barnhill, Aretha Aoki, Krista Langberg, and The SHORE Choir. We also had our longtime Catalyst lighting designer Heidi Eckwall and costumer Angie Vo on the team. SHORE has four parts - STORY, ACTION, PERFORMANCE, and FEAST - over the course of a week. 2015 tour stops included NYC (New York Live Arts), Alaska (Bunnel Street Arts Center), San Francisco (ODC) and Seattle (On The Boards).

BLACKFISH, my experiemental improvisation duo with composer / multi-instrumentalist Joel Pickard, released our TYB Tour Collection of 8 CDs lin FALL 2011, with special concerts in Minneapolis and New York to celebrate. (Click on links for more info) Last fall, we released the final, 9th installment, BF09: New York. The limited edition, individually numbered and letter-pressed CD packages were designed by Scott Ponik and look amazing. They're available for purchase through the Catalyst online store as either individual discs or as the 8-CD box set.. There are also new videos from our various BLACKFISH shows on the Catayst vimeo page, with more to be added soon. (Headphones recommended) You can also listen and/or download whole concerts or individual BF "tracks" at our bandcamp page. BF09: New York had an October 2014 release with shows to celebrate in Minneapolis and Grand Marais. We're also honored to have collaborated with acclaimed Irish Choreographer John Scott on the score to his award winning dance, Body Duet., which got rave reviews for its premieres in Dublin, and US premiere in Philadelphia. Body Duet features tracks from several of the BLACKFISH TYB Tour collection, as well as the track "Ghost Dog" from Sans Le Systeme.

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The "MAKING MUSIC" conversations series celebrated its 17th Season in SPRING 2013 with guest ASTRONAUTALIS on Thursday January 31 at The Whole Music Club. SO Percussion (NYC) were my previous guests at The Walker Art Center for an amazing show that included collaborators Emily Johnson and Ain Gordon talking about their new piece "Where (we) Live" which is now touring the USA. Last spring, we had great shows with ALPHA CONSUMER (members of Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, The Cloak Ox, The Pines) on Feb 16, PETER WOLF CRIER, on March 1, and DYLAN HICKS on April 26. Making Music video & audio highlights from past shows are available on the Whole's YouTube Channel. Making Music shows are FREE and open to all ages, but due to limited capacity, free advance tickets are highlly recomended and available through The WMC's website.
I recently appeared on The Current Presents with Mark Wheat to talk about the series and our Spring 2012 Season, and played highlights from past shows with guests including Dan Wilson (Semisonic, Adelle) Ryan Olson (Polica, GAYNGS), Martin Dosh, and Pink Mink.

Previous guests include Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Jason Moran, Dan Wilson, (Semisonic, Adelle) Dave King (The Bad Plus, Happy Apple), David Harrington (Kronos Quartet),, Martin Dosh, Robert Skoro, Sean Daley aka Slug, The Cloak Ox, Haley Bonar, DARK DARK DARK, James Diers (Halloween, Alaska), Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner, Wendy Lewis (The Bad Plus), Andrew Broder (FOG, WHY?), Stef Alexander aka POS, So Percussion, Sean McPhereson, Spaghetti Western String Co., Darren Jackson aka Kid Dakota, Andrew Bird, Anthony Davis aka ANT (Atmosphere), Dessa Darling, Josh Grier (Tapes N Tapes), Ryan Olcott (Mystery Palace), Morton Subotnick, and Lori Barbero (Babes In Toyland). You Can Follow MAKING MUSIC on FACEBOOK. To read the 2006 Making Music cover story in The Pulse newspaper, click here.

My two solo albums, PARADE (2007) and HUSH MONEY (2004), are available through the Firetrunk Records website or local independent record stores (Electric Fetus (easy online ordering), Cheapo, Know Name). Both records were recorded with Ben Durrant at Crazy Beast Studio in Minneapolis, and feature several friends and current and former bandmates - Martin Dosh (Lateduster), James Diers & Dave King (Halloween, Alaska) Channy Moon Casselle (Roma Di Luna) Adrian Suarez (Vicious Vicious), Damon Ewing & Nathan Pederson (Sensational Joint Chiefs), Ryan Lovan (Roma Di Luna), & Jess Hayssen (Mandrew), Elizabeth Bonacci, Adam Linz, Randy Kramer, and Bethany Lacktorin. You can sample some of the new tracks in the mp3 column to the left. CITY PAGES A-LIST

To read a live review of a looping show with my sister Mary at the 331 Club show on, click here




Tues Feb 16 @
icehouse MPLS
sans le syteme iNMiGRATiON #3 at ICEHOUSE.
10pm; 21+; No Cover..

Wed May 6 2015 @ The THird Bird MPLS
THE GRAVE TRIO & FRIENDS residency (2 sets) every wednesday

Fri April 17 @TURF CLUB, Minneapolis
Toby Thomas Churchil
Part of The "HOMEGROWN INVASION" showcase of bands from Duluth!

21+. $8. Music at 9:30pm
; doors 8.

THUR - SAT April 23-25 2015 @ New York Live Arts, NYC
SHORE: PERFORMANCE Featuring Nona Marie and theSHORE Choir

8pm; performances begin outdoors and move into the theater.

Wed FEB 18, 2015 @ ICEHOUSE, Minneapolis
WAREY (The Grave Trio + Channy Leaneagh) residency night w/ Invisible Boy
$8 .

Wed Nov 26, 2014 @ ICEHOUSE MPLS
with Halloween, Alaska
9pm. $8 Advance/ $10 Door.

Sat Oct 18, 2014 @
Ivy Arts Studio 206, MPLS
BLACKFISH (James Everest + Joel Pickard) CD Release Concert (NYC edition)
FREE All-Ages.


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