with Edom & Todd Clouser
Sat December 29th, 2012
Minimum Age: 21+
Doors Open: 11:00PM
Show Time: 11:15PM
Event Ticket: $20
This is a general admission, standing event.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Cyro Baptista arrived in the U.S. in 1980 with a scholarship to the Woodstock-based Creative Music Studio. During the ’70- and ’80’s, the Woodstock-based Creative Music Studio was considered the premier study center for contemporary creative music and is credited as the birthplace of world jazz – the improvisational and compositional expansion of the world’s musical traditions. Founded in 1971 by Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman, CMS brought together leading innovators in the jazz and world music communities. After his time at CMS, Cyro moved to New York City where he started his career on the streets of lower Manhattan. He has since emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. Coinciding with the rise in the public’s interest of world music, Cyro has recorded and toured with some of music’s most popular names. His mastery of Brazilian percussion and his numerous homemade instruments, have catapulted him into world renown. In short, if you’ve listened to the radio in the past 30 years, chances are you have heard Cyro’s caxixi, pandeiro or one of his (now famous) homemade instruments.
Cyro’s credits read like a “Who’s Who” of modern music. He has toured extensively with Yo-Yo Ma’s Brazil Project, Trey Anastasio’s Band (of Phish), John Zorn’s Electric Masada, Herbie Hancock’s Grammy award-winning “Gershwin’s World”, Sting and Paul Simon’s “Rhythm of the Saints”. Other artists Cyro Baptista has performed and recorded with include David Byrne, Kathleen Battle, Gato Barbieri, Dr. John, Brian Eno, Robert Palmer, Melissa Etheridge, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Barenboin, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Medeski Martin & Wood, Spyro Gyra, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, and Santana.
Leader Eyal Maoz was born in Israel and started to explore music at a very early age. He led the celebrated Lemon Juice Quartet and performed regularly at the Red Sea International Jazz Festival. Maoz’s notorious one-of-a-kind approach to composition, transposed for this seasoned ensemble, brings Edom into the much-too-rarely visited junction of instrumental pop, jazz and avant-garde. The group includes “downtown music” veterans such as: Brian Marsella (Cyro Baptista, Matisyahu) – a master of the Hammond B3 organ and extreme synthesizers. Shanir Blumenkranz, who is featured on over twenty-five releases in the Tzadik catalog, and has participated in many of John Zorn’s own recordings. And drummer Yuval Lion of Pink Noise and Pharoah’s Daughter! Adding the blistering guitar work of Eyal Maoz, an astonishing composer and guitarist, and a guest guitarist in John Zorn’s Cobra, the sonic capabilities of Edom reach radical high points.
Edom’s newest album, Hope and Destruction is a mythically shaped apocalyptic tale pierced with bursts of sunlight; it deals with either themes or questions that arise from the study of the Jewish spirituality and history. It emotes the stories of pain and strength, devastation and joy, loneliness and celebration. Where Avant-Garde meets New Wave, and echoes of Joy Division are counter posed with Zorn’s Electric Masada, begins the rocking odyssey of Edom.
Todd Clouser doesn’t fit into any scene, and doesn’t want to” says NPR in describing the aesthetic of the young guitarist, vocalist and writer. A native of Minneapolis, Clouser currently resides in Mexico City, writing and performing in a prolific manner uncommon to, and often at odds with, today’s market sensibilities. Clouser comes with the tomorrow of creative music, descending from the lineage of 70’s rock heroics, song craft, and improvised musics.
Todd Clouser released a trilogy of records with his group A Love Electric on Brooklyn label Royal Potato Family between February 2012 and 2013, earning praise from critics of jazz and rock alike, while working tirelessly as a published poet, writer of short fiction and community philanthropist in Mexico. “Blistering” says the Prague Post on Clouser, while NPR goes on to call him “fascinating …. ultimately illuminating”, with the Phildaelphia Inquirer pointing to Todd as “A Gem, Clouser spices the All American vibe of Bill Frisell with some Jimi Hendrix fire.”
Clouser’s 2013 solo offering Man With No Country (Sept 2013) comes on Amulet Records, the label of legendary drummer Billy Martin, who performs on a number of the albums tracks. A record of 11 proper songs, biting lyricism, and blood churning sonic landscapes produced by another legend of New York City’s downtown scene, Golden Palominos founder Anton Fier. Man With No Country, a more vulnerable offering that anything we have seen from Todd stands to further propel Clouser into creative music conscience.
Clouser has toured extensively through the Unites States, Central America, western Europe, Argentina, Peru, and throughout his adopted home of Mexico. Whether with A Love Electric, solo, or next to heroes from Keb Mo to John Medeski, there is the sense when hearing Clouser that a new generation of ideas is arriving.