Conduct yourself accordingly
of experimental and improvisational music continues at
at its south-side studio (2811 Siler Lane) with performances by and After this performance, there’s only one night left in the series (Saturday, Oct. 16).
High Mayhem is popular with local music fans for its diverse and unique programming, and this year’s series is one of the organization’s richest festival offerings since its inception in 2001.
Consider, for example, the inclusion in the Oct. 9 lineup (hosted by Rod Harrison) of Out of Context, which was founded by J.A. “Dino” Deane in 1997. His background as a longtime student of American jazz musician, composer, and “conduction” pioneer Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris has heavily influenced Deane’s use of gesture in the ensemble’s guided improvisations. Conduction combines graphics and physical movements to help develop melodies and other musical aspects in real time; it allows a conductor to compose live. Practicing conduction could be compared to learning to speak Japanese properly: gesture and nuance have as much to do with the proper transmission of language as does the making of sound, and many words — like many notes and pieces of music — can have multiple meanings and interpretations.
Don’t dare call Deane’s music experimental! To quote Morris, “To call conduction an experiment is a grave error. Any time you synchronize the spirit and still give it liberty, you open many doors to the primus. Here the intimate necessity of possibility reigns. Here we find and realize our individual and collective freedoms.” Including Deane, Out of Context can grow to more than 11 people. That’s a lot of possibility. Tickets for the High Mayhem Fall Series are $10 to $20 at the door. Visit www.highmayhem.org for more information.