"Wrest (or no wrestling in the house) never does serious bodily harm but might scare your aunties and inlaws out of the room real quick. Sound and magic tricks on sax, floor percussion, bass. If we knew what we were doing we'd be doing it."
Wrest released a cd on Spring Garden Music with recordings from their Toledo and Pittsburgh shows in Sept. 2012, a sample of which is here. The group toured a second timeapril 4-14 2013, through the southeast, with many recordings yet to be released. Wrest will tour again in Sept. 2013 as indicated here.
Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright is happy to inhabit the vast territory below the radar of the professional music world. Since 1979 he has been traveling through the US and Europe in search of interesting partners and playing situations, and open to whatever might happen. Now living in a small Pennsylvania town, at 70 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as Davey Williams called him back in the 80s. And he is still inspiring players outside music-school careerdom. Whenever he plays today, all that he has traversed is present, from fiery, breathless free jazz to quiet, breath-filled, and often animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king". For more info go to springgardenmusic.com, for sounds soundcloud.com/#jackwright and writings jackiswright.wordpress.com/
(b. 1981), now from Chatanooga, has been active as a musician since
adolescence. In an on-going pursuit of all things occult and aberrant,
Lipson acquired an early interest in the lateral realms of visionary
& experimental music -- seeking to transcend the existent paradigms
of idiomatic expression. His formative experiences were in underground
rock, modernist composition, freak pop, jazz, noise, as well as various
modes of improvisation. Lipson cultivates a palpably intense and vehemently
iconoclastic body of music. He has performed in numerous groups including
Normal Love, Satanized, WREST, Psychotic Quartet, Femme Tops, Legion
of Strategic Deception, Dynamite Club, and Ruins. Past tours have
taken him throughout North America, as well as Brazil, Taiwan, and
Japan. His music has been released on several imprints including SKiN
GRAFT, UgEXPLODE, Public Eyesore, High Two, Badmaster, Caminante,
New Atlantis, and Damage Rituals..
Ben Bennett, living most of the time in Columbus Ohio, started playing music as a young child, with an interest in jazz that moved steadily towards the more avant-guarde, then to free jazz, and onward into the world of free-improv. Using extended techniques involving breath and friction, as well as the time-honored tradition of hitting things with sticks, he plays an evolving pile of frame drums, pre-tuned drum heads, metal things, tubes, and other objects that can be combined and recombined to get a variety of sounds. This set-up lends itself greatly towards being crammed in a backpack, strapped to a bike, dragged along the ground, or thrown down the stairs, generally without physical or psycological damage. Recent projects besides Wrestinclude: bst.cr - trio with Ryan Jewell and Wilson Shook, Rotty What - trio with Jack Wright and John M Bennett; Central Ohio War Coalition - with Mike Shiflet, Joe Panzner, and others; duos with Ryan Jewell, Jack Callahan, and Ben Hall; and solo performances. Ben will be resident at the Spring Garden Music house during Dec. and Jan. 2012-13. For sound and sight bites: http://milmin.nixsyspaus.org/index.html
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