DEGRADIENT

Kyle Bruckmann

oboe, English horn, electronics, composition

Jordan Glenn

percussion

Jason Hoopes

electric bass

Aram Shelton

alto saxophone, clarinets

After 13 busy years maintaining poly-stylistic sideman duties and long-distance collaborations with former Chicago comrades, Bruckmann finally busts out as bandleader of a Bay Area ensemble. Gleefully colliding elements of skronk, fried analog noise and dark prog within a Creative Music framework, DEGRADIENT adds a significant chunk of heavy to his signature gimmicks of jittery polyrhythmic clatter, formal complexity, black humor, and all-around sensory overload. The core quartet features fellow Chicago ex-pat Aram Shelton along with the in-demand rhythm section (currently driving groups including Jack O’ the Clock and the Fred Frith Trio) of Jason Hoopes and Jordan Glenn.

Dear Everyone takes its oblique inspiration from the recursive, encyclopedic poetry of Bruckmann’s friend Matt Shears. The book of the same name, published in 2016 by Brooklyn Arts Press, was pegged by early reviews as “pitched dead between thrilling and numbing” with “an absurdist, dark sense of humor.” Bruckmann spent months carrying around a recorder and a fistful of crumpled pages, shoving them into unsuspecting hands, asking friends and family for spontaneous, clumsy readings of fragments. In the end, 99 voices wound up in the cut-up stew. Guests include trombonist Weston Olencki (winner of the 2016 Kranichsteiner prize at Darmstadt, who has also worked with Wet Ink and Ensemble Pampelmousse), and volatile vocalists Theresa Wong, Danishta Rivero (Las Sucias, Voicehandler) and Eugene S. Robinson (Oxbow).

ALBUM: Not Two Records | US distribution: Squidco, Downtown Music Gallery

Performances

DEGRADIENT’s debut at Peralta Station, Oakland, Sept. 2016

Premiere of the full concert version of Dear Everyone at the Lab, SF, May 2017

Album Reviews

“If it took itself too seriously, the manic weirdness of Dear Everyone would be stiflingly unlistenable…” Stuart Kremsky

“The net impact of this blend of acoustic and electronic, instrumental and textual, sprawling over the two CDs is delightfully discombobulating…” Free Jazz Blog

“…startlingly enjoyable…” Squidco

“… Is this West Coast Jazz of the 21st century?!? A solid offering whatever it is.” Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

Band Photos

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Photo Credit: Lenny Gonzalez.

 
Photo Credit: Myles Boisen

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