HEARding Cats Gelatinous Orchestra Saturday, Nov. 17, 12 - 8 pm William A. Kerr Foundation 21 O'Fallon Admission: $10 / $7 students, artists
NEWSFLASH! A semi-identifiable group of St. Louis improvisors are said to be congealing just north of Laclede’s Landing on a Saturday in November. All reports indicate this gathering to be peaceful, yet, note a cacophony of strange and wonderful sounds emerging from the ether at the Kerr Foundation. Be advised – your brain may liquify, spilling out nose, ears, and mouth as you succumb to the phenomenon that is…HEARding Cats’ Gelatinous Orchestra.
The HEARding Cats G.O. is an “occasional ensemble” whose improvising members gel, rather than jam around a set of loose musical ideas. The group sometimes coagulates, other times separates. Each member has a different musical viscosity – the way they and their instrumentation flow throughout the soundscape – yet common threads run between members: no grooves; no repetition; say only what is important.
Many veteran St. Louis improvisers comprise the G.O. including the interplanetary percussion being, Rich O’Donnell, who has spent the summer in his deep space laboratory dreaming up new techniques. O’Donnell is joined by longtime collaborators Doc Mabuse (analog synthesizers) and Venus Slick (synthesizers, theremin) – who are better known as members of the tory starbuck project. Multi-instrumentalist Deb Summers (yang-qin), woodwind player Dave Cheli, and St. Louis synth-junkie Kevin Harris round out the ensemble with fresh blood and ideas – keeping in the spirit of the G.O. as an organic group with a rotating cast of talented musicians.