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Three Magical Nights Of Dave King March 7th-9th at ShapeShifter Lab

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Search & Restore Presents


March 7th-9th at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab

New York City non-profit Search and Restore presents three nights of Minneapolis- based drummer Dave King at Brooklyn’s ShapeShifter Lab, with five various projects—featuring Tim Berne, Reid Anderson, Chris Speed and Matt Mitchell.

March 7th
Tim Berne / Dave King / Ryan Ferreira + Dave King Trucking Company

March 8th
Dave King Trucking Company & The Gang Font (feat. Greg Norton of Husker Du)

March 9th
Dave King / Matt Mitchell Duo + Golden Valley Is Now (King / Reid Anderson)

Drummer-composer Dave King, a member of the world-renowned trio The Bad Plus, will play three consecutive nights at Brooklyn’s ShapeShifter Lab, presented by the improvised music non-profit Search & Restore. During his residency, King will bring five groups, all of which variously accent different aspects of his musical life.

On March 7th, King will play with the legendary alto saxophonist Tim Berne—also a member of another one of King’s projects, Buffalo Collision—and the guitarist Ryan Ferreira. “Tim Berne was a very important musician for me and many others in my generation who wanted to compose original music for dedicated ensembles with an iconoclastic approach; for people that didn’t make choices with the music based on anything other than personal beliefs,” says King. “I have been fortunate to play with Tim in a number of settings over the years. Ryan, Tim and I have gotten together a few times in the last year and it has felt great, so I thought that this residency was a great opportunity to debut a new thing! Ryan is such a unique voice as well as a beautiful spirit. I immediately felt comfortable playing with him.”

On the 7th, King will also present the first of two nights with his band The Trucking Company, whose two releases 2011’s Good Old Light and 2013’s Adopted Highway (Sunnyside) were met with much acclaim. Consisting mainly of King’s Minneapolis colleagues—guitarist Erik Fratzke, tenor saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, bassist Adam Linz—along with New York based tenor saxophonist Chris Speed, the Trucking Company is meant to highlight midwestern aspects in King’s music; the band’s name and the name of their records, likewise, evoke that spirit. Of The Trucking Company, King says: “I put this band together almost four years ago and we have two records out on the Sunnyside label. This group focuses on original music mostly of my own with a sound that criss-crosses between old country blues/midwest themes and the avant-garde with a little jazz thrown in!”

The following evening, along with a set by The Trucking Company, King will play with The Gang Font, with Greg Norton of the band Husker Du. King says: “The Gang Font is a project that I put together with Erik Fratzke when we became associated with the bass player Greg Norton, formerly of the seminal punk band Husker Du. Greg was a fan of The Bad Plus and we became friends. I’ve always thought that Husker Du was one of the great bands of the genre, so we decided to join forces under the guise of Greg’s love for the avant garde, a punky spirit and our collective love of mathy improv!”

On the 9th, King will play duo with the pianist Matt Mitchell, a pianist who plays in groups led by Tim Berne, Dave Douglas, and John Hollenbeck. “Matt Mitchell is one of the great pianists of his generation and also one of the most unique.” says King, “His dedication to the music is unparalleled in my eyes and his great energy and open ears are a valuable asset on the scene. He is also funny and humble! At ShapeShifter Lab, we will be playing the music from my duet record which we have only performed live twice before!”

For the second set of that evening, King will play with the trio Golden Valley Is Now, which is group comprised of two of his longest-standing musical relationships with fellow Minnesota natives pianist Craig Taborn and bassist—and Bad Plus cohort—Reid Anderson. Golden Valley Is Now originally came together for a residency of King’s at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, which was the subject of a documentary entitled King For Two Days. Of the trio, King says: “Reid and I grew up together in Golden Valley, Minnesota with Craig Taborn, who cannot make the shows, so Reid and I will be debuting the world premier of the duet version of the band! Live electronics, drums, original songs and improvisation!”


About Dave King

King is a founding member of The Bad Plus, who The New York Times says, “had an arresting, unmistakable sound almost from the start, wily and pugnacious and emotionally direct”. King also co-founded the collective trio Happy Apple with tenor saxophonist Michael Lewis and bassist Erik Fratzke. King’s 2012 trio record I’ve Been Ringing You (Sunnyside) with Bill Carrothers and Billy Peterson, was called a “seductive, moody, poetic album” by Jazztimes. In Addition, King has played with the likes of Bill Frisell, Dewey Redman, Joshua Redman, Jeff Beck, Hank Roberts, Django Bates, Mat Maneri, Joe Lovano, David Torn, Jason Moran and The Bandwagon, Kurt Rosenwinkel.

ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215

$15 each night, $12 student ID, $30 3 night pass

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