Alfred Jarry

Friday, April 26, 2019 | 8EAST – 8 East Pender Street, Vancouver | Doors at 8:00pm, music at 8:30pm | $20 / $10 / PWYC

Please join us for the double CD release party for Alfred Jarry’s Deep Fauna LP and Deep Flora EP.  

Set 1: Alfred Jarry (Eldritch Priest – Guitar, Casio DH-100, Brady Cranfield – Elektron Analog Rytm, Roland V-Drums)

Set 2: Ted Byrnes – Percussion, John Gross – Saxophone, Torsten Muller – Bass, Lisa Cay Miller – Piano

Alfred Jarry is the experimental and improvisational duo of Eldritch Priest and Brady Cranfield.

The titles Deep Fauna and Deep Flora allude to ways of looking at and listening more deeply to communities and forms of life as they might be ordered and expressed apart from humanity’s anthropocentric and exploitative purview. The titles are also metaphors for an aesthetic attitude that aims to skew prevailing genre conventions, mixing free improvisation and composition to develop an approach in which traditional musical elements are rendered not so much irrelevant as decoupled from their usual roles. Deep Fauna moves between (mostly) highly distended but recognizable jazz standards by Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, and Charles Mingus and improvised tracks that express the moods if not the forms or “singability” of these songs. Deep Flora, however, departs more radically from Deep Fauna in its complete abandonment of harmonic material and formal convention with a set of spontaneous sound-gestures.

Ted Byrnes is a drummer/percussionist living in Los Angeles. An alumnus of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, he comes from a jazz background and has since made his home in the worlds of free improvisation, new music, electro-acoustic music, and noise.

Byrnes primarily works in ad hoc improvisational settings, but has standing improvisational groups including: a group with John Wiese, a duo with Jeff Parker, a duo with Chris Cooper (AQH), a duo with Charlie Mumma, a duo with Sam McKinlay, a duo with William Hutson, a trio with Jacob Wick and Michael Foster, among others. Additionally, Byrnes has played in duo/trio/or ensemble settings with: Mazen Kerbaj, Matt Weston, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Charlemagne Palestine, Alfred 23 Harth, Arrington de Dionyso, Jaap Blonk, Torsten Muller, Kim Myhr, Jim Denley, Lloyd Honeybrook, Chris Schlarb, Mike Watt, Paul Masvidal, the LAFMS (including Smegma, Airway, Ace Farren Ford’s Artificial Art Ensemble, Rick and Joe Potts, Fredrik Nilsen, Tom Recchion, Vetza, etc), Sissy Spacek (the band), Maher Shalal Hash Baz, and more.

Byrnes' recorded output oscillates between heavily acoustic music and harsh noise while keeping a similar approach.

8East recognizes that we are on the unceded and occupied territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

April 26, 2019