Ballister

This free-wheeling trio was an idea discussed for several years by the band members before they eventually met at a closed session in 2009. Since the session felt great, they went ahead with some live dates in 2010, first with a concert on the Immediate Sound Series in Chicago in June which was recorded and released as “Bastard String,” then with a US tour in November of that year. Although that limited edition release sold out within a few weeks of its release, it’s now available for download at Candy Dinner. Their second cd, “Mechanisms” was recorded live on the last date of that tour, again at the Hideout, and was released in April 2012 on Clean Feed Records. The band did their second North American tour that month in conjunction with the new cd, with seven concerts in the U.S. and Canada.

As fans of the music will recognize, this is inevitably a hard-hitting group. The unabashed energy of Rempis and Nilssen-Love, coupled with the electrified cello antics of Lonberg-Holm, make for a powerful listening experience that combines driving grooves with noisy textures and occasional melodic interjections. These sliding and overlapping rhythms often give the music a feeling as if a rug is slowly being pulled out from underneath the listener while the music still maintains a strong forward momentum. Reference points include the Julius Hemphill groups of the 70′s and 80′s featuring Abdul Wadud, Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, and the early 70′s explorations of Miles Davis’ electric bands.

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Personnel

Dave Rempis - saxophones
Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello and electronics
Paal Nilssen-Love - drums