Erik Fratzke

On September 25, 2019 Sound / Simulacra is pleased to present bassist, guitarist, and composer Erik Fratzke at Jazz Central Studios, Minneapolis, MN. Music starts at 8:30pm.

Erik Fratzke is a composer/performer/educator based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Best known for his work as the bassist of Happy Apple, he also plays bass in Craig Taborn’s Junk Magic, and Cory Healey’s Beautiful Sunshine Band. As a guitarist, Erik is a member of The Dave King Trucking Company, Scott Miller’s Fifth Column Ensemble, The Gang Font, as well as the leader of the instrumental rock group Zebulon Pike. His compositions have been performed and recorded by the new music group Zeitgeist. Erik has performed/recorded with Tim Berne, Michel Portal, Rhys Chatham, Airto, Benoit Delbec, and Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins).

Set I- Erik Fratzke (solo)
Set II- Erik Fratzke (bass, guitar) + Cody McKinney (bass, voice, electronics) + John Keston (piano, rhodes, synthesizers, electronics)

Darwin Grosse Recordings

Sound / Simulacra featured electronic music artist Darwin Grosse on May 22, 2019. These recordings include a wonderful solo set followed by three trio pieces based on graphic scores by Darwin. These graphic scores were beautifully printed on  laminated postcards as shown in the images below.

Path by Darwin Grosse, 2015
Circuit by Darwin Grosse, 2015
Grid by Darwin Grosse, 2015

Kip Jones

August 2019, Sound / Simulacra presents special guest: violinist, Kip Jones of ETHEL Quartet.

Kip Jones is a violinist and composer from Duluth, Minnesota. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he performs full-time in ETHEL, a modern string quartet based in New York City. His music, described by the New York Times as “buoyantly songful”, has been heard at BAM Harvey, Merkin Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Grand Canyon Music Festival, Chom Ong Tai cave (Laos), Tsetserleg valley (Mongolia), and the Jordan Nisja school of music (Albania). Acclaimed as “indefatigable and eclectic” (The New York Times), “vital and brilliant” (The New Yorker), and one of the most exciting quartets around (Strad Magazine), ETHEL invigorates the contemporary music scene with exuberance, intensity, imaginative programming, and exceptional artistry. ETHEL has collaborated with such luminaries as David Byrne, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Kaki King, Todd Rundgren, Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe, Phil Kline, Svjetlana Bukvich, David Lang, John Zorn, Missy Mazzoli, Anna Clyne, Steve Reich and Terry Riley. Over the past five years, ETHEL has premiered 150+ new works, many of them commissioned by the quartet.

Set I- Kip Jones (solo violin)

Set II- Kip Jones (violin) + Cody McKinney (bass, voice, electronics) + John Keston (piano, rhodes, synthesizers, electronics)

DJ House & Al Church Recordings

These recordings from December 26, 2018 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm Sound / Simulacra feature Sound / Simulacra guest artists Don House and Al Church. Cody McKinney hosted the evening and performed with them for the second set. 

Carnage the Executioner

On July 24, 2019 Sound / Simulacra is pleased to present Terrell Woods AKA Carnage the Executioner at Jazz Central Studios.

Whether he’s rapping, composing, performing, teaching kids to beatbox or working his former job as a youth counselor, it’s clear the man most commonly known as Carnage The Executioner was born to do two things: instruct and entertain. Musicians, dancers, DJ’s, poets and television hosts who have worked with Carnage recognize his dedication to his craft and would confirm that he doesn’t disappoint. Ask emcees about Carnage’s skill level and you’ll find out that the phrase, “he’s your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper,” actually fits … Always moving forward, Carnage continues to expand his art and build the Hecatomb crew – a slew of like-minded artists who share his passion to create honest, raw Hip-Hop music. A student and fan in his humble beginnings, Carnage stays true to the culture that both helped to change and save his life.

Set 1. Carnage the Executioner (voice, beatboxing, electronics)
Set 2. Carnage with John C.S. Keston (piano, Rhodes, synths) and Cody McKinney (bass, voice, electronics)

Liz Draper Recordings

Sound / Simulacra featured acoustic bassist Liz Draper at Jazz Central Studios on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Draper started the evening by playing three exquisite solo upright bass pieces utilizing looping, field recordings, and extended technique. Keston and McKinney joined Draper on the second set for two more pieces as a trio.

Dean Magraw Recordings

On March 27, 2019 Sound / Simulacra presented Dean Magraw. The evening started with Dean performing three gorgeous solo improvisations on electric guitar. Afterward Dean was joined by keyboardist John C.S. Keston and bassist Cody McKinney for three more pieces as an ensemble. Please enjoy these recordings from a truly inspirational night of experimental music.

Aby Wolf Recordings

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019, Sound / Simulacra featured vocalist Aby Wolf. These recordings from the event are delicate, ambient, and spacious. During Aby’s solo set her ethereal vocal work and signal processing yield evocative melodies and harmonic layers. In the second set her voice weaves around Keston’s keys and McKinney’s bass leading the listener through a mystical pilgrimage.

Jay Epstein

On June 26, 2019 Sound / Simulacra‘s very special guest is drummer, Jay Epstein. Please join us at Jazz Central Studios, 407 Central Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN. Music begins at 8:30pm.

I’ve put in several decades performing, recording, & touring in this jazz game. After college, I studied polyrhythmic concepts in Manhattan with Barry Altschul, the drummer in Chick Corea’s Circle. Lived in Hollywood, Oklahoma City, Montana, Miami, Minneapolis, and played in house bands for 5 years on several cruise ship lines. Been on 7 European tours with pianists Bill Carrothers & Giacomo Aula. Shared a few choruses with Rocky Robbings, Barney Kessel, Roseanna Vitro,  Manfredo Fest, Sheila Jordan, Terry Gibbs, Greg Abate, Claudio Roditi, Gary Foster, Eric Alexander, Richie Cole, JoAnne Brackeen, Ernie Watts, Wayne Johnson, Karrin Allyson, Kenny Werner, Howard Levy, Bruce Henry, Toots Thielemans, Avashai Cohen, Bob Dorough, and Sarah Vaughan. My CDs, ‘Long Ago’ & ‘Easy Company’, featuring bassist Anthony Cox and pianist Bill Carrothers, have garnered luminous reviews in the international press. Current bands include Red Planet, Klezmerica, Framework, Firebell, Tall Tales, Andrew Walesch, & Sam Miltich. I’ve endorsed Bosphorus Cymbals since 1997.

– Jay Epstein

Set I – Three Duets

i. Jay Epstein (drums) + Cody McKinney (bass, vocals, electronics)
ii. John Keston (piano, synth, rhodes, electronics) + Cody McKinney (bass, vocals, electronics)
iii. John Keston (piano, synth, rhodes, electronics) + Jay Epstein (drums)

Set II – Trio

Jay Epstein (drums) + Cody McKinney ( bass, vocals, electronics) + John Keston (piano, synth, rhodes, electronics)

Michael Masaru Flora Recordings

On Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 Sound / Simulacra featured Michael Masaru Flora. During his solo set Flora channel surfed through a dazzling series of unusual electronic textures. Afterward Flora was joined by John C.S. Keston (piano, Rhodes, synthesis) and Cody McKinney (bass, voice, electronics) for two more pieces.

Track 1: Michael Masaru Flora Solo Performance
Track 2: Michael Masaru Flora, John C.S Keston, Cody McKinney Part 1
Track 3: Michael Masaru Flora, John C.S. Keston, Cody McKinney Part 2