Trepanning Trio with BONESHAKER and Baekdudaegan @ Guide To Kulchur

Trepanning Trio will be playing a free improv set at Guide To Kulchur: Text, Art, and News (1386 W65, Cleveland, Ohio 44102) with BONESHAKER and Baekdudaegan (Bbob Drake/Alex Henry/J Guy Laughlin) on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

What is Boneshaker? (Mars Williams / Paal Nilssen-Love / Kent Kessler)
Three prolific powerhouse musicians, carrying among them a Grammy nomination and decades of experience with the top ensembles in the world.

About the artists:


Norwegian phenom Paal Nilssen-Love has established himself over the last decade as one of the most important voices in improvised music from his generation. A powerful drummer of unbounded energy, he shows an ongoing ability to break physical and musical boundaries on his continual hunt for new collaborations and experiences. Currently, Nilssen-Love is active with musicians such as Mats Gustafsson, Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark, Evan Parker, Sten Sandell, Otomo Yoshihide and Frode Gjerstad. Some of the world-renowned groups he performs with include The Thing, Atomic, Brotzmann/Kondo/Pupillo/Nilssen-Love, and TheVandermark/Nilssen-Love Duo


Kent Kessler, born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, grew up mostly in Chicago. After seeing the Montreaux Festival on television in 1970 he became interested in jazz. Kent studied musique concrete at Chicago Musical College in the period from 1977-1983, playing in various punk rock and free-improv groups in Chicago and taking time off to wander in Brazil. Kessler started concentrating on the double bass, after having played trombone, guitar, electric bass, short-wave radio and various other instruments and non-instruments. He joined the Hal Russell NRG Ensemble in 1985. Kent gained his first international experience when the group went on to record for ECM and tour in Europe. In the 1990′s Kessler became better known as a frequent bandmate of Ken Vandermark. He has kept the trans-Atlantic connection by playing in groups led by Georg Graewe, Peter Brötzmann and Daniele D’Agaro, and performing with many other European improvisors. Kent has a solo CD on Okkadisk, “Bull Fiddle,” and appears on dozens of other recordings.


Mars Williams is an open-minded musician, composer and educator who commutes easily  between free jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock. Mars has played and or recorded with The Psychedelic Furs, Billy Idol, Massacre, Fred Frith, Bill Laswell, Ministry, Power Station, Die Warzau, The Waitresses, Kiki Dee, Pete Cosey, Billy Squier, DJ Logic, Wayne Kramer, John Scoffield, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Elling, The Mission UK, Swollen Monkeys, Mike Clark, Gerry Garcia, Naked Raygun, Friendly Fires, The Untouchables, Blow Monkeys, MC5, and virtually every leading figure of Chicago’s and New York City’s “downtown” scene.
John Zorn credits Mars as “one of the true saxophone players–someone who takes pleasure in the sheer act of blowing the horn. This tremendous enthusiasm is an essential part of his sound, and it comes through each note every time he plays. Whatever the situation, Mars plays exciting music. In many ways he has succeeded in redefining what versatility means to the modern saxophone player.”

In 2001 Mars received a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Record with his group Liquid Soul.

Despite his busy touring schedule with Liquid Soul and The Psychedelic Furs, Mars manages to stay active on the Chicago underground improvising scene. In recent years he has toured and recorded with the Peter Brötzmann Tentet, Full Blast, Scorch Trio, the Vandermark 5, and Cinghiale, teaming him with such musicians as Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang, William Parker, Kent Kessler, Tim Daisy, Fredric Lonberg Holm, Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Mike Reed, Jeb Bishop, Harrison Bankhead, Dave Rempis, Kidd Jordan and Matts Gustafson. He performs weekly in Chicago along with Jim Baker, Steve Hunt, and Brian Sandstrom in the improvising quartet “Extraordinary Popular Delusions”. As a bandleader, he continues to perform and record CDs with his own free-jazz groups, the NRG Ensemble, Witches & Devils, Slam, XmarsX, Mars Trio, and The Soul Sonic Sirkus which features improvising musicians and aerial circus performers.

Along with Die Warsau’s Van Christie, Mars has started Ratking Music, a production company focusing on music for film and television.

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Trepanning Trio with the CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA!



Isabel Trautwein, violin
Katherine Bormann, violin
Sonja Molloy, viola
Tanya Ell, cello

They will be performing works by: Bach, Bartok, & the Beatles
It’s a night of SPECTACULAR music! 

The Cleveland Orchestra:

Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Most, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world. In concerts at its winter home at Severance Hall and it’s summer home at Blossom Music Center, in residencies from Miami to Vienna, and on tour around the world, The Cleveland Orchestra sets standards of artistic excellence, concert programming, and community engagement.

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Meet Trepanning Trio’s Newest Member, Geoffrey Peterson!

geoff_record_ playerOriginally from Northeast Ohio, Geoffrey Peterson attended both the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Donald Erb and received his Bachelor of Music Degree in composition in 1997. He is Director of Music and the Fine Arts at John Knox Presbyterian Church in North Olmsted, Ohio.

His music has been performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Venues include the Curtis Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Miami, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Penn State University, Temple University, the Philadelphia Music School Settlement, Swarthmore College, the Fleischer Art Memorial, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Beck Center for the Arts, the San Salvatore Church in Prague and Duino Castle in Italy.

Recent works include: A Mighty Handful: Symphonic Portraits of the Russian Five for wind ensemble to be premiered at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2014; Danse Diabolique for orchestra completed in 2009; Homage to Donald Erb performed by renowned French bassoonist Pascal Gallois at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in 2007; Seasons premiered by the award-winning Cavani Quartet in 2007; Three Haiku commissioned by the Beck Center Children’s Choirs and premiered in Lakewood, Ohio in 2007; The Edmund Fitzgerald, a piano concerto, premiered by the Sault Symphony in Ontario, Canada in 2005. His Sonata for Solo Oboe has been performed by the principle oboists of the National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and the Sarasota Orchestra. His music is published by Theodore Presser, Tenuto Publications and Cimarron Music Press. He is a member of the Cleveland Composers’ Guild.

Listen to Geoffrey’s music here:

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Naked As Needles

needles_coverIn the winter months, we (Trepanning Trio) abandon our “tunes” and embrace the chaos of free-improvisation.  Naked As Needles: Collected Improvisations, Volume 1 is a collection of our favorite excursions into spontaneous music making. You can download the entire collection for free from Infinite Number of Sounds Recording Company.

This recording features performances by:

bbob drake: handmade electronics
Brad Bolton: Mr. Pigglesworth, desk bell, squeak toys, chimes, thunder spring and baster
Carmen Castaldi: Drums and percussion
Chris Auerbach-Brown: Saw and Melodica
David Badagnani: sheng, English horn, fiddle and oboe
David Mansbach: Double Bass, Pan Tree, can and melodica
Jacob Wynne: Trumpet
Jeff Schuler: Violin
Kris Morron: Guzheng
Peggy Latkovich: Accordion, glockenspiel, klangenspiel, Hang, percussion
Tatsuya Nakatani: Drums and percussion

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Trepanning Trio with Clarinet Panic Deluxx

LatkovitchIt’s a family affair as Toronto’s Clarinet Panic Deluxx joins Trepanning Trio at Mahall’s.

CPDLXX features the scrappy chamber music of cellist Cory Latkovich, the son if Trepanning Trio’s pianist/ accordionist/ hangist/ glockenspieler/ klangenspieler, Peggy Latkovich.

Hectic dream jams …. Clattering ahead like the score to a never ending horror film, inching towards climax as cello and sax play a game of back & forth only to be driven forward by systematically antagonistic drum patterns and their own instrumental curiosity. Bastard chamber music meets math rock.

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Trepanning Trio with Clarinet Panic Deluxx – April 14, 2014

Clarine tPanicIt’s a family affair as Toronto’s Clarinet Panic Deluxx clatters into Mahall’s like the score to a never ending horror film.

CPDLXX is a ensemble born as vehicle for the dense music of cellist (and son of Trepanning Trio’s Peggy Latkovich) Cory Latkovich. It has been described as “Bastard chamber music meets math rock”.  LISTEN HERE.

We couldn’t be more excited about this show.

More info TBA.

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Meet Trepanning Trio’s newest member, Jeff Schuler!

jeff-schulerA warm welcome to Trepanning Trio‘s newest member, Jeff Schuler!

Jeff’s first practice violin was a cracker jack box with a ruler taped to it. He still prefers this version.

By day and by night he is also a freelance web developer and consultant, civic tech community organizer, runner, bicyclist, yogi, and capoeirista. He credits listening as his best skill in each of these pursuits.


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Trepanning Trio: David Mansbach, Kris Morron, Joel ElveryEXPLORING THE OPTIONS OF SOUND. This seems to be the most suitable way to describe what is going on here: Exploring sound and structure, harmony and disharmony. No wonder that this sounds…bulky, eruptive, at times brutal, at times irritating, seldom calm or soothing. Though, at least it’s never unspectacular, half-hearted or ill-considered.

With KEEFE JACKSON and CHRISTOPH ERB on bass clarinet and tenor saxophone, TOMEKA REID on cello, this is a merger of three free-spirited sound nerds, complementing one another.

It goes without saying that this mighty tempest of sounds may conjure up images of rugged crater landscapes, or of a future crowded with nothing but wretched skeletons, dancing away in a manic frenzy.

The group’s debut album will be released this summer on Veto Records (Switzerland). Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), who appears on the record, is being replaced for this tour by Jason Roebke (double bass).

As they say: It’s a challenging listening experience. Yet, an experience nonetheless.

BAEKDU DAEKGAN (Bob Drake, synth; Rick Kodramaz, bass; Jay Guy, drums and Alex Henry, sax).

Event Details:
Artists Playing The Show:
Mahall’s Concert Calendar:

TREPANNING TRIO will be playing a TOYS AND NOISE/SANS PLANS set and will be represented by the following musicians:

bbob drake: handmade electronic and acoustic instruments
Brad Bolton: Guitar, Ukulele, Baster, Animal Calls, Pigglesworth, etc.
Dan Wenninger: Tenor Saxophone
David Mansbach: Double Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Pan Tree, Zhongruan
Joel Elvery: Mandolin, Percussion, Kalimba, Saw blades
Kathryn Metz: Flute, Pan Tree, Melodica
Kris Morron: Trombone, Guzheng, Accordion
Peggy Latkovich: Accordion, Hang, Banjo
Jeff Schuler: Violin


Not The Wind Not The Flag / Trepanning Trio / Brian McCoy / OLTL – Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A night of AMAZING free-inprovisation at Now That’s Class with…

NOT THE WIND, NOT THE FLAG (intense improv duo from Toronto)


BRIAN MCCOY (Canton hurdy-gurdy sensation)


9:00 PM
Now Thats Class – 11213 Detroit Ave. in Cleveland

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Berea Arts Fest – Sunday, September 8, 2013

Trepanning Trio will be performing a collaborative set with MorrisonDance at the twenty second annual Berea Arts Fest! The festival will be held Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 10a-5p on the banks of beautiful Coe Lake, situated in the heart of Berea. Attendance is completely FREE and the festival takes place RAIN or SHINE! Approximately one hundred professional fine artists and craftspeople will display their works for sale. There will be a demonstrating artist and an Art Raffle offering chances to win art donated by the participating artists. Performing artists will entertain from multiple locations surrounding Coe Lake.

All sponsored activities are free, open to the public, and easily assessable. Over 150 community people participate as volunteers. The event has consistently drawn over 11,000 people at each event since 2002.

Trepanning Trio will be represented by the following musicians at this event:

Brad Bolton: Guitar, Ukulele, Baster, Animal Calls, Pigglesworth, etc.
Chris Auerbach-Brown: Alto Saxophone, Saw and Melodica
Dariush Saghafi: Violin
David Badagnani: English Horn, Oboe, Fiddle, Sheng, Yueqin
David Mansbach: Double Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Zhongruan
Joel Elvery: Mandolin, Percussion, Kalimba, Saw blades
Kathryn Metz: Flute, Pan Tree, Melodica
Kris Morron: Trombone, Guzheng, Accordion
Peggy Latkovich: Accordion, Hang, Banjo, Piano
Tom Lempner: Woodwinds

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