When: Sun., Dec. 27, 9:30 p.m. 2015
Percussionist and composer Tim Daisy concludes a December residency at the Owl with two sets featuring disparate approaches to music. Throughout the month he’s shown his curiosity by employing solo practices, ad hoc settings, and working groups like his Vox Arcana trio with clarinetist James Falzone and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm. On his recent solo album An Amusing Mess (released digitally by his own imprint, Relay Records), Daisy embraces an approach he calls “on the ground,” which translates to sitting among a huge, splayed-out array of percussive devices as well as a radio and a turntable. There he generates a spontaneous journey that relies as much on happenstance and spontaneous inspiration as it does on his improvisational skills and extended techniques, with Cage-like surprises from radio and alarm-clock buzzers redirecting his actions at random. Tonight he’ll present a set of improvisations on the marimba (a relatively new solo practice), and he’ll also play improvised duets with saxophonist Mars Williams. Last year Daisy released In This Moment, a terrific duo recording with Polish reedist Mikolaj Trzaska that surprised me with diverse, wonderfully thoughtful dialogues as opposed to fire-breathing fury. I won’t be surprised if the usual Williams bombast is similarly softened.