Chicago drummer and composer Frank Rosaly is coming to St. Louis to perform on Thursday, October 1 at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center.
Rosaly, who is touring to promote his forthcoming LP Milkwork, is a a frequent participant in Chicago's diverse improvised music scene, performing with groups such as Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten Quintet, the Jeff Parker/Nels Cline Quartet and Matana Robert's Chicago Project and playing with Ken Vandermark, Michael Zerang, Peter Brotzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm and others.
His performance in St. Louis will feature compositions from Milkwork, described as "a solo drumming project that explores the process of free-improvisation with both acoustic and electronically manipulated percussion instruments to produce a wild and gorgeous panoply of sound. "
Citing Milford Graves, Tony Buck and Billy Higgins as inspiration, Rosaly used contact microphones, oscillators, effects pedals and analog synthesizers alongside an acoustic drum set, incorporating Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, jazz, and non-idiomatic grooves and employing "unconventional techniques, dense Free-Jazz vocabulary, heavy drones and feedback, as well as a soft, subtle percussive language that evokes a varied and colorful performance. Milkwork utilizes seemingly spare elements of music that result into a melodious whole."
Tickets for Frank Rosaly's performance at Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center will be $5 at the door.