Friday, August 02, 2013

Mars Williams, Darin Gray and Tyler Damon
to play free concert on Friday, August 23
at St. Louis Art Museum

Chicago saxophonist Mars Williams will team up with St. Louis bassist Darin Gray and drummer Tyler Damon for an concert of improvised music at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 23 on Art Hill outside the Saint Louis Art Museum.

The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by New Music Circle and the museum's Outdoor Music Series.

Gray is one of the St. Louis area's best-known representatives on the national free-improvised music scene, while Williams (pictured) has bridged the gap from new wave and punk to free jazz in a varied career that has include work with the Waitresses and Psychedelic Furs as well as Liquid Soul, the late Hal Russell's NRG Ensemble, Ken Vandermark, and Peter Brotzmann.

Gray calls Damon, who's from Bloomington, IN, "a great listener...capable of responding in subtle and dynamic ways, while still being being able to play with a tremendous energy that pushes the music forward. For me, he is the up-and-coming young drummer in the Midwest."

In the case of bad weather, updates about the concert will be available on SLAM's website, Facebook and Twitter and by calling 314-655-5345.

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