VaVATICAN, M.C. SCHMIDT & JASON WILLETT
WHEN: Thursday, January 17, doors open 8:30 PM; show at 9 PM
WHERE: The Red Room, 425 E. 31st St., Baltimore
VaVatican is a Brooklyn/Philadelphia-based experimental quartet comprised of Nathaniel Morgan, alto saxophone (Darkminster), Booker Stardrum, percussion (Cloud Becomes Your Hand), Weston Minissali, synthesizer (N JETTY M), Owen Stewart-Robertson, guitar (Jason Ajemian’s Highlife).
Their debut album, SoSoviet: I loved you and you broke my heart, was released last year on Prom Night Records. VaVatican are now in the final stages of work on their second album, documenting two larger works that incorporate structure, improvisation, theatrics, text, and song.
On this forthcoming tour, they will be performing the most recent of these collaborative compositions, Jack Monroe—an avant-nautical-noise arrangement of a traditional folk song.
Jason Willett and M.C. Schmidt will improvise together.
Jason Willett runs the True Vine Record Shop in Baltimore, and plays rubber band, and electronic instruments built by his friends, and has done for many years. He has played all over the world, with some famous people and plays with the ducks in his yard everyday.
M.C. Schmidt is a house-husband in Baltimore and is in a band called Matmos. He will play "store-bought" electronic instruments, and various other things manually, and may make a video for this performance, if chores permit.