Wed, Oct 11|
Rent Romus' Actual/Actual with the Hay/Gruda Duo
Rent Romus' Actual/Actual showcases improvised music with a blues music orientation. Opening are Emily Hay and Kris Gruda, flutist/vocalist and electric guitarist respectively, performing free jazz based, improvised, and experimental music in collaboration.
Oct 11, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The CCC, 65 Coleman Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
What to Expect
Rent Romus' Actual/Actual showcases improvised music with a blues music orientation. The band is a featured guest stopping in Asheville on their southern USA tour. Rent is based in San Francisco where he runs the renowned long-running collective Outsound Presents, a fixture of the experimental music community.
Opening is the Emily Hay/Kris Gruda duo, playing free-jazz-based experimental music. Joining Actual/Actual are dance and movement artists A. Eithne Hamilton, Bobbi Rose and CillaVee.
Actual/Actual showcases improvised music with a blues music orientation at the core while keeping to a broad outlook towards “spontaneous composition”. Their wide swath takes in swing, Latin music, fusion, doom rock, reggae, punk, and many other musical elements. It's all “grist for the mill” as they create a new context for these elements where improbable connections are made and things happen when you least expect them to. Romus originally hails from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and has made it a point to engage and collaborate with musicians from the region. This band represents recent “talent reconnaissance” and is truly a multi-generational affair.
Rent Romus: alto saxophone
Gerard Cox: keyboards
Josh Strange: vibraphone, trumpet
Troy Kunkler: drums
Emily Hay/Kris Gruda Duo
Emily Hay is a flutist/vocalist who has recently relocated to western NC from southern CA. She performs improvised, experimental, abstract music based on free jazz, augmented by electronics and unusual vocals. Hay's quartet, HayFever, featuring musicians from Los Angeles, New York and Holland, recently toured throughout the southeast, playing gigs in Orlando, Atlanta, Birmingham, Knoxville, Roanoke & D.C. She has recently collaborated with Asheville based electric guitarist Kris Gruda, performing at the Asheville Noise Fest, the Center for Connection and Creativity and other local NC venues. Gruda is a guitarist, improvisor, composer, songwriter, sound-artist who plays free-jazz, funk and psychedelic tunes and is known for upbeat original music performed by his large ensemble The GrudaTree.
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