On Fillmore

2000
Chicago, IL, Usa

Formed in the Summer of 2000, after performing together with Jim O’Rourke at the Melt Down Festival in London, acoustic upright bass and percussion duo On Fillmore creates original music that incorporates field recordings. Bassist Darin Gray and drummer Glenn Kotche recently completed their 4th full-length album, Extended Vacation, which covers new territory for the experimental pair. The album is both a continuation and departure from their previous work, taking the listener to exotic sonic locations - both real and imagined - resulting in music that is peerless in contemporary composition. The band’s first record was a limited edition improvised album accompanied by a companion record of individual compositions. However, their first record of songs, a self-titled LP (released on Quakebasket in 2001) consisted of highly disciplined song structure to reflect a new breed of elastic minimalism. Their next record, Sleeps with Fishes (Drag City, 2004), relied only on the string and tuned metal combination, while layering beds of field recordings from the environments surrounding their respective homes in Chicago and St. Louis, resulting in a pixelated paean to lullabies, location, and liberation. Sleeps with Fishes saw them head out on their first US tour and they’ve continued to perform occasionally since then, including a special collaborative concert with Domenico+2 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (named one of the best performances of 2005 by Time Out Chicago). In April of 2005, they traveled to Brazil where they performed at the Perc Pan Festival, collaborated with local musicians during several concerts, and led a workshop at the University of Bahia. Since then, the long stretch of Interstate 55 and their commitments to other projects (Jim O’Rourke, Wilco, and solo work) has limited their time to create together, but Darin and Glenn still managed to record the soundtrack to NYC filmmaker J.T. Petty’s disturbing and haunting documentary S&Man (screened at both the SXSW and Toronto Film Festivals) and the soundtrack to his film Blood Red Earth  a prequel to the Film The Borrowers (Lions Gate). With Extended Vacation the duo has somehow managed to reach a new creative peak while making their most accessible record to date. They hope you’ll enjoy it.

Phonometak Series #7

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Phonometak Series 7
January, 2010
10inch LP
2 tracks
20 minutes

On Fillmore: Formed in the Summer of 2000, after performing together with Jim O’Rourke, acoustic upright bass and percussion duo On Fillmore creates original music that incorporates field recordings. Bassist Darin Gray(Dazzling KillmenBrise-GlaceYona-KitYou Fantastic!Grand Ulena, Bobby ConnCheer Accident)and drummer Glenn Kotche (Wilco). Their sound takes the listener to exotic sonic locations – both real and imagined – resulting in music that is peerless in contemporary composition.

Massimo Pupillo, Uchihashi Kazuhisa , Yasuhiro Yoshigaki:
Massimo Pupillo
is well known as a bassist for the jazzcore band Zu, but his musical career includesGermanotta YouthBlack EngineDogonGebbia, Ligeti, Pupillo (these four all onWallace Records), ArdecoreEvolve (with FM Einheit of Einsturzende Neubauten),OffOnOff (with Terrie Ex of band The Ex), Original Silence (Thurston Moore from Sonic YouthJim O’Rourke and Mats Gustafsson) in addition to regular collaborations with Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O)))) and the father of european free jazz, Peter Brotzmann.

Yasuhiro Yoshigaki was born in Hyogo in 1959. While a university student, he started performing on the Kansai (western Japan) jazz scene. Following stints as leader of various groups, including a Kansai salsa band and an improvisational music ensemble, he founded the bands Altered States and Sights. Yoshigaki played in such groups as Modern Chokichokis, Otomo Yoshihide’sGround-ZeroShibusashirazu. He also performs and records with artists in many other genres, in addition, he’s participated in the Tokyo and Kyoto Operations of John Zorn‘s Cobra; and in music production for theater and films by Shinji Somai, Christopher Doyle, and others.

Kazuhisa Uchihashi is a Japanese guitarist involved in free improvisation music. Born in 1959 in Osaka, Uchihashi began to play the guitar at age 12, playing in various rock bands, though he later studied jazz music. In 1988 he joined the band the First Edition, and in 1990 formed the bandAltered States. He was also a member of Otomo Yoshihide’s Ground Zero from 1994 to 1997. Uchihashi also plays daxophone, and in addition to his role as a free improviser, Uchihashi has been the musical director for Osaka theatre group Ishinha, has held improvisation workshops in various cities in Japan, as well as London, and has set up his own record label, Innocent Records, had held music festival from 1996 Festival Beyond Innocence annual for eleven years.