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25934Reconnaissance Fly (CD Release and Show)

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  • Tim Walters
    Dec 29, 2013
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      If I may:

      Reconnaissance Fly's debut CD (which contains avant-prog, as well as
      avant-pop and just plain avant) is about to be released on Edgetone
      Records, and we'll playing a show in Berkeley, California on February 1
      to celebrate. As a special treat, Emily Hay (of U Totem etc.) will be
      playing in a duo with our singer/flutist Polly Moller. Details below...


      Berkeley Arts Festival Space
      2133 University Avenue
      Berkeley, CA


      Edgetone Records will open a small cat carrier on January 17, 2014 and
      release Flower Futures, the debut album by Reconnaissance Fly, into the
      wild. To celebrate, the five-piece, San Francisco-based Reconnaissance
      Fly will present a concert of songs old and new at the Berkeley Arts
      Festival Space, with special guests Plurality of Worlds--the brand-new
      duo project of flutists Emily Hay and Polly Moller.


      The story of Flower Futures began in 2009, just as the band had
      completed its transformation from the benevolent dictatorship Polly
      Moller & Company to the democratic Reconnaissance Fly. Polly had begun
      collecting the best Internet spam poetry, or "spoetry", she could find
      and proposed a concept album setting 10 of these "spoems" to music. Each
      member of the band was given spoems to set, and five years later, Flower
      Futures is the result--showcasing the band's versatility and each
      member’s unique compositional style.

      Polly herself created the jazz-inflected "Emir Scamp Budge", the dreamy
      "Oh! Goldfinch Cage", and "Electric Rock Like a Cat", which she
      describes as a Scarlatti pet food commercial from another dimension.
      Amanda Chaudhary contributed two graphic scores, “Small Chinese Gong”
      and “Seemed to Be Divided in Twain”, as well as funky crowd favorite
      “sanse is crede nza”. Tim Walters revealed his progressive rock
      expertise in “One Should Never” and “An Empty Rectangle”, and a cabaret
      vibe in “As Neat As Wax”. Former members Bill Wolter and Chris Broderick
      gave the album “The Animal Trade in Canada” and “The Party Constraint”,
      respectively – the latter an unexpected bonus bringing the total track
      listing from 10 to 11.

      Flower Futures was recorded live in Studio Faire la Nouba, the private
      domain of Larry The O. It was engineered and mixed there by Larry and
      mastered by Myles Boisen in the Headless Buddha Mastering Lab.

      Flower Futures is available for preview and pre-ordering at


      Reconnaissance Fly is both aggressively whimsical and charmingly
      incoherent. Spam poetry, found texts, and original lyrics mix
      deliriously with jazz, progressive rock, funk, samba, free
      improvisation, a small Chinese gong, and an arsenal of wind instruments
      all deployed against the forces of tedium. The five members of
      Reconnaissance Fly are Amanda Chaudhary on keyboard and electronics;
      Rich Lesnik on clarinet, bass clarinet, and soprano and tenor
      saxophones; Polly Moller on voice, flutes and guitar; Larry the O on the
      drums, and Tim Walters on bass guitar and electronics.



      Flutists and vocalists Emily Hay and Polly Moller have each been active
      for many years in the improvising music community, playing avant garde,
      art rock, free improvisation, electro-acoustical and contemporary
      classical music at opposite ends of California. As of late 2013 the two
      had never collaborated, and to remedy this they decided to team up and
      create a set of original music especially for Reconnaissance Fly’s CD
      release concert. Audiences are invited to witness the birth of something
      brand-new in the sign of Aquarius, whose future is unwritten. If Emily
      and Polly see their shadows on the morning of February 2nd, all bets are

      Emily Hay is a flutist, vocalist and pianist based in Los Angeles who
      extends the traditional roles and capabilities of her instruments by
      incorporating the complexity of contemporary classical technique with
      the spontaneity and experimentation of free improvisation. The result is
      startling interpretations of sound and intense ensemble interaction. Her
      explorations on the flute and alto flute embody unusual tone colors and
      soaring rhythmic structures, augmented by electronically generated
      effects and often overlapped by unusual vocalizations ranging from
      primal to operatic with lyrics and sounds from the stream of consciousness.


      Polly Moller is a composer, performer, and improviser based in Oakland.
      Equally at home in the worlds of free improvisation, composition, and
      rock, she is the bass flutist in Ghost in the House, and the lead
      vocalist, flutist, and guitarist of Reconnaissance Fly (and the
      frontwoman of their alter ego, the Cardiacs tribute band ReCardiacs
      Fly). She presents DJ Post-Pink's Innerworld every Thursday morning from
      6:00 to 9:00 a.m. on San Francisco Community Radio.