25934Reconnaissance Fly (CD Release and Show)
- Dec 29, 2013If 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...
EDGETONE RECORDS PRESENTS
A CD RELEASE CONCERT BY RECONNAISSANCE FLY
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS PLURALITY OF WORLDS
Berkeley Arts Festival Space
2133 University Avenue
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 1ST
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.
ABOUT THE ALBUM
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
ABOUT RECONNAISSANCE FLY
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.
ABOUT PLURALITY OF WORLDS:
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.