Virtual Balboa And Tryezz In Concert March 20

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Shaking Ray Levi Society will present Virtual Balboa from Philadelphia and Chattanooga and Tryezz from Chattanooga on Tuesday, March 20, at 8 p.m. They will perform at Barley at 235 E. M.L. King Blvd.  Tickets are $7-10 at the door. 

Review for the performers: 

Keyboardist Tryezz (Jonathan Fowlkes) calls his style of music "Scenic Groove," a mix of jazz, funk and dance music intended to take listeners to amazing and incredible places straight out of his imagination and dreams. Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tryezz delivers scenic grooves from the Scenic City as a tireless independent artist who has self-released numerous works. Tryezz has licensed his music for shows across the world, including the Finnish television show "Magnus ja Petski" and the video series "Yak Like We Do" featuring urban dancers from South Korea, Japan and the U.S.A. 

The new face-ripping trio Virtual Balboa is comprised of three formidable improvising musicians: percussionist Ben Bennett, guitarist Zach Darrup and bassist Evan Lipson. 

Philadelphia-based percussionist Ben Bennett's boyish, unassuming appearance provides no hints to the astounding, iconoclastic creativity within, fueled by a desire to get the most varied and visceral array of sounds from the simplest of instruments. Using a wide assortment of drums, cymbals, tubes, pieces of metal and various found objects, Bennett not only strikes them but also uses friction and his own lungs to gently coax or violently wrench unusual and unfamiliar sounds from them. Within the last few years, Bennett has gained international notoriety for his series of "Sitting and Smiling" Internet videos, which feature him sitting without moving for four-hour blocks of time, bearing an enormous grin on his face. These 283 videos (and counting) have cumulatively garnered over three million views from people in over 200 countries and have been the subject of articles in The Atlantic, Vice and many other media outlets. Bennett is also a performance artist, spoken-word artist, sculptor and skilled urban forager. 

Zach Darrup is an improvising guitarist currently living in Philadelphia. During his early teenage years in the rural coal region of Pennsylvania a strange boy appeared like an angel, carrying a large cd booklet of wild musics of all sorts. This chance meeting at a pizza shop, plus tumultuous relationships with his home turf, school teachers, and other agents of law and rule enforcement led Zach to drop out and skip town, devoting himself to following music wherever it would take him--somewhere else. His techniques are informed by the musical possibilities of film language, jovial mockery and mimicry of plants, animals, and audience members, thoughtful room listening, word play, colors, and culinary experiments. 

Evan Lipson (b. 1981) has operated as a musician since adolescence, intuitively seeking the liminal zones in which intellect and instinct, history and myth, and creative and destructive force intersect. Drawn towards aberrant perspectives at an early age, his formative experiences were primarily rooted in extreme and often discordant forms of rock, free improvisation, modernist composition, jazz, outsider pop, soundtracks, noise, and electronic music. Lipson has written music for several films, as well as a new collaboration with Duplex Planet-creator David Greenberger and Bob Stagner of the Shaking Ray Levis. Past units include Normal Love, Satanized, Dynamite Club, Femme Tops, Psychotic Quartet, and the Weasel Walter Trio. Lipson has performed throughout North America, as well as Brazil, Taiwan and Japan. His music has been released on several imprints including SKiN GRAFT, UgEXPLODE, High Two, Public Eyesore, Badmaster, Caminante, New Atlantis and Damage Rituals. 

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