Concerts/events

Chris Corsano and Bill Orcutt at Gallery at Avalon Island- Monday, December 28th

The Civic Minded 5, Timucua Arts Foundation
and Gallery at Avalon Island present
Chris Corsano and Bill Orcutt
Monday, December 28th, 2015
Gallery at Avalon Island
39 S. Magnolia Ave, Orlando
7:00 pm doors, 8:00 concert
Donations encouraged,
all ages welcome

Cm5 stalwart Pat Greene brought Bill Orcutt’s name into our infrequent steering committee meetings for three years running before we finally presented a solo performance by the guitarist on April 4th. Without a further utterance of “Orcutt”, he returns a second time to the Greene curated Gallery at Avalon Island. On this occasion, the suggestion was from the torrential trap kit drummer Chris Corsano, pulling collaborator Orcutt in for a second look at the bucolic little theater upstairs at Avalon. Credit the extensive tendrils of the family network getting both musicians into Florida for the Season.

We’ve never had the chance to present drummer Corsano’s work until now.


Chris Corsano is a drummer who has been at the intersections of free improvisation, noise, and avant-rock musics since the late 1990’s. He became available to the indie record store/college radio subset starting in 2001 via his still running relationship with saxophonist Paul Flaherty with their discography of ecstatic jazz/out-rock sitting at sixteen recordings. Subsequently, Corsano has developed a performance and recording résumé that gathers the far-flung worlds of Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Evan Parker, Joe McPhee, Thurston Moore, Jim O’Rourke and Jandek into the orbit around his drumming. He recorded and toured as part of the guaze and glitch of Björk’s 2007 Volta album.

Guitarist Bill Orcutt could be described as a raw, outsider Country Blues guitarist or a radical, Post-Minimalist composer. Or he could be a Noise/No Wave musician gone acoustic to play chestnuts of American Vernacular Music. Checking all these boxes would also lead to a fairly functional description. It’s also fair to say that much of Bill Orcutt’s international appeal in the last half a dozen years comes from his singular, dynamic approach with a partly de-stringed and re-tuned acoustic guitar. In his April appearance at Gallery at Avalon Island, Orcutt closed out his set with a brief, yowling electric guitar statement that affixed his 1990’s underground rock appliqué  to the post-John Coltrane/Rashied Ali Interstellar Space headroom. We’ll hear both Orcutt’s re-contextualized acoustic and electric via solo statements from both musicians in set one and an amplified duo in set two.

Admission is free. Donations make these concerts real. Contact the cm5 Squad at thecmfive@gmail.com if you’d like to become a Patron/Sponsor for this or other events.

Take part in our town’s expanding instant arts community created at each event by appearing willing – described by composer Anthony Braxton as the “friendly experiencer.” A donation bar and gallery walk replaces the Timucua Arts BYOB and live artist this time. We’ll see you there.

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