In 1996, Bobby Previte rolled through Europe with his young “Weather Clear, Track Fast” band, introducing a new generation of musicians to the European scene including three whose stars have shone brightly since – Jamie Saft, Cuong Vu, and Andrew D’Angelo. Now, twenty years later, Previte again presents to you some of the stars-of-tomorrow from the Brooklyn scene: Mike Gamble, guitar, Michael Kammers, saxophone and organ, and Kurt Kotheimer, bass. Welcome them to their first tour of Europe: BOBBY PREVITE & THE VISITORS.
The Visitors is Previte’s first touring band in ten years. Recorded and rehearsed in the country at Previte’s new studio, Three Horses in a Wood, and surrounded by the deep expanse of the forest, The Visitors play all new music, roaring and whispering, bringing together Previte’s particular take on modern and ancient music to realize his ever-expanding vision. Winner of the 2015 Greenfield Prize for music, Previte, a “serious composer with the heart of a roadhouse rocker” has been a singular voice both in his compositions and on his instrument, the drums, for over 40 years. All new music, all new band, Bobby Previte & The Visitors.
Bobby Previte, drums
Michael Kammers, organ & sax
Mike Gamble, guitar
Kurt Kotheimer, bass
European booking by Jakob Flarer / Saudades
Bobby Previte is a composer/performer whose work explores the nexus between
composed and improvised music. Previte is the 2015 Greenfield Prize winner for
Composition, as well as a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. He is one of the seminal figures
of the 80s New York “Downtown” scene. His music has been labeled as “utterly
original,” by the New York Times, while The New Yorker says his ensembles “speak
in visionary tongues,” and the Village Voice calls him “a serious composer with the
heart of a roadhouse rocker.” Previteʼs compositions have been recorded and
released on Sony, Elektra, Rykodisc, Palmetto, New World, Ropeadope, and Thirsty
Ear, and his newest double LP set, ʻTERMINALSʼ has just been released on
Cantaloupe Music. Leading a plethora of diverse ensembles from his instrument, the
drums, he has collaborated with many of the leading lights in and beyond the world of
music – from master composer John Adams to rock icon Tom Waits to the legendary
filmmaker Robert Altman.
Bandleader, composer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Kammers has been a creative force in the Brooklyn underground music scene since his arrival there in 2001. Active as a leader and sideman in a wide variety of contexts, Kammers has worked with groups as diverse as freak folkers Akron/Family, dub reggae heavyweights The Easy Star Allstars, Fela devotees Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, film legend Melvin Van Peebles, perennially touring jammers The Heavy Pets, The Funk Ark, and Bobby Previte’s Voodoo Orchestra North, to name but a few. He channels his wide ranging musical experience into his 15 piece Space Funk Big Band, The MK Groove Orchestra. The orchestra performs regularly in a wide variety of NYC venues that reflect the bands range and abilities and is a Ropeadope Records recording artist.
Mike Gamble is an adventurous guitarist and multi-instrumentalist whose work with electronic modes of composition are integrated endlessly into his setup. Gamble has spent the last 15 years immersed in the creative jazz, experimental rock and improvised music scene primarily in NYC, with close ties to New Orleans, Burlington, Boston, San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest. He has had the pleasure of recording over 20 albums and touring the states, Canada, and Europe with his critically-acclaimed guitar trio The Inbetweens, Counter Record’s Cougar, and alongside doom-metal originators Earth. His more recent collaborators have been legendary drummer Bobby Previte, bassist Todd Sickafoose, guitar virtuoso Nels Cline, and PNW cellist Lori Goldston. Since relocating to Portland Mike has been running a monthly Audio/Visual series featuring local and touring artists, encouraging them to play rare solo, duo, and trio sets with his own audio-reactive projection setup. Among working on soundtracks, web-series, and branded content for small businesses, Gamble currently holds a position as an Audio Production instructor at Oregon State University. (http://mikegamble.tumblr.com)
Kurt Kotheimer: http://kurtkotheimer.com/